The focal point in the Honors Hall grand room—known as the Honors Lounge—is a beautiful large fireplace by the speaker’s podium. On the wood paneling above the mantel and on surrounding walls are neatly placed tiles. They are inscribed with the names of alumni, students, and friends of the college. Some also are inset with an Honors College medallion.
Each tile is a symbol, representing a gift made to support the students, faculty, and needs of the college. Such gifts to the Honors College Commemorative Tile Program are designated to the Honors College Endowment Fund. The income from this endowment provides an ongoing source of funding that grows over time. As the principal increases, so does breadth of the annual payout.
The Honors College Commemorative Tile Program, through the Honors College Endowment Fund, helps to
- Scholarships for students in need
- Student research
- Students’ education- and research-abroad experiences
- Travel funding for students making presentations at conferences
- Guest speakers and lecturers
- And much more.