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The Honors Program at Purdue University North Central is dedicated to enhancing the learning experiences of highly motivated and academically exceptional students. Through special learning opportunities, the Honors Program promotes the goals of general education and fosters academic excellence, critical and creative thinking, intellectual inquiry, social and civic responsibility, and other virtues required of outstanding citizens and leaders in Indiana, the nation, and the world.

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Celebrating the First Two Graduates of the PNC Honors Program

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Lexie Evan

On May 19, 2014, the first two students graduated with University Honors from the PNC Honors Program. These students, Lexie Evan and Kristin Spoelhof, have each taken four honors courses, engaged with the intellectual and artistic communities of the region, and helped to build a community of high-achieving students on campus.

Lexie Evan graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work. At PNC, Lexie has been a campus leader through her work in Social Work Club, Ecology Club, Multicultural Club, Sustainability Club, and the Dean’s Leadership Group. While being active on campus, she was still able to receive the 2013 Veterans’ Day Essay Scholarship, complete over 600 hours of internships, and maintain Semester Honors and Chancellor’s List every semester. Lexie plans on pursuing a Master’s Degree in Public Affairs at Indiana University Northwest beginning in Fall 2014.

Kristin Spoelhof graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business with a concentration in Accounting. In addition to the Honors Program, she was also active in Sigma Beta Delta, Accounting Club, and Tennis Club, and she regularly earned Semester Honors and a place on the Chancellor’s List. While at PNC, Kristin distinguished herself with honors courses in multiple disciplines outside of her major, including English and history. Kristin has set high goals for herself after graduation: she will pursue a Masters of Accountancy at Purdue Calumet beginning this fall.

Kristin says that her favorite part of the Honors Program was getting to know new friends from other majors—she was part of a community of honors students from the first day of her honors first-year experience class. For Lexie, one of her honors courses—a travel study version of Introductory Field Ecology with Dr. Quinn—was a highlight of her time at PNC. Lexie writes, “there have been so many memorable moments, but my favorite would be the trip to the Smoky Mountains this past summer. I got to meet awesome people, explore beautiful mountains, see amazing plants, fungi, and animals in their natural environment, and hike some very long and steep trails!”

The Honors Program congratulates these two outstanding students, each of whom earned her PNC degree in three years. Well done, Lexie and Kristin—we’re proud of you!



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PNC Honors Students at the Clement Stacy Undergraduate Research Conference, 2014. From left to right: Aaron Ratigan, Kelsey Tabbert, Alexis Ulrich, Meagan West, and Ashley Pezan