Kathryn MacDonald and Dr. Lucy Laufe are named NCHC Award Winners

Kathryn MacDonald and Dr. Lucy Laufe are named NCHC Award Winners

The Northeast Regional Honors Conference is proud to announce that Kathryn MacDonald and Lucy Laufe, will be awarded the Sam Schuman Award for Excellence at a Four Year Institution and Ron Brandolini Award for Excellence at a Two Year Institution respectively at the National Collegiate Honors Council conference in Atlanta, Georgia.

Kathryn MacDonald is the honors program director at Monroe College and the vice president for NRHC. At Monroe, she teaches in the English and Social science departments, covering topics like writing, research and other interdisciplinary courses. In her honors programs, she cultivates student leadership, stressing why it is important to have.  

The NCHC Sam Schuman Award for Excellence at a Four Institution aims to recognize an honors program director or faculty member who has made outstanding contributions to the honors community at their four year institution.

“Being recognized by the NCHC is very gratifying,” said MacDonald. “Sam Schuman’s legacy in honors education is inspiring, and I hope to always to contribute to honors education meaningfully at my home institution, through NRHC and NCHC.”

Dr. Lucy Laufe the college-wide honors program chair at Montgomery College in Maryland. In her position, she has worked on the honors curriculum, professional development and has run workshop focused on topics like teaching in honors and understanding transfer and scholarship.

The NCHC Ron Brandolini Award for Excellence at a Two Year Institution recognizes an honors program director or faculty member for their contributions to the honors community at a two year institution.

“This recognition is humbling, gratifying and exciting  as it is a recognition from my peers in honors,” says Laufe. “Apart from the transformative power of honors education for students, working in the honors community with my dedicated colleagues who do the same type of work has helped me better serve my own students and Montgomery College.”

NRHC is honored to have these two winners within the Northeast region. They have attended and spoken at previous NRHC events, and have lended a helping hand to our regional honors community.

“The Northeast Regional Honors Council is incredibly proud to have two extraordinary leaders in honors education representing our region as recipients of these prestigious awards,”  says Helen-Margaret Nasser, president of NRHC. “Congratulations to Lucy and Kathryn. We cannot wait to see what contributions you will make to our community in the future.”

MacDonald and Laufe will receive their awards at the NCHC Conference in Atlanta, Georgia in November.