9/2/2004

Contact: Lloyd Sponholtz, Mount Oread Scholars Program, (785) 864-9443.

KU announces names of 153 freshmen selected as Mount Oread scholars

LAWRENCE -- The University of Kansas has announced the names of its 2004-05 Mount Oread scholars, a select group of 153 freshmen honored for academic merit.

Established in 1996, the program is only for freshmen. Entering freshmen are invited to become Mount Oread (pronounced OR-ee-ad) Scholars if they graduated in the top 20 percent of their high school class and received an ACT composite score of 28 to 30 or an SAT score of 1,240 to 1,330.

The scholars work individually with an adviser in their field of interest and may enroll in relatively small classes or be taught by veteran faculty. The program's retention rate of freshmen is above 90 percent.

In preparation for their first year at KU and their anticipated graduation in a few years, some of this year's 153 scholars met Aug. 16 to walk up the campus hill known as Mount Oread. The walk symbolized the scholars' first year at KU and their preparation for their graduation walk down the Hill in KU's commencement ceremony.

James Carothers, professor of English, and Lloyd Sponholtz, Mount Oread Scholars Program director, joined the scholars on their walk up the Hill. The students also met with David Shulenburger, KU provost and executive vice chancellor, before beginning the walk.

At the top of Mount Oread, the staff of Spencer Research Library greeted the scholars, invited them inside for a continental breakfast and provided an opportunity to learn about about the KU Libraries' collections.

Scholars are listed by home county and state online.

MOUNT OREAD
Mount Oread is the name given to the ridge above the Kaw River on Aug. 1, 1854, by New Englanders settling in Lawrence. They pitched camp on the ridge, naming it for an institute in Massachusetts that also occupied a commanding site overlooking its town. The word "oread" derives from Greek mythology and means "mountain nymph."

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