NEWS FROM CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, BAKERSFIELD
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 3, 2000
CONTACT: Mike Stepanovich, 661/664-2456 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Honors Students Recognition Night
California State University, Bakersfield hosts its annual high school honors student recognition night on Wednesday, Feb. 9, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Dore Theater on the CSUB campus.
Each year scores of high school honors students come to campus with their parents to learn about CSUB's fellowships, scholarships, the Merit Scholar program and the Helen Louise Hawk Honors Program, said CSUB English professor Michael Flachmann, who directs the honors program.
He said the recognition night will feature a jazz quartet, hors d'oeuvres, campus tours, and information about the various scholarly programs offered at CSUB.
The number of honors students has more than doubled in the last four years, Flachmann said. In 1996, "we had 35 students in our freshman honors class," he said. "In 1997 we had 48; in 1998 the number increased to 76; and in 1999 the enrollment jumped to 94.
"All high school honors students and their parents are invited," Flachmann said. "We'd like to tell them more about the honors program and the five $1,000 Helen Hawk Windes scholarships available for honors program participants."
The honors program is for incoming freshmen who have a cumulative high school grade point average of 3.8 or better or 1,150 score on their Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT), or a 26 on the ACT. Participants who successfully complete the program have a special note to that effect on their university transcripts.
"We're aiming at the upper 2 percent to 3 percent of high school students," Flachmann said. "What we're really trying to do is create a Harvard-type experience for the students within the larger context of the CSU."
Program participants get some important perks: priority registration and classes taught by CSUB's top professors. "We also have special events for them each quarter," Flachmann said.
"Students say the best aspect of the program is going through one class each quarter with the same students," Flachmann said. "It's a real coterie experience that I think benefits the students."
Flachmann adds his own personal touch to the program. Each summer he calls all the participants to welcome them to the program and tells them what to expect. Then when school starts, he hosts a reception for them in his home, where they meet the faculty members who will be teaching the honors courses, and Helen Hawk Windes, the benefactor for whom the program is named.
During the school year, students are involved in special projects where they write papers, hear talks and participate in seminars.
For more information, please call Flachmann at 661/664-2121.