Celebration of Excellence Award Recipients
President's Achievement Award
To Be Announced
The President's Achievement Award is given annually to a woman and man in the junior class whose academic records, campus leadership and devotion to the ideals and objectives of Hiram College distinguish their performances as outstanding. Students selected for this award have demonstrated, during their years at Hiram College, marked growth in academic achievement and in personal development. They have displayed sensitivity to the needs of their fellow students, to those in the College community and of society in general, and they have made constructive contributions to the solutions of these problems. In sum, the President's Achievement Award goes to those whose records best symbolize the educational goals of Hiram College.
Distinguished Student Leadership Award-Dively
To Be Announced
The Distinguished Student Leadership Award is given annually by Hiram College in recognition of an outstanding senior student whose contributions to campus life have earned peer respect and admiration. The award recipient receives a gift of $1,000. Michael Dively, a former Hiram College Trustee, founder of the Gerald R. Ford Institute for Leadership in Public Policy and Service, three-term member of the Michigan House of Representatives and former faculty member at Albion College, is the founder of the award.
Hal Reichle Memorial Award
To Be Announced
The Hal Reichle Memorial Award is presented annually to an individual student who has demonstrated significant acts of kindness, generosity and compassion toward other human beings. The award recipient is chosen on the basis of humanitarian efforts, community involvement and volunteerism. The value of the Hal Reichle Memorial Award is based on investment returns and typically exceeds $5,000.
Nancy Moeller Award
To Be Announced
Established in the memory of Nancy Moeller, this award is given to the student who maintained high standards while achieving the goal of a college education and in so doing, earned the respect of faculty members and fellow students.
The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Award
To Be Announced
The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Award is given annually by Hiram College to a student who, through the quality of his or her leadership and overall character, exemplifies a spirit of inclusiveness and an appreciation for multiculturalism and diversity. The value of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Award is based on investment returns and typically exceeds $500.
Yuksel Ismail Scholarship in Humanities
Established in 1986 by the Ismail family, colleagues, friends and former students, the Yuksel Ismail Scholarship honors the senior in humanities (humanities shall include classical studies, English, foreign languages, history, philosophy and religious studies) who best exemplifies the love of learning and high standards lived out at Hiram College by Yuksel Ismail, professor of languages and literature, until his death in 1986.
ODK National Leadership
To Be Announced
Omicron Delta Kappa (OΔK) also, known as The Circle or more commonly ODK is a national leadership honor society. It was founded December 3, 1914, at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia, by 15 student and faculty leaders. Chapters, known as Circles, are located on over 300 college campuses. The society recognizes outstanding achievement in the following areas: scholarship; athletics; campus community service; social/religious activities; campus government; journalism, speech and the mass media; and creative and performing arts. As the identities of newly selected members are kept secret for a period of time, ODK is fondly considered a quasi-secret society. Membership in the Omicron Delta Kappa Society is regarded as one of the highest collegiate honors that can be awarded to an individual, along with Phi Beta Kappa. In addition to meeting rigorous leadership and service criteria, student membership requires a grade point average of 3.5 or above.
Phi Beta Kappa
To Be Announced
Phi Beta Kappa membership has long been recognized as the highest distinction an individual can receive for scholarly excellence in undergraduate studies in the liberal arts and sciences. Founded in 1776, Phi Beta Kappa is the nation's oldest undergraduate honors society. The official induction ceremony into Phi Beta Kappa takes place on the morning of commencement.
Alpha Society is one of Hiram's highest academic honors. Membership is limited to students who have completed 12 or more hours of graded coursework at Hiram College and whose cumulative grade point average is 3.75 or better.
