Honors Students Recognized at Luncheon
PLAINVIEW – Students from Wayland Baptist University’s academic honor societies gathered last Friday for the annual Honors Luncheon. The lunch recognizes students for academic achievement and highlights those graduating seniors who have completed their degrees while participating in the honors programs.
Wayland’s graduation is set for 2 p.m. on May 6, with two students graduating with honors.
Emily Brown, from Aurora, Colo., is graduating with a Bachelor of Science with Honors degree in fitness management. Her honors thesis was entitled “Anthropometrics and Athletes in Ice Sports,” dealing with research on the human body and its movements.
Cody Lindberg, from Southlake, is graduating with a Bachelor of Business Administration with Honors degree in management and marketing. His honors research centered on the return on investment for a degree from Wayland.
Jeff Frazer, a U.S. History and Government teacher at Caprock High School in Amarillo addressed the students at the Honors Luncheon. Frazer spent a year on the Wayland faculty after completing his master’s work in 1985 before moving to Caprock in 1986. He challenged the students to be people of hope, sharing that hope with others.
Frazer’s charge encouraged students to remember that all lives are a gift from God and have the potential to do great things. His second point was a call to service, reminding students to do things for other people. Thirdly, he said it’s important to have fun, and sometimes people get caught up in there busy lives and forget how important it is to enjoy what they are doing.
Finally, Frazer said it is important to remember who helped them along the way.
“Nobody gets to where you are alone,” Frazer said. “Tell people ‘Thank, you,’ along the way.”
Wayland currently has seven active academic honors societies with 12 students participating in the Honors Program. The program is designed to give added dimension to any bachelor’s degree program, taking a general education and enriching it with a greater, broader understanding at the liberal-arts level. Students conduct research and write an original honors thesis. Students must defend their thesis before a faculty panel prior to graduation. Students in the Honors Program must maintain a grade point average of 3.6.