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Academics: Awards

2012 Awards Day Convocation

The Chowan University chapter of Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society fChowan University is proud of the hallmark achievements of her “loyal sons and daughters.” The following awards were presented at this year’s Awards Day Convocation:

The CHERYL JOY HOBDAY MCELHENEY BUSINESS AWARD is an annual award given to the outstanding graduating senior in the School of Business. The recipient has achieved academically, been active in extracurricular activities, and is selected by the business faculty as a worthy recipient of this recognition. The award is given in memory of Cheryl Joy Hobday McElheney, a distinguished alumna and generous supporter of the university. This year the award is presented to Alison Kolezynski.

The DRS. VAUGHN and MILES OUTSTANDING BUSINESS STUDENT AWARD is an annual award to recognize one or two top students in the School of Business who will graduate within the next two years, have maintained a GPA of 3.0 or greater, and made significant contributions in service and citizenship. This award was created by Dr. Miles, Dean of the School of Business, and her husband, Dr. Vaughn. The recipient of this award is Shafiq Kuttab.

The OUTSTANDING STUDENT IN ECONOMICS AWARD is presented annually to a student who has completed a minimum of two economics courses at Chowan with the highest average and has interest in the field of economics. The recipient of this year’s award is Allen Briley.

An engraved plaque is presented by the Eastern North Carolina Press Association to the OUTSTANDING GRADUATE IN GRAPHIC COMMUNICATION. Selection is made on the basis of academic achievement, motivation, interest and potential for further growth in the profession. This year’s recipient is Brittanie Smith.

The MARY E. WOOD SCIENCE AWARD is given by the faculty of the Department of Biology and Physical Sciences in memory of Professor Emeritus Mary E. Wood. This award is presented to an Outstanding Graduate whose major course of study has been science. The recipient this year is Tara Thomalla.

The ALPHA MU GAMMA FOREIGN LANGUAGE AWARD is presented to recognize high achievement in the field of foreign languages and to stimulate a desire for linguistic attainment. This year’s recipient is Deja Spruill. The award for the OUTSTANDING FRESHMAN IN ENGLISH is presented by the Department of Language and Literature. This year’s recipient is Hailee Williams.

The award for OUTSTANDING ENGLISH MAJOR is given by the Department of Language and Literature to an outstanding graduating English major who is judged by the English faculty to be the very best. This year’s recipient is Miranda Forsythe.

The EXCELLENCE IN THEATRE AWARD is presented by Theatre@Chowan to an upperclassman who has demonstrated exceptional leadership onstage or behind-the-scenes in Theatre@Chowan productions. The recipient is chosen by the director of the drama program. This year’s recipient is Anna Jones.

The OUTSTANDING GRADUATE IN VISUAL ART is selected by faculty of the Department of Visual Art. This year’s Outstanding Graduate in Visual Art is Tracie Stith.

The OUTSTANDING GRADUATE IN GRAPHIC DESIGN is selected by the faculty of the Department of Visual Arts. This year’s Outstanding Graduate in Graphic Design is Kyle Hart.

The DOUG EUBANK AWARD is selected by the faculty in the Department of Visual Art and given to a rising sophomore, junior or senior majoring in art who has earned at least a “B” in all classes taken at Chowan, has an overall GPA of 3.0 or better, demonstrates a strong work ethic, produces high quality work in art classes, is active in departmental events and functions, and is a role model for fellow art students. This year’s recipient is Scott Van Eck.

The ACHESON HARDEN MATHEMATICS AWARD is made possible through the generosity of Mr. Acheson Harden, a former member of the mathematics faculty. The award is presented to a currently enrolled freshman or sophomore with the highest overall GPA who has completed at least six semester hours of mathematics toward the major, including at least one calculus course. This year’s recipient is Kayla Brady.

The SENIOR MATHEMATICS AWARD is made possible through the generosity of Mr. Acheson Harden, a former member of the Mathematics Faculty. The award is presented to the graduating senior with a major in mathematics who has the highest overall GPA. This year’s recipient is Sana ElMaasarani.

The JAMES MONROE CHAMBLEE MUSIC AWARD is given annually to a music student who has shown outstanding achievement in music scholarship or musical performance and who has made a significant contribution to the Music Department, the University, and the community through such scholarship or performance. This year’s recipient is Courtney Baggett.