Alpha Society Graduating Seniors
|Samantha Abraham||Shannon Govern||Matthew Margo||Randall Shearer|
|Laila Almassri||Laetitia Hight||Ashley Marsh||Cherise Slisher|
|Lisa Bartlette||Douglas Holler||Christopher Miller||Tyler Thomas|
|Joyce Beeman||Starlene Hunter||Richard Musil||Sarah Todd|
|Maura Brett-Eiger||Stephany Judd||Brandy Olsen||Ethan Tope|
|Alisa Cario||John Kesegich||Donald Reedy||Courtney Wade|
|Charles Costilow||Carly Kidner||Dawn Richards||Shelby Warrens|
|Kelly Dunegan||Kyle Kiefer||Adea Riley||Alexandra Wells|
|Nathaniel Frances||Rachelle Kovacic||Ellen Rochford||John Wickersham|
|Tomoyuki Fujimoto||Laura Long||Jeralyn Saleet||Shane Young|
|Devlin Geroski||Monica Lucas||Jacob Savel||Michael Zielinski|
|Jessica Gezymalla||Rachel Major||Sydney Shawgo|
Alpha Society Underclassmen
|Cheryl Adebusuyi||Caroline Georskey||Megan McNulty||Sara Shearer|
|Steven Ahern||Emily Gilmore||Carol Milani||Hannah Shrader|
|Amy Almashy||Shelley Gordon||James Modzelewski||Erin Smith|
|Matthew Ambrosio||Jonathan Hall||John Montello||Lydia Snyder|
|Stacey Barnauskas||Therese Hocevar||Samantha Mullenax||Majdal Sobeh|
|Mackenzie Barry||Kayla Hunter||Kimberly Mullins||Cole Soldo|
|Samip Basnet||Garet Johnston||Matthew Mullins||Corey Stamco|
|Jaren Bell||Scott Jorasz||Sandra Mullins||Abigail Staysa|
|Breanna Beltz||Caitlin Joseph||Ashley Myer||Ryogo Suzuki|
|Mary Benjamin||Emily Kelly||Autumn Nagel||Mary Swallow|
|Megan Bisbee||Kayla Kennedy||Halle Naveja||Emily Syrjala|
|Mackenzi Bolyard-Pizana||Christine Kindel||Sharon Nawalaniec||Megan Thompson|
|Heather Brant||Rachael Klinger||Jenna Nelson||Liudmila Titova|
|Renee Brumbaugh||Danielle Kohut||Sarah Norton||Soenam Tobjur|
|Rachel Buckley||Danielle Kontur||Cassandra Overall||Brad Valka|
|Emma Caylor||Craig Koon||Arlen Overholt||Brenda Van|
|Jason Close||Carrie Kraft||Ryan Patsy||Ellen Wadkins|
|Sarah Condon||Ryan Kuhar||Nicola Pedretti||Chimi Wangchuk|
|Craig Conley||Danielle Latine||Robin Peshick||Maya Watkins|
|Richard Davis||Ritchie Leap||Valerie Pfaff||Jesslyn Watson|
|Hannah Demko||Micaela Lippert||David Platt||Joseph Weisend|
|Kate Dlugosz||Shelby List||Hannah Platt||Will Weisman|
|Brittany Dunne||David Little||Matthew Pozderac||Chad White|
|John Enasko||Cristian Loyola Padilla||John Pretzlav||Isabella Williams|
|Kathleen Enoch||Holly Malinkey||Ann Riddle||Matthew Wright|
|Zachary Fiest||Tiffany Marchewka||Kathleen Rockhold||Miranda Wright|
|Meredith Fitschen-Brown||Tanner Mathews||Corinne Russell||Paige Zeigler|
|Tiffany Foster||Michael Mausser||Lisa Sanborn|
|Rachael Fowler||Brooke Mayle||Stacia Schaffer|
|Samantha Fox||Stephen McNabb||Monica Semosky|
Academic Department Awards
These awards were presented, or will be presented, at individual departmental celebrations and ceremonies. They are listed here so all may partake in the celebration and recognition of excellence.
Art Department Awards
Alex and Tamara Brady Pendleton Best in Show Award: Niesha Zeigler
Paul A. Rochford Award for Excellence: Emily Packer
Ellen Jagow Award for Painting: Dawn Richards
Abigail Flint Award for Photography: Lydia Snyder
Award for Outstanding Work by Freshman or Sophomore: Rachel Buchleitner
Juror's Mention: Abbey Corbett, Colin Guerand, Elle Rochford
Art History Book Award: A'Dreus Young
Pia Gallo '78 Print Award: Elle Rochford
Biology Department Awards
James H. Barrow Scholarship in Biology: To Be Announced
Established by the friends and students of James H. Barrow, professor of biology at Hiram College from 1957 until 1987 and founder of the James H. Barrow Biology Field Station. Awarded annually to a deserving student majoring in field biology.
