University of Kansas Honors Program

December 2013


University Honors Program
Nunemaker Center
1506 Engel Road
Lawrence, KS 66045
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The University Honors Program provides enriched educational opportunities to academically talented, promising, and motivated undergraduate students at KU.

Dr. Mark Box
Why I give: Dr. Mark Box

Mark Box, a University Honors Program alumnus, found out about Honors student Leigh Loving’s Honors-based student organization, the Jayhawk Health Initiative (JHI) earlier this year. When he learned about JHI and its mission to give experiential learning opportunities to students in pre-health programs while providing health care to those in need, he wanted to help.

“The opportunity to help students with doing outreach is like a double charity. It helps them with their education and career goals, and it provides much-needed care in Central America,” Dr. Box says.
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Sarah Kraus
Meet Sarah Kraus

Sarah Kraus downplays her three years in the Navy when she’s among her fellow University Honors Program students, but her military training has combined with her academics to give her a rather unique set of interests.

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John Staniunas brings different beat to Honors

One of the goals of the University Honors Program is to provide students with a well-rounded college experience – little did some of them know that might require them to tap into tap dancing. Read More.

John Staniunas in Dracula

Junior, majoring in human biology and pre-med

Worked in a health clinic in Guatemala

“Everybody in the program is driven. You’re never going to meet anyone who isn’t constantly pushing themselves. But at the same time, they want to see their classmates succeed. That is the level of community that Honors classes and the Honors Program provide. I have never second-guessed my decision to come to KU.”

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Ryan Steele

Honors Program Director Kathleen McCluskey-Fawcett with Sesame Street character Murray at a recent KU Alumni event in New York City.
Retiring Honors Program director leaves legacy award fund

The University Honors Program Advisory Board has created the Kathleen McCluskey-Fawcett Outstanding Contribution Award, in honor of the director, who will retire January 1. The purpose of the award is to recognize Honors students who demonstrate leadership, innovation and engagement in the Honors Program.

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