Students recognized for academic accomplishments during 2014 Honors Convocation
Several students of The University of Virginia’s College at Wise received awards and recognition during the May 9, 2014 Honors Convocation ceremony. The event was held in the David J. Prior Convocation Center and drew a crowd of more than 400. The following students were honored for specific recognition from the various academic departments:
Business and Economics
Napoleon Hill Achievement Award:
The Department of Business and Economics recognizes one graduating senior pursuing a major in accounting, business administration, or economics who embodies Mr. Napoleon Hill’s principles of achievement. This year’s recipient was Jacqueline Nicole Morrison.
Outstanding Achievement Awards:
The Department of Business and Economics recognizes graduating seniors for outstanding work in the majors of accounting, business administration, and economics. This year’s award winners were:
Outstanding Achievement in Business Administration- Jacqueline Nicole Morrison
Outstanding Achievement in Accounting- Amy Lyne Holbrook
Outstanding Achievement in Economics- Ethan Dakota Dobbins
David Whitfield Roane Award in Business Ethics:
The Department of Business and Economics recognizes a senior who has practiced the highest level of integrity and honesty in his or her interactions with the department’s faculty with respect to coursework and extra-curricular activities, displayed the same level of behavior in his or her interactions with fellow students and the staff of the college, and exhibited to the department faculty a deep understanding of what it means to be ethical. This year’s recipient was Michael Chau Henry.
Ronald Heise Award for Excellence in Communication Studies:
The Ronald Heise Award is given to students who demonstrate proficiency in three areas of Communication Studies offered at UVa-Wise. This year’s recipient was Lisa Brianne Foster.
Senior Capstone Award:
The Senior Seminar Award is given to the student who conceptualizes, researches, writes, tests, and presents and exemplary original research project for the senior capstone project. This year’s recipient was Rachel Renee Person, for her research titled “What Just Happened?” Audience’s Understanding of Theatrical Performances.
Jack M. Holland Award in Education:
The Jack. M. Holland Award is given to a rising senior who shows remarkable potential as a future elementary teacher. This year’s recipient was Kylie Alenxandra Griffith.
Lois P Lowry Award in Language Arts
The Lois P. Lowry Award is given to the student who has demonstrated outstanding academic performance and creative ability in great promise as a future teacher in the field of language arts. This year’s recipient was Samantha Denise Balthis.
Richard A. Davidson Education Award:
The Richard A. Davidson Award is presented to the graduating senior who best exemplifies the potential to carry on those qualities demonstrated by Professor Davidson. This year’s recipient was April Elaine Layne.
Beulah M. Johnson Secondary Teaching Award
The recipient of this award must demonstrate academic excellence and show commitment to a life-long career in teaching. This year’s awards were presented to April Gabrielle Ashby, Megan Lucille Herndon, and Allen Dwayne Owens.
Outstanding Woman Scholar in Education
The Outstanding Woman Scholar in Education award honors a senior at UVa-Wise who promotes quality education internationally. This year’s recipient Cynthia Diane Brooks Kinser.
Ray Spenilla Award in Health and Physical Education
The Ray Spenilla Award is given to the graduating senior who has demonstrated remarkable promise as a future Health and Physical Education teacher. This year’s recipients were Krystina Barksdale Gillenwater and Sarah Elizabeth Wiltshire.
Gilmer Blackburn Award in Sport Management
This award is given to a graduating senior who shows outstanding promise in the field of sports management. This year’s recipients are Dustin Glen Ferrell and Jentry Lee Mullins.
History and Philosophy
Edward L. “Buck” Henson Jr. History Scholarship
This scholarship is in the memory of “Buck” Henson, a devoted and valued member of the history faculty at UVa-Wise. It is awarded to a student who has been recommended by the history faculty as the outstanding junior history major. This year’s recipient was Anthony Tyler Moore.
Heather Markusich Scholarship
This scholarship, in memory of exemplary history major Heather Markusich, is awarded to history majors of unusual talent and promise. This year’s recipients are Thomas Bailey Greer and Adrienne Laren Pollard.
Dana Sample Phi Alpha Theta Travel Award
This scholarship was created to support student international travel, presentations at historical conferences, particularly of the history honor society, Phi Alpha Theta. This year’s award was presented to Corbin Foster Scott Hayslett.
Department Minor Award
Each year, the Department of History and Philosophy awards a prize to the outstanding student who is minoring in either Appalachian Studies, Philosophy, Religious Studies, or Women’s Studies. This year’s recipient was Corbin Foster Scott Hayslett.
