|Centre to host 22nd annual Governor's Scholars Program
RELEASED: June 24, 2004
DANVILLE, KYReturning for another year of a lot of education and fun, the 2004 Governor's Scholars Program gets underway Sunday.
From June 27 to July 31, 352 of Kentucky's most outstanding rising high school seniors will be on Centre's campus studying a variety of topics.
Each student was invited to the five-week program, which provides academic and personal growth, after applications were received. This is a challenging, non-traditional experience that balances a strong liberal arts program with a full co-curricular and residential life experience. The students choose a major and minor field of study, selecting from various themes. The courses in each major will be taught during morning seminars. Faculty members are drawn from colleges, universities and high schools in Kentucky and beyond.
International studies will be the focus of this year's program. Many of the GSP faculty, staff and resident assistants have had experience teaching, studying and living overseas in such places as Russia, Iran, Nigeria, Vietnam and other destinations.
Among the special features for this year's program are a lecture by cross-Atlantic rower and Kentucky native Tori Murden-McClure and a workshop led by deaf artist Jeff Carroll, among other programs.
Scholars will participate in "Explore Kentucky Day" as they travel to different parts of Kentucky and learn about the various assets the state has to offer.
Clarence Wyatt, Pottinger Associate Professor of History and special assistant to the president at Centre, will serve as the campus director of GSP. Patrick Noltemeyer, director of Greek life at Centre, is director of scholars. The program, which began in 1983, has grown to around 1,000 students each summer on the GSP campuses.
"Centre has been involved with the Governor's Scholars Program since its inception," says Centre President John Roush. "The program reflects Centre College's engaging approach to the liberal arts and sciencessmall classes and one-to-one interaction with outstanding teachers/scholars. It's what we do best."
This year's program will be staffed by 18 faculty members. There are10 office staff members and 18 resident assistants, many of whom are former scholars themselves and are students at Kentucky colleges and universities.
Sherleen Sisney is statewide director of the Governor's Scholars Program. There will be two other GSP campuses this summer: Bellarmine University and Eastern Kentucky University. Aris Cedeno will serve as academic chair of GSP. The program is in its 22nd year.
For more on GSP, visit http://www.kygsp.org/.
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