Student Profiles

Honors Student Profiles

Karlie Schwartzwald

Karlie SchwartzwaldWhat's something that you're proud of?
My dad and I are going to Burning Man this summer and we're building a pirate ship that will be propelled by a lawn mower that will hold 12 passengers. It will take a lot of design and planning work to pull it off but I'm excited to implement an art project that can travel and be interactive.

How has the Lane Honors Program shaped your experience at Lane?
It's provided me with a sense of community. I have found friends from across Lane that I never would have found without it – people who are motivated to do their best and who enjoy a challenge. Lane is such a big place and it's a commuter school, so finding a place where you belong can be difficult.

Why would you recommend the Honors Program to other students?
I wanted to put myself to the test and be stimulated in a way that would make it enjoyable for me to learn. The more challenged I am, the more motivated I am to succeed. It's a chance to prove yourself in an academic setting.

Personal hobbies
Crochet, playing musical instruments, sewing and crafts in general

Major and transfer goals
I'm a Math major and my ultimate plan is to get a master's or doctorate degree in Mathematics. I would like to join an honors college wherever I choose to transfer and think the Lane Honors Program is a great first step towards that goal.


Cheyne Dandurand

What's something that you're proud of?
I am really involved in tutoring through the AVID program, which is a college prep course for at-risk students. It's meant to give a high level of empowerment to students as they work with tutors to develop their math and academic skills in addition to their critical thinking abilities. Working with AVID has allowed me to take on a leadership role and to facilitate students to a place of greater learning. The reward you put in gives back exponentially, and I feel like I have been equally rewarded from my interactions with the students I work with.

How has the Lane Honors Program shaped your experience at Lane?
The Invitation to Inquiry honors seminar was a great experience for me. It went against my expectations of what college was about in a good way. It required a high level of engagement and involvement from students and encouraged us to question our assumptions, and it gave me a place to relate to others who were invested in their learning process. That seminar took our learning to a much deeper level for all of us, and for me personally it enhanced my college experience by helping me to focus on my own learning more than just the grade. It gave me a personal incentive to think critically and to ask difficult and meaningful questions so that I could really own my learning.

What advice do you have for prospective honors students?
If you are motivated to really challenge your learning at a deeper level, then the Honors Program is a great choice. I really appreciate being a student at Lane because it's a nice bridge or stepping stone between high school and a large university where you can get the support you need and integrate your learning into your life, personal experiences and the world around you.

Personal hobbies
Martial arts (karate), surfing (only in Hawaii), hiking and exploring Oregon

Major and transfer goals
I'm thinking about majoring in Sociology and transferring to the U of O.


Kaitlyn Worman

Kaitlyn WormanWhat's something that you're proud of?
I gave a campaign speech at the 2013 Phi Theta Kappa International Convention in San Jose. I hadn't planned to give the speech until the night before so it was very nerve-wracking, but it turned out very well and I was able to reach an audience of 3,600+. The speech helped me get elected into the position of International Vice President of Division IV, which gives me the opportunity to outreach to 286 community colleges through conferences, workshops and lectures that promote Phi Theta Kappa programs and college degree completion.

How has the Lane Honors Program and Phi Theta Kappa shaped your experience at Lane?
At one point I was considering dropping out of community college. When I joined Phi Theta Kappa, I found all the support, resources and encouragement I needed to stay and later when I joined the Honors Program it became an extension of that, giving me the tools I needed to continue my education and complete my goals.

Why would you recommend the Honors Program to other students?
Being a part of the Honors Program prepares you well to transfer to a university because it cultivates your independent thinking in a supportive environment. Especially if you are thinking of pursuing graduate school programs, like medical or law school, this is a path that will maximize your time at Lane and serve as a launching pad. I also love the camaraderie and the network that I've built with honors peers.

Personal hobbies
Writing, acting, painting, sculpting, photography, animal welfare, disaster relief and volunteering

Major and transfer goals
I'm a Pre-Med/Psychology major with a Gender Studies minor and am thinking about transferring to either the U of O or a school on the East Coast.

Awards & scholarships

  • 2013 – Most Distinguished Chapter Officer International Hallmark Award – Phi Theta Kappa. This is an award granted to 30 PTK officers internationally per year.
  • 2013 – Most Distinguished Regional Team International Hallmark Award – Phi Theta Kappa. Only three teams out of thirty are granted this award each year.
  • 2013 - Member of the All Oregon Academic Team through the Oregon Community College Association, which offers a $2,000 scholarship to any 4-year university in the state of Oregon.
  • 2012 - Semi-Finalist for the Norman Mailer 2-Year College Literary Competition
  • 2012 - Served on the Editorial Board for the Denali, Lane's literary arts magazine
  • 2011 - 2nd Place for Lane's League for Innovation, a national literary competition for community colleges

Kevin Loder

Kevin LoderWhat's something that you're proud of?
I currently serve as a Community Assistant & Social Media Coordinator at Titan Court and am also a Peer Mentor for College Success learning communities at Lane. One of the exciting events that I've participated in recently has been the Achieving the Dream conference, which I attended with three other Lane students and a number of Lane representatives. The focus of it was to create a culture of degree completion at community colleges. While there, I met with National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS) representatives who are interested in developing local chapters at community colleges. In order to explore this possibility, I plan to attend the NSCS Annual Summit conference, where I will learn how to successfully implement this honors society at LCC.

