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Lander University Honors Top Scholars

May 07, 2015

GREENWOOD---More than 60 Lander University students were honored recently for scholastic accomplishments during the 2014-15 academic year, receiving the top discipline and special awards from the university’s four colleges. Lander’s annual Academic Awards Ceremony, which also included recognition for Honors College graduates and Alpha Chi Honor Society inductees, took place in the university’s Josephine B. Abney Cultural Center at the conclusion of the spring semester.

Receiving awards at the ceremony were:

College Of Arts And Humanities

2015 CAH Discipline Awards

Receiving discipline awards from the Lander University College of Arts and Humanities, pictured front row, from left: Na’Shima Carter, History Award; Kelsie Detweiler, Music Award; Anna Lagrone, Margaret M. Bryant Award; and Kalyn Harbin, Mass Communication Award. Middle row, from left: Jana Wilson, English Award; Emily Brogan, Art Award; Mia Salley, Art Award; and Nikolas Blocker, Theatre Award. Back row, from left: Katherine Pearson, English Award; Melody Williams, Spanish Award; and Mara Sholette, Philosophy Award. Not pictured: Orlandria Finkley, French Award.  

Discipline awards: Presented by the faculty of each academic department to the student or students demonstrating the most outstanding academic achievement, leadership, contributions and commitment to the program, and promise for future success in their disciplinary field.

  • Art Award – Emily Brogan, of Greenwood; and Mia Salley, of Orangeburg.
  • English Award – Katherine Pearson, of Greenwood; and Jana Wilson, of Taylors.
  • French Award – Orlandria Finkley, of Columbia (29223).
  • History Award – Na’Shima Carter, of Williston.
  • Mass Communication Award – Kalyn Harbin, of Greenville.
  • Music Award – Kelsie Detweiler, of Abbeville.
  • Philosophy Award – Mara Sholette, of Summerville.
  • Spanish Award – Melody Williams, of Anderson.
  • Theatre Award – Nikolas Blocker, of Greenwood.

2015 CAH Special Awards

Receiving special awards from the Lander University College of Arts and Humanities, pictured front row, from left: Mara Sholette, Barbara A. Jackson Award; and Nicole Quigley, Dessie Dean Pitts Humanities Award. Back row, from left: Michele Naranjo Tabares, L’Alliance Française Award; Tessa Moody, Theatre Award for Excellence; and Cody Beard, Turner Music Award.

Special awards:

  • L’Alliance Française Award – Michele Naranjo Tabares, of Greenville. The award honors the French student who has demonstrated the highest scholastic achievement in French language and literature.
  • Barbara A. Jackson Award – Mara Sholette, of Summerville. Established in honor of former Lander First Lady Barbara Jackson, the award recognizes the senior history major who best demonstrates scholarly excellence in his or her history thesis.
  • Dessie Dean Pitts Humanities Award – Nicole Quigley, of Anderson. Named in honor of Lander alumna Dessie Dean Pitts, the award is given annually to the student who writes the best nonfiction essay published in New Voices, Lander’s essay journal.
  • Margaret M. Bryant Award – Anna Lagrone, of Greenwood. The award recognizes a senior majoring in a humanities discipline who plans to enroll in graduate school and who will represent Lander University well.
  • Theatre Award for Excellence – Tessa Moody, of Orange Beach, Ala. The award is based upon academic record, leadership, dedication and commitment to the theatre program.
  • Turner Music Award – Cody Beard, of Greenwood. Established by 1954 alumna Gladys Winchester Turner, the award recognizes high scholastic standing and potential for making an outstanding contribution to the field of music.

College Of Business And Public Affairs

2015 COBPA All Awards

Receiving awards from the Lander University College of Business and Public Affairs, pictured front row, from left: Taylor Harlow, Finance/Economics Award; Maya Martin, Health Care Management Award; Kimberly Modica, Alan Jones Award; and Victoria Jones, Display of Outstanding Sociological Imagination Award. Back row, from left: Adam Jonsson, Accounting Award; Diego Zegarra, Management/Marketing Award; Jamison Nicklaus, Political Science Award; and Michael Lee, Sociology Award.

