Recognizing more than 100 academic and leadership achievements throughout the past year, Ouachita Baptist University’s 2013 Academic Awards Banquet honored students in each of the university’s seven academic schools.
Stacy Beck, a political science, history and French major from Sheridan, Ark., earned Ouachita’s highest academic honor as the university’s Overall Academic Achiever. She also was named the top academic achiever in the Sutton School of Social Sciences and received the Bob Riley Outstanding Graduate in Political Science Award.
Top academic achievers in each of the other schools include: Judith Brizuela, a senior psychology and business administration/management major from Cortes, Honduras, Hickingbotham School of Business; Anthony Emerson, a Christian studies/Biblical studies major from Sugar Land, Texas, Pruet School of Christian Studies; Rebecca Atkinson, an early childhood education major from Arkadelphia, Ark., Huckabee School of Education; Elyse Senteney, an instrumental music education major from Plano, Texas, School of Fine Arts; Devan Malone, a speech communication and mass communications major from Benton, Ark., School of Humanities; and Hollyn McCarty, a chemistry and biology major from Texarkana Ark., Patterson School of Natural Sciences.
Ouachita’s outstanding seniors, selected by faculty and staff, are Ryan James, a biology major from Benton, Ark., Senior Outstanding Man, and Bethany Swiontek, a musical theatre major from Colorado Springs, Colo., Senior Outstanding Woman.
Dr. Jess Kelly, assistant professor of biology, was named by students as the Lavell Cole Most Inspirational Professor.
Other university awards include the Mrs. J.R. Grant Endowed Awards for freshman and senior female students and the Betty Oliver Grant Endowed Awards for sophomore and junior female students. Recipients include Emily Harris, a freshman biology major from Benton, Ark.; Anna Sikes, a sophomore Christian studies/Biblical studies major from Greenbrier, Ark.; Brittney Jones, a junior business administration/finance and management major from Texarkana, Ark.; and Taylor Stanford, a senior chemistry major from White Hall, Ark.
The Rotary Club Service-Above-Self Award was presented to Hannah Pilcher, a Spanish major from Maumelle, Ark.
Individuals honored by the Carl Goodson Honors Program include:
Ben Elrod Scholar, Ally Lemos, an early childhood education major from Hanford, Calif.
Carl Goodson Scholar, Sarah Davis, a theatre arts and Christian studies/Biblical studies major from Bedford, Texas.
Honors Council Scholar, Kate Hopmann, a studio art major from Cypress, Texas.
Garrett Ham Scholar, Chris Redmon, a Christian studies/Biblical studies, Biblical languages and philosophy major from Little Rock, Ark.
Research Award Recipients, Danielle Moses, a history major from Texarkana, Ark.; Hunter Threadgill, a philosophy and psychology major from Cordova, Tenn.; and Katy Wood, an early childhood education major from Plano, Texas.
Most Valuable Professors, Dr. Maggie Garrett, assistant professor of music, and Dr. Sara Hubbard, assistant professor of chemistry.
The annual Academic Awards Banquet is sponsored by Ouachita’s Student Senate. Outgoing Senate President Justin Young, a junior business administration/management and finance major from Springdale, Ark., presided over the event. Ouachita President Rex Horne led the swearing in for new Student Senate President Lindsey Fowler, a junior political science and accounting major from Arkadelphia, Ark.
One new award presented this year was the Matt Turner Outstanding Junior Mass Communications Major Award presented in memory of Matt Turner, a 2003 OBU graduate who was a news anchor at KTHV-11 in Little Rock prior to his death in a vehicle accident last fall. The inaugural award was presented to McKenzie Cranford of Irving, Texas.