Clinch Valley College History Fund Award
The Department of History and Philosophy recognizes history majors who have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement. This year’s recipient was Pake Levi Davis.
William Elbert Fraley Awards
These awards, created in memory of William Elbert Fraley, recognizes students who have demonstrated unusual academic ability and promise in the field. This year’s recipients were Taylor Andrew Bryan, Aaron Gregory Sturgill, and Samantha Anne Welty.
Stan Willis Scholarship in History Award
This new award is in honor of Stan Willis, a history faculty member from 1969 to 1996. It is presented to a rising senior, preferably from Southwest Virginia, who demonstrates outstanding ability in his/her field. This year’s recipient was Dakota Chase Stanley.
Language and Literature
Language and Literature Award for French
This award is to recognize work in French language and literature. This year’s recipient were Megan Michelle Buchanan and Jasmine Nicole Mitchell.
Language and Literature Award for Spanish
This award is to recognize outstanding work in Spanish language and literature, both that of Spain and of Latin America. This year’s recipient was Anthony Tyler Moore.
Frances Currie Peake Scholarship
The Frances Currie Peake Scholarship is awarded to a rising junior or senior English major who has demonstrated excellence in literary studies. The 2013-2014 scholarships were awarded to Makayla Gayle Gamble and Zachary Alvin Hill.
Augusto Portuondo Award in Spanish
This award, in honor of Augusto Portuondo’s service to the college, recognizes the Spanish major whose demonstrated aptitude for Spanish and for teaching places him or her among those who will carry on the tradition of academic excellence and dedication to the Spanish language. This year’s recipient was Madison Cade Adams.
William Elbert Fraley Award in English
The Fraley Award in English is given to a graduating senior who has demonstrated excellence in English studies and plans to attend graduate school. This year’s recipient was Katie Beth Brooks.
Language and Literature Senior Thesis Distinction
This recognition is awarded to the senior enrolled in senior capstone course who has distinguished themselves with their research. This year’s recipients were Katie Beth Brooks and Zachary Alan Canter.
Outstanding Senior English Major
This awarded recognizes a student who has exhibited outstanding academic merit in the study of English literature. This year’s recipient was Zachary Alan Canter.
Mathematics and Computer Science
Outstanding Senior in Computer Science
This award is given to the senior who has exhibited excellence and distinguished themselves in the department of Computer Science. This year’s recipient was Chase Evan Cupp.
Outstanding Senior in Mathematics
This award is given to the senior who has exhibited excellence and distinguished themselves in the department of Mathematics. This year’s recipient was Justin Gregory Edwards.
Outstanding Senior in Software Engineering
This award is given to the senior who has exhibited excellence and distinguished themselves in the department of Software Engineering. This year’s recipient was Ethan Chase Collins.
CRC Freshman in Chemistry Award
Each year the chemistry faculty selects the student judged to be most outstanding in freshman chemistry. This year’s recipient was Kelsey Rochelle Webb.
J. Rex Baird Outstanding Biologist Award
This award, created in honor of Mr. Baird’s contributions to the Natural Science Department during his 30 years of service, recognizes the accomplishments of a graduating senior in biology whose efforts express the exhilaration and rigor of investigative work that marked Professor Baird’s career. This year’s recipient was Samantha Jade Smith.
Bruce William Crystal Award
This award, created in honor of Bruce William Crystal, is based on merit and is granted to seniors majoring in the natural sciences. This year’s recipients were Hannah Brooke Bolling and Jonathan Walid Saado.
Philip C. Shelton Outstanding Environmental Science Award
This award, in honor of Professor Emeritus Philip C. Shelton, honors the student who has embodied Professor Shelton’s lifelong commitment to stewardship of the land. This year’s recipient was Andrew Keeron Vanover.
Dr. Autumn and Dr. Christopher Starnes Medical Award
Established by Dr. Christopher Starnes, this award recognizes the accomplishments of a graduating senior in the natural sciences who is entering a professional program in medicine and his or her potential to have a positive impact on the citizens of this region. This year’s recipient was Tyler Preston Davis.
American Chemical Society Outstanding Chemist Award
The Northeast Tennessee section of the American Chemical Society annually recognizes senior chemistry majors in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia for their outstanding achievement in chemistry. This year’s recipient was Melissa Nicole Blackburn.
American Institute of Chemists Award for Biochemistry
The American Institute of Chemists Foundation annually honors seniors nominated by the chemistry faculty. This year’s recipient is Kinsey Leigh Hall.