Discipline awards: Presented by the faculty of each academic department to the student or students demonstrating the most outstanding academic achievement, leadership, contributions and commitment to the program, and promise for future success in their disciplinary field.

  • Accounting Award – Adam Jonsson, of Umea, Sweden.
  • Finance/Economics Award – Taylor Harlow, of Greenwood.
  • Health Care Management Award – Maya Martin, of Abbeville.
  • Management/Marketing Award – Diego Zegarra, of La Paz, Bolivia.
  • Political Science Award – Jamison Nicklaus, of Simpsonville.
  • Sociology Award – Michael Lee, of Lansing, Ill.

Special awards:

  • Alan Jones Award – Kimberly Modica, of Waterloo. Named in honor of a former international visiting professor, the award is presented to the junior or senior majoring in political science who has demonstrated the most outstanding promise since entering the program.
  • Display of Outstanding Sociological Imagination Award – Victoria Jones, of Greer. The award is presented to sociology majors who have amply demonstrated potential for success in graduate school.

College Of Education

2015 COE All Awards

Receiving awards from the Lander University College of Education, pictured front row, from left: Reid Devin, Psi Chi Undergraduate Research Award; Ashley Hudson, Psi Chi Undergraduate Research Award; Rochelle Richard, Athletic Training Award; Sarah Parks, Excellence in Exercise Science Award; Virginia Christine Watson, Exercise Science Award; Zachary Wilson, Psi Chi Undergraduate Research Award and Outstanding Departmental Services Award; and Phillip Bannister, Secondary Education Award. Back row, from left: Amanda Pennington, Special Education Award; Randi Rhodes, Early Childhood Education Award; Robert Les Brown, Graduate Education Award; Brandy Ellis, Physical Education Award; and Rebecca Garner, Psychology Award. Not pictured: Kayla Chrisley, Elementary Education Award; and Mary-Margaret Anderson, Montessori Graduate Education Award.

Discipline awards: Presented by the faculty of each academic department to the student or students demonstrating the most outstanding academic achievement, leadership, contributions and commitment to the program, and promise for future success in their disciplinary field.

  • Athletic Training Award – Rochelle Richard, of Sumter.
  • Early Childhood Education Award – Randi Rhodes, of Greenwood.
  • Elementary Education Award – Kayla Chrisley, of Greenwood.
  • Exercise Science Award – Virginia Christine Watson, of Greenville.
  • Graduate Education Award – Robert Les Brown, of Greenwood.
  • Montessori Graduate Education – Mary-Margaret Anderson, of Columbia (29206).
  • Physical Education Award – Brandy Ellis, of Kershaw.
  • Psychology Award – Rebecca Garner, of Waterloo.
  • Secondary Education Award – Phillip Bannister, of Abbeville.
  • Special Education Award – Amanda Pennington, of Summerville.

Special awards:

  • Excellence in Exercise Science Award – Sarah Parks, of Lexington. The award recognizes the graduating senior majoring in exercise science who best exemplifies academic achievement, moral character, leadership and service activities for the department.
  • Outstanding Departmental Services Award – Zachary Wilson, of Aiken. The award is presented by the Department of Psychological Sciences to students who demonstrated outstanding leadership in service activities for the department.
  • Psi Chi Undergraduate Research Award – Reid Devin, of Rock Hill; Ashley Hudson, of Greenville; and Zachary Wilson, of Aiken. The award is given annually by psychology faculty to one or more psychology majors who have demonstrated outstanding ability in conducting an independent research project.

College Of Science And Mathematics

2015 CSM All Awards

Receiving Awards from the Lander University College of Science and Mathematics, pictured front row, from left: Anna Gibson, Chemistry Award; Brittany Queen, Mathematics Award; Mariana Martins, Physics-Algebra Award; Rachel Geer, Mathematics/Computer Science Engineering Dual Degree Award; Kelly Farmer, Nell Henry Award; and Blair Harmon, Science Scholar Award. Back row, from left: Brian Riehl, Biology Award; Christopher Brewer, Chemistry/Engineering Dual Degree Award; Kyle Williams, Computer Information Systems Award; William Hall, Science Scholar Award; Heather Hembree, Science Scholar-Freshman Award; and Kara Harris, Science Scholar-Upperclassman Award. Not pictured: Brian Davis, Environmental Science Award; Travis McCormick, Physics-Calculus Award; James Boggs, Prelicensure Nursing Award; Kaitlyn Rector, Prelicensure Nursing Award; Robert Hindall, RN-BSN Award; and Tammy Mathis, Barbara T. Freese Scholarly Development Award.

