The University of New Mexico Honors College is holding a ribbon-cutting and reception to formally open its newly-remodeled space, located on the Plaza level of the Student Health Building, Friday, April 4 at 1:30 p.m. The event is an opportunity to celebrate a year of successful transition from a program to an actual college. It will also highlight updates in the college and in the facility itself.

President Robert G. Frank and Provost Chaouki Abdallah will be hosting the event. “The Honors College is seminal to our efforts to make the student experience stronger and more relevant at UNM. It is key to attracting and keeping the best and brightest students in New Mexico,” President Frank said. “I congratulate Dean Kate Krause and the faculty on a successful first year as a college and look forward to continued progress for this fundamental program at our University.”

Provost Abdallah describes the establishment of the Honors College as a momentous achievement for UNM. “It allows us to more effectively serve our high-achieving students, and emphasize interdisciplinary studies. It brings together a community of learners, faculty from across campus and the substantial resources of a research institution in a way that benefits the entire university,” he said.

Kate Krause, dean of the Honors College and University College, applauded the Honors faculty for their commitment in transforming the Honors Program into a degree-granting Honors College this year. “The transformation touched everything, right down to the furniture, paint and carpet,” Krause said.

The Honors College full-time faculty of ten is evenly divided between senior faculty and assistant professors. “Last year the Honors College hired four new tenure-stream faculty, making the composition of the Honors faculty unusually young and energetic, bringing their fresh perspectives to the College,” Krause said.

In other achievements this past year, Honors started an innovative program jointly with athletics to support athletes who are academically high achieving; and Scribendi, a non-profit annual print publication of art and literature created by UNM undergraduate honors students, received the Associated Collegiate Press’ 2013 National Pacemaker award, considered the most prestigious college media award.

Three out of four Truman finalists this year are Honors College students: Carlo Aragon, political science & foreign languages major; Israel Chavez, English-philosophy & political science major; and Claire Stasiewicz, art history & interdisciplinary Honors major, also a Regent’s scholar.

Iric Guthrie, economics major, Honors College student and Regent’s scholar, is a 2014 Rhodes scholarship finalist, and Jake Wellman, political science & economics major and Regent’s scholar, the 2014 Marshall Scholarship winner.

Abdallah added that the Honors College is a collective effort from faculty, students and staff that started under President Schmidly and has benefited from the strong support of President Frank.

Snacks and beverages will be served.