Dwight H. and Trudy Berg Scholarship: To Be Announced
Established and endowed by Dwight H. Berg, professor emeritus in biology, and his wife Trudy. To be awarded to a deserving junior or senior biology major who has emphasis in botany and who is planning to attend graduate school in botany.
Eastman Kodak Company Awards: To Be Announced
Established by the Eastman Kodak Company to honor employees who are graduates of Hiram College. Awarded on the basis of merit to students majoring in biology.
Grace Pickford Scholarship: To Be Announced
Established by family, friends, and students of Grace Pickford, noted biologist. Awarded to a junior or senior female biology student, who in addition to her accomplishment in the field, plans to continue her education in biology.
Kelton Scott McMurray Memorial Scholarship: To Be Announced
Established by the parents, brothers and friends of Kelton Scott McMurray '75, D.V.M., the scholarship is awarded to one upper class student majoring in biology, on the basis of character, scholastic ability and qualities of leadership.
Paul Smey Award in Biology: To Be Announced
Awarded to an outstanding biology major with an interest in medicine, the Paul Smey Award in biology was established by family and friends in memory of Paul Smey '69, a distinguished pediatric urologist.
Thomas E. Lingafelter Memorial Award: To Be Announced
Established and endowed by Constance Rullestad Lingafelter '59, and friends, in memory of her husband, Thomas E. Lingafelter '60, a devoted alumnus. Awarded to the student who makes the most significant contribution to the work at the field station.
Biomedical Humanities Department Awards
Outstanding Achievement in Medical Humanities: To Be Announced
Outstanding Achievement in Medical Humanities as a Minor: To Be Announced
Carol Donley Scholarship Award: To Be Announced
Outstanding Achievement in Biomedical Research: To Be Announced
Chemistry Department Awards
Outstanding General Chemistry Student: To Be Announced
Outstanding Organic Student: To Be Announced
Outstanding Inorganic Student: To Be Announced
Outstanding Analytical Student: To Be Announced
Outstanding PChem Student: To Be Announced
Outstanding Biochemistry Student: To Be Announced
Lubrizol Scholarship: To Be Announced
Akron Chemical Society Outstanding Junior Chemistry Major: To Be Announced
Akron Chemical Society Outstanding Chemistry Major: To Be Announced
Center for Engaged Ethics Award
Tom and Betty Niccolls First Year Ethics Essay Contest: Sara Shearer (1st place), Eric Sternberg and Ashley Myer (runners up)
The contest is generously supported by Betty Niccolls in memory of the late Tom Niccolls, professor emeritus of religion and Hiram College chaplain. Submissions were enlisted from any first-year student on ethical issues surrounding civility.
Center for Integrated Entrepreneurship Awards
Fall ideablitz! Idea Competition: Nicole Pedretti (1st place), Nicole Pueyo Svoboda (2nd place); Team of Devonta Fleetion, Michael Helco, Margaret Picolo, Richard Simpson, and Andrew Torres (3rd place)
Spring ideabuild! Idea Competition: Nicole Pueyo Svoboda and Justin Lonis (1st place tie), Cory Weddington (3rd place)
EEC's IdeaLabs Regional Competition: Justin Lonis (3rd place)
Charter One Foundation Student Business Idea Competition: Ethan Holmes (2nd place)
Communication Department Awards
Russell L. Caldwell Memorial Research Award: To Be Announced
Established and endowed by former Wooster High School speech students of Russell L. Caldwell, Class of 1929. Awarded to either a history or communication major at the beginning of the senior year for research in the major field under the direction of a Hiram faculty member. The award shall alternate yearly between the two departments. The recipient will be chosen on the basis of character, creativity, and scholastic achievement.
Computer Science Department Awards
Kenneth M. Hiney Mathematics Award: To Be Announced
Herbert L. Jones Memorial Award in Mathematics: To Be Announced
Irina Lomonosov Award: To Be Announced
Presented to an outstanding senior computer science major.
