University Honors Program
875 Perimeter Drive MS 2533
Moscow, ID Moscow, ID 83844-2533
Holly LaHann is the Distinguished Scholarships and Honors Program Coordinator at the University of Idaho (UI) with more than nine years of experience working with college and high school students in the U.S. and abroad. As the Distinguished Scholarships Coordinator, she works closely with all UI students interested in applying for competitive national and international awards, and she facilitates the campus review process for many of these awards. As the University Honors Program (UHP) Coordinator, she recruits students to the UHP and helps ensure their success in the program through advising, peer ambassador support, and program development. Prior to serving in this role, Holly was active in the field of International Education. She advised outgoing study abroad and incoming exchange students in the UI Study Abroad Office, received a Fulbright International Education Administrators grant to the United Kingdom, worked in India through a staff development grant, taught English to rural high school students in Japan through the JET program, and studied as an undergraduate student in Austria. As a graduate of the UI and UHP, Holly enjoys helping UI students to realize their potential, and take advantage of the many opportunities a UI education brings to them now and in the future.
Kathryn Pawelko is the Administrative Coordinator for the University Honors Program at the University of Idaho (UI). An alumna of both UI and the Honors Program, Kathryn graduated summa cum laude with double majors in History and Spanish in 2014. A member of the College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences, she participated widely in university clubs and events, notably as a Sound of Idaho band member, Jazz Choir and DDD (Dancers Drummers Dreamers) performer, a member of the University of Idaho Ballroom Team, and as the 2012-2013 co-president of Phi Alpha Theta. She has since worked in higher education both domestically in the Registrar’s Office at Washington State University, and internationally in Madrid, Spain through CIEE Teach Abroad. As Administrative Coordinator of the University Honors Program, Kathryn hopes to use the skills she’s learned at home, and abroad, to manage the daily office tasks of the Honors Program, direct the Honors webpage and social media, as well as assist Honors students in one-on-one advising. Kathryn loves working with students to help them reach their academic goals; her door is always open! Kathryn’s passions include traveling, hiking, running marathons, CrossFit, studying history and languages, and watching Doctor Who.
Mindy McAllister is the Student Services Coordinator for the Honors Program. She is an alumna of the University of Idaho and the Honors Program, and returned to the University of Idaho to join the Admissions Office in 2015. Upon graduating from the College of Natural Resources in 2009, Mindy worked across the country in the field of environmental education, developing and teaching in programs for the National Parks, the Nature Conservancy, and in other institutions of higher education. She is a certified Environmental Educator, and from this carries the needed creativity and “out-of-the-box” thinking into her work at UI. About three years ago (after realizing she belonged back in Idaho), she took a bit of a career shift to join the college recruitment and admissions field. During her free time, Mindy enjoys quilting and painting, cooking new things with moderate success, spending time near bodies of water and trees, devoutly following college football and gymnastics, traveling with friends and family, and seeking out new experiences whether they be culinary, musical, or otherwise.
She looks forward to working with incoming students and parents both on campus and on the road, connecting with Honors Program leadership students, organizing and promoting activities and events, and helping in advising first year students. Mindy loves helping students find the balance in their academic careers, and hopes to support students as they find and explore their passion both in and out of the classroom.