About the Honors Program

Establishing an Honors Program was a long-standing, faculty-driven effort at TAMU-CC. While the university's primary mission has always been to serve the higher education needs of a region that was historically underserved, this same mission meant that university resources were and continue to be directed towards students that struggle to succeed in a university environment. The Honors Program was established in 2005 in an effort to address the educational needs of high achieving students that are often overlooked within that broader mission. The efforts to create the program were led by English faculty member, Dr. Janis Haswell. Desiring an environment where curious and inquisitive students could expand their horizons, Dr. Haswell worked diligently with Provost Sandra Harper, as well as a dedicated committee to create the Honors Program.
Structure
The Honors Program is comprised of three different entities: the Program itself, the Honors Student Association, and the Honors Council. The Program is the administrative body, consisting of the Director and Coordinator, as well as two student employees. Honors is supported by the Dean, Business Coordinator, and Administrative Assistant in University College

The Honors Student Association, or HSA, is the official student organization for Honors.  All Honors students are encouraged to attend meetings and participate in activities.  HSA elects about 20 officers each year and they play an important role in providing opportunities and activities for their fellow students.  HSA meets monthly during the fall and spring semesters.

Honors Council is an advisory body for the Program.  It is comprised of representatives from each academic college, Academic Advising, Bell Library, Enrollment Management, as well as 3 student representatives.  Council provides input on all changes to the Honors curriculum, the direction of the program, participates in the selection of new members, and so much more!  The Council meets twice a year in fall and spring.
Meet the Team:

Joshua Ozymy

Dr. Joshua Ozymy, Ph.D.

Title: Professor & Director
Phone: (361) 825-2215
Email: joshua.ozymy@tamucc.edu 

Ms. Michelle Major Evans

Title: Professional Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator
Office: Faculty Center (FC) 118
Phone: (361) 825-2879
Email: michelle.riley@tamucc.edu

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Dr. Melissa Jarrell, Ph.D

Title: Dean
Unit: University College
Office: Faculty Center (FC) 111A 
Phone: (361) 825-2188
Email: melissa.jarrell@tamucc.edu

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Ms. Jen Grabarczyk-Turner

Title: Business Manager
Unit: University College
Office: Faculty Center (FC) 108
Phone: (361) 825-2585
Email: jen.g-turner@tamucc.edu 

Ms. Norma Canales

Title: Administrative Associate IV
Unit: University CollegeOffice: Faculty Center (FC) (104)
Phone:(361) 825-2150
Email: norma.canales@tamucc.edu

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Elizabeth Longo

Title: Honors Program Student Coordinator
Email:  elongo@islander.tamucc.edu

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Brooke Free

Title: Honors Program Social Media Coordinator
Email:  bfree@islander.tamucc.edu

 

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Brian Colburn

Title: Honors Program Technical Assistant
Email:  bcolburn@islander.tamucc.edu

 

Honors Program Council:

Joshua Ozymy

Dr. Joshua Ozymy, Ph.D.

Title: Professor & Director
Phone: (361) 825-2215
Email: joshua.ozymy@tamucc.edu 

Ms. Michelle Major Evans

Title: Professional Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator
Office: Faculty Center (FC) 118
Phone: (361) 825-2879
Email: michelle.riley@tamucc.edu

Mr. Oscar Reyna

Title: Enrollment Management Representative

Ms. Kimberly Becerra

Title: Institutional Advancement Representative

Anjanette Jones

Title: Mary and Jeff Bell Library Representative

Tom Hsu

Title: College of Business Faculty Representative

Dr. Heather Webb

Title: College of Education & Human Development Faculty Representative

Ms. Rosa Lazaro

Title: College of Liberal Arts Faculty Representative

Ms. Leigh Shaver

Title: College of Nursing & Health Science Faculty Representative

Dr. Fereshteh Billiot

Title: College of Science & Engineering Faculty Representative

Dr. Brandi Kutil

Title: Department of Undergraduate Studies Representative

Mr. Trent Thigpen

Title: Community Outreach Representative

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Elizabeth Longo

Title: Honors Student Representative

Shelby Gould

Title: Honors Student Representative

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Gabriella Bidwell

Title: Honors Student Representative