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The Mission 
Southern Adventist University seeks to provide motivated and capable students with an enhanced interdisciplinary educational experience that emphasizes the integration of spiritual values into our knowledge of nature and society. The Program was created to give intellectually motivated students enriched learning experiences and a community of peers devoted to a vigorous life of the mind that encourages student responsibility for their learning. Southern Scholars welcome intellectual challenge and learning opportunities, both in and out of the classroom.




Southern Scholars is the interdisciplinary honors program of Southern Adventist University. Starting here, you can learn what the program offers to outstanding students, how to apply to the program, and what the program requirements are. 

The 2012-2013 academic year was another good one for the Southern Scholars program. The 21 incoming freshmen started their honors career in our fourth Southern Scholars Southern Connections course, which included an afternoon on the ropes course and a walking tour of downtown Chattanooga.  Our honors Comp 103 course, taught by Dr. Rachel Byrd, has been well received and is now required for all incoming freshmen.  Three seniors and two juniors attended the Southern Regional Honors Conference in Louisville, Kentucky; Rhya Moffitt presented her senior project to honors students from throughout the Southeast.  We concluded our year with our third Honors Symposium, with guest speaker Professor Jay Green of Covenant College. 

For the 2012-2013 academic year we completed our overhaul of the honors seminars. We introduced a seminar on leadership, joining our already existing seminars on values and ethics and inter-disciplinary learning.

We continued to have our traditional social events: honors vespers, post-convocation luncheons with distinguished visiting speakers, honors forums with university administrators, off-campus cultural events, and our year-ending honors symposium, and for the 2013-2014 academic year, we will start a new tradition: an annual Honors Retreat.

We hope you will be a part of the exciting changes to Southern’s honors program. I look forward to meeting you soon!


Dr. Mark Peach
Southern Scholars Program Director


Office Hours


Mark Peach, Program Director

MW: 11:00-12:00

TTh: 1:00-2:00


Jorge Pleitez, Executive Assistant

W: 1:00-4:00

TTh: 9:00-12:00; 2:00-5:00




Upcoming Events


Lunch with Dr. Hugo Mendez, Southern Scholars Alumnus

Thursday, April 10

Time: 12:00pm EST

Location: Robert Merchant Room


Southern Scholars Fourth Annual Symposium

Speaker: Dr. Andrew Woolley, Honors Porgram Director and English Prfessor at Southwestern Adventist University

Friday, April 25

Time: 5:00pm-6:30pm EST

Location: McKee Library