Faculty Profiles and Testimonials

Professor Mark Strunsky

The current success and growth of the Honors Program is a dream come true for me. I was a strong advocate for the creation of such a program at our college.

The Honors Program gives instructors at SUNY Orange an opportunity to re-think course material and take a fresh, more student-centered approach. Students in the program have an opportunity to learn how to learn in new ways. This process nurtures the seeds of inquiry and fosters a thirst for lifelong learning. It is exciting to see bright, devoted students discover new ideas and develop new skills, largely through their own efforts.

Professor Michele Paradies

Teaching Honors courses gives me the opportunity to interact with students on topics related to current global biology issues, such as increasing sustainability, scientific ethical / responsible use of science, and amphibian decline. Our Honors students demonstrate independence, self-motivation and dedication. It is both thrilling and inspiring to see them grow as academics and as citizens over the course of their time in Honors.

Assistant Professor Heidi Weber

So many opportunities exist in the Honors Program. There are so many fantastic special topics courses as well as the chance to truly engage in community activities. The students in the program develop a community with their peers based on the unique bonds they share. It is always a pleasure to teach and learn with the Honors Program students.

Professor Geoff Platt

The Honors Program opens new vistas for students, not only in terms of greater depth and breadth of exploration in a wide range of specific subject areas, but instructors and peers motivate cross-disciplinary thinking. The small classes are laboratories for intellectual stimulation, exploration and growth. The Capstone projects provide opportunities for advanced research and thought. The program is a feast of ideas to which all participants, students and faculty alike, bring much to the table.