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Minnesota State University, Mankato

Minnesota State University, Mankato

Honors Council

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Through the Honors Council, faculty and staff contribute to the development of the Honors Program while advocating for academic excellence throughout campus. The Honors Council is co-chaired by the Honors Program Director and the Dean of Graduate Studies and Research. It meets once per month during the academic year.



The Honors Council supports academic excellence in leadership, research, and global citizenship throughout the campus. The Council will:

  • Work with the Dean to hire and evaluate the Honors Director
  • Support Honors Program faculty and students.
  • Assist with recruiting, admissions, and orientation.
  • Review and select Honors course and seminar proposals, and present their recommendations to the Curriculum and Academic Policy Committee.
  • Maintain, develop, and assess the Honors Curriculum.
  • Assess Honors courses and student portfolio demonstrations.
  • Conduct program evaluation.


Honors Council Members and Terms

 Barb Bergman, Library Services (2011-2014)
 Ryan Colakovic, Class of 2016 Representative (2013-2014)
 Kimberly Contag, Spanish (2012-2015)
 Christopher Corley, Honors Program Director, Co-Chair (2012-2015)
 Stephen Druschel, Civil Engineering (2012-2015)
 Katherine Hansen, Office of First Year Experience (2012-2015)
 Regan Knapp, Class of 2015 Representative (2013-2014)
 Nadja Kramer, World Languages and Cultures (2014-2015)
 Lindsey Lancette, Class of 2014 Representative (2013-2014)
 Karla Lassonde, Psychology (2013-2016)
 Ron Nickerson, Curriculum and Academic Policy Committee Representative (2012-2013)
 Deborah Jesseman, Educational Studies: K-12 and Secondary Programs (2013-2016)
 Barry Ries, Dean of Graduate Studies and Research, Co-Chair (2011-2013)
 Marilyn Hart, Undergraduate Research Center Director (2012-2015)
 Matthew Sidmore, Assistant Director of Admissions (2013-2014)
 Alex Sorenson, President, Honors Student Council (2013-2014)  
 Kristin Scott, Marketing and International Business (2011-2014)
 Rachelle Toupence, Recreation, Parks and Leisure Services (2011-2014)
 Kristin Underwood, Career Development Center  (2012-2014) 
 Ginny Walters, Honors Program Assistant Director (2013-2014)
 Alan Werden, Residential Life (2013-2014)
 Mark Wickelgren, Class of 2017 Representative (2013-2014)