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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

  • Steven Arriaza, Honors Program Junior Class Representative (2016-2017)
  • Heather Camp, College of Arts & Humanities FA Representative (2015-2018)
  • Jill Cooley, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences FA Representative (2016-2019)
  • Mikyla Denney, Honors Program Senior Class Representative (2016-2017)
  • Anne Dahlman, Honors Program Director, Honors Program Council Co-Chair
  • Hans-Peter De Ruiter, College of Allied Health & Nursing FA Representative (2014-2017)
  • Julia Dutove, FA UCAP Representative, (2016-2017)
  • Steven Gilbert, Counseling Center (2014-2017)
  • Oksana Kim, College of Business FA Representative (2014-2017)
  • Maggie Knier, Honors Program Freshman Class Representative (2016-2017)
  • Nadja Kramer, The Department of World Languages and Cultures Representative (2016-2017)
  • Teresa Kruizenga, College of Education FA Representative (2016-2019)
  • Karla Lassonde, Undergraduate Research Center
  • Katelynn Malecha, President, Honors Student Council (2016-2017)
  • Kelsey Nation, Residential Life Representative (2016-2017)
  • Carolyn Nelson, Office of Admissions Representative (2016-2017)
  • Barry Ries, Dean of Graduate Studies and Research, Honors Program Council Co-Chair 
  • Leah Roue, College of Science, Engineering and Technology FA Representative (2015-2018)
  • Liesel Theusch, Honors Program Sophomore Class Representative (2016-2017)
  • Ginny Walters, Honors Program Assistant Director and University Fellowship Coordinator
  • Jason Westman, MSUAASF Representative (2016-2018)