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Honors Council

Honors Council

The Honors Council is the student government of the Honors and Scholars Program and consists of elected representatives and committee members. Its purpose is to represent the interests of students in the Honors and Scholars Program regarding academics, student life, programming, community service, facilities, and privileges. The Honors Council helps create opportunities for honors students to better communicate with the honors administration. It strives to facilitate the development of a supportive and stimulating community of scholars while providing a leadership avenue for students to support the program from the inside out. All students in the Honors and Scholars Program are encouraged to become active members of the Honors Council. Feel free to email for further information.


The Honors Council has drafted a constitution that highlights the purpose, objectives, and governance of the student organization.


All students in the Honors and Scholars Program are eligible to join an Honors Committee. The goal of the Honors Committees is to further enhance the honors experience for all honors students by providing community building events, service opportunities, and publicizing the achievements and creativity of our remarkable students. There are currently three honors committees that serve under the leadership of the Honors Council: The Community Service Committee, Events Committee, and Public Relations Committee.

Community Service Committee. The Community Service Committee is responsible for organizing and executing community service opportunities for honors students. Past projects have included providing service at a community garden that feeds impoverished populations and working in the area’s local food bank. The CSC has also hosted service days at the Ronald McDonald House and the Boys and Girls Club of Knoxville.

Events Committee. The Honors Events Committee sponsors enriching events throughout the year that complement an honors education while building a sense of community among honors students. Past events have included Trivia Nights and the Honors Holiday Party. The Committee also coordinates the annual Honors Week.

Public Relations. The Honors Public Relations Committee works to promote current happenings for Honors Council while highlighting the exceptional work of honors students at the university. Its work includes producing a weekly “Student Spotlight” to recognize unique individuals in the Honors & Scholars Programs as well as designing Honors newsletters and apparel.

Current Elected Officials

President: Peter Cates

Vice President: Emily Grimes

Secretary: Abby Owens

Treasurer: Alex Owens

Community Service Chairs: Drew Wofford and Vinila Baljepally

Events Committee Chair: Madison Moats and Logan Fortenberry

Public Relations Chairs: Savannah Amdahl and Delaney Thurston

SGA Liason: Maya Bian

Senior Class Representatives: Hannah Russell, Sarah Davis, and Kendall Bard

Junior Class Representatives: Jaime Marquis, Emily Matney, and Meg Hutchinson

Sophomore Class Representatives: John Hill, Heather Winter, and Kristin Fields

Freshman Class Representatives: Jason Pan, Charles McSwain, and Madison Woods

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