This old English rhyme is what a bride is supposed to wear (along with “a silver sixpence in her shoe”) on her wedding day to ensure fortune, fidelity, and fecundity. It is apt as well for the Lewis Honors College as we prepare to enter into our first year at full strength, in terms of staff, faculty, and students.
Honors education at the University of Kentucky is quite old, having been established in 1958. Over the last 60 years honors at UK has taken on many forms and the Lewis Honors College is proud to be building upon that legacy. There are faculty in every college and department at UK who are dedicated to enhancing honors education and providing our students with the most challenging and engaging experience possible. The leaders, faculty, and alumni who have gone before us have built a strong and sure foundation for us and we are grateful.
Tom and Jan Lewis have certainly provided us with something “new” in their remarkable gift of $23.5 million which has enabled us to build an Honors Quad. “HQ” (as I like to call it) is anchored by Lewis Hall, the gorgeous home of the Lewis Honors College lecturers, counselors, advisors, and staff. These positions are also new, made possible not only by the Lewis’ gift but the commitment and support of President Capilouto and then-Provost Tim Tracy.
This fall we will also introduce new academic curriculum and college programming. Here we will borrow and build upon the very best of UK and honors education to provide our students with an honors experience that fulfills our mission to help our “students explore their purpose, develop intellectually, and lead with integrity.” In addition to the world-class UK faculty and advisors already at the University, these 12 honors lecturers, five academic advisors, and five personal and career counselors are dedicated to our Lewis Honors College students.
Something blue? Well, we are Kentucky after all! See Blue is who we are and what we do! We also will encourage and foster our students towards “blue sky thinking,” to consider not only their own future, but how they can make a positive and lasting impact on the Bluegrass State and the world. This is the “Lewis Life.”
It is an exciting time to be at the University of Kentucky and I hope you will join us!