News Release

Students Honored for Academic Achievement at Dalton State

June 3, 2014

2014 Award Winners
Dean Randall Griffus, left, presents the Bill Jump Award for Academic Excellence for Biology to Faith Stokes.

The best and brightest of Dalton State College were honored recently at the College’s 39th Annual Honors Convocation. A total of 66 awards were presented to students for academic achievement during the year.

Sen. Charlie Bethel presented the Georgia General Assembly Academic Recognition Award to Jensen Faith O’Neal who is majoring in early childhood education. The Georgia legislature recognizes one student from each of the University System of Georgia’s 31 colleges and universities for overall academic achievement.

Dr. Larry Johnson, Interim Dean of the School of Business, presented the following awards: Outstanding Student in Accounting, awarded to Lori Brooke Thurman; Outstanding Student in Management, to Jesse Magana; Outstanding Student in Management Information Systems, to Michael Gregory Peterson; Outstanding Student in Marketing, to Kelly Elizabeth Mariakis; Outstanding Student in Industrial Operations Management, to Austin Trevor Wallin; Outstanding Student in Supervision, to Bruce Daniel Easterwood; Outstanding Student in Technology Management, to Barbara Dodson Cline; and Outstanding Student in the School of Business, to Lisa Diane Callaway. The Georgia Society of CPAs Award for Academic Excellence was awarded to Elizabeth Rodriguez.

Dr. Sharon Hixon, Interim Dean of the School of Education, presented these awards: Academic Excellence in English for Speakers of Other Languages Education, to Chase Tyler Green; Academic Excellence in Mathematics Education, to Deanna Marie Nelson; Academic Excellence in Reading/Language Arts Education, to Randa Nicole Hunt; Academic Excellence in Science Education, to Tiffany Lynn Cochran; Academic Excellence in Social Studies Education, to Chelsea Lauren Edwards; Technology Integration Award, to Cord Edward King; Academic Excellence in Early Childhood Education, to Jensen Faith O’Neal; Academic Excellence in Secondary Education, to Emily Aniece Parrish; Exemplar of the Program in Early Childhood Education, to Emily Anne Whittenbarger; and Exemplar of the Program in Secondary Education, to Paul Joseph Barry.

Dr. Gina Kertulis-Tartar, Dean of the School of Health Professions, presented the following awards: the G.L. Westcott Award for Nursing, to Joan Elizabeth Cate; Clinical Excellence in Licensed Practical Nursing, to Rebecca Ann Rice; Academic Excellence in Licensed Practical Nursing, to Ellen Kathryn Midyette; Highest Academic Average in the Associate of Science in Nursing program, to Arthur F. McKinish; Highest Academic Average in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, to Laura Lee Betty; Excellence in Medical Laboratory Technology, to Jonathan Paul Swing; Excellence in Radiologic Technology, to Bailey Alexandra Painter; Service Excellence Award in Respiratory Therapy, to Kandi Renae Adams; and the Academic Excellence Award in Respiratory Therapy, to April Dawn Phelps.

In the Department of Social Work, Atura Lee Grant received the award for Outstanding Academic Performance, Junior; and Debby L. Lazarine earned the award for Outstanding Academic Performance, Senior. The Leadership Award was presented to Audrey C. Grigg, and the Shining Star Award was presented to Anne Marie Gonzalez.

Dr. Mary Nielsen, Dean of the School of Liberal Arts, presented the following awards from the Department of Humanities: Karen Davis Award for Academic Excellence for Communication, to Tanner Blackton; Rob Narke Award for Academic Excellence for Communication, to Casey Alexander Crook; Jane Parks Award for Academic Excellence for Composition, to Hannah Joy Fromm; Beth Byron Award for Academic Excellence for Humanities, to Beth Irene Tanner; Sarah Myers Award for Academic Excellence for Literature, to Lalitha Coetsee; Academic Excellence for American History, to Eric Thomas Smith; Academic Excellence for Criminal Justice, to Colton D. Taylor; Academic Excellence for French, to Jessica E. Laymon; Academic Excellence for Geography, to Jason Woodward; Academic Excellence for Music, to Reed Fincher; Academic Excellence for Political Science, to Llydia B. Filippo; Academic Excellence for Psychology, to Lilian Denisse Sanchez; Academic Excellence for Sociology, to Courtney Hayes; Academic Excellence for Spanish, to Lalitha Coetsee; Academic Excellence for Theatre, to Sean David Self; Academic Excellence for World History, to Amanda Justice Dilbeck; Distinguished Student in Digital Design, to Anna Jean Holly, and Creative Service in Digital Design, to Issael Pena.

Dr. Randall Griffus, Dean of the School of Science, Technology, and Mathematics, presented the following awards: Bill Jump Award for Academic Excellence in Biology, to Faith Marie Stokes; Arvine Phelps Award for Academic Excellence in Calculus, to Robert Michael Shepard; Bob Cooper Award for Academic Excellence in Chemistry, to Jessie Scott Chamberlain; Arvine Phelps Award for Academic Excellence in Mathematics, to Aida Louise Balthazor; David Wycherley Award for Academic Excellence for Physics, to Nicholas Hernandez; Award for Academic Excellence in Human Anatomy and Physiology, to Eddie Wayne Stevens.

Dr. Sandra Stone, Vice President for Academic Affairs, recognized Dalton State’s Dual-Enrollment Honorees, among them: Valerie Joy Burk, a senior at Lakeview-Ft. Oglethorpe High School; Samantha Nicole Dehart and Taylor Nicole Efaw, seniors at Heritage High School; Henry Fielding Fetzer, a senior at Dalton High School; William Rhyne Gurley and Erin Marie Gwaltney, juniors at Dalton High School; Joshua Daniel Perez, a senior at Ridgeland High School; Cierra Dawn Waddel, a senior at Ringgold High School; and Ashley Caroline Yarborough, a senior at Dalton High School.

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