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From the Director's Letter in the 2019 Forum:
"Our new LSA Dean, Anne Curzan, emphasizes the importance of joy, play, and gratitude in our academic lives. Dean Curzan and I have known one another for twenty-one years — we both have our Ph.D.s from U-M and defended our dissertations just weeks apart — so maybe it’s no surprise that I share those commitments. In the Honors Program, it’s easy to experience both joy and gratitude, and as I begin my second term as Director, going to campus every day feels more like getting to play than going to a job. Our students, our staff, our faculty, and you, our alums, are the reason for it.
Play doesn’t mean a lack of seriousness. Our students, in particular, confront a world that is more competitive and more uncertain than that many of us faced at their age. (By “us” I mean those of us who need more than their fingers and toes to count the years since college graduation.) But it is exactly the younger generation’s creativity, grit, and innovativeness that move us, too, to be playful...The Honors Program both maintains its traditional strengths and builds new ways of focusing on our core values: intellectual curiosity and academic rigor. [Additional content at lsa.umich.edu/honors/news and in the 2019 Forum Vol. 23.]
Joy and gratitude, indeed. I feel it every day, getting to work and play with our students, the Honors staff, our faculty and graduate instructors. And joy and gratitude to you, as well, our alums and friends, who make so much of it possible. Thank you!"
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