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Catawba College Community Recognizes Students at Annual Awards Convocation

April 21, 2006

Category: Academics, Events, Staff, Students


Awards Convocation 2006
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Local students were among those honored April 20 during Catawba College's annual Awards Convocation. The event was held in Omwake-Dearborn Chapel on campus and Catawba's Vice President and Dean of the College Dr. Barbara Hetrick noted that the convocation was an annual celebration of "all that is excellent."

Junior Hilah Teague of Southern Pines, 2005-2006 editor of Catawba's yearbook, The Sayakini, dedicated the annual to the Communication Arts Department at the convocation. She expressed gratitude to Dr. Tim Moreland and Cyndi Wittum, a professor and an instructor in that department, in her remarks.

Danielle Petrin of Indian Trail, 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 2006-2007 academic year were installed at the convocation. They include President Alex Will, a sophomore from Milton, Mass.; Vice President T.J. Wydner, a senior from Lambertville, N.J.; Secretary Elizabeth Foye, a sophomore from LaGrange; and Treasurer Elisa Alfieri, a senior from Salisbury.

Two seniors, Terri Ann Boyd of Jacksonville, Vt. and Jill A. Makransky of Penns Grove, N.J., 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 junior John Thomas Poulos of Rockville, Md., and senior Tiffany Yvonne Cox of O'Fallon, Ill.
Lindsay Mary Mellon, a senior from Berlin, Conn., 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.

Dr. Julie Chamberlain, assistant professor of music, was the recipient of the Kenneth Clapp Tri-Delta Award. Established by the Class of 2000 in recognition of the work of Dr. Ken Clapp, College senior vice president and chaplain, it is presented annually to a member of the faculty or staff who demonstrates dedication, devotion, and dependability.
The recipient of the annual Paul Fisher Service Award was announced at the convocation. Freshman Nathan David Wrights of China Grove was selected from all of the monthly Paul Fisher Service Award winners and is the recipient of a scholarship provided by Farmers and Merchants Bank as well as an engraved plaque.
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: Julie Ann Bahr, Uniontown, Ohio;  Terri Ann Boyd of Jacksonville, Vt.; Heather Lawrence Cashatt of Randleman; Tiffany Yvonne Cox of O'Fallon, Ill.; Hannah McTighe Davis of Williamsburg, Va.; Sean Douglas Fox of Ft. Myers, Fla.; Samuel Christopher Greiner of Charlotte ; Jeremia Devon Johnson of Lakeland, Fla.; Jill A. Makransky of Penns Grove, N.J.; Brian Andrew Messenger of Kannapolis; Andrea Christine Overbeck of Jamestown; Dennis Edward Reed of Charlotte; Jonathan Mason Robertson of Charlotte; Jeffery Lynn Smith of Newnan, Ga.; Jessica Lynn Smith of Westfield; and Summer Kari Zuck of Kingston, Tenn.          

Elizabeth Fitzsimmons Corbett of Severn, Md., 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 David Austin Smith of Rockwell. 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.

Senior Victoria Shay Hamilton of Wake Forest received the Dr. Charles Turney Award. This award was established in 2005 from contributions made by family and friends of the late Dr. Charles Turney, former dean of the College and chair of the English Department. It is given annually to a rising senior English major who has at least a 3.5 GPA and a demonstrated aptitude for and an interest in the discipline of English studies.

Sophomore Sarah Cadence Hamm of Morehead City received the Rebecca H. Frantz Essay Prize for her essay "She Walks in Sublimity, Like Mathilda: Defining the Feminine Sublime," judged by the faculty to be the most original. The late Edwin Frantz Nace '30 of Altoona, Pa. made possible this annual award in memory of the mother of three former Catawba students.

Sophomore Lauren Alston Smith of Greensboro and senior Charlotte E. Moore of Alexandria, Va., shared 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.

Sophomore Sarah Candence Hamm of Morehead City 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, "Just Left of Philosophy."
Eva Joy Manney, a senior from Olmsted Falls, Ohio, 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. Manny also received the Elisabeth Scranton History Award. 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.

