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Honors Scholar: Hannah Clayton

Hannah Clayton

Above & Beyond: Getting to Know CBT Honors Scholars

Hannah Clayton is an intelligent, fun-loving, driven student within the College of Business and Technology. She is an Aerospace Management major with a focus in airport operations. She is a senior from Taylorsville, Ky., and will be graduating in December 2015. Hannah is also an EKU Honors Scholar, taking the entire curriculum of Honors classes in addition to the required classes for her Aerospace Management major. In an interview with Hannah, she revealed more about herself and her experience at EKU. 

When asked why she chose to come to EKU, Hannah revealed that she never came on an official campus tour. She toured five other schools but never considered coming to EKU until she came to visit her sister in the fall of her senior year. It was then that she truly began to understand why EKU is called the campus beautiful. During that visit, she fell in love with the campus; and it was then that she decided EKU would be her home.

Hannah remarked that she changed her major several different times - going from Photography to Political Science and beyond - before she landed on Aerospace Management. She was a campus tour guide her freshman year, and she remembers giving a tour and thinking to herself that if she could choose any major, it would be Aerospace Management. “Why not?” She changed her major and never looked back. 

Hannah said that she has really enjoyed all of her classes. When she is in class and learning about the many dynamics of aviation management, she feels at home and everything “just makes sense.” She looks forward to going to class and enjoys the learning environment. After completing her junior internship at the Bluegrass Airport, she realized that her classes and professors had done a great job preparing her for the future. Hannah remarked that both Mr. Tony Adams and Mr. Jim Adamson have influenced her greatly during her time at EKU.

Mr. Adamson said, “It’s been my pleasure to have known Hannah for the past four years, both as her advisor and one of her professors. I consider her to be a genuinely kind person and an exemplary student. She has always contributed to a productive classroom environment; not only were her individual accomplishments noteworthy, but she excelled in working with others. Many of the Aerospace Management courses that I teach require team projects, and I could always count on her teams to produce superior results. I know that both the Aviation Program and University can look forward to her future achievements with a sense of anticipation and pride.”

Mr. Adams stated, “Having Hannah in class has always been a pleasure. Her participation in class and the tenacity with which she pursued class preparation goals were second to none. Her desire to learn is a strong trait, but her desire to share and apply that information was even a stronger.”

Mr. Adams went on to say, “Balancing her extracurricular leadership responsibilities with academics was a monumental task that she handled well…Considering her leadership qualities, excellent interpersonal communication skills and great attitude, I predict she will achieve great success as a future leader in the aviation industry.”

Hannah was the first official Airport Operations intern at the Bluegrass Airport. Her boldness and ability to be proactive caused the Airport to add this internship as an ongoing position. 

On top of a busy class load, Hannah is also an EKU Honors Scholar, meaning that she is a top-notch student accepted through the program’s high standards and is completing the honors curriculum in its entirety. Hannah said that her experience with the Honors Program has been a very good one. There have been times that she didn’t think she could complete the program, but perseverance has shaped her into a better student. She said the Honors Program is quite difficult and has opened her mind  to different ways of thinking. She has become more focused  on work ethic and the quality of her work. Her Honors thesis is about understanding the motivation for Greek (fraternity and sorority) membership. 

When asked about her plans for the future, Hannah said she will be graduating in December of 2015. She is constantly looking at job openings and can’t wait until the time comes when she can begin the application process. She would like to work at an airport in Kentucky or somewhere in the South.

In her free time, Hannah is involved in the Alpha Omicron Pi sorority at EKU. She also enjoys kayaking, spending time outside, playing guitar, being with friends, and traveling.

-written by Lauren Ray, Graduate Assistant
Office of the Dean, EKU College of Business and Technology

Published on March 25, 2015

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