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September 23, 2009

Media Contact: Hannah Buchanan
Public Affairs Specialist
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The University of Texas at Tyler

HOMETOWN RELEASE: Forney Resident Named to Founding Class of UT Tyler Honors Program

Christopher Pierce of Forney, a freshman at The University of Texas at Tyler, is one of 20 students who have been named to the Honors Program’s inaugural class, Dr. Peter J. Fos, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs, announced.

Pierce is majoring in mechanical engineering.

The program provides intellectually enriching opportunities for academically talented and motivated UT Tyler freshmen. The emphasis is on small classes, enriched coursework, independent learning, speaking and writing, research within the discipline, sharing ideas and discovering new worlds beyond the campus.

Honors students will receive personalized academic advising, honors courses with top faculty, special programming, opportunities for research and a variety of international study and travel abroad programs. Upon completion of the program and graduation, students will receive a special honors designation on their transcripts.

One of the 15 campuses of the UT System, UT Tyler offers excellence in teaching, research, artistic performance and community service. More than 90 undergraduate and graduate degrees are available at UT Tyler, which has an enrollment of more than 6,000 high-ability students at its campuses in Tyler, Longview and Palestine.


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