Springfield, Ohio - Wittenberg University honored the achievements of students and faculty members at the 16th annual Honors Convocation Friday, April 19 in Weaver Chapel. The convocation, held with faculty in full academic regalia, recognizes high achievement of students and faculty members in academic and co-curricular activities.
Jennifer Grossman, a junior from Richmond, Va., was named Alma Mater, which is elected by students, faculty and staff on the basis of character and integrity, service to the community, concern for others and high standards of scholarship.
Molly Barnes, a senior from Williamsport, Ohio, received the Heimtraut Dietrich Award, which was established in 1981 to recognize the student who best emulates the spirit of the late associate dean of students' devotion to Wittenberg through faith and service.
The M. Alice Geiger Award was presented to Marcie McClintic of White Sulphur Springs, W. Va. The award recognizes the first woman graduate of Wittenberg and honors a senior woman for specific, outstanding contributions to the area of the performing or literary arts, athletics, extracurricular leadership, new programming, special academic pursuit or special presentation. McClintic is a member of the Wittenberg Honors Program and also received the Tau Pi Phi Award, which is given to the graduating management major who combines the highest academic achievement with university contribution.
The John F. Mitchell Award, honoring the senior man who best represents the liberal arts tradition at Wittenberg, was presented to Kevin Hooker of Lima, Ohio. The award goes to a top student who is a positive force in academic, cultural and social aspects of the campus. As an outstanding sociology major, Hooker also received the T. Edwin Boling Sociology Scholarship Award, established in honor of the late Ed Boling, professor of sociology.
The Global Awareness Award, instituted in 1992, recognizes a senior who has contributed to greater global awareness within the Wittenberg University community. This year's co-recipients are Amy Helmich of Warsaw, Ohio and Christopher Hemmig of Elkhart, Ind. Both students are members of the Wittenberg Honors Program.
Adrienne King of Cleveland, Ohio and Kojo Wright of Ghana were the recipients of the Martin Luther King Jr. Award for positive examples to members of the African American community and to the university. Wright is also a member of the Wittenberg Honors Program.
Stephanie Carter of Columbus, Ohio received the Broadwell Chin Award, named for one of the first African American students to enroll at Wittenberg in the 1870s. The award honors the student holding the highest grade-point average among African American juniors.
The Omicron Delta Kappa Award for outstanding teaching by a professor who has been on the faculty five years or less was presented to Daniel A. Fleisch, assistant professor of physics. A member of Wittenberg's faculty since 1999, Fleisch holds a bachelor's degree in physics from Georgetown University and master's and doctoral degrees in space physics and astronomy from Rice University.
New members were inducted into Wittenberg's honor societies, including these local students:
Phi Beta Kappa, the oldest and most prestigious national honor society - Jennifer Smith of South Charleston.
Phi Eta Sigma, national scholarship honor society for first-year men - Jordan Copeland and Aaron Davis of Springfield.
Alpha Lambda Delta, national scholarship honor society for first-year women - Megan Hopkins and Miranda Mansour of Springfield, Carol Warner of New Carlisle and Erin Wertz of Plain City.
Pick and Pen, junior honorary for leadership, service and scholarship - Jeff Domingus of London and Rebekah Hackett of Marysville.
Ivy Ring, junior women's service honorary - Kelly Riedel of Springfield.
Mortar Board, national senior honorary recognizing scholarship, leadership and service - Brittany Baume and Brandi Bowman of Springfield, and Heather Phillips of New Carlisle.
Omicron Delta Kappa, national senior leadership honor society -Baume and Phillips. Alpha Sigma Lambda, national honor society for nontraditional students - Sarah Acton, Jennifer Boggs, Patrick Casey, Tracy Gregory-Brown, Montserrat Lau and Shannon Wahl, all of Springfield, Stalo Monti-Pouagare of Centerville and Steven Schoonover of Urbana.
Chi Alpha Sigma, national college athletic honor society - Baume, Joshua Conley and Rachel Juergens, all of Springfield.
Departmental program awards went to the following local students: Michael Crotty of Springfield, the J.T. Gregory Award; Bowman, the Martin E. Johnson Award in Geography; Kenneth Spicer of New Carlisle, the Dr. Woodrow Wilson Prize for Excellence in Management; and Judy Spanel of Springfield, the Award for Excellence in Liberal Studies.
The senior member of the Wittenberg Honors program from the area was Ara Beal of Yellow Springs.
Special recognition was given to Darrell Kitchen of Springfield by awarding him the "Above and Beyond" Community Service Award. Kitchen is vice president of business and finance at Wittenberg.
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