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Friday, August 31, 2012

Proud papa Beldar brags on his son Adam Dyer

The University of Houston Honors College has an excellent program for exceptional students at this Tier One university, and it's been very good to my family: My older son, Kevin, is already an alumnus of the program (and he's now an entering "1L" at the University of Houston Law Center this fall). My older daughter, Sarah, is within sight of completing her degree in elementary education through the Honors College, aiming toward a career path as an educator that was blazed by my sister, my mother, and my paternal grandfather. My younger son, Adam, is now entering his sophomore year in the Honors College. My youngest, Molly, still has a year left at Bellaire High School โ€” and although she's fortunate to have a great many attractive college choices, it's not unlikely that she too may be seeking a spot in the Honors College fairly soon.

My ex and I, and all four of our children, were therefore very gratified that based on faculty nominations made among last year's entering freshmen, Adam was named among fifteen or so "Outstanding First Year Honors Students" at the Honors College's 2012 Fall Convocation.

Adam J. Dyer receiving an Outstanding First Year Student award from the University of Houston Honors College on Aug. 30, 2012

Honors College Dean William Monroe said this of Adam at tonight's awards ceremony in the ballroom of the Hilton on the UH campus:

In addition to being an outstanding contributor in his nominator [Prof.] Ted Estess' class, Adam also served on Alpha Team's student committee to select the best Human Situation lectures of Fall 2012 [referring to a required two-semester Honors College seminar that "stud[ies] our cultural heritage by examining texts from the Greek, Roman, Hebrew, Christian and Islamic cultures of antiquity"] โ€” all the while ... showing promise of doing truly distinguished work as an undergraduate at the University of Houston. In the words of Dr. Estess, [writing] tonight from Colorado: "Adam, we salute you for what you have done, but we put you on notice that we are expecting a great deal more in the coming years." Adam is a creative writing major from Bellaire High School with a National Merit Scholarship.

Adam is committed to obtaining a broad liberal arts education through the Honors College, and he'll continue studying creative writing this fall. But he's adjusting his major to also include computer science because (1) every starving artist needs a day job and (2) it's quite likely that his creative goals will end up involving computers and software in at least some important aspects. He's just a swell kid, and while his mom and I and his siblings are always proud of Adam just for being who he is, tonight was another of the many occasions on which we are all extra proud.

More pix:

Adam jokes after the ceremony:

Adam Dyer jokes after the awards ceremony

Every award must come with a certificate suitable for framing, no? But this one is indeed worth the cost of a frame:

Adam Dyer's award

Big sister Sarah (left) reacts to Adam's award:

Big sis Sarah Dyer reacts to Adam's award

Posted by Beldar at 12:06 AM in Family | Permalink


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(1) Boyd made the following comment | Aug 31, 2012 8:46:41 AM | Permalink

Congratulations! Proud papa indeed!

(2) Laura made the following comment | Aug 31, 2012 10:51:48 AM | Permalink

Congratulations! Thank you for sharing your proud moments!

(3) Gregory Koster made the following comment | Aug 31, 2012 9:11:31 PM | Permalink

Dear Mr. Dyer: Nope. I don't agree that Adam is a "swell kid." He HAS BEEN a swell kid, but now he's a swell young man, who is doing his old man great credit. As we expected. You are right to be proud, and so is he. Go on great man!

Sincerely yours,
Gregory Koster

(4) Beldar made the following comment | Aug 31, 2012 10:31:17 PM | Permalink

Mr. Koster, thanks for the kind words, and your point is well taken. Adam is indeed, legally and otherwise, a young man now. My only defense is the traditional one advanced by parents, for whom their offspring always evoke memories of the years when "swell kid" was still accurate, so I hope he'll forgive my lapse.

(5) DRJ made the following comment | Sep 1, 2012 3:23:17 PM | Permalink

Adam and his siblings will always be swell kids just as you will always be a swell dad, no matter how old any of you get or how far apart (or near) life may place you.

You know how glad I am to see your children complete a university honors liberal arts program, and congrats to Kevin, Sarah, and Molly at putting their education to a good purpose. It's not easy to do either but I think it will bring a lifetime of rewards to each of them.

(6) DRJ made the following comment | Sep 1, 2012 3:26:16 PM | Permalink

Also, you need to consider U-Verse now that it added the Longhorn Channel. DirecTV and Dish may not add the LHC for a long time, and it's so much fun.

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