The CHARLES L. PAUL HISTORY AWARD is presented annually to a candidate for graduation who is majoring in history and is adjudged by the history faculty to have demonstrated outstanding qualities of scholarship and leadership exemplified by a 3.5 GPA or higher in all history courses and an exceptional record of service to the college community and history program. The 2012 recipient is Kimberly Smiley.

The OUTSTANDING HISTORY STUDENT AWARD is given annually to the student with a consistently superior record of academic achievement in history. The recipient is judged by the history faculty to be the one student who sets the best example to others striving for excellence in the study of history. The outstanding history student is selected based on superior performance in all academic pursuits, including research, oral communication, and written work. This year’s recipient is Jake Thornton.

The PSYCHOLOGY AWARD is presented to an outstanding psychology major based upon academic promise and interest in the discipline. The award is given by the psychology faculty. This year’s award is presented to Sharell Williams.

To be eligible for the OUTSTANDING CRIMINAL JUSTICE STUDENT AWARD, a student must be a Junior or Senior Criminal Justice major and have performed service to the program and University. This year’s OUTSTANDING MALE CRIMINAL JUSTICE STUDENT is Brian Halbach. This year’s OUTSTANDING FEMALE CRIMINAL JUSTICE STUDENT is Vanessa Forsythe.

The DEPARTMENT OF RELIGION AND PHILOSOPHY HONOR AWARD is presented to a junior or senior religion major whom has performed academically, possesses good character, and participates in religious activities. The recipient is selected by the faculty of the department. This year’s recipient is Zachary Hicks.

The School of Education provides the DR. CHARLES BENTLEY OUTSTANDING TEACHER EDUCATION STUDENT AWARD. The criteria for selection includes scholarship as evidenced by GPA, personal attributes, educational dispositions, and professionalism. The outstanding student in Teacher Education is Rachel Davis.

The JOSEPH LEE PARKER SCHOLARSHIP, an endowed scholarship given by Mr. and Mrs. Lee Parker, Raleigh, North Carolina, is awarded to a rising junior or senior Health and Physical Education major. The recipient must be nominated by the faculty/staff of the department. He or she must be a good role model, demonstrate scholarly pursuits, and show evidence of leadership. The Joseph Lee Parker Scholarship is awarded to Brenna Thomas.

The RAYMOND MEMORIAL SCIENCE SCHOLARSHIP, an endowed scholarship, is awarded to a returning student or students enrolled in one of the science curricula that are selected by the faculty of the Department of Biology and Physical Sciences as deserving. This scholarship is provided in memory of Mr. John W. Raymond, Sr. and his son, Major John W. Raymond, Jr., who was an Army dentist and Summa Cum Laude Graduate of Chowan in 1970. This year’s recipient is Lacey Wildeboer.

The MARY C. PEARCE MUSIC SCHOLARSHIP is an endowed scholarship awarded to an outstanding returning freshman music major. The scholarship was established by the late Mr. W. S. Penny, an alumnus, former trustee, and long-time friend of the University. The award this year is presented to Vaughn Byrd.


The following five awards presented by Student Affairs are to recognize EXCELLENCE IN LEADERSHIP at Chowan University:

The ADVISOR AWARD is presented to the club advisor who exemplifies extraordinary leadership and dedication to the students of the organization. This year’s recipient is Jennifer Place of the Psychology Club.

The EXCELLENCE IN LEADERSHIP – EMERGING LEADER AWARD is presented to a student who shows outstanding leadership potential through service and dedication but may not hold an officer position in the club or organization. This year’s recipient is Niko Peele of Campus Ministries.

The EXCELLENCE IN LEADERSHIP – OFFICER AWARD is presented to the club officer who best demonstrates leadership abilities and commitment to the organization. This year’s recipient is Haley Antill of the Psychology Club.

The EXCELLENCE IN LEADERSHIP – PRESIDENT AWARD is presented to the president of an organization that best characterizes excellence in leadership, shows commitment to the organization, and possesses the dedication to serve. There are two recipients this year. The first is Stephanie Powell, Senior Class President. The second recipient is Lavontae Wilson of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.

The MISSION AND VISION CUP is awarded annually to a campus club or organization that best exemplifies the mission of Chowan and is working in partnership with the University to bring us to our vision. The University congratulates the members of this organization for receiving this high honor and thanks you for all you have done to encourage excellence within your organization. As I announce the recipient of the cup, will the President and officers please come forward to receive the trophy. The 2011-2012 MISSION AND VISION CUP is awarded to: Media and Communications Club.


