FEB. 14, 2003
CONTACT: Mike Stepanovich, 661/664-2456, mstepanovich@csub.edu

 California State University, Bakersfield hosts its annual "special evening for high school senior honors students" on Tuesday, Feb. 25, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Student Union multipurpose room 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 the university. More than 250 students are involved in CSUB's honors program.
 "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 Helen Hawk Windes scholarships available for honors program participants." He said more than $200,000 worth of scholarships are available to incoming freshmen.
 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 are eligible to participate in the honors program. 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, and a special honors lounge complete with TV and computer access," Flachmann said. "Students say the best aspect of the program is going through one class each quarter with the same students. 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 reservations or more information, please call Marina Avalos-Kegley in CSUB's Outreach Services at 661/664-3138, or (800) 788-CSUB (2782), extension 3138.