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AMERICUS (April 27, 2016)—Georgia Southwestern State University held its Spring 2016 Honors and Recognition Ceremony Monday, April 25. Held in Jackson Performance Hall, this event, in a more comprehensive way, recognized faculty and staff for excellence in teaching, scholarship, advising and service, as well as student excellence in each academic discipline.

“The format of the Honors and Awards Recognition Ceremony may continue to evolve in future years, but it was important to consolidate a few duplicated awards and elevate the visibility of the awards we’re providing that recognize excellence in instruction, service and scholarship,” said Interim President Charles Patterson when giving his opening remarks. “Moreover, it is important that we celebrate, together, the achievements of our students. We take pride in our identity as a close-knit university where there are high levels of faculty-student interaction, and this event is just a small example of this commitment.”

The faculty and staff award recipients were as follows:

Additionally, faculty were recognized for promotion and tenure; faculty and staff were recognized for years of service to GSW; and faculty retirees that were granted emeritus status were recognized.

At the conclusion of the night, Joey Watson, Ph.D., assistant professor of Theater, Communication and Media Arts delivered the "Last Lecture" - the beginning of a tradition for the annual ceremony.

The 2016 GSW Outstanding Scholar, Carleen Wise of Plains, Ga., was recognized and given a framed resolution from the both the Georgia House of Representatives and the Georgia Senate.

Awards for Academic Excellence were presented to the following students:

College of Arts and Sciences

  • Dramatic Arts Star Award: Shatora Smith of Wrightsville, Ga. and Brandon Loper of Americus
  • Outstanding Graduate in English: Kristen Stevens of Albany, Ga.
  • Outstanding Graduate in English Education: Kathryn Lee Lavender of Americus
  • The American Institute of Professional Geologists Award: Nolan Edge of Vienna, Ga.
  • Outstanding Visual Arts Graduate: Kaitlin Whittle of Leesburg, Ga. and Caitlin Segroves Daglis of Americus
  • Excellence in Psychology Award: Gabrielle Vojtech of Dawson, Ga.
  • Excellence in Sociology Award: Zoe Smith of Suwanee, Ga.
  • Outstanding Chemistry Student: Taylor Rainey of Cordele, Ga.

School of Business Administration

  • Outstanding Business Graduate - On-Campus: Ashton Goff of Ochlocknee, Ga.
  • Outstanding Business Graduate - Online Program: Carleen Wise of Plains, Ga.

School of Computing and Mathematics

  • Outstanding Service to the School of Computing and Math: Matthew Ingle of Plains, Ga.
  • Outstanding Undergraduate in Computer Science: Anders Olsson of Smyrna, Ga.

School of Education

  • Outstanding Early Childhood Student Teacher Candidate: Molly Taunton of Americus
  • Outstanding Early Childhood Student Teacher Candidate - ABAC: Molly McBride of Fayetteville, Ga.
  • Dr. Richard W. Litwhiler Award for Exercise Science and Wellness: Chris Campos of Columbus, Ga.
  • Leadership in Exercise Science and Wellness: Rob Rush of Americus
  • Outstanding Secondary Education Major: Kathryn Lee Lavender of Americus (English w/Teacher Cert.) and Parker Allums of Hawkinsville, Ga. (History w/Teacher Cert.)

African American Male Initiative Awards

  • Eddie Terry of Buena Vista, Ga.
  • Anthony Hand of Atlanta

A Facebook photo gallery of the Honors and Recognition Ceremony is available here. 

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