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Catawba College Community Recognizes Students at Annual Awards Convocation

April 26, 2005

Category: Academics, Events, Students


Local students were among those honored April 21 during Catawba College’s annual Awards Convocation.   The event was held in Omwake-Dearborn Chapel on campus.
Catawba’s Vice President and Dean of the College Dr. Barbara Hetrick noted that the convocation was an opportunity “to honor those among us who have excelled academically” and to “reaffirm the value of excellence toward which we strive individually and collectively as a learning community.”
Fourteen Catawba students were announced as inductees into Who’s Who among Students in American Universities and Colleges.   Nominated by members of the college community and selected by a committee of faculty and students, these students are active leaders and scholars on campus.   They include the following students: Peter Jon Arnold of Edgewater, Fla.; Mary Frances Attea of Kenmore, N.Y.; Crystal Danielle Bonner of Yadkinville; Stephanie Louise Brendel of Drexel; Jessica Naomi Fritts of Lexington; Josephine Mae Gantt of Winston-Salem; Thomas Jarrod Giles of Lynchburg, Va.; Cristyn Nichole Harrison of Hickory; Stephen Drew Long of Lexington; David Thomas Loudermilk of Richmond. Va.; Kristen Lee McCachren of Cleveland; Katharine Marie Phelps of Prince Frederick, Md.; Janelle L. Rhodes of Waynesboro, Pa.; and Justin Luke Samples of Elkin.

Peter Jon Arnold, Catawba’s outgoing Student Government Association (SGA) President, received the Student Government President’s Award.   This award is given each year to the retiring president of the Student Government Association (SGA).  


SGA officers for the 2005-2006 academic year were installed at the convocation.   They include President Danielle Petrin of Indian Trail; Vice President Albert DeColli of Sewell, N.J.; Secretary Elisa Alfieri of Salisbury; and Treasurer Stephani Garrett of Hagerstown, Md.
The recipient of the annual Paul Fisher Service Award was announced at the convocation.   Elisa Antonia Alfieri of Salisbury was selected from all of the monthly Paul Fisher Service Award winners.
Winners of an Ethics Essay Contest, sponsored on campus by Catawba’s Lilly Center for Vocation and Values, the Ketner School of Business, and the Lifelong Learning program, were recognized.   They included Terri Ann Boyd of Jacksonville, Vt., first place winner and recipient of a $750 prize; Diana Marie Proffen of Highland, Md., second place winner and recipient of a $500 prize; and Rachel Lynn McCollum of Yadkinville, third place and recipient of a $250 prize.

Darrell Thomas Smith of Salisbury received the Frances Decker Wentz Award.   This award is given annually to the upperclass 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.


Hope Anne Miller of Newton 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 of Business who achieves the best scholastic average during the year.

The Millard F. Wilson Award for Excellence in Business was presented to Marja Lynn Hatfield of East Winthrop, Maine.   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.
Emily Joy McGaughy of Upland, California received the David F. Faust Award, given annually to a student who has demonstrated outstanding ability and interest in the field of biblical studies.   The award is given in memory of Dr. David Earl Faust, a former professor emeritus of religion and history.

Katherine Elizabeth Moore of Haymarket Va. and Danielle Renee Scearce of Salisbury shared the Outstanding 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.

Megan Michelle Lilly of Kannapolis 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.

Catawba’s Chairman’s Award in Music went to Carolyn Marie Brannon of Mattituck, N.Y., for her significant contribution to the programs of the music department.
Jason Dwain Rigney of Danville, Va. received the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award, presented annually to the college’s most outstanding jazz instrumentalist. He was also selected by the music faculty as the 2005 Nelson Haden Music Award recipient which was presented to him at the Salisbury Civitan’s banquet held last month.   That award is given to a music major in memory of Nelson Haden, a former Civitan.

The John Philip Sousa Award was given to April Dawn Naylor of Mocksville.   It is presented annually to the college band member who has shown consistent excellence in band work based on musicianship, cooperation and the demonstrated desire to improve the quality of the band.

Brian Andrew Messinger of Kannapolis received the Outstanding Chorale Member Award, given by the music faculty to the student who best exemplifies commitment, musicianship, cooperation and contribution to the quality of performance of this chorale ensemble.

