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  • Celebrating the Class of 2014!

    College of Arts and Sciences
    Graduating Student Reception & Awards Ceremony

    The College of Arts and Sciences is proud  to invite faculty, staff, graduating seniors and their families to celebrate at the College of Arts and Sciences Graduating Student Reception and Awards Ceremony. This event formally recognizes undergraduate student achievement and is one of the high points of the academic year. This ceremony and reception convey a sense of intellectual excitement and promise of future success to our entire graduating class.

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    2014 College Student Awards

    During the student awards ceremony, College award recipients are called to the stage to receive a graduation medal presented to them by the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. A photo and short bio of each of the recipients will be featured in the Award Ceremony Program.  Acknowledgement of these College level awards is also made in the Seattle University Undergraduate Commencement Program.  Below are the 2013 awards recipients.

    Hickey Award: Claire Giordano

    Each year one or two outstanding graduating students of the College of Arts and Sciences are chosen to receive the Hickey Award. These students are presented with a medal at the Arts and Sciences Undergraduate Awards Ceremony and also have the privilege of leading their class in the processional at graduation.  Selection is based upon the student(s)' total contribution to academic life and is made by the department chairs and program directors of the College.  The award honors the memory of Dr. Richard P. Hickey, professor of English, a beloved and respected teacher at Seattle University from 1947 until his death in 1968.

    LeRoux Leadership Award: Joyce Keeley

    The LeRoux Leadership Award recognizes the graduating student(s) who has demonstrated exceptional leadership abilities, shown academic excellence, and performed significant service to the College. The recipients personify in character and in action the qualities of a liberal education, which constitute the "spirit" of our College. Selection is made by a faculty panel. The award honors the memory of Fr. William L Roux, S.J. who served as Dean of the College.

    Department Awards Recognized at the Ceremony

    Department award recipients are called to the stage to receive a graduation medal presented to them by a faculty member from their department. A photo and short bio of each of the department award student recipients will be featured in the Award Ceremony Program.

    Anthropology, Sociology, and Social Work Department

    The Anthropology Award:  Alex Anderson

    This award recognizes the graduating student with the highest GPA in the major.

    Fr. Joseph-Francois Lafitau, S.J. Society:  Nyakuiy Puoy

    This undergraduate honor society recognizes achievement in anthropology by students in Jesuit institutions of higher learning. Ranked among the founders of the discipline, Fr, Lafitau was an early practitioner of the comparative method known for sensitive ethnological fieldwork and language acquisition. Members of the Lafitau Society shall exemplify both scholarship and service in their anthropological work in the context of a liberal arts tradition of Jesuit education.

    J. Robert Larson Award:  Annika Fithian

    The Social Work Program’s J. Robert Larson Award is named in honor of J. Robert Larson, a retired, long-time faculty member in the Department of Sociology who played an instrumental role in supporting the study of social work at Seattle University. This award is presented to the graduating student with the highest GPA in the major.

    Peronteau Award:  Marina Palmrose and Thomas Brockington

    The Sociology major’s Peronteau Award is named in honor of Fr. Howard Peronteau, S.J., Seattle University pioneer and founder of the sociology major. This award is presented to the graduating student with the highest GPA in the major.

    Segundo Montes Mozo, S.J. (1933 - 1989) Service Award:  Conrad Webster and Alfred Afam Ayika

    As director of the Human Rights Institute, Segundo Mozo traveled abroad where he presented the results of his study of Salvadoran refugees and human rights. One of six Jesuit martyrs in El Salvador, he is described as compassionate and a true reconciler, devoting his life to others. The Mozo Service Award recognizes the graduating student in Sociology who has demonstrated outstanding service.

    Asian Studies Department

    The Al Mann Award:  Gwen Costigan

    This award recognizes the graduating student with the highest GPA in the major.

    Communication Department

    Talevich Award
    Communication Studies: Shayna Boardman, Alisha Chambers, and Jonathan Huffman
    Journalism: Kellie Cox and Colleen Fontana
    Strategic Communications: Natalie Beaulieu

    The Communication Department’s Talevich Award is named in honor of Dr. John Talevich, long-time distinguished professor of journalism. This award is presented to the graduating students with the highest GPA in their major.