Other awards listed by academic schools include:
Hickingbotham School of Business
Dr. Lera Kelly Outstanding Senior in Business Administration Award: Jordan Snook
Margaret Wright Outstanding Senior in Accounting Award: Samantha Street
Johnny Heflin Excellence in Leadership & Academics Award: Daniel Johnson
Outstanding Business Scholar Athletes: Landon Flax and Svitlana Smirnova
Pruet School of Christian Studies
Andrew & Harriet Grant Hall Sophomore Ministerial Award: Blake Kutter and Sophie DeMuth
Outstanding Student in Biblical Studies: Anthony Emerson
Outstanding Student in Christian Ministries: Alexis Kamerman
Outstanding Student in Christian Missions: John Bacon
Don Harbuck Award for Excellence in Philosophy: Chris Redmon
Preben Vang Award for Excellence in Christian Theological Studies: John Bacon
Elementary Hebrew Award: Sarah Stiles
Old Testament Hebrew Award: Chris Redmon
Zondervan Elementary Greek Award: Chris Redmon
Robert Stagg New Testament Greek Award: Kyle Fischer
Outstanding Student in Latin: David Wray
Huckabee School of Education
Alice Searcy Award: Josh Cartwright
Outstanding Current Education Sophomores: Ashley Randels and Chris Hogan
Sylvia Gates Webb Award: Kelly Strickland
Maude Wright Memorial Award: Jessica Stanley
Phi Delta Kappa Teachers in Training: Rebecca Atkinson, Deborah Caldwell and Whitley Martin
Charles Chambliss Distinguished Educator Award: Hannah Ramsey
Bob Gravette Outstanding Kinesiology & Leisure Studies Teaching Award: Jillian Jeffcoat
Tona Wright Outstanding Kinesiology & Leisure Studies Fitness Award: Jasper “Buddy” Harrell
Outstanding Kinesiology & Leisure Studies Recreation Award: Clayton Case and Kristen James
School of Fine Arts
Francie Phelan Outstanding Senior-Graphic Design: Nicole McPhate
Francie Phelan Outstanding Senior- Studio Art: Rebekah Poyner
Raybon-Berry Outstanding Freshman Visual Arts Major: Melanie Herring
Russell Shad Memorial Art Award for Outstanding Junior: Jeff Sharp
Theatre Arts Outstanding Student Award-Freshman: Aaron Pinion
Theta Alpha Phi Senior Award: Heather White
Theta Alpha Phi Outstanding Service: Amanda Murray
Phi Mu Alpha Collegiate Award: Sean Nance
Phi Mu Alpha Scholarship Award: John Tneoh
Sigma Alpha Iota College Honor Award: Bekah Anthony
Sigma Alpha Iota Scholarship Award: Rachel Harris
The Presser Scholar: Caitlin Secrest
Rachel Fuller Scholarship: Joshua Wayne
James Harrison Scholarship: Stephen Curry
Friends of Fine Arts Scholars: Art, Myca Nutt; Instrumental, Chelsea Villanueva; Piano, Courtney Stanage; Theatre, Blaine Surber; Voice, Joshua Wayne
School of Humanities
Outstanding Senior English Major: Jessica Lamb
Outstanding Junior Louise Searcy Bennett Scholarship Award: Anna Wakeling
Outstanding Sophomore Herman Sandford Scholarship Award: Marissa Thornberry
Rogers Department of Communications Publications Awards: Ouachitonian, Mauri Sparks;
Signal/Online, Tanner Ward; Photo Lab, Nicole McPhate; Video Production, Rachel Gilmer
Bill & Vera Downs Outstanding Sophomore Mass Communications Student Award: Hannah Dean
William D. Downs Outstanding Mass Communications Graduate Award: Nicole McPhate
Outstanding Modern Foreign Language Awards: Russian, Jason Curlin; Spanish, Ryan Strebeck
Roy Buckelew Outstanding Speech Major Award: Devon Malone
Patterson School of Natural Sciences
Outstanding Freshman Biology Award: Trevor Meece
Richard H. Brown Biology Award: Megan Scarbrough
Outstanding Senior in Biology Award: Caroline Gill
Outstanding Dietetics & Nutrition Award: Amberly Green and Aubree Fry
Freshman Chemistry Award: Trevor Meece
Ethel & Nell Mondy and E.A. Provine Scholar: Tim Horton
Outstanding Graduate in Chemistry: Hollyn McCarty
Harvey Research Award: Ryan James
Outstanding Senior Mathematics Major: Allison Frizzell
Outstanding Senior Mathematics Education Major: Kailen Johnson
Outstanding Senior Computer Science Major: Nathan Huff
Rowland Memorial Awards in Mathematics & Computer Science: Joanna Curtis, Josh Esgar, Adam Oakes, Ben Schleiff, Michelle Wasmund and Elizabeth White
Rowland Memorial Award in Physics: Tim Horton
Hannah Joy Sullivan Scholarship: Mallory Burroughs
Becky Horne Scholarship in Pre-Nursing: Katie Carroll and Mike Russell
Sutton School of Social Sciences
Everett Slavens Award to Outstanding Sophomore: Kevin Jackson
Lavell Cole Award to Outstanding Future Teacher: Danielle Wilson
Fran Coulter Award to Outstanding Junior: Lacey Johnson
Phi Alpha Theta Award for Outstanding Research Paper: Shelbie Reed
R. C. Daily Award to Outstanding Senior: Jacob Way
Truman Scholarship Nominee: Lindsey Fowler
Bob Riley Outstanding Graduate in Political Science Award: Stacy Beck
Curtis Echols Lion’s Club Scholarship: Chandler Powell
Psychology Faculty Award: Tracey Mardis and Holly Wray
Zeitgeist Award: Hunter Threadgill
Weldon Vogt Outstanding Psychology Senior Award: Judith Brizuela
Outstanding Graduating Senior Sociology Award: Julian LaDay