The first entering class of the newly established Honors College at Youngstown State University will be formally welcomed by current Honors students and alumni at a “Passing of the Torch” ceremony and picnic on Monday, Aug. 17.
The event at the Pollock House on Wick Avenue will conclude the weekend freshman Honors College orientation activities.
The new freshman class, otherwise known as the Honors College XXIII, will receive the torch from the previous class of Scholars and Honors students. YSU President Jim Tressel, Provost Martin Abraham and Honors College Director Amy Cossentino will welcome the students and provide brief remarks. Alumni, deans and faculty will also to take part in the celebration.
Freshmen students will assemble on Elm Street near the Cafaro House at 11 a.m., where they will begin their procession carrying the new honors college banner, and their academic college flags. Upon their arrival at the Pollock House, the former banner will be retired and the new one presented. The torch, signifying a new era in honors at YSU, will pass to a freshmen and represent a bond among all honors students.
Established in 1977, the Honors program at YSU became vibrant in the early 1990s with the institution of the Leslie H. Cochran University Scholars Program. In December 2014, the YSU Board of Trustees approved the formation of the Honors College. The College is positioned to offer the continuation of a strong foundation enhanced by greater opportunities and collaboration in academics and research, leadership, service and engagement, study abroad and interdisciplinary perspectives to increased numbers of academically-talented students. The programs had 326 members in 2014-15 and has swelled to 424 for the upcoming year.