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Award Recognitions (Spring Convocation, 2009)

April 17, 2009

Category: Academics, Events, Faculty, Students


Danielle SchneiderAmber HughesKevin Flebbe
Danielle Schneider of New Castle, Del., received the David Hoyle Award for Outstanding Service in the area of student activities. It is awarded annually to a student who has made exemplary contributions to all areas of student activities.

The new Mr. and Miss Catawba, elected to serve the College in the coming year, were announced at the convocation. They are Amber Hughes of Seattle, Wash., and Kevin Flebbe of Vineland, N.J.

Sarah Dalida Blackmore of Salisbury, N.C., received the Frances Decker Wentz Award. This award is given annually to the upper class student who has demonstrated, through distinguished performance of responsibilities, a real concern and aptitude for the theory and practice of library science and service. The library staff chooses the recipient.


Daniel RobertsonBrittany Parker
Daniel Robertson of Little Rock, Ark., and Brittany Parker of Mt. Ulla, N.C., received the Leader in Environmental Stewardship Award. It is presented to the student(s) who best exhibits outstanding leadership ability and uncommon commitment to environmental stewardship through the facilitation of activities and initiatives that promote the wise use of the earth's resources.


Ben SmithJenna Matthews
The recipients of the annual Paul Fisher Service Awards for the spring semester were announced at the convocation. They were Jenna Matthews of Staunton, Va., and Ben Smith, assistant director of residence life and the coordinator of the Lerner Wellness Center. Devin Rodgers of Glen Burnie, Md., was recognized as the recipient of a scholarship provided by Farmers and Merchants Bank as well as an engraved plaque.


Shahin MohammadiBrad Ross
Shahin Soltan Mohammadi of Gothenburg, Sweden, received the Sherrill & Smith Award in Business Administration. This award is given annually by the partners of Sherrill & Smith to the senior in the Ralph W. Ketner School of Business who achieves the best scholastic average during the year.

The Millard F. Wilson Award for Excellence in Business was presented to Brad Ross of Freeland, Md. Given annually to a senior in recognition of outstanding service to the Ralph W. Ketner School of Business, it also recognizes excellence in academic achievement. The late Professor Millard F. Wilson, former chairman of the business department at Catawba from 1949-1979, established the award.

Kali McCulloughKali McCullough of Columbia, Tenn., was the recipient of the Calvin Koonts Poetry Award. They were judged by the English Department faculty to possess the most potential as writers of poetry. The award was made possible through a gift from the late Dr. J. Calvin Koonts '45 to stimulate interest in writing poetry.

Sarah Hamm '08 of Morehead City, N.C., was selected by the English Department faculty to receive the Martha H. Morehead Award. The award, given in honor of a late Catawba professor emerita of English, it is presented for the outstanding single work — poem, short story or graphic contribution to the Arrowhead, the college's annual literary publication. Hamm was selected for her poem, "Eulogy (In Yellow)."

Kali McCullough of Columbia, Tenn., and Caitlin Springs of Santa Clara, Calif., were the recipients of the Rice, Andrews, Young Award. It is given in honor of the former chairpersons of the Catawba Department of Modern Foreign Languages to the foreign language major(s) or minor(s) who has made the highest grades in his/her foreign language studies.


Jill ArchambaultHeather SchiffauerLori Beth Fraley
The Elisabeth Scranton History Award was presented to Savanna Farris of Rockwell and Jill Archambault of Glens Falls, N.Y. It is given in honor of a former professor of history to the student(s) who has attained the highest academic average during his or her senior year and who represents the ideals of liberal scholarship in the area of history.

The Braun Award in Physics, given by 1934 Alumna Mrs. Anne Blodgett Bashore, was awarded to Heather Schiffhauer of Weaverville, N.C. It is given in recognition of the student showing the most meritorious work in the field of physics.

The CRC Press Freshman Chemistry Achievement Award was won by Lori Beth Fraley of Cleveland, N.C. It is awarded annually to a chemistry major in recognition of outstanding scholastic achievement.