Angela Guercio Award: To Be Announced
Presented to a senior computer science major who has shown outstanding dedication to computer science and service to the department.
Economics Management and Accounting Department Awards
Allyn A. Young Memorial Prize in Economics: To Be Announced
Established and endowed in memory of Allyn A. Young, class of 1894, past president of the American Economic Association, professor at Harvard and at the London School of Economics, remarkable teacher, and one of the great economists of the 20th century. Awarded to the students studying economics who show the most promise in handling analytical or quantitative techniques in economic analysis.
Institute of Management Accountants Outstanding Accounting Student Award: To Be Announced
Sponsored by the Institute of Management Accountants, awarded to an outstanding accounting student who demonstrates leadership abilities and is active in campus initiatives.
Institute of Internal Auditors Outstanding Accounting Student Award: To Be Announced
Sponsored by the Institute of Internal Auditors, awarded to an outstanding accounting student who demonstrates strong analytical, critical thinking and communication abilities.
Robert Paul Ferguson Memorial Prize in Management: To Be Announced
Awarded annually to an outstanding student majoring in management, in memory of Dr. Robert Paul Ferguson, a 1928 graduate of Hiram College who served the College as a trustee from 1966 to 1977.
English Department Awards
Howard Seymour Bissell Scholarship Fund: To Be Announced
Established and endowed by family and friends in honor of Howard Seymour Bissell, member of the Board of Trustees. A scholarship to be awarded each year to an outstanding Hiram student of English in recognition of excellence, based on merit, talent, achievement and promise.
Carl R. Brown Memorial Scholarship: To Be Announced
Established by the late Alice Brown '13 and friends, in memory of her husband, Carl R. Brown '09, a loyal and devoted member of the Board of Trustees. Awarded on the basis of good character, scholastic ability and literary achievement, with preference given to a student majoring in English who gives evidence of a distinguished career in this field.
Grace J. Chamberlain Prize in Creative Writing: To Be Announced
Established in 2007 by Joyce, Robert, and Dylan Chamberlain, the parents and brother of Grace J. Chamberlain, who died tragically in an automobile accident in 2006, this prize is awarded annually by the English department to a sophomore who shows great promise in creative writing. In the event there is no eligible sophomore, the prize may be awarded to a student of any class who shows promise in creative writing. This prize is funded annually by a Cleveland Foundation Donor Advised Fund.
English Department Book Award: To Be Announced
Awarded to a student who contributes to the intellectual life of the English department in creative and often unrecognized ways.
Hiram College Writing Center Award: To Be Announced
This award goes to the seniors who have made the greatest contributions to the Writing Center and the writing program at Hiram College. Both exceptional service to the institution and an extraordinary personal commitment to the study of writing are required.
John S. Kenyon Memorial Award in English: To Be Announced
Awarded to honor the graduating senior student in English who best exemplifies the creative and scholarly spirit associated with John Samuel Kenyon, class of 1898, professor of English, 1916-1944, and emeritus professor of English, 1944-1959.
Richard C. Underwood Endowed Memorial Fund: To Be Announced
Awarded each year to the student who, in the judgment of the English department, is a promising candidate for a career in journalism.
Modern Languages Department Awards
Lee and Irma Cannon Memorial Award: To Be Announced
Established and endowed by Mrs. Charity Cannon Willard, friends and faculty of the English and foreign language departments, in memory of Lee and Irma Cannon, longtime and devoted members of the faculty. Awarded to an outstanding junior, alternating each year between a student from the English department and the foreign language department, nominated by faculty members of these respective departments.
History Department Awards
Dorothy Garrett Martin Merit Award in History: To Be Announced
Established and endowed by Frederick W. Martin '64 and James K. Martin '65 in honor of their mother. Awarded annually to a junior woman majoring in history as chosen by the history department faculty.
