2022-23 Millikin Honors Convocation praises the outstanding work of students and faculty

More than 90 awards were presented at the annual event

Honors Convocation

DECATUR, Ill. – The Millikin University community gathered again for the annual Honors Convocation and Distinguished Faculty Lecture on Thursday, April 27, at Kirkland Fines Arts Center to honor faculty, staff and student accomplishments as the 2022-23 academic year approaches its close. 

“The Honors Convocation constitutes a special moment in Millikin's academic year, when we connect as a community to honor achievement in teaching and learning and excellence in all aspects of Millikin life, inside and outside the classroom,” Millikin President Jim Reynolds said. “This occasion celebrates the many exceptional achievements made at our University and we commemorate the inspiring work and scholarship our students and faculty create.”

Over 90 awards were presented to Millikin students and faculty who were honored for their commitment to academic excellence. Many awards have been created to distinguish alums from  Millikin's past.

Among the awards is the Scovill Prize, the most coveted recognition of the Honors Convocation. Scovill Prize winners are selected based on high academic achievement, demonstrated leadership, service and scholarship. This year, eight students were named Scovill Prize recipients.

Alex Miller
Dr. Alex Miller delivers the Distinguished Faculty Lecture during the Honors Convocation. 

Each year, the Millikin faculty vote to select one of their own as the Distinguished Faculty Lecturer. This year's Distinguished Faculty Lecturer was Dr. Alex Miller, professor of Theatre and Dance. Dr. Miller’s lecture was titled "Walkin’ Shoes."

College of Arts & Sciences

Behavioral Science Award: Emily Kemp

Henry F. Gromoll Service Award: Madison Gentry

Biology Honors Award: Nikol Obradovic, Christian Ragain and Victoria Stuart

Dr. Neil Baird Biology Lab Assistant Award: Delany Haubner and Morgan Hollon

Clyde Dennis Award: Katharine Baumann

Jarius Ingram
Jarius Ingram (right) is presented with the George/Rick Glasscock Memorial Biology Award.

George/Rick Glasscock Memorial Biology Award: Jarius Ingram

John/Ula Leighty Research Award: Emma Antonelli, Justin Caldwell and Jessi Kreder

Alpha Epsilon Delta Award: Jarius Ingram and Victoria Stuart

American Chemical Society Award: Sydney Griggs

Ed & Lucy Acheson Award for Chemistry: Andrew Detmers, Emily Edwards, Grace Harmston, Morgan Herrick, Austin Hughes, Dayton Lasack, Jayden McNaught, Carly Thomas, Carley Ward and Katelyn Wendt

Dr. & Mrs. William F. Henderson Prizes: Madeline Klinger, Jensen Mast, Katie Risner and Adam Walker

Carl & Lucile Weatherbee Chemistry Award: Keagan Brady, Sydney Griggs and Madeeha Salik

Carl & Lucile Weatherbee Graduate Studies Award: Madalyn Bochantine, Micka Diella Iteka, Sydney Griggs and Madeeha Salki

Dr. Clarence and Carol Josefson Award for Excellence in Chemistry: Sydney Griggs and Micka Diella Iteka

Dr. Grace Patten Conant Writing Award (Creation): Olivia Swords

Dr. Grace Patten Conant Writing Award (Interpretation): Sophie Nicholson

Contant English Department Award: Gwen Klinkey

Contant Society Achievement Award: Olivia Cooper, Gwen Klinkey, Maggie Kusar, Claire Reynolds, Page Shields and Kaitlyn Spence

Marybeth Drechsler Sharp Outstanding Journalism Award: Carin Houser and Page Shields

J. Graham Provan History Award: Christopher Bruno

Albert T. Mills Prize: Cheyenne Hollowell and Matthew Skeffington

John Vrooman Prize: Brennan Pekelder 

Sigrid A. Stottrup History Award: Daniel Peters

Mathematics & Computer Science Award: Jayme Reed and Rolande Umuhoza

Lavern J. Meyer, Ph.D. Math Ed. Award: Camryn Skundberg

Linda Weatherbee Mathematics Award: Analynn Bullock

Department of Modern Languages Linguistic Excellence Award: Chelsea McCullum

Department of Modern Languages Literary Criticism Award: Rileigh Watts

Margaret Burkhardt Johnson Award: Itzel Garcia

Dr. Robert McIntire Political Science Award: Rhys Dieter, Krista Koke, Garren Meeker and Gabby Watson

Outstanding Political Science Major Award: Rebecka Ngoya

Alice Ambrose Lazerowitz Philosophy Award: Jayme Reed

Thomas W. & Mary R. Adney Memorial Award: Avery Damron and Gabby Watson

T. W. Samuels Award: Jadon Cox, McKenna O’Donnell and Olivia Swords

Rev. Robert S. & Doris Stewart-Religion Award: Jack Hughes

Outstanding Physics Award: Charles McLaren-Mustread

College of Fine Arts

Pi Kappa Lambda Outstanding Senior Award: Alan Ramirez

Presser Award: Victor Lawton

Alice Herren Ayars Award: Risako Hida

Mary B. Merris Award: Jorie Clark and Emma West

Winifred St. Clair Minturn Award: Hayden Marshall

Thomas. A. Johnson Memorial Achievement Award: Jaden DeLay

Dr. Russell Tiede Award: Hayden Marshall

Kyle McMillen
Kyle McMillen (right) is presented with the Percussion Achievement Award. 

