TAMIU Honors Students Learn Much in New Orleans
Recently, three Texas A&M International University D.D. Hachar Honors
students had the opportunity to travel to New Orleans, Louisiana and meet
with university honor students from across the country. (photo)
Rachel Haugen, Liz Sandoval and Carlos Nuñez were accompanied
by Dr. Carlos E. Cuéllar, associate professor of history and director
of TAMIU's D.D. Hachar Honors Program
The students were selected based on three criteria: GPA, involvement
in TAMIU and community activities and good standing in the Honors Program,
said Dr. Cuéllar.
He explained that at the 39th Annual Conference of the National Collegiate
Honors Council, students discussed honors research, exchanged ideas and
attended sessions designed to expose them to new concepts and improve
their college experience.
All three students said they learned a great deal from their trip.
"I was exposed to many other honor students from across the nation
and I noticed both their intelligence and determination to succeed,"
said Nuñez, a senior majoring in accounting, "In short, I
had my first look at my competition."
Haugen, a junior majoring in Spanish, found the presentations by other
honors students particularly helpful.
"Being able to listen to these students present their research
projects not only informed me about their actual topics, but also was
very useful in teaching me about the art of organizing and delivering
a speech," said Haugen.
Topics discussed included African-American culture, understanding Islam
and bridging differences through multicultural literatures, said Cuéllar.
In addition to the more traditional aspects of learning, the students
reported they found the experience of New Orleans and meeting people from
across the country worthwhile.
"The cultural enrichment that I gained during this trip is invaluable,"
said Sandoval, a junior majoring in economics. "It was a privilege
to have acquired this academic and cultural experience with my wonderful
Cuéllar, who has directed the D.D. Hachar Honors program since
its inception in October 1999, has always tried to enrich his students'
lives, and many students have spoken of him as a mentor and friend. The
itinerary he planned for the three students was designed to expose them
to the rich culture of New Orleans, and ensure they got the most from
a four-day trip.
"I truly believe that Rachel, Liz and Carlos got an education that
rivaled anything they learned this past semester. In spite of the few
days we had, I do think that we made the most of our time and experienced
a world-class city with its diverse culture," said Cuéllar.
The D.D. Hachar Honors Program offers selected students an opportunity
to demonstrate greater personal responsibility for their education. Students
accepted into the Honors Program are awarded a four-year scholarship providing
funds for tuition, books and fees. This scholarship is renewable each
subsequent year, provided the Scholar meets all requirements.
For more information on the D.D. Hachar Honors Program, please contact
Dr. Cuéllar at 326.2626, visit offices in the Sue and Radcliffe
Killam Library, room 421 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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