Celebration of Excellence Award Recipients 2014/2015 Academic Year

President's Achievement Award

Corey Stamco and Jenna Nelson
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

Julia Fabich
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.

The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Award

Colin Brothers, Nina Lester, Nicole Rhode
The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Award is given annually by Hiram College to a student or students 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

Abigail Staysa
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

Hannah Schaefer, Nikolette Scruggs, Molly Reising, Jessica Bessner, Kaitlin Zemanski, Emily Mortimer, Isabella Williams, John Enasko, Corey Stamco, Heather Brant, Jenna Nelson, Ryogo Suzuki, Ann Riddle, Emily Moore, Dragana Zivak, Natasha Blonsky, Nicole Pueyo Svoboda, Tshering Choden, Julia Fabich, Robin Singleton, Patricia Bohls, Megan McNulty, Miranda Wright, Abigail Staysa, Majdal Sobeh, Liudmila Titova, Jocelyn Schmidt, Jacob Vaughan, Mackenzie Barry, Robin Peshick

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

Manuel Angel, Pye Aung, Samip Basnet, Tshering Choden, Nan Hu, Robin Singleton, Abigail Staysa, Milla Titova, Brianna Trivelli

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 during the week of commencement.

Hal Reichle Memorial Award 2015

Jessica Bessner

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.

Alpha Society

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

Emily Anderson  Zachary Fiest  Michael Mausser  Majdal Sobeh 
Samip Basnet  Tiffany Foster  Brooke Mayle  Nickolas Spishak 
Jaren Bell Rachael Fowler Megan McNulty Abigail Staysa
Rachel Buckley Shelley Gordon Sandra Mullins Brandy Strandburg
Sarah Condon Jonathan Hall Cassandra Overall Liudmila Titova
Richard Davis Christine Kindel Julianne Pontuti Brenda Van
Kate Dlugosz Colleen Krebs Corrinne Russell Miranda Wright
Brittany Dunne Ryan Kuhar Kristy Sheer Liao Xiong
Alexander Fakhoury Tiffany Marchewka Hannah Shrader  


Alpha Society Underclassmen


Steven Ahern  Patrick Garrod Carol Milani Lydia Snyder
Amy Almashy Caroline Georskey John Montello Cole Soldo
Thea Angeli Emily Gilmore Samantha Mullenax Trey Solon
Stacey Barnauskas Spencer Goodheart Ashley Myer Corey Stamco
Mackenzie Barry Therese Hocevar Sharon Nawalaniec Nicholas Suetta
Breanna Beltz Kara Hokes Jenna Nelson Ryogo Suzuki
Mary Benjamin Emily Hruska Stephane Nouafo Wanko Mary Swallow
Seiji Bessho Tabitha Hubbell Christian O'Neil Alyssa Synek
Megan Bisbee Austin Jenkins Robin Peshick Emily Syrjala
Kelly Borders Melissa Johnson Hannah Petelin Rebecca Trendell
Chantelle Brady Kayla Kennedy Michelle Phelps Jacob Vaughan
Heather Brant Carrie Kraft Hannah Platt Maya Watkins
Renee Brumbaugh Christopher Kulka Ellen Plesotis Will Weisman
Emma Caylor Danielle Latine Joseph Popiel Chad White
Jacqueline Cegelka Ritchie Leap Matthew Pozderac Isabella Williams
Megan Chaplin Paige Lewis Timothy Prall Joseph Winnicki
Hallie Chavez Shelby List Ann Riddle Mitchell Wohl
Jason Close Savannah Lorinchack Kathleen Rockhold Matthew Wright
Alexandre Delgado Gabriela  Cristian Loyola Padilla  Stacia Schaffer Kelly Wynne
Delisa Ellis  Erick Marcucci Monica Semosky Zachary Yedlicka
John Enasko  Emily Marsteller Brittany Sherwood Paige Zeigler
Kathleen Enoch  Tanner Mathews  Lilia Siers  
Meredith Fitschen-Brown Nathan Metze Erin Smith  

