Westminster Professor Named Director of New Honors Program 

2/15/2012 
Faculty & Staff 

Heidi Lavine, Honors Program Director at Westminster CollegeDr. Heidi LaVine, Assistant Professor of English at Westminster College, has been named Director of the exciting new Honors Program at the College.

“My goal for the Honor’s Program is to give our students advanced challenges in the things Westminster does best: developing integrative, critical thinking practices; applying those skills within real-world contexts; and inspiring leadership in a global community,” says Dr. LaVine.

The new Honors Program starting next fall will offer high impact, deep learning experiences that range from in-depth seminar presentations to group-related activities for a limited number of qualified students.  Work will culminate with a specialized graduate school-type research thesis or project, and those who complete the coursework will receive an Honors Program designation upon graduation.

“The Westminster experience has always emphasized critical thinking, creativity, openness and curiosity—the characteristics that are so successful in preparing our students to be lifelong learners and leaders,” says Westminster President Dr. George B. Forsythe.  “We believe our new Honors Program will take those students who are fortunate enough to be accepted into the program to a whole new level of leadership preparation, and we are confident that Dr. LaVine is the right person to shape the direction which the program will take.”

Dr. LaVine came to Westminster as a Visiting Professor in the English Department in the fall of 2009.  Previously, she taught at the University of Iowa, the University of South Alabama and the Universite de Picardie Jules Verne in France.

She received her Ph.D. in English at the University of Iowa and holds an M.A. from there as well. She received her undergraduate degree from St. Olaf College where she graduated magna cum laude.

Incoming freshmen, transfer students and Westminster freshmen through seniors can apply to participate in the Honors Program.  The strongest candidates will have a high school GPA ranging from 3.5 to 4.00 or a College GPA of at least 3.4 and a 28 ACT score or SAT equivalent.

Applications for the Honors Program, which include a 3-5 page essay, must be submitted by March 19, 2012.  More information on the program and applications may be found at http://www.westminster-mo.edu/academics/Pages/HonorsProgram.aspx.