Honors Day Scheduled for May 5

Posted on April 30th, 2012 by

On Saturday, May 5, Gustavus Adolphus College will host Honors Day, an annual event that recognizes the academic excellence and achievements of hundreds of its students.

Highlights of the event include the announcement of inductees to Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious academic honors fraternity; the selection of students to the Guild of St. Ansgar, named in honor of the first Christian missionary to Scandinavia; and the announcement of 15 female juniors to the Guild of St. Lucia, in honor of Gustavus’ Swedish heritage. Both guilds recognize academic, extra-curricular, and leadership achievements.

In addition, nine seniors and nine juniors will be honored as this year’s Albert G. Swanson and Gerhard T. Alexis Scholars. The Swanson and Alexis awards are given annually to the seniors and juniors who have achieved the highest cumulative grade point average through the 2011-12 academic year.

The Honors Day Convocation speaker will be Associate Professor of Nursing Barbara Zust ’76, who last spring was named the 2011 recipient of the Edgar M. Carlson Award for Distinguished Teaching, the faculty’s highest accolade for teaching excellence.

Scheduled events for the day are as follows:

  • 9:30 a.m. / Coffee Reception / Johns Family Courtyard
  • 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. / Books in Bloom Exhibition / Folke Bernadotte Memorial Library
  • 10:30 a.m. / Honors Convocation / Christ Chapel
  • 11:30 a.m. / Honors Day Luncheon Buffet (ticket required) / Evelyn Young Dining Room
  • 12 p.m. / Dance: Our Place, In Place / Jackson Campus Center
  • 12:15 p.m. / Communication Studies Honors Reception / Torrey Atrium, Beck Hall
  • 1:30 p.m. / Senior Honors Recital / Jussi Bjorling Recital Hall
  • 1:30 p.m. / Political Science Research Symposium / Second floor, Old Main
  • 2 p.m. / Festival of Dionysus / Linnaeus Arboretum
  • 4 p.m. / Choir of Christ Chapel Home Concert / Christ Chapel
  • 6 p.m. / Dance: Our Place, In Place / Eckman Mall
  • 7 p.m. / Night of Distinction / Alumni Hall
  • 8 p.m. / Theatre: Origin Story / Anderson Theatre
  • 9 p.m. / Dance: Our Place, In Place / Torrey Atrium, Beck Hall
  • 10 p.m. / Dance: Our Place, In Place / Christ Chapel

For more information about Honors Day events, contact the Gustavus Office of Marketing and Communication at 507-933-7520 or marketing@gustavus.edu. To purchase tickets for the Honors Day Luncheon Buffet, go online to gustavustickets.com.


Media Contact: Director of Media Relations and Internal Communication JJ Akin


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