April 28, 2004

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Contact: Nancy Lott, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, (785) 864-3516.

KU appoints Stanley Lombardo new director of University Honors Program

LAWRENCE -- Stanley Lombardo, professor of classics, has been named director of the University of Kansas Honors Program and will begin in June, announced Kim Wilcox, dean of the KU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Lombardo succeeds Barbara Schowen, who retired last July after serving as Honors Program director for seven years in addition to teaching chemistry for 26 years at KU. John Gronbeck-Tedesco, associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and professor of theatre and film, was acting director during the search.

"It is a privilege to be able to work with the university's finest students and faculty in creating the best educational opportunities possible," Lombardo said. "The KU Honors Program represents our highest aspirations in undergraduate education."

Lombardo joined KU's faculty in 1976. He teaches Greek and Latin as well as courses on classical mythology and Greek literature and culture. He has received a Kemper teaching fellowship and a Mortar Board award. Lombardo has published and won awards for several translations of Greek works, including Homer's "Iliad" and "Odyssey." He has given dramatic readings of his translations on campuses throughout the country and at the Smithsonian Institution, and he has been featured on National Public Radio and C-SPAN. He also is interested in Asian philosophy and co-wrote a translation of the Tao Te Ching.

Established in 1956, KU's Honors Program is one of the oldest in the nation. The program began with 33 high-ability students and has grown to include more than 1,500 students. About 300 students are admitted each year.

The Honors Program director also serves as KU's official representative for the national competitions for the Rhodes, Marshall, Mitchell, Truman, Goldwater and Udall scholarships. The Honors Program staff advise KU scholars for these competitions and help students apply for National Science Foundation, Mellon, Javits, Gates, Churchill and Hertz national graduate fellowship competitions and for Rotary Ambassadorial and USA Today academic team undergraduate competitions.

This year KU students have won Udall, Mellon and Goldwater scholarships. About 40 KU students won prestigious national scholarships during Schowen's term as director.

The Honors Program also administers KU's Undergraduate Research Awards program and since 1998 has offered the Undergraduate Research Symposium to showcase student research. In addition, the program offers about 20 fall tutorial classes of about 12 students each. The classes introduce freshmen to the campus and the programs, and the faculty teaching the courses serve as the freshman students' first advisers at KU. The KU chancellor often has taught a fall tutorial class for Honors Program students.

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