OU.ACADEMICUNIT.HC

Summary Information

Repository
Oakland University Archives and Special Collections
Title
Records of the Honors College
ID
OU.ACADEMICUNIT.HC
Date [inclusive]
1976-2009
Extent
3.5 Linear feet
Language
English

Preferred Citation

Item, folder title, box no., Records of the Oakland University Honors College, Oakland University Archives.

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History

The Honors College at Oakland University opened in 1977. However Honors students had been involved in the shaping of Oakland University long before. In 1957, junior and senior students of the newly formed Honors College of Michigan State University provided input to the MSU-Oakland Curriculum Committee charged with developing the curriculum of the future Oakland University. With the formal opening of the Honors College the first students were enrolled in 1977 under inaugural Director Mel Cherno.

The Honors College has had five Directors and, most recently, a Dean. When Professor Cherno left the program, Robert Howes, Professor of History, held the position from 1980 to 1985. Brian Murphy, Professor of English, became The Honors College Director in 1985. He was replaced by Jude Nixon, Professor of English, in early 2002. Dr. Graeme Harper was appointed Director of The Honors College in August 2011. In February 2013, he became the first Dean of The Honors College at Oakland University.

Over the years the Honors College has offered numerous courses and events to Oakland University students. Of particular note was G. Mennen Williams’ role. A former state Supreme Court justice, U.S. ambassador and Michigan governor, Williams was a long time friend of Oakland University and was teaching a leadership course for undergraduates in the Honors College at the time of his death in February 1988.

In 2013 there were around 1,000 Honors College students (about 6% of Oakland's undergraduate population) - from Freshmen to Seniors. The Honors College is also the home of the university's Presidential Scholars.

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Scope and Contents

The records of the Honors College cover the entire history of the College since its initial planning in 1976. The history of the early years is well represented thanks to extensive correspondence, memos, annual reports, and other materials from the office of the Director as well as the Honors College Council. These materials are included in the first series covering the administration of the Honors College. The second series covers the curriculum and program of the College, and the third is about student life and alumni. The fourth series contains various publications of the Honors College. The “Special Programs” series includes materials documenting G. Mennen Williams’ involvement with the Honors College as well as the McGregor Chair, a three-year chair established by the McGregor foundation through a $225,000 gift to the Campaign for Oakland University. Finally the collection includes audio and audio-visual recordings of various Honors College events going back to 1978. Accruals are added to the series as needed.

The Honors College Theses are found in a separate collection.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Oakland University Archives and Special Collections

Kresge Library
100 Library Drive
Rochester, MI, 48309

Access and Use Note

The Honors College records are open for research except for certain records restricted by statute or university policy. Restricted material includes personnel-related files, student educational records and records of executive officers of the university.

Copyright

Copyright held by Oakland University. The Honors College records include occasional photographs produced by outside photographers. Copyright to these items may be held by the original photographer.

Accruals note

Additional materials are added to this collection on a continual basis.

Processing

Processed by Linda Hildebrand (inventory) and Dominique Daniel (finding aid)

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Collection Inventory

Series I: Administrative Files 1976-2009 

Box Folder

Accreditation supporting documents for NCA 1999 

1 1

Annual Reports 

1 2

Correspondence, 1976-1977 

1 3

Correspondence, 1978-1980 

1 4

Correspondence, 1981-1982 

1 5

Correspondence, 1983-1984 

1 6

Correspondence, 1985 

1 7

Correspondence, 1986 

1 8

Correspondence, 1987 

1 9

Correspondence, 1988 

1 10

Correspondence, 1989 

1 11

Correspondence, 1990 

1 12

Correspondence, 1991 Jan.-June 

1 13

Correspondence, 1991 July-Dec. 

1 14

Correspondence, 1992 

1 15

Correspondence, 1993 

1 16

Correspondence, 1994 Jan.-June 

1 17

Correspondence, 1994 July-Dec. 

1 18

Correspondence, 1995 

1 19

Correspondence, 1996- 

Restricted Access

Closed until 20 years after creation.

1 20

Development, 2006-2009 

Restricted Access

Closed until 20 years after creation.

1 21

Directors’ Conference; The Future of Honors Programs in Higher Education, 1998 

1 22

Directorship appointments, 1981-2001 

Restricted Access

This folder contains confidential information. Closed for 75 years from date of creation or until death of subjects.

