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Meet the University Honors Program Director and Staff

University Honors Program Director

Dr. Kristine Miller

A Professor of English at USU, Dr. Miller began as Director of the University Honors Program in July 2014. She is a graduate of the Honors Program at the University of Michigan, where she also earned her M.A. (1989) and Ph.D. (1995) in English. Her research and teaching focus on twentieth- and twenty-first-century British and American literature. She is particularly interested in war and has written a book, British Literature of the Blitz: Fighting the People’s War (2009), that examines fiction and films about the bombed London home front during World War II. Her recent research concerns post-9/11 literature and culture. She has published articles on the trauma of NYPD cops in Jess Walter’s novel The Zero and RAF fighter pilots in A. L. Kennedy’s novel Day. She has also edited a collection of essays entitled Transatlantic Literature and Culture After 9/11: The Wrong Side of Paradise (2014) and published essays on The 9/11 Report and 9/11 memorials and museums. Recently, her son asked her how a person so happy at home could be so obsessed at work with violence and trauma. She realized that war fascinates her not because of its destructive power but because of the creative potential it reveals in the mind’s response.

This ability to think, create, and innovate—even in the worst of times—defines us as human beings. Dr. Miller hopes that the University Honors Program will guide students in following the wise advice of Horace: "Sapere Aude" or "Dare to Know."

University Honors Program Coordinator

Mary Beth Barnes

Mary Beth joined the University Honors Program in August 2017. She comes to USU from Miami University in Ohio, where she was the Associate Director for Programming and Advising in the Center for Career Exploration and Success. Adaptive and collaborative, Mary Beth has experience in various areas of student support, including career services, undergraduate admissions, and the registrar's office. Her experience has allowed her to build rapport and engage diverse university stakeholders in creating new initiatives and programs across departments and divisions. She looks forward to bringing that energy and engagement to the University Honors Program.

Mary Beth is a graduate of the University of Mississippi, where she earned a Bachelor of Accountancy and Master of Arts in Higher Education and Student Personnel. She enjoys tennis, yoga, and spending time with family. Her husband, Coleman, works with Utah State Athletics, and they have two children, Caroline (6) and William (5).


University Honors Program Advisor

Lisa Hunsaker

Lisa joined the University Honors Program in August 2017. A native of North Ogden, Utah, Lisa is a True Aggie and a proud Utah State University graduate. She majored in Business Information Technology and Education. After spending six years in Kentucky and traveling the east coast at every opportunity, she was excited to return to Utah State in the summer of 2012.

Professionally, Lisa has held various sales and marketing roles and also taught high school and post-secondary business courses. Prior to joining the USU Honors Program, she was an undergraduate advisor in the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business and also thoroughly enjoyed motivating and inspiring local students as part of Cache County School District's SEM (gifted and talented) program. 

When she is not cheering on the Aggie athletic teams or cruising the valley in her gecko-green Jeep, Lisa loves paddle-boarding at Bear Lake and is a frequent visitor of the Disney parks. Lisa is also active in her community, where she has served as an advisor for the Providence City Youth Council and as a chairperson for the local youth football league. 

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Staff Assistant

Sara Jensen

Sara joined the University Honors Program in November 2016. An Aggie alumna, Sara earned her bachelor's degree in communication studies in May 2016. During her time at USU, Sara had the opportunity to intern at the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C., where she learned about the inner workings of a political office and indulged her love of history (and she also discovered the BEST place to get a chili dog). 

Sara enjoys reading and spending time with her family and friends. She is also learning how to cook and loves to try out new recipes. She is very excited to be a part of the University Honors Program team! 


Lead Honors Peer Advisor

Kandice Olson

Kandice began work in the University Honors Program office in August 2016 as a student and as the Honors Student Council President. In May 2017, she graduated with honors in psychology. While pursuing her bachelor's degree, Kandice was part of a psychology placement program in Sri Lanka, which allowed her to teach English within the general community and work with the special-needs population at a mental health institution. Kandice is beginning graduate work in USU's school psychology program in August 2017, and she will continue to work in the Honors Program as our lead peer advisor. 

Kandice likes spending her free time outdoors with her family and friends. Her favorite activities include mountain biking, hiking, and snowboarding. She is excited to continue working with the Honors Program as an honors alumna.

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Physical Location: Living Learning Community, Building A, Rm 112
Mailing Address: 0400 Old Main Hill, Logan, UT 84322

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