Welcome from the Director

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

Welcome to a new year at Auburn University! I am so proud to have been selected as the new director of the Honors College, and cannot wait to see all that we will achieve together. This is truly a dream job.

One of the most thrilling parts of being director is having the opportunity to craft a vision for the future of the Honors College. My vision is encapsulated in a phrase that you will soon see everywhere from our website to our new t-shirt designs: “HONOR YOUR DREAMS.”

The word “honor” holds power. In its noun form, honor is associated with accolades recognizing exceptional talents. This year, however, I ask you to contemplate its verb form—to regard with great respect or to fulfill an obligation to.

In its verb form, the word "honor" calls us to action. To honor our dreams, we must act upon our convictions, passions, and goals. Everywhere around Cater Hall you will see the phrase “Honor Your Dreams,” as well as the verbs EXPERIENCE, EXPLORE, ENGAGE, and ELEVATE. I hope that these four verbs will motivate and direct us as we honor our individual and collective dreams this year. I also hope that our dreams will serve not only ourselves but also our broader community.

In the coming year I challenge you to seek your own verb. Will it be INSPIRE? Will it be SEEK? Will it be EMPOWER? Find the verb that speaks to the boldness, resilience, and grit that you will need to honor your unique dreams. They are indeed worthy of respect.

Our team is hard at work preparing for one of our most exciting years yet, so get ready! If I can ever be of service, please never hesitate to contact me via email  or by phone (334-844-5810). My office hours are: Mondays, 8:30-9:30 am and Thursdays, 2-3 pm. I hope that you will also follow me on Instagram @auhonorsdir.

Honor Your Dreams and Find Your Verb!

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Dr. Tiffany A. Sippial

Director of The Honors College
Auburn University


The Director of the Honors College, Dr. Tiffany Sippial, is constituting her Honors College Alumni Advisory Council and is looking for six council members. The council’s big project this year will be to plan for the Honors College 40thAnniversary celebration planned for fall 2019. If you are interested in serving on the council, please contact Dr. Sippial.

The Director of the Honors College, Dr. Tiffany Sippial, is looking for Honors College alumni interested in serving as mentors for the Honors College Alumni Professional Mentor Program. This program provides current Honors students an opportunity to connect with Honors alumni who share similar academic and professional interests. Professional mentoring programs are mutually beneficial for both the student and the alumni. This rewarding experience instills confidence, guidance, and shapes future professional success for Honors students; while mentors reap the rewards of helping students achieve their full potential. Through a shared mutual interest in their individual majors, the understanding of the importance of a stellar education, and a love for Auburn University, the Honors Alumni Professional Mentor Program is an enlightening and life changing experience for both participants. If you are interested in serving as an alumni mentor, please contact Dr. Sippial.

Last modified: August 9, 2018