Honors College

History of the Honors College

HISTORY TIMELINE OF THE HONORS COLLEGE

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1973

Establishment of the Honors Program at MTSU, with Dr. June Hall McCash as Founding Director.
Office in the Drawing (now Jackson) Building.

1974

First student graduates from the Honors Program. First Honors newsletter, Honors in Perspective, issued.

1978

MTSU hosts second annual meeting of the Tennessee Honors Council.

1979

Honors College offices transferred to Peck Hall.

1980

A 24-hour Playathon held to raise funds.
Dr. Ron Messier named Director of the Honors Program.

1983

Honors self-study issued.

1990 Dr. John Paul Montgomery named Director of the University Honors Program.
1991

Establishment of Honors Lyceum.

1997

Wood and Felder Halls designated as Honors Living/Learning Centers.

1998

The Honors Program becomes the Honors College.
Dr. John Paul Montgomery, Director of the Honors Program since 1990, named Dean of the University Honors College.

2001

First Honors Program graduate and his brother commit to $2 million matching gift for the Honors Building.

2004

Paul W. Martin, Sr. Honors Building dedicated.
The Honors College assumes responsibility for literary magazine Collage.
Dr. Philip Mathis named Interim Dean of the University Honors College.

2005

Report on the Honors College, A Focus for the Future, issued.
The Undergraduate Fellowships Office (UFO) is established.
First speaker hosted for Paul W. Martin, Sr. Lecture Series.
Dr. Philip Mathis named Dean of the University Honors College.
Dr. Angela Hague named Interim Associate Dean.

2006

The Honors College hires first full-time associate dean, Dr. Scott Carnicom.

2007

The first incoming class of Buchanan Scholars accepted.
Honors student wins Goldwater Scholarship.
Board of Visitors established for the Honors College.

2008

Lyon Hall is refurbished and designated as the Honors Residence Hall.
MTSU hosts annual Tennessee Collegiate Honors Council meeting.
Dr. John Vile named Dean of the University Honors College.

2009

A Vision for the Future: Master Plan for the Honors College, 2009-2019 issued.

2010

Scientia becomes Scientia et Humanitas and is transferred to the Honors College.
Honors College establishes chapter of Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Society.
MTSU Honors student named to USA Today All-Academic First Team.
Two students nominated through the Undergraduate Fellowships Office win Fulbright Awards.

2011

Two students nominated through the Undergraduate Fellowships Office win Fulbright Scholarships. 
Two students nominated through the Undergraduate Fellowships Office win Goldwater Scholarships.
College helps with publication of Time and Tradition: A Poetry Anthology, ed. by Phil Mathis.
Don and Carolyn Midgett announce the establishment of a Centennial Scholarship for an Honors Student.
College publishes first issue ot Scientia et Humanitas.
Dr. Scott Carnicom wins prestigious ACE award.
Dr. Philip Phillips named Interim Associate Dean.
Celal Asfar ("Uncle Celal") receives the first Distinguished Friend of the University Honors College Award.

 2012

Three students nominated through the Undergraduate Fellowships Office win Fulbright Scholarships.
One student nominated through the Undergratuate Fellowships Office wins a Goldwater Scholarship.
Honors Edition becomes Honors Magazine.

Collage wins the coveted Gold Crown Award from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA) for the first time.
The MTSU Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa hosted the first annual "True Blue Leadership Day" at the Honors College.

Honors Magazine tied for first place in the National Collegiate Honors Council's Newsletter Contest for 2012.

2013

The Chronicle of Higher Education lists MTSU as one of the top producers of U.S. Fulbright Students by type of institution for the 2012 academic year. MTSU is among 17 schools listed in the master's institutions category and the only college or university from Tennessee listed in three categories altogether.

Two students nominated through the Undergraduate Fellowships Office win Fulbright Scholarships (Israel and Brazil), and one is named an alternate (Netherlands).

One student nominated through the Undergraduate Fellowships Office receives a Goldwater Scholarship, and one receives an Honorable Mention.

Collage: A Journal of Creative Expression wins the Columbia Scholastic Press Association's highest award, the Gold Crown Award, for an unprecedented second year in a row.

Speaker of the House Beth Harwell receives the second Distinguished Friend of the University Honors College Award during National Women's History Month for exemplary service to the citizens of Tennessee.

Interim Associate Dean Philip Phillips participates in the Harvard University Graduate School of Education's Management Development Program (MDP) Class of 2013.

The University Honors College receives its largest gift to date--a bequest in the amount of 2.5 million dollars from the estate of Nobel Laureate and MTSU Alumnus Dr. James M. Buchanan--to support student scholarships and academic opportunities for honors students.

Dr. Drew Sieg (Biology) joins the University Honors College as its first Visiting Honors Scholar.

The University Honors College welcomes its first class of Honors Transfer Fellows.