Jesus J. Lara Inducted as Honorary Member of Mortar Board Honor Society

At this year’s 29th Annual Sphinx and Mortar Board Reception, Associate Professor of City and Regional Planning Jesus J. Lara was inducted as an Honorary Member of Mortar Board. “He encourages independent thinking, creative analysis, and pushes his students to be the best they can be. Dr. Lara helped me find my passion through his study aboard program in May,” commented undergraduate student Emily Long, who nominated Professor Lara for the distinction. “His intense drive for the work that he does is inspirational to all students. Over the past year, Dr. Lara has become a great mentor helping me navigate the path to higher education."

Each year, the Mortar Board chapter at Ohio State provides an opportunity for a member of the society to recognize a faculty or staff member who has had a significant impact on their collegiate careers.

“I am greatly humbled and honored to be receiving this award. I want to thank all my students at Ohio State University. I can imagine no better way to live my life than to work and learn with you,” reflected Lara.

Mortar Board was founded on February 15, 1914, with chapters at four institutions: Cornell University, The University of Michigan, The Ohio State University and Swarthmore College. Mortar Board is a national honor society which recognizes college seniors for their exemplary scholarship, leadership and service, and provides opportunities for continued leadership development, promotes service to colleges and universities and encourages lifelong contributions to the global community.

Hosted by the Ohio State University Alumni Association and the Office of Academic Affairs, the Faculty and Staff Recognition Reception was held Febrary 29, 2018 at the Longaberger Alumni House.


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