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HTC English major Mary Brett Koplen presents her creative thesis project to alumni.

Photographer: Paula Welling

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Bruce Brege discusses education reform with Renee Hagerty, HTC sophomore and Cutler Scholar.

Photographer: Paula Welling

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HTC celebrates 40 years in style


Alumni and friends from as far away as California and Washington state reunited at 35 Park Place on April 13 and 14 to celebrate the Honors Tutorial College's (HTC) 40 years of tutorial-based education.

Friday's events began with career and graduate school roundtables. Alumni from diverse fields shared their advice and experience with more than 50 HTC students. Adam Hochberg, a 1985 HTC telecommunications graduate, delivered an Ellery Golos lecture about the changing media landscape that was followed by a cocktail reception in Baker Center's 1804 room.

Dean Jeremy Webster started Saturday's activities with a State of the College talk and morning coffee hour. As part of the kick off to the college's Promise Lives Campaign, five current HTC students presented their research and creative activity during an afternoon panel discussion. They illustrated how alumni donations help to fund student enrichment in a variety of meaningful ways, such as study abroad experiences, attending academic conferences and applying for competitive awards.

"It was great to see so many of our alumni back in Athens for the reunion. It was important to me that we reinforce with our alumni that the college continues to fulfill its original mission on campus. The best way to demonstrate that was to connect them with current students in various ways," said Webster. "I was especially proud of the students who presented their research and creative activity. Our alumni were very pleased with their work."

A 40th Anniversary Banquet featured special guests, including former deans Joseph Berman and Margaret Cohn. The 2011 Outstanding HTC Alumna, New York University's Anna Harvey, a 1988 HTC political science graduate, spoke about why the Affordable Care Act should be struck down by the United States Supreme Court. Her remarks were based on her upcoming book with Yale University Press, The Myth of Judicial Independence.

Current HTC Board of Visitors President David Williamson ended the celebration by expressing his confidence in HTC's ability to foster academic excellence for another four decades and beyond.