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The Honors Gate

In 2003, the program’s students were asked to create a symbol that would reflect the values and attitudes of the program. After considering many options, the students decided that the symbol should be a partially opened gate.

“Morehead, Kentucky, has always seen itself as the gateway to the mountains, and MSU has seen itself as the gateway to higher education within its service region and beyond,” states Dr. Marshall Chapman, former director of the program. “The George M. Luckey Jr., Academic Honors Program has seen itself as a gateway to our highest potentialities.”

The gate, now a sculpture on the front lawn of the Honors House, is fashioned after “Anne’s Gate,” an actual gate to a garden in Brookgreen Botanical Gardens in coastal South Carolina.

“The gate is partially open, or partially closed, to represent our approach to critical thinking,” Dr. Chapman said. “We in the honors program feel that our values and attitudes should be like this gate, and that a gate stuck open is just as useless as a gate stuck closed.” He added that the gate in the partially open position encourages the viewer to consider the reasons why it is in such as position, and the gate opens towards the Honors House in a welcoming gesture.

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As a freshman, Yen did two projects focusing on U.S. – China relationship and Vietnam’s Economic Reform. Her first project about U.S. – China won the 2012 Library Prize for Undergraduate Research. She has presented the two papers at several conferences in all levels (state, regional and national). In the future, she plans to expand her research in the Asian regions under political and economic aspects, under two mentors: Dr. James Masterson and Dr. Ali Ahmadi. Yen hopes to get a law degree and MBA degree after graduating from Morehead State University.

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