How has the Lane Honors Program shaped your experience at Lane?
It has inspired and challenged me to dive deep into critical thinking and has further enhanced my academic path. It has encouraged me to research rather than taking things at face value. I've become a more fair-minded thinker and feel like I am part of a scholarly community.   

Why would you recommend the Honors Program to other students?
If you excel at and enjoy independent and group-oriented projects, the Honors Program will provide you with additional opportunities to experience learning at the next level. 

Personal hobbies
Discovering new things and building networks in downtown Eugene as it evolves, attending symposiums and lectures, hot air-ballooning (especially in Albuquerque, New Mexico)

Major and transfer goals
I plan to study Public Relations at the U of O's Journalism School.

What advice would you give to other students?
Prepare to be challenged and transformed! The journey is worth all your hard work.


Mary Gross

What's something that you're proud of?
I'm proud of my involvement in the LCC Student Nurses' Association, which is a group of students that facilitates leadership, community outreach and networking opportunities for pre-nursing and nursing students. I have been honored to be elected President for 2013-2014 and have participated in vaccination clinics, bone marrow donor registering drives, health screenings, and a volunteer abroad experience in Thailand which focused on assisting villages, collaborating with Thai nursing students and learning about resource allocation in a global context.

How has the Lane Honors Program shaped your experience at Lane?
It encouraged me to take on challenges as opportunities while having faith in my ability to make a difference in my community while I am a student. It helped me learn how to use scholarly discourse as a tool to enact change and how to support my opinions with research, especially regarding health care disparities. It helped me to discover additional ways that I could be involved in my community.

Why would you recommend the Honors Program to other students?
It truly is a community that allows you to work with other curious students while discovering what you are really capable of, which is always more than you think. The honors instructors and coordinators are able to identify student strengths and facilitate growth and improvement in a constructive way. It's a huge encouragement.

Personal hobbies
Travel, reading, cooking, anything fun and relaxing

Major and transfer goals
I am a Nursing major and will transfer to OHSU to complete my Bachelor's in Nursing before going on to complete a master's degree to become a Family Nurse Practitioner.

Awards & scholarships

  • 2012 – Senator Wayne Morse Legacy Scholarship
  • 2012 – Global Initiatives in Nursing Award, Awarded to LCC for the Student Nurses' Association's volunteer involvement in Thailand

Douglas Wiltshire

Douglas WiltshireWhat's something that you're proud of?
In 2012 I received an invitation to participate in the Stone Sculptor Symposium at Silver Falls and had the opportunity to work with John Fisher, who is internationally renowned for his marble-carving ability. That was a rare experience.

How has the Lane Honors Program shaped your experience at Lane?
It's caused me to look at my education in a more meaningful way. It's no longer a hurdle to get to another point. My mind has been opened to think critically and research a lot deeper into topics that I'm studying.

Why would you recommend the Honors Program to other students?
It will enrich your portfolio and your life.

Personal hobbies
Art and cooking

Major and transfer goals
My major is art and I'm keeping my options open.

Awards & scholarships

  • 2012 – Lane Foundation Shining Star Scholarship
  • 2012 - nominated for Ford Foundation Scholarship

Rosario Brumley

What's something that you're proud of?
I'm proud that I've been able to maintain a 4.0 GPA while completing my associate's degree in Medical Office Assisting. It's been especially challenging for me because I am originally from the Philippines and had to adjust to a new language and culture.

How has the Lane Honors Program shaped your experience at Lane?
The honors Invitation to Inquiry Seminar has been one of my best experiences at Lane. I was excited to be in a small cohort of like-minded students and mentored by four of the best instructors at Lane. One of the highlights was a group presentation of my team's research results at the very first Honors Program symposium. Our research about the health care issues facing Lane students has inspired me to pursue a Nursing degree.

Why would you recommend the Honors Program to other students?
Why not??? You can maximize your learning by challenging yourself and take advantage of the support provided by like-minded students and faculty mentors.

Personal hobbies
Hiking

Major and transfer goals
I plan to get an associate's degree in nursing and then transfer to OHSU to complete my bachelor's in nursing.

Awards & scholarships

  • 2011, 2012 - President's List
  • 2011 - Wayne Shields Diversity Scholarship
  • 2012, 2013 - Bernice Ingall Staton Scholarship
  • 2013 - Katrina Weaver Scholarship

Matthew Depew

What's something that you're proud of?
I recently went through a change in my work environment where I had to leave the business I had been working at for the last 10 years. I was a stage manager and co-producer of a variety show that was a weekly event. When faced with the decision to throw in the towel or continue the show, we chose growth over giving up. The show will go on, and we look forward to exploring other avenues and broadening our audiences.

Why would you recommend the Honors Program to other students?
I feel like it will give me more out of my education that I'm pursuing at Lane, both through the honors coursework that is available and by having that extra competitive edge that comes with it. If you feel like you can handle the in-depth learning experience that honors courses provide, then it's well worth your while to invest in it because they are classes that you can use towards your degree anyways.

Personal hobbies
Graphic design, video editing, break dancing, crafting and building things

Major and transfer goals
I plan to major in Mechanical Engineering and am keeping my options open toward my transfer destination.