1 23

History - Establishment as a unit of the College of Arts and Sciences, 1976 

1 24

History - Establishment as a university-wide academic unit, 1993-1994 

1 25

History - Goals and objectives, reviews and other Honors College documents, 1977-1997 

1 26

Honors College Council – Establishment, 1977 

2 1

Honors College Council Agendas and meeting minutes, 1977-1996 

2 2

Mid-East Honors Association (MEHA) 

Note on MEHA

Melvin Cherno, Director of the Honors College served as Executive Secretary of MEHA from 1978-1980 and was replaced by Robert Howes who served until 1982.

2 3

National Colleguate Honors Council 

2 4

Strategic Plan, 2009 

2 5

Winkler, Barry (Associate Director of Honors College) – Correspondence, memos 

Restricted Access

This folder contains confidential information. Closed for 75 years from date of creation or until death of subjects.

2 6

Winkler, Barry 

Restricted Access

This folder contains confidential information. Closed for 75 years from date of creation or until death of subjects.

2 7

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Series II: Curricular and Program Information Files 

Box Folder

Assessment, 1993 

2 8

Course syllabi and other materials (Fall 1977, Winter 1996 Detroit) 

2 9

Faculty Recommendations 

2 10

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Series III: Student and Alumni Files 

Related materials

2 scrapbooks in box 3

Box Folder

Alumni, 1982- 

Restricted Access

This folder contains confidential information. Closed for 75 years from date of creation or until death of subjects.

2 10

Alumni Advisory Council, 1998-2005 

Restricted Access

Closed for 20 years after creation.

2 11

Alumni News 

2 12

Alumni Reunion, 1992 

Related materials

Also a recording of the event (cassette tape)

2 13

Applications 

2 14

Events, 1978-1994 

2 15

Events, 1995 

2 16

Honors College Student Society 

Scope and Contents

Student Organization Recognition Form only

2 17

Peer mentoring, 2004 

Restricted Access

This folder contains confidential information. Closed for 75 years from date of creation or until death of subjects.

2 18

Residential College, 2003-2004 

Restricted Access

This folder contains confidential information. Closed for 75 years from date of creation or until death of subjects.

2 19

Sample letters 

2 20

Scholarships, 1978-1989 

Restricted Access

This folder contains confidential information. Closed for 75 years from date of creation or until death of subjects.

Scope and Contents note

Information on availability of scholarships as well as Honors College scholarship recipients

2 21

Scholarships, 1990-1998 

Restricted Access

This folder contains confidential information. Closed for 75 years from date of creation or until death of subjects.

2 21

Student recommendations, 1981-1996 

Restricted Access

This folder contains confidential information. Closed for 75 years from date of creation or until death of subjects.

2 22

Student recommendations, 1983-1993 

Restricted Access

This folder contains confidential information. Closed for 75 years from date of creation or until death of subjects.

2 23

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Series IV: Publications 

Box Folder

Brochures & Logo 

2 24

The Calypso: The Honors College Student Newsletter 

Scope and Contents

Issues 1-5, 8, 1993-1996

2 25

The Conspirator 

Scope and Contents note

v.1, no.1- v.1, no.2; Nov. 23, 1993- Jan. 10, 1994

2 26

Echo Cognitio newsletter 

Scope and Contents note

Issues Apr., Sep. 2003; Mar., Nov. 2007; Apr., Nov. 2008; Apr., Dec. 2009

3 1

In Our Time: the Newsletter of the Honors College at Oakland University 1980-1985 

3 2

Odyssey 

Scope and Contents note

Information and correspondence concerning Odyssey: A journal of the humanities sponsored by the Honors College. Print issues of the journal are cataloged (Archives AS 36 .O24 A28)

3 3

Press releases, publicity, 1977- 

3 4

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Series V: Special Programs 

Box Folder

McGregor Chair-- general information 

3 5

McGregor Chair – Virgil Thompson 

3 6

McGregor Chair – Virgil Thompson (2nd folder) 