    Criminal Justice Department

    Kelliher Award:  Chelsea Waterson

    The Criminal Justice Department’s Kelliher Award is named in honor of Department founder Fr. Michael Kelliher, S.J. This award is presented to the graduating student(s) with the highest GPA in the major.

    Eugene Corr Criminal Justice Service and Ethics Award:  Terra Lovelace

    The Eugene Corr Criminal Justice Service and Ethics Award honors a graduating seniors in the Criminal Justice Department who have made significant service and ethics contributions to the criminal justice system. The award recipients are a graduating seniors who have engaged in extraordinary service activities (e.g., volunteer work, research assistance, guest presentations, etc) that help improve the criminal justice system in ways that increase the potential for ethical conduct in the criminal justice profession.

    English Department

    McDonald Award:
    English Literature: Alex Hughes
    Creative Writing:  Leigh Nishi-Strattner
    Film Studies: Lael Rogers and Andrea Vandermolen

     The English Department’s McDonald Award is named in honor of former chair and distinguished professor Fr. Alex McDonald, S.J. This award is presented to the graduating student with the highest GPA in the major.

    Environmental Studies Program 

    Hazel Wolf Award:  Claire Giordano and Haley Jobes

    The Environmental Studies Department’s Hazel Wolf Award is named in honor of ecologist Hazel Wolf. This award is presented to the graduating student with the highest GPA in the major.

    Fine Arts Department

    Buhr Award:
    Visual Arts: Liam Downey
    Art History:  Megan Moran
    Digital Design: Gabrielle Moritz
    Interdisciplinary Art: Alexandra Fragoso
    Photography: Svetlana Blinderman
    Theater: Rachel Liuzzi

    The Fine Arts Department's Buhr Award is named in honor of Mr. Anthony Buhr, who died serving his country in World War II. This award is presented to the graduating student with the highest GPA in the department.

    History Department

    Donovan Award:  Dylan Glenn and Cailey Neary

    The History Department’s Donovan Award is named in honor of the late Fr. Joseph Donovan, S.J., long-time distinguished professor of history. This award is presented to the graduating student with the highest GPA in the major.

    International Studies Program

    Noel Brown Award:  Cailey Neary and Nicole Golliher

    The International Studies Department’s Noel Brown Award is named in honor of Noel J. Brown, graduate of Seattle University and Yale University and retired director of the United Nations Environment Program. This award is presented to the graduating student with the highest GPA in the major.

    Liberal Studies Program

    Newman Award:  Alexandra Fragoso

    The Liberal Studies Major’s Newman Award is named in honor of John Henry Cardinal Newman, whose vision of university education championed the interdisciplinary nature of this major. This award is presented to the graduating student with the highest GPA in the major.

    Military Science Department

    Brady Award: Mackenzie Hoffman

    The Military Science Department's Brady Award is named in honor of Major General Patrick H. Brady, a 1959 graduate of the Army ROTC program, Medal of Honor recipient, and emeritus member of the Seattle University Board of Regents. The award recipient is a graduating senior who has earned the highest GPA in the military science program.

    Department of Modern Languages and Cultures 

    Michels Award:
    Spanish Studies: Spencer Wright
    French Studies: Rima Kaboul

    The Foreign Language Department’s Michels award is named in honor of the Michels Family, supportive friends and benefactors of the Department. This award is presented to the graduating student with the highest GPA in the major.

    Philosophy Department

    Reichmann Award:   Rima Kaboul, Claire Giordano, and Monica Allen

    The Philosophy Department’s Reichmann Award is named in honor of Fr. James Reichmann, S.J., distinguished emeritus professor of Philosophy. This award is presented to the graduating student with the highest GPA in the major.

    Political Science Department

    Kennedy Award:  Nicole Golliher

    The Political Science Department’s Kennedy Award is named in honor of President John F. Kennedy. This award is presented to the graduating student(s) with the highest GPA in the major.

    Psychology Department

    Gaffney Award:  Brooke Burns

    The Psychology Department’s Gaffney Award is named in honor of the late Fr. Louis Gaffney, S.J., distinguished professor of psychology and former president of Seattle University. This award is presented to the graduating student with the highest GPA in the major.

    Public Affairs Program 

    Wilson Award: Marina Palmrose

    The Public Affairs Major’s Wilson Award is named in honor of Woodrow Wilson, university scholar, administrator, and U.S. president. This award is presented to the graduating student with the highest GPA in the major.