Percussion Achievement Award: Kyle McMillen

Dr. Maria Klott Memorial Award: Spencer Domer and Cara Rivecco

Handler Award for Excellence, Bachelor of Arts in Music: Alan Ramirez

Joan & Melvin Grabowski Memorial Award: Tierra Clark, Kaden Cutler and Kyle Jordan

Dr. L.C. McNabb Memorial Award: Rebecca Jaffe, Gavin King, Emily Nicholas and Rachel Silvey

Michelle Chartier Memorial Award: Sarah Bielicki, Hannah Magy and Zack Scott

Kathryn Paige Torp Theatre Award: Abby Urquhart

Ron Smith Award in Musical Theatre: Jake Faragalli

J. Ben Wand Prize: Christian Andrews-Stewart, Raeven Carroll, Chloe Fisher and Cole Hintz

Andrew Strand Memorial Theatre Award: Nathan Gallop and Darcy Reimler

Dr. Everett J. Brown Prize: Cole Anderson and Elizabeth Hulick

Marvin Klaven Art Award: Courtney Schudel and Sydney Wilson

David S. Monroe Art Award: Lacey Edwards, Samantha Keza, Julia Milynowski and Erica Pamson

Dorothy Sellers Art Award: Leslie Anukwu, Skylyr Choe, Jack Harmon, Jupiter Holcomb, Alela Kinyua, Logan McCormick, Kyle McMillen, Skylar Meents, Nina Polivka, Cody Smith and Maggie Strubhar. 

College of Professional Studies

Robert and Barbara Byrkit Award in Education: Hannah Henson and Sydney Janvrin

Dr. Jerald Hunt/Dr. Darlene Hoffman Award for Excellence: Kailee Stewart

Jola Kuntz Education Award: Karlie Clark

Ray Boehmer Memorial Award for Excellence in Science Education: Lauren Wyatt

The Smith/Orlandini Award: Alyssa Analitis and Julien Woodley

Walter Witt Award: Ryan Hoang, Sarah Isaf and Parker Warren

Naomi hall
Naomi Hall (right) is presented with the Alpha Tau Delta Honorarium Award. 

Alpha Tau Delta Honorarium Award: Naomi Hall

Decatur Memorial Hospital Cleland Award: Jessica Sheeler

James Millikin Theory & Practice of Nursing Award: Sheela Sunderland

Dorotha F. Dean Nursing Award: Nanami Owada

The Dr. Mary D. Shanks & Dr. Linda K. Niedringhaus Award: Melissa Tallent

Dr. Mary Jane Linton Nursing Excellence Award: Aseem Adoni

Patrick and Dr. Pamela Lindsey Award for Nursing Excellence: Jacob Busey

Tabor School of Business

Glen R. Smith Award: Miranda Fox

Margaret Sparks Award: Grace Talbert

Judy Lederbrand Day Accounting Award: Abigail Ratsch

Dr. & Mrs. W. J. Darby Prize: Aaron Wendt

Dr. Nancy J. Curtin Communication Award: Joshua Yeo

Linda Weatherbee Human Resource Management Award: Kelsey Bruno

Paul R. Winn Memorial Award: Chelsea McCullum and Stephie Morene Niyomwungere

Jake Shumaker
Jake Shumaker (right) is presented with the Podeschi-Landacre Management Information Systems Award.

Podeschi-Landacre Management Information Systems Award: Jake Shumaker

Excellence in Information Systems Award: Chris Barambona and Paige Coleman

University Awards

Maria Leonard Senior Book Award: Sydney Finch, Miranda Fox, Jarius Ingram and Bryn Sentnor

The JoAnne Trow Award: Julia Funck and Helena Hashimoto

Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Illinois Delta Chapter Award of Excellence: Carson Cole, Luke Davis, Gavin King, Coleman Klimek, Logan Mulholland and Klen Sanchez

C.W. Barnes Memorial Award: Sophie Darden

Major Thomas G. Storey Citizenship Award: Sydney Griggs

Jere C. Mickel Human Relations Award: Stephanie Munoz

Daniel J. & Elinor Gage Student Activities: Nanami Owada

Helen Moffett Russell Community Service: MacKenzie Moyer

Eshelman Family Award: Miranda Fox and Sean Miller

Cleah Roberts
Cleah Roberts (right) is presented with the Dr. Jan Devore Award for Excellence.

The Dr. Jan Devore Award for Excellence: Cleah Roberts

The Dr. J. Roger Miller Leadership Award: Jarius Ingram

Outstanding Adjunct Award: Jacob Henss

James Millikin Scholars Educator of the Year: Eric Roark

Alpha Lambda Delta Outstanding Teaching Award: Paris Barnes

Teaching Excellence Award: Timothy Guasco

Faculty Research & Artistic Achievement Award: David Cook

Faculty Service Award: George Bennett

Dr. Ralph A. Czerwinski and Dr. Deborah L. Slayton Teaching Excellence & Campus Leadership Award: Sara Theis

Scovill Przie
The 2023 Scovill Prize winners. 

Scovill Prize

Jacquelin Anderson, Junior, Elementary Education, with endorsements in Secondary English Education and Special Education

D Galvan, Junior, Sport and Recreation Management

Melina Hall, Junior, Molecular & Cellular Biology

Diana Hernandez, Junior, Nursing with a Psychology minor

Joshua Klaber Higgins, Sophomore, Musical Theatre with a Dance minor

Kendra Jellison, Junior, Music Education – Instrumental

Page Shields, Junior, English – Professional Writing

Jake Shumaker, Junior, Computer Science