The All-College Honors Program announces the winners of its Annual Symposium Competition. The top three prize winners for this year are Julia Dudley, Erin Hankins and Brianna Miner. The honorable mention distinctions were awarded to Brooke Newton, Sheila Gorton and Taetum Leffingwell. “It was difficult to select the winners as all the students’ submissions were excellent,” noted Grazyna Kozaczka, professor of English and director of the All-College Honors Program. “I’m sorry we can’t share them with everyone on campus as we have in years past.” 
In their proposals, the winners emphasized the importance of the All-College Honors Program in their intellectual and personal growth. "I have used the resources of the Honors Program to diversify both my personal and professional life," noted Julia Dudley. "Through the Honors Program, I have been able to visit places like the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the National Museum of the American Indian, among the others. These visits combined academics and pleasure, and by visiting through the lens of the Honors Program, I also began to think critically about curation and research." 
Erin Hankins explained how honors seminars influenced her creative writing, especially by helping her to create "the concept of a persecuted people" and "a tone of disruption and confusion" in her capstone long fiction. 
The All-College Honors Program offers outstanding students in all majors a stimulating learning environment beyond that found in the standard classroom coursework, and foster their exceptional academic talents and intellectual curiosity. 
Demanding curriculum, independent research opportunities and co-curricular activities challenge students to achieve their full educational potential not only through encouraging academic excellence, but also through promoting social responsibility in the global community. An honors degree certifies that students have produced academic work that meets the highest standards of academic rigor in both general education and in their career field.