Who’s Who and Outstanding Students recognized

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By Kreneice Reid

The Who’s Who and Outstanding Student ceremony was held on March 4 to recognize those students selected for these awards.

The Outstanding Student Luncheon was designed over 20 years ago to recognize and honor the outstanding students in each designated major.

For the last five years, the event transitioned into a luncheon ceremony, which is in the Haraway Center.

Eligibility to be recognized for such an award requires a student to be a full-time sophomore who is heavily involved within the department while displaying leadership qualities; thus receiving the award is limited to one student per major.

Faculty of each department nominates each student after holding a meeting with their department director. A total of sixty-three students were selected.

These students appear to be worthy recipients who are grateful, genuine, and humble.

“Being nominated was a shock for me, because it’s the first time I’ve been nominated for something and actually received an award. I think it’s both an honor and a blessing to be recognized as the most outstanding student in my respective major,” Terrell Wooten, a broadcasting major, said.

Maurin “Tony” Penn,  selected from the Fine Arts division stated, “Its an honor to have been selected for something like this. I’m not exactly sure what makes me oustanding but thank you Mrs. Shannon for seeing something in me.”

Due to bad weather conditions, the outstanding student luncheon was rescheduled and was held in conjunction with the Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges honor reception.

The Who’s Who honors is a national prestigious honors organization that can recognize more than one student within each department. The Who’s Who nominees are welcomed to invite their family and friends. Because the Who’s Who is an academic award, the eligibility demands two additional requirements: students must have at least a 3.0 cumulative grade point average, and their record must be reviewed for final approval.

A total of 66 students were selected.

Shelbi Dunlap, an accounting major, was recognized as an Outstanding Student and a Who’s Who nominee.

“It’s exciting and a great honor to be chosen by the Business Division to receive such honorable awards. It’s good to know that my hard work has paid off and is being recognized,” Dunlap said.

Dan Smith, vice president for student affairs and chief of staff, and Dr. Chuck Strong, vice president for educational affairs spoke at the affair.  Charlotte Cooke, administrative assistant and Smith coordinated the annual academic and leadership honor event.

“I love the fact that we have an opportunity to honor these outstanding students individually,” Cooke said.

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