Mary Helen Black of Thomasville, N.C., was the recipient of The American Institute of Chemists Award which honors outstanding senior majoring in chemistry and is based on ability, character, scholastic achievement and potential advancement in one of the chemical professions.


Scott R. CampbellRachel RobertsJenn Layton
The recipient of the Mathematics Award was Scott R. Campbell of Charlotte, N.C. This award is presented annually by the mathematics department faculty to a student who has demonstrated outstanding ability, scholarship and interest in the field of math.

Rachel Roberts of Knoxville, Tenn. was the recipient of the Environmental Science Award. It is presented annually to a senior who has best demonstrated dedication, inspiration and academic achievement in the field of environmental science.

Jennifer Layton of Bridgeton, N.J., was the recipient of the Shirley L. Haworth Prospective Teacher Award. It is presented to a senior with a 3.0 grade point average or better who majors or minors in education and who has demonstrated outstanding potential as a teacher based on observation in classroom setting by faculty and cooperating teachers. The recipient is chosen by the Department of Teacher Education faculty.

Elizabeth Fields of Thomasville, N.C., received the Student Education Association/Cynthia Osterhus Award. It is given to the student who has made an outstanding contribution to the student education association and who has shown potential to become an excellent teacher. The award is named in honor of Cynthia Osterhus '73 of Salisbury, a former North Carolina Teacher of the Year, and now a faculty member in Catawba's Teacher Education Department and director of the College's Shirley Peeler Ritchie Academy for Teaching.


Derek DaiseyAmanda Kanoy
Catawba's Chairman's Award in Music went to Derek Daisey of Milton, Del., for his significant contribution to the programs of the music department and for his promise of future success in the field of music.

Amanda Kanoy of Thomasville, N.C., was the recipient of the Senior Psychology Award. It is given annually to a psychology major who has been judged by graduating psychology majors, through secret ballot, as having made an outstanding contribution to the various activities of the Psychology Department.

Beverly Maurice of Mocksville, N.C., received the Patricia R. Whitley Award in recognition of academic excellence, loyalty, and dedication and for outstanding service to both the physical education department and the community.  The award was established in 1999 by the Physical Education Department and the Student Majors Club in honor of Dr. Patricia Whitley.

Katrina Pergerson of Spring Lake, N.C., received the Daniel E. Kirk Biology Award. It is given in honor of Dr. Daniel E. Kirk, former professor and chair of Catawba's Department of Biology and former Dean of the College. It is presented to a senior who has exhibited outstanding service and achievement in the Department of Biology.


Justin Tyler LewisKenzie BrogdenNikki Blackwelder
The Augustin Daly Award for Outstanding Student of the Year in Theatre Arts went to Justin Tyler Lewis of Luttrell, Tenn. The award is named in memory of one of North Carolina's most historically important theatre figures and voted on by the Theatre Arts faculty.

Kenzie Brodgen of Wilmington, N.C., was the recipient of the Sociology Award. This new award is presented to the graduating senior who demonstrates outstanding academic achievement in the field of sociology and exemplifies the qualities of the sociological imagination.

Nicole Blackwelder of Weaverville, N.C., was the recipient of the Dean Grove Award, given annually to a student athlete majoring in mathematics or science who demonstrates leadership abilities in both areas. The late Dr. Rodger H. Lofland '61 established the Dean Grove Award in tribute to Dean N. Grove '40, Lofland's high school coach, biology teacher and mentor.


Nathan WrightAndrew A Vance, Jr.
The Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award was shared by Nathan Wrights of China Grove, N.C., and Dr. Andrew A. Vance, Jr., professor of modern foreign languages and business law. A committee of students and faculty choose both a student and a staff member annually to receive this award. It is given in recognition of fine spiritual qualities practically applied to daily living and with the belief that these persons will uphold the spiritual standards of Catawba by their noble characteristics. The award was established by the New York Southern Society as a permanent reminder of the noblest human qualities expressed and followed in the life of its first president Algernon Sydney Sullivan.


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