Stephen Drew Long of Lexington received the Ethan O’Neal Catawba Singers Award.   It is given to the member of the Catawba Singers who best exemplifies commitment, musicianship, cooperation and contribution to the quality of performance of the ensemble.
Kyle Matthew McAleese of Stafford, Va., was the recipient 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 or minor who has made the highest grades in his/her foreign language studies.
Micah Adam Chase Roseman of Salisbury was selected by the English Department faculty to receive the Martha H. Morehead Award.   The award, given in honor of a late Catawba professor emeritus 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.   Parr was selected for his short story, “Loving Should Be Easy.”  

Stephanie Louise Brendel of Drexel, received the Rebecca H. Frantz Essay Prize for the third consecutive year for her essay “Capturing Reality through Art – is it Possible,” judged by the faculty to be the most original.   Catawba Alumnus Edwin Nance of Altoona, Pa. gives it, in memory of the mother of three former Catawba students.

Lauren Alston Smith of Greensboro received the Calvin Koonts Poetry Award, as the student who was judged by the English Department faculty to possess the most potential as a writer of poetry.   The award is given by Dr. J. Calvin Koonts ’45 to stimulate interest in writing poetry.

The Elisabeth Scranton History Award was presented to Katherine Marie Phelps of Prince Frederick, Md.   It is given in honor of a former professor of history to the student 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.                      

Sean Michael Bloom of Snellville, Ga., received 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.

Connor Patrick Coleman of Brecksville, Ohio received the Leader in Environmental Stewardship Award presented this year for the first time.   It is awarded to the student 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.

The CRC Press Freshman Chemistry Achievement Award was shared by two freshmen students, Angela Brooke Bailey of Kannapolis and Matthew William Pardue of Salisbury.   It is presented annually to a chemistry major in recognition of outstanding scholastic achievement.

The Chemistry Prize, funded by donations from alumni who wish to encourage students pursuing a degree in chemistry, was awarded to Anthony Cole Weddington of Salisbury.

The Braun Award in Physics, given by 1934 Alumna Mrs. Anne Blodgett Bashore, was awarded to Josephine Mae Gantt of Winston-Salem.   It is given in recognition of the student showing the most meritorious work in the field of physics.

Mary Frances Attea of Kenmore, N.Y., 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.
The recipient of the Mathematics Award was Jennifer Eileen O’Connell of Jamesburg, N.J.   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.

Ashley Jewel Wilhelm of Cleveland received the Daniel E. Kirk Biology Award, given in honor of Dr. Daniel E. Kirk, former professor and chair of Catawba’s Department of Biology.   The biology faculty selects the recipient who is a senior who has exhibited outstanding service and achievement in the Department of Biology.    

Laura Jeann Althaus of Salisbury received the Bruce A. Wentz Philosophy Award.   Selected annually by the faculty of the religion and philosophy department, it recognizes the junior or senior who has shown excellence in the study of philosophy and carries a cash prize.   It is given in memory of Dr. Bruce A. Wentz, a long-time professor of philosophy at Catawba.

Two students, Terri Ann Boyd of Jacksonville, Vt. and Peter Jon Arnold of Edgewater, Fla., previously aforementioned, also 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.

Heather Renee Hawkins of Troutman 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.

The Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award was given to Crystal Danielle Bonner of Yadkinville.   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.

Elizabeth Aron Hewitt of Hickory 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.

George MacNeil Liveakos of Grayson, Ga., received the Phi Epsilon Award.   This recipients is one who Phi Epsilon believes has been of significant value and worth to the campus community through outstanding character, leadership, and participation in extracurricular activities, and has shown a genuine interest in, and concern for, Catawba College as evidenced by his or her service.

The recipients of the Whitener Medals were announced at the awards convocation but will actually receive their awards during Catawba’s graduation exercises.   They are Cristyn Nichole Harrison of Hickory and Justin Luke Samples of Elkin.   Named in honor of the late Dr. Edgar Whitener of High Point who served as president of the Catawba Board of Trustees from 1925-44, these awards are presented annually to the man and woman in the graduating class who combine in themselves, in the highest degree, the equalities of character, leadership and scholarship.   Selection is made by the faculty from the three men and three women who have received the highest number of votes in an election in which only members of the junior and senior class may vote.

The new Mr. and Miss Catawba, elected to serve the college in the coming year, were announced at the convocation.   They are Terri Ann Boyd of Jacksonville, Vt. and Albert Paul DeColli III.

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