Seventy-five students gave presentations during the Chowan University Student Research Conference, which was held on Tuesday, April 17.

The Chowan University Student Research Conference Awards of Excellence honor students for outstanding presentations in each one of the conference's five divisions. By the quality of their participation, these students exemplify what is best in the intellectual and artistic life of Chowan University. The award is chosen by the organizers of the Chowan Academic Forum, along with input from faculty judges.

Jake Thornton, a history major, received the Best Paper Presentation award for “Huey Long: Every Man a King, But He Wore the Crown.” Greg Taylor, Associate Professor of History, served as his faculty sponsor.

Bethany Mallory, a biology major, won the award for Best Poster Presentation for “Pheromone Effects on Locomotor Activity in Guppies.” Corina Wack, Assistant Professor of Biology, served as her faculty sponsor.

Alexander Welch, a music major, won the award for Best Musical Performance for “Apoptosis.” James Guthrie, Associate Professor of Music, served as his faculty sponsor.

Brittney Moser, a studio art major, received the Best Artistic Display award for “Psychology Art.” Assistant Professor of Art, served as her faculty sponsor.

Karen Spain received the Best Graduate Paper Presentation award for “Out of Balance: Actual STEM Education vs. President Obama’s Educational Agenda.” Sheryl Long and Sha Lapke, both Assistant Professors of Education, served as her faculty sponsors.


The MOST OUTSTANDING ATHLETE AWARDS are made possible by the late Mrs. Dorothy H. Brown of Murfreesboro, a Chowan alumna and a devoted friend of the University.

This year’s recipient of the Most Outstanding Male Athlete Award is Justin Bagbey (Baseball).

The recipient of the Most Outstanding Female Athlete Award is Talaya Lynch (Basketball).


The R. CLAYTON LEWIS OUTSTANDING RESIDENT ASSISTANT OF THE YEAR AWARD is presented to the Resident Assistant who has best fulfilled his or her responsibilities of the position. The recipient is evaluated on his her performance and achievements in leadership, job effectiveness, community service, extracurricular activities and academic excellence. The recipients Jacquelyn Bates and Lavontae Wilson.

The ALPHA LAMBDA DETLA MARIA LEONARD SENIOR BOOK AWARD is offered by the National Council of Alpha Lambda Delta, which is a national honor society for first year students, for awarding to the graduating member of the university’s chapter with the highest grade point average in his or her class. This year’s recipient is Alegrea Robinson.

PHI BETA LAMBDA is the world’s largest and oldest organization for college students in business-related programs. The Chowan University chapter of Phi Beta Lambda is one of the most active chapters in the state of North Carolina. In recognition of her many years of outstanding service to the chapter as faculty advisor, Phi Beta Lambda or North Carolina presented a certificate of appreciation to Patsy Taylor.

The purpose of the SENIOR AMBASSADOR AWARD is to acknowledge student ambassadors for their outstanding service to the University. This year the award goes to Sarah Elizabeth Barmer, Lori Nicole Coggins, Alison Kolezynski, and Kimberly Anne Smiley.

The ORDER OF THE SILVER FEATHER is an honorary service fraternity, the purpose of which is to give recognition to those students who have been especially outstanding in their service to the campus community and whose loyalty to Chowan University has been extremely noteworthy. Not more than six students are selected each year, these having been nominated by members of the faculty and staff. Those persons being inducted into the ORDER OF THE SILVER FEATHER are John Charles Lohman, Elizabeth Ann Miller, Brittney Aileen Moser, Jena’y Sparkle Nelson, Kimberly Anne Smiley, and Michale A. Siverio.

The MERIT AWARD is presented to a graduating senior judged to have achieved at a high academic level in spite of obstacles which would have deterred or defeated a less determined or devoted individual. The MERIT AWARD is presented to Lori Nicole Coggins.

The ESTELLE THIGPEN SUPERIOR CITIZENSHIP AWARD is provided to recognize that student who has been an exemplary citizen within the university community throughout the year. This award is given for the contribution of time, effort and energy for the benefit of the student body. The SUPERIOR CITIZENSHIP AWARD is presented to Elizabeth Ann Miller.

The BEST ALL AROUND STUDENT must be a graduating senior who has achieved academically, excelled in extracurricular activities, exhibited leadership ability among his or her fellow students, and sought to attain the ideals – academic and otherwise – for which the university stands. The BEST ALL AROUND STUDENT is Alison Kolezynski.

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