Students Honored for Academic Achievement at Dalton State

The best and brightest of Dalton State College were honored recently at the College’s 36th Annual Honors Convocation. A total of 58 awards were presented to students for academic achievement during the year.

Sen. Charlie Bethel presented the Georgia General Assembly Academic Recognition Award to Clint Little, biology major. The Georgia legislature recognizes one student from each of the University System of Georgia’s 35 colleges and universities for overall academic achievement.

Dr. Donna Mayo, Dean of the School of Business, presented the following awards: Outstanding Senior in Accounting, awarded to both Tawni Harris and Sandra Esparza; Georgia Society of CPAs Award for Academic Excellence in Accounting, to Christopher Whaley; Outstanding Senior in Management, to Steven Tate; Outstanding Senior in Management Information Systems, to Christina Malinga; Outstanding Senior in Marketing, to Kacey Rodgers; Outstanding Senior in Operations Management, to Michael Cheek; Outstanding Senior in Technology Management, to Randall Stamps; and Outstanding Senior in the School of Business, to Monica Elrod.

Dr. Barbara Murray, Interim Dean of the School of Education, presented awards in: Academic Excellence, English Speakers of Other Languages Educaton, to Ashley Baker; Academic Excellence in Mathematics Education, to Michelle Ackley; Academic Excellence in Reading/Language Arts Education, to Olivia M. McKeehan; Academic Excellence in Science Education, to Michelle Ackley; Academic Excellence in Social Studies Education, to Maria Ortiz; Technology Integration Award, to Amanda Williams; Leadership Award, to Felicia Banks; Academic Excellence in Education, to Olivia M. McKeehan; and Exemplar of the Program, to Michelle Ackley;

Dr. Mary Nielsen, Dean of the School of Liberal Arts, presented the following awards from the Department of Humanities: Academic Excellence in Communication, to Sheliea Walker; the Jane Parks Award for Composition, to Natima Gray Walker; Academic Excellence in French, to Philistine Rashid; Academic Excellence in Humanities, to Paige Daniels; the Sara Myers Award for Literature, to Arlene Ledbetter; Academic Excellence in Music, to Christopher Hoy; Academic Excellence in Spanish, to Kayla Michelle Couch; the Karen Davis Award for Speech, to Stephanie Nicole Harrell; and Academic Excellence in Theatre, to Holly Hammontree.

For the Department of Social Sciences, Dean Nielsen presented the following awards: Academic Excellence in American History, Brian Hilliard; Academic Excellence in Criminal Justice, Kendra Cochran; Academic Excellence in Geography, to Eric Howell; Academic Excellence in Political Science, to Flor Rico; Academic Excellence in Psychology, to Tracey May; Academic Excellence in Sociology, to Lalitha Coetsee; and Academic Excellence in World History, to Mary Melissa Stanley.

Dr. Cordia Starling, Dean of the School of Nursing, presented the G.L. Westcott Award for Nursing to Kimberly Kaye Moore; and the Highest Academic Average in Nursing to Meghan Autry Forrester.

Dr. Randall Griffus, Dean of the School of Sciences and Mathematics, presented the following awards: Bill Jump Award for Biology, to Clint Little; Arvine Phelps Award for Calculus, to Vidhi Patel; Bob Cooper Award for Chemistry, to Wayne O’Brien; Academic Excellence in Human Anatomy and Physiology, to Ilanit Good; Arvine Phelps Award for Mathematics, Samuel Fowler; and the David Wycherley Award for Physics, to Michael Liles.

Dr. Spencer Zeiger, Dean of the School of Social Work, presented these awards: Award for Outstanding Academic Performance, Junior, to Marlen Rodriguez; Award for Outstanding Academic Performance, Senior, to Patricia Grady; Social Work Leadership Award, to Ronnie Marks; and Syril’s Rising Star Award, to Tabitha Silvers.

Dr. Charles Johnson, Dean of the School of Technology, presented awards for Outstanding Student in Computer Networking and Service Technology, to Chris Fenton; Outstanding Student in Industrial Electrical and Electronic Technology, to William McStotts; Outstanding Student in Licensed Practical Nursing, for Academic Excellence, to Adrienne Denise Hankins; Outstanding Student in Licensed Practical Nursing, for Clinical Excellence, to Jessica Lane Yother; Outstanding Student in Marketing, to Jessica L. Brock; Outstanding Student in Office and Business Technology, to Rose Mary Winkler; Outstanding Student in Radiologic Technology, to both Sara Ashby and Jason Norrell; Outstanding Student in Respiratory Therapy, for Service Excellence, to Robert Edward Orem; Outstanding Student in Respiratory Therapy, for Academic Excellence, to Rhonda T. Evans; Outstanding Student in Technical Graphics and 3D Design, Distinguished Student Award, to Darrell Gregory Trotter; and Outstanding Student in Technical Graphics and 3D Design, Award for Creative Service, to Nathan Paul Fincher.

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