May 4, 2018 at 11:45am
Sophia Schwalbach '19

Millikin faculty honored for teaching excellence and leadership

Towards the end of every academic year, Millikin University hosts the annual Distinguished Faculty Lecture and Honors Convocation. This year's event, hosted on April 26, served as an opportunity for the Millikin community to come together and celebrate the remarkable work of students and faculty from 2017-2018.

This year's Distinguished Faculty lecturer was Dr. Dan Monroe, associate professor and chair of the Department of History and Political Science. Dr. Monroe is one of the most celebrated professors at Millikin University, earning praise from his students each year. Dr. Monroe was recently elected to the Board of Directors of the Abraham Lincoln Association, and appointed chair of the Illinois Historic Sites Advisory Council in 2017. His lecture was entitled "Frederick Douglass and the American Conscience."

Millikin Honors Convocation

The second part of the evening was centered on honoring Millikin students with individual awards. Over 80 awards were handed out at this year's Honors Convocation as Kirkland Fine Arts Center was filled with excited students and proud parents.

Hannah Haak, a senior information systems major with a dance minor from Kirkland, Ill., was honored with the Glen. R Smith Award. The award is presented to an outstanding senior from the Tabor School of Business and is named after Glen R. Smith who served as a noteworthy contributor to the development of the Tabor School of Business for nearly 30 years. Haak, who last year was awarded the most coveted award of the convocation, the Scovill Prize, was thrilled to have been honored with the Glen R. Smith award this year.

"This award is such an honor. I have tried my best to serve the Tabor School of Business to the best of my abilities and it is a great feeling to be recognized for my efforts," said Haak.

Millikin Honors Convocation

As previously stated, the Scovill Prize is the most coveted recognition of Honors Convocation. Twenty-eight students were nominated this year and only eight students were chosen as award recipients. Scovill Prize recipients are selected on the basis of high academic achievement, demonstrated leadership, service and scholarship. One of the recipients, Matthew Brown, a sophomore information systems major was humbled to have received the honorary award. Brown is a Presidential Scholar and starting linebacker on the Millikin Football team.

"It is a huge honor to receive the Scovill Prize, and I am especially grateful to be recognized with some of the finest students at Millikin," said Brown. "For me, this award represents that the greatest thing you can ever do is to be true to who God called you to be. We all have something really special to offer others, and although I am continually evolving what that is for me, it is a true blessing to feel that encouragement and motivation that I am heading the right way on the (hopefully) long journey into the future."

Jordan Luty, a junior musical theatre major from Abilene, Kan., was also one of the proud recipients of the Scovill Prize. Luty, who is a member of the Honors Program at Millikin, has always maintained an exceptional grade point average while also being heavily involved in productions through the School of Theatre and Dance, most recently "The Phantom of the Opera."

Millikin Honors Convocation

"This award is a reminder that the present is what matters," said Luty. "Focusing constantly on either the past or the future has plagued my experience this semester, and this award reiterates that what I'm currently working on matters to the greater Millikin community."

Congratulations to all the honorees.

College of Arts & Sciences

Behavioral Science Award: Daniele Posch

Henry F. Gromoll Service Award: Ashley Woods

Biology Honors Award : Erica Forbes and Whitney Gray

Dr. Neil Baird Biology Lab Assistant Award: Mason Jett, Ryan McDonald and Shelby Ulrich

Clyde Dennis Award: Madison Boeglin and Courtney Olson

George & Rick Glasscock Memorial Biology Award: Brooke Smith

John & Ula Leighty Research Award: Cooper Collings, Aundrea Marsh and Elyse Schnabel

Alpha Epsilon Delta Award: Stephen DeMartini and Whitney Gray

American Chemical Society Award in Analytical Chemistry: Matthew Vangunten

American Institute of Chemists Award: Brooke Smith

Chemical Rubber Company Prize: Nawaj KC

Dr. & Mrs. William F. Henderson Prize: Matthew Frank, Andrea German and Elizabeth Schweitzer

Carl & Lucile Weatherbee Chemistry Award: Korinne Frankford, Brooke Smith and Matthew Vangunten

Carl & Lucile Weatherbee Graduate Studies Award: Korinne Frankford

Dr. Everett J. Brown Prize: Trevor Hooth and Tiffany Wilson

Dr. & Mrs. W. J. Darby Prize: Rachel Holderman and Tiffany Wilson

Dr. Grace Patten Conant Writing Award for Literary Creation: Maria Hernandez

Dr. Grace Patten Conant Writing Award for Literary Interpretation: Kaytlin Jacoby

Dr. Grace Patten Conant English Department Award: Broderic Sparks

Dr. Grace Patten Conant Society Achievement Award: Marissa Bournias, Kaytlin Jacoby, Erica Mooney and Morgan Vogels

Outstanding Journalism Award: Jason Messina and Morgan Vogels

Dr. J. Graham Provan History Award: Isaac Hopper

Albert T. Mills Prize: Amber Johnson

John E. Vrooman History Prize: Kaytlin Jacoby

Sigrid A. Stottrup History Award: Matthew Nalefski

Mathematics & Computer Science Award: Carrie Barrick

Linda Weatherbee Mathematics Award: Ryan Sikora

Modern Languages Linguistic Excellence Award: Deborah Corr

Modern Languages Literary Criticism Prize: Genesis J. Brito Perez

Margaret Burkhardt Johnson Modern Language Excellence Award: Alexandra Zalar

Thomas W. & Mary R. Adney Memorial Award: Madison Burress and Estefano Martinez

Dr. Robert McIntire Political Science Award: Daisy Sanchez and Caleb Williams

T.W. Samuels Award: Isaac Hopper

Outstanding Political Science Major Award: Colten Watrous

Alice Ambrose Lazerowitz Philosophy Award: Lukas Myers

Rev. Robert S. & Doris Stewart Prize in Religion: Kaia Ball, Alexander Erickson, Mason Jett and Lukas Myers

