Honors Council

Page address: https://www.mnsu.edu/honors/facultystaff/council.html


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

 Heather Bunde, MSUAASF Representative (2014-2016)
 Anne Dahlman, Honors Program Director, Co-Chair (2015-2018)
 Hans-Peter De Ruiter, Allied Health & Nursing (2014-2017)
 Stephen Druschel, Civil Engineering (2012-2015) 
 Shelby Flegel, Senior Class Representative (2014-2015)
 Steven Gilbert, Counseling Center (2014-2017)
 Julia Hamann, President, Honors Student Council (2014-2015)  
 Deborah Jesseman, Educational Studies: K-12 and Secondary Programs (2013-2016)
 Julie Kerr-Berry, Curriculum and Academic Policy Committee Representative (2014-2015)  
 Oksana Kim, Accounting and Business Law (2014-2017)
 Nadja Kramer, World Languages and Cultures (2014-2015)  
 Karla Lassonde, Psychology (2013-2016)
 Natalie Moses, Sophomore Class Representative (2014-2015)
 Carolyn Nelson, Assistant Director of Admissions (2015-2016)
 Heather Camp, Arts & Humanities Representative (2015-2018)
 Anna Rice, Junior Class Representative (2014-2015)
 Barry Ries, Dean of Graduate Studies and Research, Co-Chair
 Jennifer Turner, FA UCAP Representative, (2015-2016)
 Ginny Walters, Honors Program Assistant Director
 Alan Werden, Residential Life (2014-2015)