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BPC students, faculty lauded with honors

Dr. Ron Melton and Jeremy Gore
Dr. Ron Melton, provost, presents Timothy J. Gore with the Conrad-Shelby Academic Achievement Award for maintaining the highest GPA in his class, a 4.0.

By Kelley M. Arnold

Director of News and Public Information

MOUNT VERNON—It’s not every day that one receives credit for hard work or a job well done, and for 44 Brewton-Parker College students and two faculty members, Honors Day ceremony 2007 was their day in the sun. The ceremony was held April 17 in Saliba Chapel on the Mount Vernon campus.

The largest group of recipients at this year’s ceremony was the Dean’s Scholars. These students were named to the Dean’s List for five of the last seven semesters. Those receiving the title of Dean’s Scholar were Latoya Cannon, Steven J. Dressen, Brittany D. Euler, Katina Fennell, Julia Nanette Goedert, Timothy Jerome Gore, Christy Dawn Hall, Joshua E. Harrison, Julie M. Hinton, Alvin Judge, Jenna S. Kessenich and Christopher A. Mitchell, Amber Renee Mize, Bethany D. New, Emily D. Oliver, Courtney N. Payne, Lindsey Anne Peeler, Allen Michael Rea, Donna Johnson Sutton, Peggy J. Thomas, Kent D. Wilkinson and Alicia C. Wood.

The Conrad-Shelby Academic Achievement Award was presented by Dr. Ron Melton, provost, to Timothy J. Gore for maintaining a 4.0 grade point average.

The Athletic Award was presented to Jenna Kessenich by BPC Athletic Director Steve Barker.

Debbie Sooter was presented the Business Award by Dr. Dean Williamson.

Dr. Don Wallace presented the Communications Award to Brooke Outland, and Prof. Mark Stokes delivered the Drama Award to Hayley M. Boisseau.

The Sigma Tau Delta English Language Award was presented to Joshua Harrison by Dr. Ruth Ellen Porter. Nicholas R. Rodriguez received the Foreign Language Award from Prof. James Bell.

Dr. Mary Waalkes presented two awards to the same student. Tabitha Connell received the History Award and the Richard B. Russell Award from the General Richard Montgomery Chapter of the Daughters of Revolutionary Colonists.

Dr. Winnifred Whittaker presented the International Student Award to Dereck Johnson.

Sherrie Helms, Dean of Students at BPC, presented two awards for leadership; one in Student Affairs and the other for student service to the college. The Leadership in Student Affairs Award was presented to Suzanne Shurling. Jessica Broughton received the Leadership in Student Service to the College Award.

Brianna Hill was presented the Math Award by Prof. Forrest Rich.

Dr. Glenn Eernisse presented the Music Award to Brandon Pafford.

Ashley Victoria Williamson, though she was not present, was honored with the Outstanding Future Teacher Award.

The Pi Gamma Mu Award was presented by Prof. Vance Rhoades to Thomas Peeler.

Allen Rea received the Political Science Award from Dr. Lee Cheek.

Dr. Rolando Tiu presented the Psychology Award to Amber Mize.

Three awards for religious studies were presented by Dr. Hal Ostrander. Jeff Tinsley received the Religious Leadership Award, William Kilpatrick received the Religious Service Award and Christopher Mitchell was presented the Outstanding Ministry/Christianity Student Award.

Dr. David McMillin presented the Science Award to Brittany Euler.

The Brewton-Parker College Student Government Association presented two awards honoring a member of the faculty and an academic division within the college. Newly-inducted SGA president Cody Henderson presented Dr. Lee Cheek with the Outstanding Teacher Award, and Cheek also accepted the Outstanding College Division Award for the Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences.

The Discovery Science Club was presented with the Organizational Service Award.

Allen Thigpen, representing the Mount Vernon Bank, presented the Mount Vernon Bank Writing Fellowship Award to Emily Oliver.

The final award of the ceremony, the Jordan Teaching Excellence Award, was presented by Dr. Ron Melton to Prof. Forrest Rich.

Note: The pictures on this page are just a sampling of the award winners and their awards. Individual announcements were sent to each award winner's hometown newspaper.

Scenes from Honors Day 2007

Suzanne Shurling and Dean Sherrie Helms Prof. Vance Rhoade and Thomas Peeler
Suzanne Shurling, a senior, left, is presented the Leadership in Student Affairs Award from Sherrie Helms, dean of students. Prof. Vance Rhoades presents the Pi Gamma Mu Award to senior Thomas Peeler.
Dr. Ron Melton, Prof. Forrest Rich Dr. David McMillin, Brittany Euler
Prof. Forrest Rich, right, is presented the Jordan Teaching Excellence Award by Dr. Ron Melton, provost, left. Dr. David McMillin presents the Science Award to Brittany Euler, a junior.
SGA Presidential Induction Dr. Whittaker and Dereck Johnson
Student Government Association’s outgoing president, Luther Caraway, right, inducts incoming president Cody Henderson, left. The International Student Award was presented to Dereck Johnson, right, by Dr. Winnifred Whittaker.
Jessica Broughton and Dean Sherrie Helms Prof. Forrest Rich and Brianna Hill
Senior Jessica Broughton is presented the Leadership in Student Service to the College Award from Dean Sherrie Helms.

Prof. Forrest Rich presents the Math Award to junior Brianna Hill.

Jenna Kessenich and Coach Steve Barker Dr. Dean Williamson and Debbie Sooter
The Athletic Award was presented to senior Jenna Kessenich by Athletic Director Steve Barker. Dr. Dean Williamson presents the Business Award to senior Debbie Sooter.
Tabitha Connell and Dr. Mary Waalkes
Senior Tabitha Connell, left, is presented two awards by Dr. Mary Waalkes: the History Award and the Richard B. Russell Award from the General Richard Montgomery Chapter of the Daughters of Revolutionary Colonists.



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