Honors College Office of the Provost

A Message from the Director

 

Dear Students, Alumni, and Friends of the Honors College:


Welcome Back! That phrase brings a special level of excitement this year, as we welcome members of the Honors family back to campus. We are thrilled that our students can enjoy in-person classes, student organizations, social events, and campus life this semester. In doing so we will continue to align our mission to provide an elevated educational experience with our responsibility to promote collective health and wellbeing.

There is so much to celebrate in the Honors College. Soon our program will be featured in the award-winning documentary series “Viewpoint with Dennis Quaid.” This project provides a national forum for us to tell the story of what academic excellence means for the Honors College, for the university, and for the state of Alabama. We are so proud to showcase the accomplishments of our students and to highlight the core values that motivate our work.

Headshot of Director Tiffany Sippial in her office

In other national news, I hope you have been watching our Auburn team competing in the TV program “College Bowl.” Did you know that two of the three team members are current or former AU Honors students? Eleanor Covington and Ada Ruth Huntley are certainly showing us all what it means to “Honor Your Dreams.” If you have not yet tuned in, you should cheer on our incredible team!

Also stay tuned for information about new courses and programming activities we are offering this year. Two new programming initiatives that we are excited to offer this year are our STEP 2 program and our LEAD peer mentoring program. Our STEP 2 program (Sophomore Transition Experience Program) will kick off on August 26. The program will include special opportunities for our sophomores to connect socially, but also workshops and events focused on career exploration, life skills, academic success, leadership, and research.

Over one hundred student mentees have signed up for our new LEAD peer mentoring program. Mentees will join peer families headed by a current honors student who will lead them through a series of academic, social, and career-related activities and discussions throughout the year. I am so pleased to see this new initiative off to such a strong start and look forward to seeing the positive impact it will have on our community.

I wish you a wonderful and healthy fall semester. If I can ever be of service, please never hesitate to contact me via email (tat0004@auburn.edu) or by phone (334-844-5860). I hope that you will also follow me on Instagram @auhonorsdir

Just a reminder Auburn requires everyone to wear face coverings when inside university buildings. The policy applies to all students, faculty, staff and campus visitors, regardless of vaccination status.

Honor Your Dreams and WAR EAGLE!

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Dr. Tiffany A. Sippial

Director of the Honors College
Auburn University

Last modified: September 17, 2021