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: Alana Berger

Paul A. Rochford Award for Excellence: Nicole Francis

Ellen Jagow Award for Painting: Sarah Bednarski

Abigail Flint Award for Photography: Pierra Heard

Award for Outstanding Work by Freshman or Sophomore: Sarah Brady

Juror's Mention: Anna Borkin, D'Nautica Philpot, Matthew Thompson

Art History Book Award: Sorina Nicole Fatu

Biology Department Awards

James H. Barrow Scholarship in Biology: Kailey Cooper
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 Award: Caroline Georskey
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: Mary Benjamin, Logan Brewer, Samantha Hughes, Ashley Myer, Zachary Nemec, Hannah Platt, and Robin Singleton
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.

Paul Smey Award in Biology:  Emily Mortimer
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: Adam Hamilton
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.

The Kyna Barber Endowed Scholarship:  Tiffany Marchewka

Established with gifts provided by Tom and Ling Barber along with gifts from family and friends of Kyna Barber.  The scholarship shall be awarded to a senior student who has been admitted to a graduate program at an accredited college or university in a medical related field.  The medical related field shall be any graduate study, including but not limited to medical school, dental school, graduate nursing programs, medical research, or medical related microbiology, biotechnology, or biology/chemistry.

Biomedical Humanities Department Awards

Outstanding Achievement in Medical Humanities:  Tiffany Marchewka

Outstanding Achievement in Biomedical Research:  Sarah Condon

Outstanding Achievement in Senior Seminar: Preston Caldwell

Citizenship Award for the Center for Literature and Medicine:  Janie Linger

Chemistry Department Awards

Outstanding General Chemistry Student (Lubrizol): Emily Hruska

Outstanding Organic Student (Lubrizol): Christian Loyola Padilla

Outstanding Inorganic Student (Lubrizol): Darian Waugh

Outstanding Analytical Student (Lubrizol): Darian Waugh

Outstanding PChem Student (Lubrizol): Nancy Wells

Outstanding Biochemistry Student (Lubrizol): Tanner Mathews

Outstanding Senior Biochemistry Research Student (Lubrizol):  Tiffany Marchewka

Jody Modarelli Scholarship:  Tiffany Marchewka

Akron Chemical Society Outstanding Junior Chemistry Major:  Darian Waugh

Akron Chemical Society Outstanding Chemistry Major:  Nancy Wells

American Chemical Society Outstanding Senior Organic Chemistry Student:  Kyle Blaha

Center for Integrated Entrepreneurship Awards

Fall ideablitz! Idea Competition: Valentine Fosu, Su Latt, Michael Mausser, Mai Myat, & Santiago Montano (1st place), Karissa Clark & Ben Doak (2nd place), David Perkins, Akili Tate, Brendan Carr, Brandon Rivers, & Marcus Moxely (3rd place)

Spring ideabuild! Idea Competition: Jeremy Staley (1st place), Jordan Canevari (2nd place), Nate Eaton (3rd place), Michael Mausser and Su Latt (Best Social Enterprise)

StartUp Vikes Weekend:  Matthew Thompson (1st place)

Communication Department Award

Russell L. Caldwell Memorial Research Award: Corey Stamco
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

Irina Lomonosov Award:  TBA
Presented to an outstanding senior computer science major.

Angela Guercio Award: TBA
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

Claude Henry Crafts Achievement Award:  Clayton Torak

Allyn A. Young Memorial Prize in Economics: Joseph Zoltowski
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: Richard Davis
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: Jonathan Hall, Joseph Popiel
Sponsored by the Institute of Internal Auditors, awarded to an outstanding accounting student who demonstrates strong analytical, critical thinking and communication abilities.

English Department Awards

Grace J. Chamberlain Prize in Creative Writing: Brittany Mylant, Maya Watkins
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 student who shows great promise in creative writing. This prize is funded annually by a Cleveland Foundation Donor Advised Fund.

