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The Keystone Honors Academy Participates in the PASSHE Honors Student Development Conference

Dr. Tara Kent

April 16, 2013

On April 15, 2013, three members of the Keystone Honors Academy joined the Dean, Dr. Tara Kent, to participate in the PASSHE Honors Student Development Conference.  Ashley Benjamin (senior, biology major), Travonya Kenly (sophomore, biology major) and Julianne Lewis (junior, psychology major), represented the Keystone Honors Academy and they participated in a poster session and presented in the panel discussions.  
 
Travonya presented a paper titled “Integrated Student Retention and Community Building in the Keystone Honors Academy,” and she discussed the model utilized in the Keystone Honors Academy to achieve strong student retention and graduation rates.  Specifically, she noted that the honors college responds to the needs of the students in a holistic way and seeks to fully “integrate students into the campus climate,” to create an environment that is both nurturing and a creative place to learn.  Ashley and Travonya presented at a session on international education, and they discussed their experiences in Oxford, England with the PASSHE Honors Study Abroad Program in the summer of 2013.  
 
The conference brought together the students, Deans and Directors of the honors programs across the PASSHE system.  Over 70 students participated, and they exchanged ideas about honors education, leadership, service learning and professional development.  The conference was hosted by the Millersville University Honors College, and Dr. Downey organized a team of honors students who facilitated the activities.  Students, faculty and staff networked with each other, and interacted with executive staff from the Office of the Chancellor.