Joseph C. Smiddy Science Award
The Natural Science faculty presents an award to the most outstanding senior in natural sciences in honor of Joseph C. Smiddy, the College’s first biology professor and chancellor. This year’s recipient was Kinsey Leigh Hall.
Velta Collins Holyfield Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship, dedicated in memory of Mrs. Holyfield, honors nursing students who exhibit academic achievement, leadership potential, motivation, and the talent to achieve excellence in nursing. The recipients for 2014-2015 are Star Dominique Bresee and Allison Nicole Gilliam.
Betty M. Johnson Clinical Excellence Award
This award, in honor of Betty M. Johnson, is given to a student who exhibits the highest standard of care in clinical practice. This year’s recipient was Chealsey Reann Dillman.
Karen Denice Lane Nursing Challenge Award
This award, established in memory and honor of Karen Denice Lane, is presented to a graduating senior who plans to attend graduate school, and has demonstrated a high level of academic performance while promoting his/her classmates and emulating excellence in nursing. This year’s recipient was Kimberli Ann Rose.
Outstanding Graduate in Nursing
This award is presented to the student who has demonstrated academic excellence, excellence in community service, and commitment to the nursing profession. This year’s recipient was Alana Rose Parton.
Leon and Helen Lederer Memorial Award in Applied Psychology
This award is presented to the graduating senior based on academic performance, college and community service, and commitment to the psychology major and to counseling in particular. This year’s recipient was Carlee Elizabeth Reiber.
Outstanding Graduate in Administration of Justice Award
This award is presented to the graduating senior based on academic performance, college and community service, and commitment to the Administration of Justice profession. This year’s recipient was Heather Marlene Owens.
Outstanding Non-traditional Student in Psychology
This award is presented to the non-traditional student who make an exceptional effort and have outstanding academic performance in the field. This year’s recipient was Melissa Ruth Robinson.
Outstanding Research Contribution in Psychology
The department of Psychology congratulates students for their exceptional original research that was accepted into a competitive review process a national conferences. This year’s recipient was Santana Danielle VanDyke.
Scholar in Government Award
Each year, the Department of Social Sciences presents an award to a student who has excelled in the study of government. This year’s recipient was Evan Michael Clark.
Scholar in Sociology Award
This award is presented to a graduating senior who has done work of the highest quality. The criteria for this award include outstanding scholarship and student leadership. This year’s recipients were Elizabeth Kamisa Otim and Christina Lynn Turnbill.
Joseph M. Scolnick Jr. Excellence in Government and Public Service Award
This award, in honor and memory of Joseph M. Scolnick Jr., is presented to a graduating senior who has served the college community in a variety of posts, guarding the values of the institution and promoting the well-being of its student body. This year’s recipients were Rebeccah Nicole Lane and Heather Renee Pearson.
Joseph M. Scolnick Sr. Memorial Pre-Law Award
This award, in honor and memory of Joseph M. Scolnick Sr., was presented to Michael Brett Hall.
Visual and Performing Arts
Music Scholarship Award
This award recognizes the music major who, in the past academic year, has demonstrated the strongest commitment to learning and the broadest understanding of the theoretical, historical, and pedagogical underpinnings of the discipline. This year’s recipient was Jonathan Charles McCullough.
Music Leadership Award
This award recognizes the music student who has best exemplified commitment, cordiality, and competence in their leadership role in the Division of Music during the past academic year. This year’s recipient was Wesley Todd Harris.
This award recognizes the music major who has not only excelled as a performer in the past academic year, but who has demonstrated the strongest work ethic and dedication to the study of their principal instrument. This year’s recipients were Ryan Matthew Gibson and Eva True Kling.
Graduation with College Honors
Students graduating with College Honors have successfully completed the Peake Honors Program, maintaining a 3.500 grade point average. In addition to their regular major requirements, the program requires students to take three interdisciplinary Honors Seminars, attend eight Honors Cultural Events, and produce a capstone project with two faculty mentors of their choice. This year’s recipients are Tiffany Lynn Carter, Mandy Jade Blankenship, and Taylor Andrew Bryan.
Chancellor’s Medal for Undergraduate Research
The College recognizes and honors students who have attained a high level of scholarship as undergraduates. To that end, the Chancellor’s Medal is awarded annually to a student who has demonstrated excellence in the pursuit of knowledge beyond the classroom. To be eligible for the Chancellor’s Medal, a student must have been nominated by a faculty member in response to an exceptional project, and members of the Undergraduate Research Council must have judged the student’s work to be particularly meritorious and deserving of public recognition. This year’s recipient was Joshua Elmer Worrell.