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Honors College Dean-designate Jerry Herron, 16 students named David Mackenzie Honor Society 2008 inductees

April 9, 2008

Jerry Herron, who has served as Honors Program director since 2002 and a member of Wayne State University’s faculty since 1982, has been named this year's honorary inductee for the David Mackenzie Honor Society.  Herron will become dean of the newly created WSU Honors College this fall when the college welcomes its inaugural class. Previous Honorary inductees have included WSU President Irvin D. Reid, former WSU President David Adamany, the late WSU Governor Emerita Mildred "Millie" Jeffrey, Sonny Elliot, and Helen Thomas.

“Dr. Herron was selected for his role as a great teacher-scholar who helps students recognize their individual abilities to make a difference in our world,” says Liza Lagman Sperl, adviser for the Honors Program and the honor society. “As director of the Honors Program, Dr. Herron never lets students, faculty and staff forget the context of our work: a vibrant, urban atmosphere filled with potential. He is emphatic that each of us can view every day as an opportunity to live as more informed, more engaged citizens of the world. His support of the David Mackenzie Honor Society has been invaluable in keeping this organization alive.”
The society – one of the most prestigious groups at WSU – is named for David Mackenzie, the first dean of what is now the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The society was founded in 1981 through a merger of Karyatides, the former women’s honor society founded in 1931, and the Mackenzie Honor Society, organized in 1926. Members are chosen for their exceptional contributions to the welfare and development of the university and the community.
2008 will be the 82nd annual reunion for the David Mackenzie Honor Society. Sixteen graduating seniors will be recognized for their outstanding academic achievement and contributions to the Wayne State community. They will be inducted along with Dr. Herron on April 16, 2008. A public reception will be held in the McGregor Memorial Conference Center, followed by a private dinner for the society members and their families.
Student inductees for 2008 and their majors:
Shivani Agrawal Biological Sciences with University Honors
Ahmad Ahmad Biological Sciences with Department and University Honors
Katherine Cockrel Political Science and Public Relations
Sayeeda Fatima Biological Sciences with Department and University Honors; Psychology Minor
Lauren Henrikson Political Science with Department Honors and International Studies
Amy-Jo Hollister Marketing
Rebecca Jackson Environmental Science
Sheena Joychan Psychology with Department and University Honors
Sonia Joychan Biological Sciences with Department and University Honors
Mark Mathes Civil Engineering
Freddy Rayes Electrical Engineering with Department and University Honors
Christina Safar Psychology with Department and University Honors
Amarinder Singh Journalism with University Honors
Anthony Talarico Political Science
Tarak Trivedi Biological Sciences with Department and University Honors
Miranda Webster Economics with Department Honors
University Constituents Contact
Liza Lagman Sperl
dmhs@wayne.edu / 313-577-9075
External Constituents / Media Contact
Adam Herman
aherman@wayne.edu / 313-577-4621