Lindsay-Crane Center for Writing and Literature Awards
Gillmer Kroehle Contest in Creative Nonfiction: Caitlin Adams (1st place), Alys Dutton (2nd place), Mason Yeater (3rd place), Nick Sawatsky (Honorable Mention)
Vachel Lindsay Poetry Prize: Mason Yeater (1st place), Emily Packer (2nd place), Zach Fiore (3rd place), Tom Pantic and Francis Kou Sugita (Honorable Mentions)
Barbara Thompson Award for Short Fiction: Nick Sawatsky (1st place), Mason Yeater (2nd place), Paul Dickerson (3rd place), Alys Dutton and Shelby List (Honorable Mentions)
The Geoffrey H. Stamm Prize in Formal Poetry: Matt Margo
ECHO Student Literary Regional Competition:
Creative Nonfiction: To Be Announced
Fiction: To Be Announced
Poetry: To Be Announced
Mathematics Department Awards
Erma Bouts Scholarship: To Be Announced
Established and endowed by family and friends of Erma Bouts, a longtime dedicated member of the Hiram College staff, to recognize a deserving mathematics major.
Hiney Mathematics Award: To Be Announced
This award was established and endowed by Kenneth M. Hiney, Sr., of the Hiney Printing Company of Akron, Ohio. Kenneth was a friend of the College who wished to acknowledge a deserving student in mathematics.
Herbert L. Jones Memorial Award in Mathematics: To Be Announced
This award was established and endowed by the late Herbert L. Jones, Class of 1894, a distinguished and dedicated former member of the State of Ohio Legislature. It is awarded annually to a deserving student majoring in mathematics.
Music Department Awards
Gertrude Frohring Award: Sarah Weirich
Alice Crane Williams Award: Sydney Shawgo and Lydia Snyder
Mary A. Crawford Award: Alexis Alvarado
Clarence R. & Alice Seymour Bissell Award: Damani Hamzah
Marcia Kenyon Bissell Award: Robert Cardoso-Acheampong
Alice Seymour Bissell/Hiram Women's Council Award: Tomoyuki Fujimoto, Damani Hamzah, Robert Noel, and Meredith Fitschen-Brown
Andrew Hopkins Prize - Outstanding Instrumentalist Award: Tomoyuki Fujimoto
John M. Watson Memorial Prize in Music: Sarah Weirich
Spring Honors Recital: Alexis Alvarado, Meredith Fitschen-Brown, Tomoyuki Fujimoto, Damani Hamzah, Faith Lemon, Halle Naveja, and Robert Noel
Nursing Department Awards
Academic Excellence in Nursing Award: To Be Announced at Nurses' Convocation on Commencement Day
Given to a graduating senior who has achieved the highest overall and nursing GPA.
Service & Leadership in Nursing Award: To Be Announced at Nurses' Convocation on Commencement Day
Given to a graduating senior who has made outstanding leadership and service contributions during his or her time at Hiram College.
Summit/Portage District Ohio Nurses Association Award: To Be Announced at Nurses' Convocation on Commencement Day
Given to a graduating senior who has demonstrated organizational leadership and service.
Delta Xi Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau, International Nursing Honor Society: To Be Announced
Membership is by invitation only and is based on high academic performance, scholarship and leadership.
Mein Kind Brunhilde Award: To Be Announced
Established by Hiram Anning Smith and his wife Doris Ann and friends of Hiram College, the Mein Kind Brunhilde is a scholarship awarded to qualified young men and women who choose to serve humankind through the nursing profession. The rising senior student must possess good character and demonstrate ethical behavior and leadership.
Philosophy Department Awards
Eugene H. Peters Prize in Philosophy: To Be Announced
The Eugene H. Peters Prize in Philosophy was established in 1983 to honor the memory of Professor Eugene H. Peters, who taught philosophy at Hiram College from 1962 until his untimely death in May of 1983. The prize rewards students who have done exceptional work in the field of philosophy.
Political Science Department Awards
Thomas Mark Pytel Memorial Award: To Be Announced
Established and endowed by friends and his wife, Gail Meyer Pytel, 1966, in memory of Thomas Mark Pytel, 1966. Awarded to an outstanding junior, alternating each year between a student from the Political Science Department and the History Department. The recipient is nominated by the faculty members of these respective departments.
Professional and Graduate Studies Awards
Galen J. Roush Scholarship: To Be Announced
The Galen J. Roush Foundation has provided the Weekend College with funds for an endowed scholarship. Galen Roush was a graduate of Hiram College and co-founder of Roadway Express. Each year a scholarship is awarded to one or more students enrolled in the Weekend College.