Discipline awards: Presented by the faculty of each academic department to the student or students demonstrating the most outstanding academic achievement, leadership, contributions and commitment to the program, and promise for future success in their disciplinary field.

  • Biology Award – Brian Riehl, of Douglasville, Ga.
  • Chemistry Award – Anna Gibson, of Lexington.
  • Chemistry/Engineering Dual Degree Award – Christopher Brewer, of Greenwood.
  • Computer Information Systems Award – Kyle Williams, of Jonesville.
  • Environmental Science Award – Brian Davis, of Greenwood.
  • Mathematics Award – Brittany Queen, of Anderson.
  • Mathematics or Computer Science/Engineering Dual Degree Award – Rachel Geer, of Abbeville.
  • Physics-Algebra Award – Mariana Martins, of Coimbra, Portugal.
  • Physics-Calculus Award – Travis McCormick, of Simpsonville.
  • Prelicensure Nursing Award – James Boggs, of Donalds; and Kaitlyn Rector, of Lexington.
  • RN-BSN Award – Robert Hindall, of Columbia (29203).

Special awards:

  • Barbara T. Freese Scholarly Development Award – Tammy Mathis, of Greenwood. Established by nursing professor emeritus Dr. Barbara Freese in memory of her parents, the award is presented to a senior nursing major with a high cumulative GPA and who is enrolled in honors study.
  • Nell Henry Award – Kelly Farmer, of West Columbia. Established by Gwendolyn Burton Caldwell, the award honors a student possessing the qualities of character and achievement exemplified by professor Nell Henry, and who has potential for future achievements and contributions to the field of biology.
  • Lander Science Scholar Award (Biology) – Blair Harmon, of Saluda; and William Hall, of Iva. The award is given annually by the faculty of the Department of Biology to the most promising science majors.
  • Lander Science Scholar Award-Freshman (Physical Sciences) – Heather Hembree, of Ware Shoals. The award is given annually by the faculty of the Department of Physical Sciences to the most promising science majors.
  • Lander Science Scholar Award-Upperclassman (Physical Sciences) – Kara Harris, of Ware Shoals. The award is given annually by the faculty of the Department of Physical Sciences to the most promising science majors.

Lander Rotc/Military Awards:

2015 Military Awards

Receiving Military Awards during Lander University’s Academic Awards Ceremony were, from left: Creighton Whitmire, of Fountain Inn, Lt. Col. Walter Roark Award; and Louis Jackson, of Greenwood, Col. James A. Lander Award.

  • Col. James A. Lander Award – Louis Jackson, of Greenwood. The award is presented to the outstanding senior ROTC cadet who has demonstrated moral character, high military and general academic standing, extracurricular involvement and leadership qualities.
  • Lt. Col. Walter Roark Award – Creighton Whitmire, of Fountain Inn. The award is presented to the junior ROTC cadet who has demonstrated a high degree of proficiency in military science and in overall academic studies, and who exemplifies high qualities of leadership, devotion to duty and patriotism.

2015 Honors College Graduates

Spring 2015 graduates of Lander University’s Honors College, pictured front row, from left: Zachary Wilson, of Aiken, psychology; Rachel Geer, of Abbeville, math/engineering dual degree; Anna Elizabeth Gibson, of Lexington, chemistry; and Brenda Kapingidza, of Marondera, Zimbabwe, chemistry. Back row, from left: Jamison Nicklaus, of Simpsonville, political science; Stephen Sanders, of Greenwood, English; Robert Maynor, of Summerville, English; and Joshua DeLeon, of Dalzell, computer information systems.