Rowan Sophomore Elected Honors Conference Rep.

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Rowan University sophomore civil engineering major, Matthew Pavelchak, recently was elected Student Representative of the Northeast National Collegiate Honors Conference (NE-NCHC) in June.

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Rowan University sophomore civil engineering major, Matthew Pavelchak, recently was elected Student Representative of the Northeast National Collegiate Honors Conference (NE-NCHC) in June.

?Matthew Pavelchak is an exceptional honors student and has demonstrated great leadership ability in his capacity as the acting president of the Student Honors Organization,? said Dr. Mark Hutter, coordinator of the Rowan University Thomas N. Bantivoglio Honors Program. ?His election as NE-NCHC student representative is further confirmation of the high regard that fellow honor students have for him.?

Elected student representative by his NE-NCHC peers, Pavelchak will plan and organize events at the upcoming Pittsburgh conference that provide opportunities for honors programs from across the country to discuss their research and share ?best practices.?

Pavelchak?s attendance at the NE-NCHC conference was sponsored in part by the Bantivoglio Honors Program, which emphasizes challenging coursework for honors and high achieving students taught by Rowan faculty from different disciplines. Open to talented students in every major and college, the enhanced educational experiences of the program shape students into accomplished independent thinkers, researchers and leaders prepared for successful graduate study or professional careers.

?Attending these conferences has dramatically improved my work as acting president of our honors student group,? Pavelchak said. ?This year, we developed initiatives, such as the Freshman Honors Learning Community, after hearing about how successful they were at other colleges.? The learning community allows freshman honors students not only to take courses together, but also to live together on the same dorm hall. ?It promotes collegiality and provides an in-house support system as they experience the academic challenges of honors courses and the social challenges associated everyday campus life,? he said.

Rowan?s honors program is supported by the generous $1 million gift of Haddonfield lawyer Thomas N. Bantivoglio. Bantivoglio seeks to improve the economic and educational prosperity of southern New Jersey by providing support to Rowan University and other nonprofit organizations on a personal level and as a trustee of the William G. Rohrer Charitable Foundation. Learn more about Rowan University's Thomas N. Bantivoglio Honors Program at http://www.rowan.edu/honors.

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