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Summer Honors 2024 Welcomes Highest Enrollment Ever

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Summer Honors 2024

Lee University’s 39th annual Summer Honors program recently achieved a record-breaking milestone, welcoming 225 incoming freshmen and high school seniors from across the nation for a transformative two-week experience. This interactive event, held from June 16-28, is designed to prepare students for the spiritual, academic, and social opportunities of college life.

This year’s theme, “Refuge,” was inspired by Psalm 91:1-2, “He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, You are my refuge and my strength…” Throughout the Summer Honors experience, students were reminded that, even in life’s most challenging moments, God remains a constant source of strength and protection.

“Leading the program this year has been a highlight of my career and certainly one for the books,” said Dr. Jason Robinson, professor of education and director of Summer Honors. “This summer’s capacity crowd is a testament to how special Lee University truly is. From the moment they arrived on campus, the students made an instant connection which made for an incredible two weeks together. In addition to the exciting activities we had planned for them, students were taught by some of Lee’s most distinguished professors, formed lifelong friendships, and participated in life-changing worship services. I’m excited to welcome this very special group of students to our campus as incoming freshmen.”

Participants had the opportunity to choose two out of 14 courses, earning six college credits. Course options included “Igniting the World for Change: The Bible, Transformational Teaching, and You,” “Storytelling and Selling: The Art of Narrative Marketing,” “By the Renewing of Your Mind: Worship, Imagination, and the Christian Life,” and “Doing Business with the Sharks.” These classes, taught by Lee University professors, offered students a preview of collegiate academics.

Beyond the classroom, students engaged in a variety of exciting activities, including rafting down the Ocoee River, competing in Greek Olympics, Karaoke Night, and themed events such as “Country or Country Club” night and a Summer Honors formal. These experiences fostered teamwork and created special memories that will last a lifetime, according to Robinson.

A central aspect of the program was faith development, which was enriched through devotionals, small group sessions, and worship experiences. These activities allowed students to deepen their faith, highlighting a vital element of life at Lee University.

“Summer Honors left me feeling so grateful,” said peer leader Aly Prater. “It was beautiful to see the students not only hunger for the Lord, but also serve others with diligence. From the spontaneous worship night to playing on Forum Field, there was a sweet presence of the Holy Spirit dwelling among this group. I pray that we will continue to be in awe of how wonderful our God is and see Him working in the everyday mundane.”

New to this year’s Summer Honors was the implementation of Serve Teams, which comprised key leaders from across the university, including faculty members, athletic staff, financial aid experts, and professionals from Student Financial Services and Student Life & Success. Additionally, the university’s cabinet and deans served students at the closing dinner celebration.

“This new initiative provided Summer Honors participants with invaluable opportunities to connect with influential leaders from different campus sectors, fostering a deeper understanding and appreciation of the university’s community and support systems,” said Robinson.

In addition to their academic and social activities, students dedicated time to community service, partnering with 12 organizations across Cleveland and Bradley County, such as Second Harvest, The Caring Place, Stuart Elementary, and New Hope Pregnancy Care Center, allowing students to make a positive impact on the local community.

“Summer Honors was truly an amazing experience that made this summer and my future as a university student worthwhile,” said Isabella Chapman, Summer Honors participant. “The energy and community created between students, peer leaders, resident directors, campus staff, faculty, and the directors remind me of one word – family. We were well taken care of the entire time and had guidance when needed while experiencing a taste of what college life will be like. I’m grateful for the connections I’ve made and for the reminder that I am a daughter of Christ. My time at Summer Honors was transformational, and I could not be more grateful for God’s goodness.”

For more information about Summer Honors, visit leeuniversity.edu/summer-honors or email [email protected].

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