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President: Laura Boden
Hi! I'm a senior accounting/finance major. I'm from Louisville, KY and one of my best decisions was coming to MSU! I love to read, run, cook, and eat ice cream. I'm excited to start another year and I'm sad it'll be my last one. As president, my job is to make sure everything in the HPSC runs according to plan and to serve as a liaison between the HP and MSU. This year, if you have any ideas or suggestions, don’t hesitate to email, call me, or stop me on campus!
Vice President: Rob Lewis I'm a wildlife and conservation biology major, emphasis: wildlife. I'm the president of the MSU Wildlife and Fisheries Society and am conducting research on tissue lead levels of urban gray squirrels. When I'm not at school I enjoy hunting, fishing, flying (I'm a pilot), and caving.
Treasurer: Samantha McMullen
Hello everyone! My name is Samantha McMullen and I am super excited to be your treasurer for the Honors Program. I am currently a sophomore Nursing major and a Spanish minor. This is my first year on the exec board, however I was a freshman representative last year. In addition to the Honors Program, I am involved with Racer Band and Christ Ambassadors. If you have any questions about anything (money, college, the meaning of life), don't hesitate to ask! I am looking forward to working with you all this year!
Secretary: Anna Paige Drew I'm a sophomore English Education major and Spanish minor. Here at Murray State, I am involved in the Honors Program, the National Council of Teachers of English, and the Baptist Campus Ministry. I also conduct research on the neo-slave narrative and related literature. I enjoy coffee, the outdoors, raising chickens, and knitting. As HPSC Secretary, I will record the minutes for each meeting and keep track of important dates and times. I'm looking forward to what the year has in store!
Sergeant at Arms: Demi StJohn
Hello all! I am a senior physics and math double major from Edwardsville, Illinois. This past summer I found a love of hiking while doing research in Colorado! In addition to all things Honors Program, I am a SGA Senator for the College of Science, Enginneering, and Technology, member of the Euclidean Math Club and President of the Society of Physics Students. I love playing intramural softball and volleyball (HP girls have made it to the semi-finals for the past two years!) and just having a good time! I look forward to all that this year has to offer!
As the student government organization for the Honors Program, the Honors Program Student Council (HPSC) serves as an advisory board to the Honors Program director. Our primary goal is to create a community for MSU honors students through five committees.
Our philanthropy committee organizes the annual event to raise money for various local charities. This committee also organizes smaller philanthropic ventures throughout the school year. In the past, the we have participated in Humane Society fundraisers, Up Til Dawn for St. Jude Children’s Hospital, Relay for Life and various philanthropic events hosted by Greek organizations on campus.
The goal of the public relations committee is to increase the Honors Program’s presence on campus through the website, brochure and printed media for events. The public relations committee allows our students to acquire experience in technical writing, photography, poster making as well as publication experiences.
Both our men’s and the women’s sports teams do extremely well in the independent divisions of all five sports played in intramural sports at MSU. The Honors Program Student Council teams play softball, flag football, volleyball, basketball and soccer, all of which have separate seasons throughout the school year. Through our fundraising, HP students can play for free and receive discounted team jerseys.
The fundraising committee is an essential part of our Council because these efforts fund our participation in campus activities as well as our off-campus excursions.
From movie nights to holiday parties to trips to Mammoth Cave, the social committee is vital to the Honors Program community. In the fall, we host a Halloween party, the HP Thanksgiving Pheast and Dirty Santa Christmas party open to all HP students. In the spring, we host a Pi Day party, a Spring Formal known as Pegasus Prom and the end-of-the-year Toga Party Grill Out on the Quad. There are girls’ and boys’ nights as well as monthly movie nights in the Honors Program Student Lounge.