D&E students receive honors at ceremony

Davis & Elkins College students were recognized for their achievements throughout the 2012-2013 school year during the annual Academic Awards and Recognition Convocation on April 18 in Harper-McNeeley Auditorium.

Breanna L. Eskew, a senior from Buckhannon, was presented with the Dean’s Award. The annual honor, awarded to a senior selected by the Office of Academic Affairs, was given by Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Joe Roidt.

Biology and Environmental Science Department awards presented by Dr. Michelle L. Mabry, Chair, went to Jeffrey P. Adams, a senior from Fairmont; Kevin M. Eliason, a senior from Goochland, Va.; Conner W. Berkey a senior from Brandy Station, Va.; and Sydney B. Mucha, a junior from Mt. Clare. Mark E. Lanham, a senior from Elkins, was presented with The Robert E. Urban Memorial Award in recognition of his enthusiasm for environmental science.

Dr. Nadeem Khan, professor of economics and finance, presented Business and Entrepreneurship Department awards to Franklin D. Cottrill, a junior from Parkersburg; Jason T. Mallow, a senior from Bartow and Beverly; Breanna L. Eskew, a senior from Buckhannon; Patrick Myers, a senior from Montrose; Sara K. Hill, a senior from Charleston; Agustin Ochoa, a senior from Medellin, Colombia; and Christopher J. Young, a senior from Glasgow, Scotland.

Chemistry Department awards, presented by Dr. Oma O. Morgan, chair, were given to Phylicia L. Hudok, a senior from Huttonsville; and Brittany A. Spangler, a sophomore from Salem, Va. The Dr. Charles E. Albert Memorial Prize in Chemistry was awarded to Meredith D. Hill, a junior from Bridgeport.

Dr. Steven B. Creasey, chair, presented Education Department awards to Autumn B. Appleby, a junior from Greencastle, Pa.; Tiffany R. Carr, a senior from Beverly; Sarah N. Booth, a senior from Philippi; Ashleigh R. Hornick, a senior from Elkins; and Gary Seth Thompson, a junior from Belington.

English, Communication and Foreign Language Department awards were presented by Dr. Katherine D. Osborne, interim chair, to Kendra L. Collett, a senior from Elkins; and Adam V. Posey, a senior from Elkins. The Tatiana Jardetzky Scholarship in Foreign Languages and Cultures was given to Oseguera, a senior from Olivehurst, Calif., in recognition of scholarly progress in Spanish and literary English.

Awards for the Fine and Performing Arts Department were presented by April L. Daras, chair, to Eric A. Armstrong, a senior from Elkins; and Natalie C. Josimovich, a sophomore from Coalton. The Pendleton Prize in Theatre award was presented to Millie Omps, a junior from Slanesville. The annual recognition is presented to a junior who contributes to the Fine and Performing Arts Department in numerous ways. The award comes with $1,000 to be applied toward tuition.

Professor of History Jane Woods presented History and Political Science Department awards to Kristi D. Ayler, a senior from Madison, Va.; and Craig H. Martin, a senior from Elkins. The James H. Swanton Prize in History was awarded to Cacie K. Armstrong, a senior from Elkins and Barrackville. The Dorothy F. Roberts Achievement Prize was awarded to Adam V. Posey, a senior from Elkins.

Dr. Brian W. Moudry, interim chair of the Mathematics, Computer Science & Physics Department, presented awards to Zachary R. Hanshaw, a junior from Chloe; Jacob W. Lancaster, a senior from Kerens; Jenifer N. Kennon, a senior from Rowland Heights, Calif.; and Shannon N. Neuenschwander, a senior from Dalton, Ohio.

Dr. R. Carol Cochran, chair of the Nursing Department, presented awards to first-year students Melissa B. Denise, a sophomore from Montrose; Renee G. Denise, a sophomore from Montrose; and Ashley L. Sjoman, a sophomore from East Northport, N.Y.; and to second-year students Natalie Kniffen, a senior from Elkins; Brandon S. McCrobie, a junior from Rowlesburg; and Whitney N. Sharp, a senior from Valley Head.

Dr. John W. Zuboy, chair of the Psychology & Human Services, Sociology & Criminology Department, presented awards to Ashley T. Bowles, a sophomore from North Garden, Va.; Kimberly N. Howell, a senior from Bridgeport; Kelsea M. Curry, a sophomore from Durbin; Joshua A. Kehr, a senior from Smithburg, Md.; and Mary E. Umstead, a sophomore from Clifton Forge, Va.

Dr. Bryan L. Wagoner, chair of the Religion & Philosophy Department, presented a department academic achievement award to Robin Stillwater, a junior from Bowerston, Ohio.

Dr. Mary Ann DeLuca, chair of the Sport Science Department, presented awards to Yanery Hidalgo, a senior from Caracas, Venezuela; Amanda Serafini, a senior from Blasdell, N.Y.; Alanna M. Jones, a senior from Valley Home, Calif.; Amy C. Turner, a senior from Glen Allen, Va.; and Mallory L. Wishard, a senior from Waynesboro, Pa.

Special Achievement Awards were presented to Elaina L. Godfrey, a junior from Weston, Jan P. Chadwick Scholarship Award; Meredith D. Hill, a junior from Bridgeport, and Seth Thompson, a junior from Belington, Junior Marshal Awards; Shannon N. Neuenschwander, a senior from Dalton, Ohio, Faculty Senior Award; Halen Lockhead, a senior from Missoula, Mont., G. Thomas and Carolyn Mann Academic Scholarship Fund Award; Amy C. Turner, a senior from Glen Allen, Va., Minnick-McCoy Award; Alex J. Torres, a senior from Arlington, Va., Charles H. Potter II Scholarship Award; Davis & Elkins College President G.T. “Buck” Smith and D&E First Lady Joni Smith, and Board of Trustees Chairman Paul Stirrup and wife, Karen Stirrup, Campus Impact Award; Conner Berkey, a senior from Culpepper, Va., Outstanding Junior Student Life Award; Sara Hill, a senior from Charleston, Outstanding Senior Student Life Award; Grant E. Braun, a freshman from Washington, Pa., the Eugene Pacelli Morrissey Trophy; Shannon N. Neuenschwander, a senior from Dalton, Ohio, and Ellis Wyatt, a senior from Harman, Algernon Sydney Sullivan Awards; Marina Hill, a junior from Bridgeport, the American Chemical Society Junior Award; Curtis Heishman, a sophomore from Montrose, the CRC Press Achievement Award in Chemistry; and Ethan Roy, a junior from Harman, the 2012 POLYED Undergraduate Award in Organic Chemistry.

Campus Spirit Awards were presented to Shane Jones, president and manager of the Squirrel Squad, a junior from Beverly; Rhiana Bruce-Lyle, a sophomore from St. Vincent and the Grenadines; Scotty Leach, a freshman from Seattle, Wash.; Rekya-Cordelia “Nouna” Anthony, a sophomore from Charles Town; Andrew Carroll, a freshman from Bunker Hill; Jenna Hanifan, vice president for the Squirrel Squad, a senior from Elkins; Sebastian Czyz Bendsen, a freshman from Vejen, Denmark; and Taylor Fealy, a freshman from Ellamore.

Groups recognized during the ceremony were Dean’s List scholars for the fall 2012 semester, and members of Who’s Who in American Universities and Colleges, Chi Beta Phi National Science Honorary Fraternity, Psi Chi National Honor Society in Psychology, Sigma Beta Delta International Honor Society in Business Administration and Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education.