Skip to main content Skip to navigation
Division of Academic Engagement and Student Achievement Distinguished Scholarships Program

Progression 2018 Photo Gallery

“Don’t be afraid to take initiative and reach out to find help and get involved.”

“Networking is super important to help you succeed.”

“My major doesn’t dictate where I (can) expand my interests.”

These are just a few take-away comments offered by around 200 first-year students who packed the CUB Senior Ballroom on Jan. 26 to take part in the Freshman Scholars Progression 2018. The fourth annual, invitation-only event connected high-achieving students with about 30 faculty and staff experts from fields and programs across the University. The host was the Distinguished Scholarships Program.

The students received certificates recognizing their scholastic achievements in their first semester at college, and learned about opportunities to expand their college experience, and make the most of their scholar potential. Topics included: mentored research, scholarship, and creative activities; student clubs and leadership; cultural competencies; professional etiquette; study abroad; and much more.

In three months, self-addressed postcards will be returned to the students as a follow-up to the Progression. On the cards, they listed a few things they intend to pursue as a result of the event. “Get into research,” “join clubs,” “consider internships,” and “study abroad” were the most listed to-do’s.


In the gallery below are thumbnails of photos taken at Progression 2018. Feel free to open and save a version of any of the photos. (They are only being shared with anyone who attended Progression.)

April Seehafer speaking to the students at her table about Distinguished Scholarships.

Rich Zack speaking to students at the freshman scholars progression 2018 event

Judy Hopkins talking to students at her table about Handshake.

Students listening to M. Grant Norton from the Honors College.

Maureen Schmitter-Edgecombe speaking with the students at her table.

Students getting ready for the Freshman Scholars Progression presentation.

Shelley Pressley talks to a student at the freshman scholars progression 2018 event

Students sitting around a table and listening to Ben Calabretta speak

Students sitting around the table listening to Chris Oakley from Global Learning.

Students sitting around the table listening to Kirk Reinkens.

M. Grant Norton speaking to the students at his table.

Nancy Swanger speaking with students at her table.

Ray Quock speaking to the students at his table.

Two students look toward the right and listen as a table speaker talks out of frame at the Freshman Scholars Progression 2018 event

Student listening to Bryan Nyquist discuss a Peace Corps brochure

Chuck Moore talking with students sitting around his table.

Lisa Gloss talking to the students at her table.

Students reading the Peace Corps brochure, "Make the Most of Your World."

Patrick Freeze talking to the students at his table about the Fullbright Distinguished Scholarship.

Samantha Gizerian speaks to students at the freshman scholars progression 2018 event

A student asking a question at the Freshman Scholars Progression 2018 event

Students getting refreshments at Progression 2018

Howard Davis speaking to the students at his table.

Students listening to Lori Carris about Graduate School.

Mary Sanchez Lanier speaking to the students at her table.

Rich Zack speaking to students at the freshman scholars progression 2018 event. The entire room full of students and speakers can be seen in the background.

April Seehafer, Garrett Kalt, and Heidi Stallman pose together for the camera at the freshman scholars progression 2018 event

Two students listen to Garret Kalt speaking at the Freshman Scholars Progression 2018 event