    Sport and Exercise Science Program

    Speck Award:  Cali Cull

    The Sport & Exercise Science Major's Speck Award is named in honor of Sarah M. Speck, M.D., who hosts the exercise science lab in her medical practice. This award is presented to the graduating student with the highest GPA in the major.

    Theology and Religious Studies Department

    Lacugna Award:  Tucker Devault-Weaver

    The Theology and Religious Studies Department’s Lacugna Award is named in honor of the late Dr. Catherine Lacugna, noted theologian and Seattle University alumna. This award is presented to the graduating student with the highest GPA in the major.

    Women and Gender Studies Program

    Susan L. Secker Award: Jolyn Kelsch

    The Women and Gender Studies Program's Susan L. Secker Award is named in honor of Dr. Susan Secker, distinguished professor, former chair of Theology and Religious Studies, former Associate Dean, and the first woman to be named Provost of Seattle University. This award is presented to the graduating student with the highest GPA in the major.

    Departmental Honors Recipients

    Majoring with departmental honors offers an opportunity for motivated and capable students to engage in extensive interaction with faculty and complete challenging directed study projects and research in their major.  

    Departmental Honors recipients are asked to stand in acknowledgement of their fine achievements during the Awards Ceremony.  Student names and project titles are featured in the Awards Ceremony Program.

    • Departmental Honors in English:  Angela Edwards, Nicole Doi, Willa McAllister, Mary Thompson, Danielle Pappo, Alex Hughes, and Sheldon Costa
    • Departmental Honors in Creative Writing:  Rosalyn Dilillo, Patricia Hein, Joseph Kirk, Lindsey Walker, and James Whitely
    • Departmental Honors in Fine Arts:  Rachel Liuzzi and Megan Moran  
    • Departmental Honors in History:   Amy Creighton, Margaret Read, Jessica Richter, Dominic Rodono, Andre Springman, and Lauren Woo-Ermacoff
    • Department Honors in Philosophy:   Kelsey Lynn Moffitt
    • Departmental Honors in Political Science:  Eric Chalmers, Nicole Golliher, Ashley Keels, Haregu Kidane, Eli Sulkin, Darozyl Touch, and Stephanie Verdoia 
    • Department Honors in Psychology: Erin Verdi and Alyssa Brandt
    • Departmental Honors in Social Work:  Shandra Benito and Annette Ray  
    • Departmental Honors in Sociology:   Thomas Brockington, Stepanova Nekeel, and Marina Palmrose 
    • Departmental Honors in Women and Gender Studies:   Jolyn Kelsch

     

    Arts and Sciences Student Executive Council

    Student Executive Council (SEC) is a group of students representing each of the College of Arts and Sciences’ majors who act as an advisory board to the Dean. These students work together act as the students’ voices in regards to making policy and implementing change within the college. 

    The graduating seniors serving on the Arts & Sciences’ Student Executive Council are asked to stand in acknowledgement of their service at the Awards Ceremony. Students names and roles appear in the Award Ceremony Program.

    Graduating Seniors

    • Andre Springman
    • Taylor Hoover
    • Tommy Brockington
    • Lauren Byun
    • Elizabeth Eickelberg
    • Joshua Giese
    • Keenan Kurihara
    • Stevie Matossian
    • A.J. Seydel
    • Jamila Sulayman
    • Jennifer Teeter
    • Tyler Russell
    • Ann Hodges
    • Jolyn Kelsch
    • Cassandra Cordova
    • Kris Oshiro

    Scholastic Competition

    As an organization of student representatives in the College of Arts & Sciences, Student Executive Council is committed to the pursuit of academic excellence and freedom in an educational environment that values the unique contribution of each student. The purpose of the Scholastic Competition is to provide undergraduate students an opportunity to showcase their work, develop their writing and voice, and receive acknowledgement for their original, quality scholarship. Winners of the Scholastic competition are chosen by a panel of three professors and two students.  At the Ceremony, Scholastic Competition winners are presented with their awards. Student names and project titles are featured in the Awards Ceremony Program.

    Humanities:  Alexander Mullen
    Social Sciences: Stuart Haruyama
    Visual Arts: Bridget Baker