Enos-West Scholarship: To Be Announced
The Enos-West Scholarship was established in 2006. Pamela and Steven West, 1967 graduates of the College, have generously provided funds for an endowed scholarship for non-traditional students. Each year a scholarship is awarded to one or more students enrolled in the Weekend College.
Ruth E. Skocic Scholarship: To Be Announced
The Ruth E. Skocic Scholarship was established in 2011. Ruth Skocic was asocial sciences major who, after graduating from the Weekend College in2006, founded My LifePlan Holdings, Inc. This renewable scholarship will be awarded each year to a Weekend College student who is either a social sciences or business management major, with an entrepreneurship minor. Ruth will be presenting this award this year.
Psychology Department Awards
Psi Chi Awards, National Honor Society in Psychology: To Be Announced
Psi Chi gives national recognition for academic excellence and offers opportunities for networking, scholarships and leadership development in the field.
Psychology and Philosophy Department Awards
The Thomas Wayne Grant Prize: To Be Announced
Psychology and Sociology Department Awards
Jay Michael Schechter Scholarship: To Be Announced
Established and endowed by the brother and sister of accomplished teacher and scholar Jay Michael Schechter '75. This scholarship is awarded on the basis of both quality of scholarship and personal character as identified by the psychology and sociology departments.
Athletic Department Awards
Athletic are announced at the Student Athlete Appreciation event. The athletic department presents several named awards each year to individual student-athletes in recognition of their athletic accomplishments.
North Coast Athletic Conference Woman of the Year Award (Hiram NOMINEE to the NCAC): To Be Announced
Awarded annually to THE outstanding GRADUATING female student-athlete IN THE NCAC. The award recognizes a student-athlete who has distinguished herself throughout her collegiate career in the areas of academic achievement, athletic excellence, service and leadership.
North Coast Athletic Conference Man of the Year Award (Hiram NOMINEE to the NCAC: To Be Announced
Awarded annually to THE outstanding GRADUATING male student-athlete IN THE NCAC. The award recognizes a student-athlete who has distinguished himself throughout his collegiate career in the areas of academic achievement, athletic excellence, service and leadership.
North Coast Athletic Conference – Myrtis E. Herndon Award: To Be Announced
The North Coast Athletic Conference recognizes one female student-athlete from each member institution who has excelled in the classroom and in the athletic arena. Hiram's award is named in honor of Myrtis Herndon, long-time professor, coach and supporter of Hiram College Athletics.
North Coast Athletic Conference – William H. Hollinger Award: To Be Announced
The North Coast Athletic Conference recognizes one male student-athlete from each member institution who has excelled in the classroom and in the athletic arena. Hiram's award is named in honor of Bill Hollinger, a beloved member of the Hiram community for decades as a scholar, faculty member, coach, athletic director and colleague.
Donald M. Campbell Memorial Award: To Be Announced
Awarded each year to the College's outstanding male student-athlete. It was established in 1961, as suggested by the then editor of the school newspaper, as an award to honor the outstanding male athlete of the year. Named after the newspaper, it was originally called the Terrier Award. In 1970, it was changed to the Donald M. Campbell, Jr. Award to honor one of our former athletes who lost his life in a house fire while attempting to save his parents' lives.
Helen M. Petrosky Award: To Be Announced
Established by the Department of Physical Education in honor of a former faculty member and chair for 29 years, "Miss Pete." Awarded each year to the College's outstanding female student-athlete.
Charles A. Henry Award: To Be Announced
Established and endowed by family and friends in memory of Charles A. Henry '20. The award is to commemorate the memory of a man who was associated with the College for 60 years as a student, an All-Ohio football player, admission director, coach, alumni secretary and originator of Alumni Annual Giving. He was "Mr. Hiram." Awarded each year to the College's outstanding male or female in the junior class.
Herbert C. Matthews Memorial Award: To Be Announced
Awarded to a student-athlete for extraordinary athletic achievement. It is reserved for individuals who have overcome significant obstacles to excel in intercollegiate competition during their career at Hiram College.