Release Date: May 13, 2013
Contacts: Amy Wilcox, EvCC Development Director, 425-388-9250; email@example.com
EvCC Celebrates First Honors Program Grads June 6
NFL Player Chris Kluwe to Speak
EVERETT, Wash. – Everett Community College will celebrate the first graduates from the college’s honors program, Dennice Bryant and Tu “Julian” Le, at 5-7 p.m. June 6 in EvCC’s Jackson Center with guest speaker NFL punter Chris Kluwe.
The celebration is open to the public.
Bryant and Le will present their capstone projects at the event. Bryant, 33, Monroe, will discuss her research and analysis about the history of health care policy and the Affordable Care Act. After graduation, she hopes to study political science at the University of Washington.
Le, 20, of Everett, will speak about his multimedia art project exploring the impact of multiculturalism, spiritual clash and the digital age on personal identity, self perception and moral and ethical dilemmas. After graduation, he plans to seek internship opportunities in film/multimedia, interactive arts, theatre arts or performance arts.
“Congratulations to Dennice and Julian for their extraordinary achievements,” said EvCC Honors Director Mark Kontulis. “The honors program aims to enrich our students as scholars, as citizens and as independent thinkers. Students who participate in the honors program are rewarded with enriching one-on-one learning experiences with exemplary faculty who are leaders in their fields.”
After the students’ presentations, NFL punter Chris Kluwe, known nationally for his support of marriage for same-sex couples, will speak about his experiences as a student, NFL player, family man and advocate for human rights and fair treatment.
Kluwe, who was admitted to Harvard University, is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles. He was a child violin prodigy and now is a voracious reader, gamer and tweeter. He is the author of “Beautifully Unique Sparkleponies,” a collection of his personal musings and short stories, which will be released June 25.
“We are so proud to celebrate our first two honors graduates and to hear celebrated NFL athlete Chris Kluwe's inspirational stories. We welcome our community to attend this event and celebrate with us,” Kontulis said.
EvCC started its honors program in Fall 2011 to provide advanced academic challenges to students and enable students to stand out when they transfer to 4-year schools. Honors graduates’ achievements are reflected on their transcripts.
All EvCC students with a B or higher in English 101 can enroll in honors classes. To graduate from the honors program, students must complete honors gateway classes, 15 more honors course credits and a 5-credit culminating capstone project. For a list of EvCC honors classes, visit www.everettcc.edu/classes and select Fall 2013.
For more information about the honors program, contact Honors Director Mark Kontulis at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.everettcc.edu/honors to learn more.