Scholars complete Bay honors program

ESCANABA – Bay College’s 2013 commencement ceremonies provided the opportunity for the college to recognize its Honors Scholars who have completed the requirements of the Bay College Honors Program. Honors Scholars who complete the specified Honors Program requirements are presented with an Honors Program Medallion at the annual college Awards Banquet, and receive special recognition at commencement ceremonies.

In order to complete the Honors Program, Honors Scholars must complete four honors courses and graduate with honors at a 3.5 or higher overall G.P.A. The Honors Program was launched in the fall semester of 2010, and the first group of five Honors Program Graduates was recognized at commencement in 2012. This year, an additional five Honors Scholars have now completed the program. The 2013 Honors Program Graduates are as follows:

Jacob Krycia is completing an associate’s degree in criminal justice with an emphasis on Homeland Security through the transfer program at Lake Superior State University. Jake is a Lance Corporal in the United States Marine Corps Reserve. He is also currently a student at the Marquette General School of EMT, working to become a licensed EMT-Basic. Jake’s many volunteer hours have included service on Michigan State Representative Ed McBroom’s re-election campaign, the Delta County Animal Shelter, Superior Martial Arts, and All Saints Catholic Church.

Tara Magnuson is completing an associate’s degree in history and biology. Upon graduation, she plans to transfer to Northern Michigan University to study Public History, Native American Studies, and Anthropology. She would like to also pursue a master’s degree in anthropology and a Ph.D. in history. Tara has been an active member of Bay College’s Phi Theta Kappa organization.

David Russell is completing an associate’s degree and has enjoyed his many challenging math and science courses at Bay. Even though he’s graduating, he is planning to return to Bay in the fall to take more classes before transferring to Michigan Technological University to pursue a masters or Ph.D. in physics. David currently serves as a tutor for both math and science classes.

Ali Starzynski is completing an associate’s degree in secondary education. She will transfer to Central Michigan University in the fall to complete her bachelor’s degree and possibly go on to pursue a master’s degree in school counseling. She has volunteered many hours as a teacher’s aide at Stephenson Elementary School for her Honors Program service projects.

Lauren Stromer is completing an associate’s degree, majoring in Computer Network Systems and Security. She plans to transfer to Michigan Technological University in the fall. As part of her Honors Program service projects, Lauren has established a new student organization on campus for computer networking students, the Bay Computer Society.

The centerpiece of the Bay College Honors Program is the unique opportunity for students to complete select courses at an Honors level. Honors courses offer more challenging and academically rewarding learning activities such as individualized research papers, additional scholarly readings, and service learning projects. Honors Scholars also have opportunities to help organize and lead campus book discussions, attend films, lectures and campus events, and to attend regional or national conferences. Honors Scholars may also be eligible for the Honors Program Tuition Award Scholarship or Competitive Award Scholarship.

Bay College is a member of the National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC), the Upper Midwest Honors Council (UMHC), and the Michigan Honors Association (MHA). Details about the Bay College Honors Program can be found on the Bay College website at

Honors Program applications are currently being accepted for fall 2013.

For more information, contact Honors Program Advisor Molly Campbell at (906) 217-4067 or