The Honors Program - page 10-11

The Honors Program not only fosters exciting collaborative relationships among students and faculty,
it also spurs rewarding friendships and provides a warm, supportive and stimulating atmosphere.
Community, Support and
Service
In Honors classes and during the Honors thesis, you’ll be part of a tightly knit
community of students and professors working together in a unique, collaborative
learning experience. But the Honors Program isn’t just about high-powered
academics.
Ice cream socials and poker nights, field trips and festive gatherings all
contribute to the bond that holds the Honors community together. Many Honors
students continue to pursue their avocations at Clarkson. A local symphony and
chorus invite our students to participate, and Clarkson has opportunities like pep
band, the Outing Club, theater and over 100 other student organizations. Last year,
Honors students even founded Clarkson’s new Ballroom Dance club and Foodies
club. We’re a right-sized university in a classic college town, with plenty of
opportunities for involvement.
The other part of community means service. Like most Clarkson students,
Honors students want to make a difference. Several years ago, the students adopted
a requirement for themselves — they would spend time each semester on community
service. Their goal? “To impact the community in which we live, to promote humane
activity, and instill a spirit of public service.” That means Honors students organize food
drives, campus clean-ups, and visits to nursing homes and animal shelters. Students
must also develop their own personal service projects.
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Success on the Field
and in the Classroom
The Honors Program has a proud tradition of attracting
talented student-athletes. Honors students have been on
NCAA tournament teams and USCSA National Championship
teams. They have been Liberty League Performers of the
Week, Liberty League All-Stars and Academic All-Americans;
they have been captains of many teams; and they generally
participate in college sports at higher rates than other
students. One of the newest stars is John Coleman, a junior
mathematics major who excels on the basketball court and
baseball diamond.
In 2011-2012, John started in 24 out of 25 basketball
games and averaged 13.5 points per game. He ranked third
in the nation in field-goal percentage (64.1% from the floor), a
single-season record for the Golden Knights. His stellar season
earned him Liberty League Rookie of the Year and ECAC
Upstate Rookie of the Year. John also played all 39 games for
Golden Knights baseball as the starting shortstop and batted
.324. He earned Liberty League Rookie of the Year and was a
Liberty League Honorable Mention All-Star. John is Clarkson’s
first-ever athlete to win rookie of the year in two different
sports. He was Clarkson University’s Male Rookie of the Year.
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