The Braun Award in Physics, given by 1934 Alumna Mrs. Anne Blodgett Bashore, was awarded to junior Hannah Michelle Burleson of China Grove. It is given in recognition of the student showing the most meritorious work in the field of physics. Burleson also received the Chemistry Prize, funded by donations from alumni who wish to encourage students pursuing a degree in chemistry.

The CRC Press Freshman Chemistry Achievement Award was presented to Joshua Wayne Overcash of Salisbury. It is awarded annually to a chemistry major in recognition of outstanding scholastic achievement.

The recipient of the Mathematics Award was senior Stephani Lee Garrett of Hagerstown, Md. 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.

Senior William Joseph Harrison of Hartstown, Pa. 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.

Two students shared the Leader in Environmental Stewardship Award 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. The recipients were junior Amanda Lee Hooker of Mocksville and senior Jeremia Devon Johnson of Lakeland, Fla.

Jessica Lynn Smith of Westfield was awarded 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.

Leigh Ann Marcischak, a junior from Houston, Pa., 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 senior Dennis Edward Reed of Charlotte for his significant contribution to the programs of the music department and for his promise of future success in the field of music.
The John Philip Sousa Award was given to senior Stephani Lee Garrett of Hagerstown, Md. 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.  

Christopher John Myers, a senior from Lewes, Del., 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.

Brian Andrew Messenger of Kannapolis 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.

Hannah McTighe Davis of Williamsburg, Va., 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.
Jill A. Makransky of Penns Grove, N.J., 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.

Jenna McTighe Page of Baltimore, Md. 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 senior Terri Ann Boyd of Jacksonville, Vt., and the College's Associate Dean of Housing and Residence Life William Dan Sullivan. 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.

Senior Jon Robertson of Charlotte and the College's Executive Assistant to the President and Professor of English Dr. Jesse McCartney received honorary memberships to the Phi Epsilon Honor Society. These recipients were recognized by Phi Epsilon as having been of significant value and worth to the campus community through outstanding character, leadership, and participation in extracurricular activities, and having shown a genuine interest in, and concern for, Catawba College as evidenced by their service.

Catawba College employee Terrence Yarngo, a member of the facilities staff, received the Staff Member of the Year Award. It is presented annually and selection is made by a popular vote of the students.

College professor of history, Dr. Gary Freeze, was selected as Teacher of the Year. The recipient, who is chosen by a popular vote of the students, demonstrates the best in classroom rapport, evidence of concern for students, and intellectual stimulation.

Lucretia Hughes, executive assistant to Catawba's Lilly Center for Vocation and Values, was honored as the recipient of the Louise Tucker Staff Council Award. The award is given to a staff member who demonstrates outstanding work ethic and performance in their area, with nominations made by member of the President's Council and the recipient selected by a vote of the Staff Council.
The President's Award for Staff Excellence was presented to Carolyn Peeler, the College's director of development. The award is given annually to a member of the college staff who has distinguished him or herself in achieving excellence in job performance and who has contributed to strengthening of community spirit on campus. The recipient is selected through nominations from the entire faculty and staff, with a final selection from the nominations being made by the Staff Personnel Committee.

Dr. Bethany Sinnott, professor and chair of Catawba's English Department, received the Trustee Award for Outstanding Contribution to the College. Presented on behalf of Catawba's Board of Trustees, the award is given annually to the person or persons judged to have made an outstanding contribution to the institution. The recipient is selected by a vote of Catawba's faculty senate.

The Swink Prize for Outstanding Classroom Teacher was presented to Mr. David Pulliam, a professor of theatre arts. The selection was made by the Faculty Senate to a member of the faculty judged to be an outstanding classroom teacher. The award was created by a gift from the late Hearn Swink, former Rowan County resident, official with Cannon Mills Company, and friend of the College.

The recipients of the Whitener Medals were announced at the awards convocation but will actually receive their awards during Catawba's graduation exercise. They are Summer Kari Zuck of Kingston, Tenn., and Andrew Robert Sufficool of Brooksville, Fla.  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.


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