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Top College of Arts and Humanities Students Honored

More than two dozen Lander University students were recently honored for their academic accomplishments in the College of Arts and Humanities. Departments recognized their students through individual, departmental awards ceremonies during the final weeks of the semester. Award winners are listed below by department.


Art+Design students (back) Ileana Collazo, of Chapin; Marta Aguilar, of Bradley; Emily Davis, of Greer; and (front) Victor Maria Santos, of Cheraw, pose with their awards following the college’s awards ceremony on April 19 in the Lander Art Gallery. The gallery was filled with exhibits from all graduating seniors, showcasing work completed during the semester. Photo by Laura B. Wood.


Art Discipline Award – Marta Aguilar, of Bradley

Art Education Award – Courtnie Wooten, of West Columbia

Art History Award – Ileana Collazo, of Chapin

Ceramics Award – Ashley Garcia, of Fountain Inn

Foundations in Art Award – Alyssa Glazer, of Honea Path

Graphic Design Award – Brooke Ruhoff, of Greenwood

Leadership in Art – Savannah Bates, of Irmo

Painting Award – Emily Davis, of Greer

Photography Award – Marta Aguilar, of Bradley

Sculpture Award – Victor Maria Santos, of Cheraw



Jeff Baggett, English professor and English Department chair, speaks to the crowd of students during this year’s English and Foreign Languages and Media and Communications joint awards ceremony on April 19. A variety of awards were given to students from both departments and graduating seniors were recognized. Photo by Laura B. Wood.

English & Foreign Languages

Dessie Dean Pitts Humanities Award – Julia Anhalt, of Greenwood

Creative Writing Award – Rebekah Smith, of Bennettsville

New Voices Art Award – Carlie Wilson, of Aiken

English Discipline Award – Amber Ballenger, of Abbeville

English Discipline Award – Angelina Vita, of Honea Path

Margaret M. Bryant Award – Catherine Baker, of Whitmire

French Discipline Award – Michael Way, of Aynor

Alliance Francaise Award – Leslie Diaz-Zamora, of Chapin

Spanish Discipline Award – Ethel Murphy, of Greenwood




Lander University’s Department of Music presents Krislynne Stowe, of Mount Croghan, with the Turner Music Award during the Wind Ensemble’s performance in Abney Cultural Center Auditorium on April 12. Established in 1973, the Turner Music Award is given to a senior majoring in music who has maintained a high scholastic standing and has demonstrated the potential for making an outstanding contribution to the field of music education, performance or music-related work. Pictured from the left: Lila Noonkester, chair of the Department of Music; Krislynne Stowe; and Reed Gallo, director of the University’s Wind Ensemble. Photo courtesy of Lila Noonkester.

Media & Communication

Forum Award – Cameron Jones, of Greenwood

LUX – Lauren Talley, of Clover

Media and Communication Award – Joel Seymour, of Bishopville

Speech and Performance Award – Bianca Booher, of Bloomington, Indiana

XLR Award – Thomas Histon, of Greenville

XLR Award – Bianca Booher, of Bloomington, Indiana


Lander University’s department of Music presents Charli Cisson, of Belton, with the Music Discipline Award during the University Singers choral performance in Abney Cultural Center Auditorium on April 14. The Music Discipline Award is given annually to the most outstanding junior or senior music major, and recognizes Cisson’s high academic achievements, outstanding contributions to Lander’s music program, artistry and commitment to the discipline. Pictured from the left: Lila Noonkester, chair of the Department of Music; Charli Cisson; and Chuck Neufeld, professor of music. Photo courtesy of Lila Noonkester.


Music Discipline Award – Charli Cisson, of Belton

Turner Music Award – Krislynne Stowe, of Mount Croghan