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May Alumni Spotlight: Jacqueline Hawkins

May Alumni Spotlight: Jacqueline Hawkins

Our May Alumni Spotlight features 2003 Honors Scholar Jacqueline (Schulz) Hawkins.  Jacqueline graduated summa cum laude, majoring in English and minoring in history.  Her Honors thesis was titled “Modernizing the Canterbury Tales.”  As an undergraduate, Jacqueline received the Philip H. Mankin Memorial Scholarship in English and was named the English department’s Outstanding Senior in 2003.  Since graduating from EKU, she has earned an MA in English from Florida State University in 2006 and is currently working toward an MA in Worship Leadership from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. 

Currently, Jacqueline is an associate professor of English and the Division Chair of Arts and Humanities at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College in Elizabethtown, KY.  She became a tenured professor there in June of 2012.  Jacqueline also serves as the Music Director at South Jefferson Baptist Church in Louisville, where she and her husband Charles are active members.  They have a three-year-old son named Charles Michael.  

You may have recently seen Jacqueline grace your television screen as she competed on Jeopardy.  She was a two-day champion and won a grand total of $35,101 during her time on the show, making all of us in Honors very proud! 

Favorite Honors Memory:  “It’s difficult to pick one day or one activity, but I loved playing Quick Recall with my honors friends.  Members of the Honors faculty coached our team, and it was wonderful to spend two afternoons a week with these students and faculty.  Dr. MacLaren, Dr. Messerich, and Dr. Pellegrino coached when I played.  After Tuesday and Thursday practices, most of the team would go out to dinner together.  Fazoli’s on a Tuesday night was a pretty solid tradition.  Road trips with these folks were great, too.” 

Advice to Honors Students:  “Take advantage of the wonderful opportunities you have to develop your scholarship through participation in state roundtables, Regional Honors Councils, and National Honors Conferences.  Not only will you have amazing cultural experiences as you travel throughout our state and nation, but you’ll also develop as an active learner in a way that will greatly help you in any future studies and in your career.”

Interested in reading about more of our featured alumni?  Visit the Alumni Spotlight Archive!

Are you an Honors Program alum?  Be sure to visit our Alumni page.

Published on May 04, 2015

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