Past Features

November 5, 2008 (Vol. 8, No. 6)

Sophomore Selected for Kenan Scholars Program

Justin Simmons
Justin Simmons
Sophomore Justin Simmons was selected this semester as one of only four Kenan Scholars in CUNY's Macaulay Honors College. Each year, program directors at each of the five CUNY campuses with branches of the Honors College nominate students for this program. A select few are then named as Kenan Scholars, based on their outstanding commitment to public service.

Simmons, a philosophy and economics double major, was nominated by Professor Gary Schwartz, director of the Macaulay Honors College at Lehman. "He is a very powerful force in the classroom," says Professor Schwartz. "He's somebody who's taking off."

As a freshman, Simmons joined Lehman's Leadership Track One, which helped him hone the fundamentals of leadership, communication, and responsibility. The following semester, he demonstrated those skills by winning a seat on the Student Conference. As a member of the Lehman College Senate, he put his writing skills to work in drafting amendments to the Senate's bylaws and also pushed successfully to establish a 504 Committee to generate a plan of action to improve campus accommodations for students with disabilities.

Simmons is currently Parliamentarian of Student Conference, responsible for managing its meetings and serving as the group's facilitator, and was also appointed as the undergraduate representative on the President's Strategic Planning Council.

"Justin Simmons represents precisely the values that the Kenan Foundation hopes to encourage," explains Dr. Mike Lamb, the CUNY graduate faculty adviser of the Macaulay Honors College. "He is an incredibly intelligent young man with a well-developed social conscience. We look forward to assisting him as he continues to serve the greater good both on the Lehman campus and in the world."

As a member of the Kenan Leadership Scholars Program, Simmons will participate in annual conferences and attend meetings with various leaders in select fields. Scholars receive mentoring by CUNY faculty with expertise in leadership.