Speakers at the Judith K. Winn School of Honors Scholarly Conference

Canbek Alakay, Contributing Writer

Honors week wrapped up on Apr 6 with a conference, featuring several discussion panels. Topics ranged from women in literature to contemporary issues in our society. The conference was the bookend to a week that included an Honors Program Recognition Ceremony on Apr 2 and a Phi Theta Kappa Honor Programs Panel on Apr 4.

This sentiment was shared by fellow co-director Dr. Alan Kaufman. Dr. Kaufman, who has been a director for the honors program since 2002, also suggested another idea. “I want to see more honors professors act as mentors for their students,” he said.

The event highlighted the work of honor students from Bergen Community College, Mercer Community College and Essex Community College. Students presented papers they had written. It was the first time the conference had guest speakers since being established in 2009.

Dr. Williams recalled her favorite part of being an honors director as “[s]eeing students grow intellectually and make connections with their peers… [and] seeing students present at academic conferences.”

Co-director Dr. Kathleen Williams approved of the idea of inviting guest speakers. “In the future, I would like to see the conference grow in size, increasing the number of presentations from both Bergen and other New Jersey community college students,” said Williams.

Dr. Maria Makowiecka, the moderator for the panel on Women’s Studies, praised the students work. “These are graduate-level papers,” she said.

Students interested in the honors program can visit www. bergen.edu/honors for more information.