Your connection with the Honors Program continues long after graduation, and we hope you'll keep in touch. Please contact Jeanne Palermo at to:

  • Change your mailing/e-mail addresses
  • Contribute material for the class notes section of HonorsLINK
  • Volunteer to write an article for HonorsLINK
  • Connect with our present students
  • Ask a question or make a suggestion about the Honors Program

And don't forget to visit to update your information with the University, connect with your alumni chapter, learn about Reunion Weekend or make a gift.

Where are they now?

Our alumni live, work and study all over the world. Following are our most recent connections.

Alumnus Works to Prevent Childhood Blindness

Dr. Sean Donahue, a 1984 Honors Program graduate, is chief of pediatric ophthalmology and director of the Tennessee Lions Eye Center at Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt. Through his work with the Pediatric Cataract Initiative to help prevent childhood blindness caused by cataracts and other diseases, he will assist in the training of ophthalmologists in China.

"Cataracts are the leading cause of treatable blindness worldwide," Donahue said. "We don't have problems like that in this country because, whether or not kids have insurance, they are going to get treatment. Kids in other countries are still going blind from diseases that no longer exist here."

Donahue will also continue to do volunteer work through the Tennessee Lions charities, which provides free eye screenings to 35,000 children each year in Tennessee.

Supporting the Next Generation of Honors Students

Donations to the University Honors Program, or specifically to the Patrick F. Palermo Honors Program Founders Fund, can be made at Please choose your designation from the pull-down menu, or if not available, indicate your preference in the option box under "Additional Information."

Thank you in advance for all support you give to the current members of the University Honors Program.