USFSP Rolls Out the Red Carpet at Honors Brunch

A photo of Thomas Smith, associate professor of Political Science and director of the USFSP Honors Program, speaking to students and their families at the Honors Brunch.

Thomas Smith, associate professor of Political Science and director of the USFSP Honors Program, speaks to students and their families at the Honors Brunch.

The fifth annual USF St. Petersburg Honors Brunch was recently held on Feb. 3 for admitted students who demonstrate academic excellence. The event welcomed nearly 200 parents and prospective first-year students to show what USFSP offers in and out of the classroom. Highlights of the brunch included academic lectures for incoming students by Sharon Segrest, associate professor of Management and Deby Cassill, associate professor of Biology, and campus tours of residence halls and classrooms

Students hailed from counties across the state. The collective GPA of the admitted students at the event was an impressive 4.13.

“Honors Brunch is a way to recognize our most academically-talented incoming freshmen and their parents,” said Holly Kickliter, regional vice chancellor of Enrollment Management, Marketing and Communications. “Many of our guests visited USFSP for the first time and got to talk to our professors, students and academic leaders to really understand what it’s like to be a student at USFSP.”

Thomas Smith, associate professor of Political Science and director of the USFSP Honors Program, spoke to the benefits of the program. A panel of Honors students, including alumni, answered questions about classroom discourse, thesis projects and intellectual life in the on-campus program.

“I am excited about how engaged and inquisitive these students are,” said Smith, who met with a number of students at his office in the Snell House who wanted more information about the Honors Program. “We want to be a destination for these talented students.”

View more photos of the event in the USFSP Facebook photo gallery.