Outstanding Physics Award: Selby Jakachira

Millikin Honors Convocation

College of Fine Arts

Pi Kappa Lambda Outstanding Senior Award: Madeline Moylan and Ryan Wood

Presser Scholarship: Emily Hill

Alice Herren Ayars Award: Leah Wier

Wilna Moffett Award: Madeline Moylan

Mary B. Merris Award: Rachel Mason and Hannah Neuhauser

Winifred St. Clair Minturn Award: Emma Taylor

Thomas. A. Johnson Memorial Award: John Robinson

Dr. Russell Tiede Honors Award: Madeline Moylan and Emily Sheffer

Dr. Maria Klott Memorial Award: Ethan Kohring

Handler Award for Excellence, Bachelor of Arts in Music: Jordan Comish

Joan & Melvin Grabowski Memorial Award: Caitlyn Garrity

Dr. L.C. McNabb Memorial Award: John Farina and Jacob Livingston

Michelle Chartier Memorial Award: Claire Schmidt and Marielle Tepe

Kathryn Paige Torp Memorial Award: Andrea Burns and Elizabeth Pillow

Ron Smith Award in Musical Theatre: Jacob Melssen and Katherine Viviano

J. Ben Wand Prize: Michael Buebe and Joshua Miller

Andrew Strand Memorial Theatre Gypsy Award: Darius Lee

Marvin Klaven Art Award: Madison Ciaccio and Sydney Doherty

David S. Monroe Art Award: Stephanie Oliver, Frieda Smith and Laura Wusterbarth

Dorothy Sellers Art Award: Brooke Brasile, Brittiny Brubeck, Lea Cameron, Nicole Casler, Deborah Corr, Christina Davis, Alyssa Farmer, Francisco Gama, Aazeen Haqui, Kaitlynn Haskell, Michael Holmberg, Eliska Kostelny, Carrie Thompson and Nina Wagner

College of Professional Studies

The Barbara and Robert Byrkit Award: Amber Davis and Emily Steele

Dr. Jerald Hunt & Dr. Darlene Hoffman Award for Excellence in Teaching & Learning: Jacquelynn Ruot

The Smith/Orlandini Award: Michael McPeak and Amy Orris

Walter Witt Award: Fred Bartuch, Danielle Holliday, Taylor Jordan and Emily Seegmiller

Alpha Tau Delta Honorarium Award: Allison Eggenberger

Decatur Memorial Hospital R.H. Cleland R.N. Award: Brian David

James Millikin Theory & Practice of Nursing Award: Karlie Lading

Dorotha F. Dean Nursing Award: Mollee Decesaro

The Dr. Mary D. Shanks & Dr. Linda K. Niedringhaus Excellence in Nursing Leadership Award: Mallory Pierson

Millikin Honors Convocation

Tabor School of Business

Glen R. Smith Award: Hannah Haak

Smith/Quigle Family Award: Michael Barber

John H. Crocker Memorial Award: Michael Charles

Margaret Sparks Award: Claire Greig

Linda Weatherbee Human Resource Management Award: Evan Chastain

Paul R. Winn Memorial Achievement Award: McKinley Paratore and Chapman Schanefelt

Excellence in Information Systems Award: Jack Morgan

University Awards

Maria Leonard Senior Book Award: Madeline Moylan

The JoAnne Trow Award: Lane Caspar

The Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Illinois Delta Chapter Award of Excellence: Collin Biesiada, Alexander Bravos, Samson Callear, Lucas Chatterton, Jakob Cihak, Christopher Cunningham, Trey DeLuna, Alexander Erikson, Kevin Escobar, Tanner Hake, Alexander Joritz, Jordan Luty, Andrew Moody, Christopher Mudd, Daniel Nieves, Austin Oberg, Francis Paredes, Christopher Principe, Hunter Sphar, Noah Villareal, Rafael Wilson, Benjamin Woodcock

C.W. Barnes Memorial Award: Lincoln VanMeter

Major Thomas G. Storey Citizenship Award: Dawn Biza

Dr. Jere C. Mickel Human Relations Award: Benjamin Viette

Daniel J. & Elinor Gage Student Activities Award: Destiny Smith

Helen Moffett Russell Community Service Award: LaKeeya Funches

Eshelman Family Award: Madeline Moylan and Ryan Wood

Dr. Jan Devore Award for Excellence in Contributions to Campus Life: McKinley Paratore

Dr. J. Roger Miller Leadership Award: Joshua Miller

Alpha Lambda Delta Outstanding Teaching Award: Dr. Chris Cunnings, assistant professor of education

The Dr. Ralph A. Czerwinski Teaching Excellence & Campus Leadership Award: Dr. Dan Miller, professor of mathematics and STEM recruiter

Teaching Excellence Award and Research & Artistic Achievement Award: Dr. Jen Schroeder, associate professor of biology; and Dr. Paula Stickles, associate professor of mathematics

Scovill Prizes: Matthew Brown, Korbin Farmer, Carmen Hatton, Mikayla Krieger, Jordan Luty, Ryan Sikora, McKena Silva, Morgan Vogels