Related materials

Also VHS & Cassette tapes of some lectures by Virgil Thomson

3 7

McGregor Chair – Kurt Luedtke 

Related materials

Also Cassette tape

3 8

McGregor Chair – Glenda Jackson 

3 9

G. Mennen Williams --African Art: His Legacy from an African Mission 

3 10

G. Mennen Williams --African books 

3 11

G. Mennen Williams --African safari 

3 12

G. Mennen Williams buffet dinner, June 20, 1987 

3 13

G. Mennen Williams, Capital campaign correspondence 

3 14

G. Mennen Williams, Death and memorial service 

3 15

G. Mennen Williams, External Affairs correspondence 

3 16

G. Mennen Williams Center for Creative Leadership prospectus 3/15/1988 

3 17

G. Mennen Williams, Leadership Course correspondence 

3 18

G. Mennen Williams, Leadership Course, HC 300, Winter 1988 

3 19

G. Mennen Williams, Leadership Course, HC 300, Winter 1988 (2nd folder) 

3 20

G. Mennen Williams, Leadership Course, HC 300 notes: Governorship 

3 21

G. Mennen Williams, Miscellaneous correspondence 

3 22

G. Mennen Williams, Miscellaneous pamphlets 

3 23

G. Mennen Williams, Newspaper clippings 

3 24

G. Mennen Williams, Student recommendations 

3 25

G. Mennen Williams, Tripp, Anne, correspondence 

3 26

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Series VI: Audio and Video Recordings 

Box

Composer’s Forum: Virgil Thomson comments on composition by young composers, June 16, 1988 (Virgil Thomson in Time series) June 16, 1988 

4

Composer's Forum: Virgil Thomson comments on composition by young composers, June 16, 1988 (Virgil Thomson in Time series) June 16, 1988 

4

Words and music, by Virgil Thomson. Lecture at Meadow Brook Hall, June 14, 1988 (Virgil Thomson in Time series) June 14, 1988  

4

Words and music, by Virgil Thomson. Lecture at Meadow Brook Hall, June 14, 1988 (Virgil Thomson in Time series) 

4

The music critic and his assignment, by Virgil Thomson. Lecture at Sunset Terrace, June 18, 1988 (Virgil Thomson in Time series) June 18, 1988 

4

The music critic and his assignment, by Virgil Thomson. Lecture at Sunset Terrace, June 18, 1988 (Virgil Thomson in Time series) 

4

Music Critic’s Symposium, June 18, 1988 June 18, 1988 

4

An Evening with Kurt Luedtke and Sydney Pollack February 7, 1989 

Box

OU Outlook: Honors College March 2, 1978 

Note

2 copies

4

Honors College Show, 1460 WPON. March 2, 1978 

4

Victims of the Media: Discussion by Kurt Luedtke, Neil Shine, L. Brooks Patterson, Frank Blount, Varner Recital Hall. April 1, 1989 

4

Honors College Reunion October 3, 1992 

4

Honors College Groundbreaking April 11, 1996 

4

Ceremonies for the Dr. Alvin R. Larson Hall Honors College 

4

Arc of Justice by Kevin Boyle 

Scope and Contents note:

Copy of lecture held at Kresge Library Sept. 26, 2007.

The Greeks - LIVE!, April 17, 2012 

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Series VII: Accession October 2015 

Scope and Contents note:

Miscellaneous items from accession received from Honors College in October 2015.

Box

The Heiress - MBT production 

3

Miscellaneous 

Scope and Contents note:

Miscellaneous items: newsclipping, certificate, poem written for Rose Presta's retirement, poster (JRN 440/ Media Design - Maria Vitale).

3

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Series VIII: Photographs 

Scope and Contents note:

Photographs and scrapbooks dating from mid-1990's-2010.

Box

Miscellaneous photographs 

Scope and Contents note:

Four envelopes of miscellaneous events.

5

Scrapbook 2002-2005 2002-2005 

Scope and Contents note

Jude Nixon’s tenure as Director; news clippings, newsletters, invitations, photographs of events, faculty, staff & students

5

Scrapbook 2006-2010 

Scope and Contents note

transition from Nixon to interim director Barbara Mabee: news clippings, newsletters, invitations, photographs of events, faculty, staff & students

5

Honors College Construction 

5

Honors College Exterior & Landscape 

5

Echo Cognito Statue - 1999 

5

Brian Murphy - Going Away, 2001 

5

Graduation - May 2001 

5

Graduation - May 2002 

5

25th Anniversary - Sept. 2002 

Scope and Contents note:

Two envelopes of photographs.

5

Rose Presta - Retirement 2002 

5

30th Anniversary Luncheon - 2007 

5

Honors College Graduation - no date 

5

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