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Top Arts and Humanities scholars honored at annual Academic and Student Life Awards ceremony

May 16, 2012
More than 50 Lander University students were honored recently for their scholastic accomplishments during the 2011-2012 academic year, receiving the top discipline and special awards from the university's four academic colleges. The awards were presented during Lander's annual Academic and Student Life Awards ceremony.


Receiving discipline awards from the College of Arts and Humanities were:
  • Melissa Humphries, of Greenwood, Art Award;
  • Margaret Nottingham, of Indianapolis, Ind., English Award;
  • Dustin Kelly, of Enoree, French Award;
  • Julia Riley, of Hodges, Spanish Award;
  • Rachel Kingen, of Saluda, Philosophy Award;
  • Elizabeth Massey, of Saluda, History Award;
  • Marisa Worley, of Clinton, Mass Communication and Theatre Award; and
  • Sarah Morris, of Greenwood, Music Award.
Arts and Humanities Award Winners
Pictured, from left, are discipline award winners from Lander University's College of Arts and Humanities: Julia Riley, Marisa Worley, Sarah Morris, Rachel Kingen, Elizabeth Massey, Margaret Nottingham, Dustin Kelley and Melissa Humphries. 



Receiving special awards from the College of Arts and Humanities were:
  • Whitney Pergram, of Farmersville, Ohio, the Margaret M. Bryant Award, recognizing a senior majoring in a humanities discipline who plans to enroll in graduate school and who will represent Lander University well;
  • Lauren Shiflet, of Greenwood, the L'Alliance Française Award, honoring the French student who has demonstrated the highest scholastic achievement in French language and literature;
  • Robert Maynor, of Summerville, the Dessie Dean Pitts Humanities Award, named in honor of Lander alumna Dessie Dean Pitts and given annually to the student who writes the best nonfiction essay published in New Voices, Lander's essay journal;
  • Jesse Garbowski, of Lawrenceville, Ga., the Barbara A. Jackson Award, established in honor of former Lander first lady Barbara Jackson and recognizing the senior history major who best demonstrates scholarly excellence in his or her history thesis;
  • Kelsey Risher, of Birmingham, Ala., the Theatre Award for Excellence, based on the recipient's acting performance, technical assistance in staging productions, and scholarship; and
  • Gregg Hinton, of Laurens, the Turner Music Medal, recognizing high scholastic standing and potential for making an outstanding contribution to the field of music.
Arts and Humanities Awards
Pictured, from left, are special award winners from Lander University's College of Arts and Humanities: Jesse Garbowski, Whitney Pergram, Robert Maynor, Lauren Shiflet and Gregg Hinton. Not pictured is Kelsey Risher.