Alumni and Faculty in the News – February ’22


François Amar, Professor of Chemistry and former Dean of the University of Maine Honors College, recently contributed the lead essay in the Journal of the National Collegiate Honors Council Forum on “Honors After Covid.” Titled “Honors in the Post-Pandemic World: Situation Perilous,” the essay examines the recent structural, demographic, and financial challenges faced by honors programs and colleges of higher education institutions in the United States and notes, “The new ‘normal’ post-COVID will challenge honors practitioners to address these inequities in a landscape of even greater competition for even scarcer resources. Doubling down on the core values of honors, such as diversity, community, student agency, and inclusive excellence, will help programs define and articulate their worth in this new environment.”

Read the full article, “Honors in the Post-Pandemic World: Situation Perilous“, on the Journal of the National Collegiate Honors Council Online Archive.


Caricature of Jerry Buttrey. Pen on paper.
Caste, Caricature of Jerry Buttrey. Havana, Cuba, 2012. Pen on paper, 8.5” x 11”. Courtesy of Jerry Buttrey.

Rezendes Preceptor for the Arts in the Honors College, Mimi Killinger, is pending publication in Vitae Scholasticae: The Journal of Educational Biography for her work recent work “Todavía Viaja El Viejo (The Old Man Still Travels)”: Educative Fronteras. “Todavía Viaja El Viejo” is a biographical profile on a dissident American educator and compadre, Jerry Buttrey (1938- ). The article illustrates Buttrey’s itinerant teaching and describes collaborative research trips with Mimi Killinger to Havana, Cuba, and Boquillas, México. The profile of Buttrey furthermore addresses U.S. relations with Cuba and the contentious Texas border wall, along with neglect of compadres in need, as considered through the life and work of this compassionate teacher.