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University Honors Council
The University Honors Council advises the Director of the Honors College. The council reviews and approves general honors courses, seminars, departmental honors requirements, honors program initiatives, honors scholarships and awards, honors research grants, and Honors College policies and procedures.
2012 - 2013 Meeting Dates
- September 19, 2012 3:30pm
- October 17, 2012 3:30pm
- November 14, 2012 3:30pm
- February 20, 2013 3:30pm
- March 20, 2013 3:30pm
- April 24, 2013 3:30pm
2012-2013 Honors Council Members
COLLEGE OF ARTS & SCIENCES
Ginny Boynton, History (2015)
Virginia Jelatis, History (2014)
Diane Sandage, Sociology (2013)
COLLEGE OF BUSINESS & TECHNOLOGY
George Mangalaraj, Computer Science & Information Systems (2015)
Jim McQuillan, Computer Science & Information Systems (2013)
Anna Valeva, Economics & Decision Science (2014)
COLLEGE OF EDUCATION & HUMAN SERVICES
Katherine Pawelko, Recreation Park and Tourism Administration (2015)
Todd Lough, Law Enforcement & Justice Administration (2013)
Donna Aguinga, Social Work (2013)
COLLEGE OF FINE ARTS & COMMUNICATION
Eric Ginsberg, School of Music (2013)
Richard Hughey, School of Music (Fall 2012)
Jeff Brown, School of Music (2015)
Krista Bowers Sharpe, University Libraries (2015)
Rick Hardy, Interim Director, Centennial Honors College.
Molly Homer, Academic Advisor, Centennial Honors College.
Jen McNabb, Associate Director, Centennial Honors College.
Dr. Ginny Boynton
In terms of Honors connections, Ginny Boynton taught an Honors FYE class, supervised several Honors theses, and supervised multiple in-class Honors projects, including a historical research paper (by Jessica Toops) that won the Department's Thompson Paper Award for the best undergraduate History paper written in 2011 and will be published in the next issue of the Western Illinois Historical Review. This Spring (2013) she will be teaching a section of GH 301 that focuses on the history of colonial Latin American women.
Dr. Jeffrey Brown
Jeffrey Brown is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music, where he earned the Performer's Certificate, Master of Music, and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees. He has concertized extensively throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. Recent performance highlights include the Dame Myra Hess Series in Chicago, the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., and two chamber music tours of China.
Dr. Katharine Pawelko
Dr. Katharine A. Pawelko is a Professor in the Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration at Western Illinois University. Dr. Pawelko has also worked for the Maryland-National Park and Planning Commission, National Park Service, and U.S. Forest Service on various applied projects in the field. She has been a presenter at the Illinois Department of Natural Resources "Becoming an Outdoorswoman" workshops and member of the Conservation Caucus. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses dealing with research and evaluation methods, measurement and statistical analysis, and the human dimensions of natural resource management.
Dr. Todd Lough
Dr. Todd Lough earned his Bachelor's Degree in Liberal Arts from Concordia College in 1986, where he majored in Political Science. He subsequently attended Loyola University Chicago, earning both an M.A. (1990) and Ph.D. (1998) in American Politics. His research at Loyola examined the effects of scandal on elections for the U.S. House of Representatives. Prior to coming to Western in the fall of 2007, Dr. Lough worked for nine years as a Chicago Police Officer. During his tenure with the CPD, he worked in a number of different capacities, including patrol officer, gang and tactical officer, neighborhood relations officer, and gang violence analyst. As a gang violence analyst Dr. Lough worked in the Chicago Police Department's Deployment Operations Center where he conducted a weekly analysis of street gang-related shootings in an effort to deploy department resources to combat gang violence and reduce the city's homicide rate. His research interests include policing issues, private and public security concerns, and multi-jurisdictional responses to terrorism.
Dr. Donna Aguiniga
Donna Aguiniga earned a Master of Social Work degree from Boise State University and a PhD in Social Work from the University of Texas-Austin. Her social work practice experience includes child protective services and community mental health. Dr. Aguiniga's research interests include child welfare, mental health stigma, and rural social work. She volunteers her time with the Advocacy Network for Children CASA program and WIRC Victim Services.
Dr. Richard Hughey
Richard Hughey is Director of Orchestral Activities at Western Illinois University. He completed a Bachelor of Music cum laude at Utah State University with a major in Cello Performance and a minor in German. At the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, he completed a Master of Music degree magna cum laude, with a double major in Cello Performance and Orchestral Conducting as a student of Christian Tiemeyer. He then went on to the University of Arizona where he completed the Doctor of Musical Arts in Cello Performance under the tutelage of Gordon Epperson and a minor in Orchestral Conducting under Leonard Pearlman.
Krista Bowers Sharpe
Krista Bowers Sharpe is an assistant professor in the WIU Libraries. Her degrees are in history (BA), library & information science (MA), and sociology (MA), the last from WIU. A highlight of her current position at the Malpass Library is working one-on-one with students at the reference desk . In addition, Krista teaches research skills, serves as liaison to three departments, and coordinates the library's annual banned books celebration. Before coming to WIU, she held positions at Cornell College (IA), the University of Iowa Engineering Library, and Monmouth College.
Chris Fidecki is a Sophomore Law Enforcement and Justice Administration major at WIU and is serving as a student representative on Honors Council.