English Department Book Award: TBA
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: TBA
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: Kayla Howlett
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.

Environmental Studies Department Award

Lubrizol Foundation Scholarship: Simon Bednarski, Caroline Georskey, Hannah Schaefer, Taylor Hitchman, Robin Peshick, Cole Soldo

Foreign Language Department Award

Edith Scottron Miller Memorial Award: Emma Poduska

History Department Awards

Phi Alpha Theta: Kate Dlugosz, Rebecca Fisher, Rachel Gluvna, Kayla Kennedy, Jocelyn Schmidt, Kristin Schroll, Robin Singleton, Maya Watkins

Phi Alpha Theta is the National History Honor Society "whose mission is to promote the study of history through the encouragement of research, good teaching, publication, and the exchange of learning and ideas among historians." Inductees are invited to join based on their academic achievements in history.

Lindsay-Crane Center for Writing and Literature Awards

Gillmer Kroehle Contest in Creative Nonfiction: Alysandra Dutton (1st place), Tiffany Foster (2nd place), Maya Watkins (3rd place)

Vachel Lindsay Poetry Prize: Tom Pantic (1st place), Emily Packer (2nd place), Christine Kindel (3rd place)

Barbara Thompson Award for Short Fiction: Alys Dutton (1st place), Maya Watkins (2nd place), Brittany Mylant (3rd place)

The Geoffrey H. Stamm Prize in Formal Poetry: Richard Davis

ECHO Student Literary Regional Competition:

Poetry:  Maya Watkins (1st place), Emily Packer (2nd place)

Creative Nonfiction: Maya Watkins (1st place), Hamza Ashfaq Raja (honorable mention)

Fiction:  Tristan Demaria (3rd place)

The annual Echo Contest is open to undergraduate students currently enrolled at Bethany College, Heidelberg University, Hiram College, Marietta College, University of Mount Union, and Muskingum University.  A panel of faculty from the partner schools judges the entries.  Judges do not know the identity of the entrants, and judges do not read of evaluate the entries of students from the colleges or universities where they teach. 

Modern Languages Department Awards

Edith Scottron Miller Award:  Emma Poduska

Lydia Chase Killam Award:  Emily Gilmore

Music Department Awards

Gertrude Frohring Award: Emily Marsteller

Alice Crane Williams Award: Cullen Davis & Meredith Fitschen-Brown

Mary A. Crawford Award: Emily Hruska

Clarence R. & Alice Seymour Bissell Award: Ben Wilson

Marcia Kenyon Bissell Award: Faith Lemon

Alice Seymour Bissell/Hiram Women's Council Award: Faith Lemon, Meredith Fitschen-Brown, Aaron Reeve, Emily Marsteller

Andrew Hopkins Prize - Outstanding Instrumentalist Award: Emily Marsteller

John M. Watson Memorial Prize in Music: Lydia Snyder

Spring Honors Recital: TBA

Nursing Department Awards

Academic Excellence in Nursing Award: TBA
Given to a graduating senior who has achieved the highest overall and nursing GPA.

Service & Leadership in Nursing Award: TBA
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: TBA
Given to a graduating senior who has demonstrated organizational leadership and service.

Delta Xi Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau, International Nursing Honor Society: TBA
Membership is by invitation only and is based on high academic performance, scholarship and leadership.

Philosophy Department Awards

Eugene H. Peters Prize in Philosophy: Clara Packard
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.

Psychology Department Awards

Psi Chi Awards, National Honor Society in Psychology: TBA
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: Karissa Clark and Angela Cobb
Annual award given to an outstanding psychology and/or philosophy student.

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): TBA
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:  TBA
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.

The Don Hunsinger/North Coast Athletic Conference Scholar Athlete Man of the Year: TBA

The Pam Smith/North Coast Athletic Conference Scholar Athlete Woman of the Year: TBA

Donald M. Campbell Memorial Award: TBA
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: TBA
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.

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