By Ashley Sidebottom, staff writer
CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. – Dr. Michael V. Carter outlined the culmination of Campbellsville University’s Centennial Year during the annual Honors and Awards Day chapel/convocation Wednesday, April 25.
Numerous students received awards and were given plaques, money, books and other gifts at the annual event held for the first time in the newly dedicated Ransdell Chapel.
Those named valedictorian, all of whom maintained 4.0 grade point averages were: Selena G. Boblitt, a psychology major and sociology minor from Willisburg, Ky.; Devon Michelle Bradley, an educational ministries major from Hillsboro, Ohio; Dana Carol Jones, a music education major with an instrumental emphasis from Sturgis, Ky.; and Charles Arthur Maisch, a double major in mathematics and accounting from LaGrange, Ky.
Salutatorian was Melody Denise Pope, a marketing major and history minor from Tipp City, Ohio. She maintained a 3.9844 GPA.
Others graduating summa cum laude, with GPAs of 3.85 to 4.0; magna cum laude from 3.70 to 3.84; and cum laude 3.5 to 3.69, were also honored.
Summa cum laude graduates were: Selena G. Boblitt; Devon Michelle Bradley; Dana Carol Jones; Charles Arthur Maisch; Melody Denise Pope; Danielle Louise Hiance of Alexandria, Ky.; Tiffany N. Cox of Elk Horn, Ky.; Candace Michelle Hinkle of Danville, Ky.;
Erin Rachel Sapp Rainer of Louisville, Ky.; Brittany Colleen Benningfield of Hodgenville, Ky.; Allison Leigh Hahn of Severn, Md.; Brittany Nicole Wells of Eddyville, Ky.; Jamison Todd Sexton of London, Ky.; Joseph Tylor Silvers of Monticello, Ky.; Ashlee Lynn Akin Matney of Greensburg, Ky.;
Jessica Rene’ Wood of Campbellsville; Chad Michael Robinson of Elizabethtown, Ky.; Jennifer Marie Wise of Louisville; Dana Lynn Etherington of Versailles, Ky.; Justin Ryan Watson of Eddyville; Jeremiah Allen Burdon of Marion, Ky.; Juliana Kay Lane Higgason of Hodgenville; Christopher Douglas Bland of Campbellsville; and Anna Lindsey Penn of Mannsville, Ky.
Magna cum laude graduates were: Tara Beth DeWitt of Campbellsville; Lindey Kate Nelson of Jacksonville, Ala.; Kristen Marie Riggs of St. Francis, Ky.; Jamie D. Morgan of Greensburg; Maegan Victoria Kennedy of Elizabethtown; Kelly Darlene Vooris of Pembroke, Ky.; Lynda Kay Abernathy Srna of Campbellsville;
Michelle Lorena Hobbs of Louisville; Susan Rebecca Fisher of Irvington, Ky.; Celia Elaine Collins of Morning View, Ky.; Lauren Megan Hill of Campbellsville; Elizabeth May Woolsey of Nashville, Tenn.; Cory Lance Burton of Campbellsville; Rebecca Moss Shields of Summersville, Ky.;
Mark Edward Neighbors of Princeton, Ky.; Pamela Denise Thompson Quinn of Campbellsville; Sarah Beth Newton of Campbellsville; Heather Lynna’ Owens of Elk Horn; Miranda Lynn Yonts of Harrodsburg, Ky.; Rachel Christine Heath of Henderson, Ky.; Debbie Sue Stogner of Owensboro, Ky.;
Leonardo Matos De Holanda of Jacksonville, Fla.; Jennifer Ann Dobson of Campbellsville; Jessica Lee Smith of Mayfield, Ky.; Julie Anne Vespie of Hanson, Ky.; and Deanna Lynn Cameron of Madisonville, Ky.
Cum laude gradates include: Christopher Boone Logan of Harrodsburg; Carrie Elizabeth Wilson of Louisville; Laura Beth Stoltzfus Logan of Harrodsburg; Jessica Bozarth Martin of Lexington, Ky.; Casie Marie Anderson of Danville; Crystal Lynn Jett of Bedford, Ky.; Philip Michael Amaismeier of Hickory, Pa.;
Andrea Lyn Saltsman of Smiths Grove, Ky.; James A. Gribbins of Louisville; Katie Corissa Russell of Mackville, Ky.; Daniel Ruel Sorrells of Burnet, Texas; Jenna Lines of Imperial, Neb.; Calen Olivia Knifley Wayne of Campbellsville; Brian Michael Munafo of Lawrenceburg, Ky.; Deborah Janelle Rogers of London;
Laura Ashley Hatfield of Louisville; Philip David Wolfe of Hardinsburg, Ky.; Kristen Elizabeth Phillips Shouse of Lawrenceburg; Sarah Ashley Sidebottom of Hodgenville; Jacqueline Maureen Thomas Kern of Lebanon, Ky.; Mary Elizabeth Goff of Louisville; Heather D. Petty of Campbellsville;
Jamie Ellen Goodpaster of Louisville; Jason Jonathan Wayne Neufeld of Manitoba, Canada; Brenton James Hippler of Manchester, Tenn.; Brent Edward Jones of Benham, Ky.; John Stewart Strickland of Kevil, Ky.; Jessica Anne Murphree Page of Hardinsburg; Jennifer Ann Likes of Louisville;
Rebecca Lindsey Benningfield of Campbellsville; Jordan Elizabeth Davis of Campbellsville; Jason Larl Foley of Russell Springs, Ky.; Karen Elizabeth Gilbert of Simpsonville, Ky.; Jenna Jo Richardson of Mt. Carmel, Ill.; Shad Jordan Lacefield of Guston, Ky.; and Stephanie Leeann Thompson of Bloomfield, Ky.
Several special awards were announced including Mr. and Miss Campbellsville University. Receiving Mr. Campbellsville University was Korey Blake Mitchell of Huntington, W.Va., and Miss Campbellsville University was Lindey Kate Nelson. Mitchell was also given the Rotary Award, the Alumni Association Double “A” Award and the Biology Award.
Student Government Association special awards were given to: Extra Mile Award/Student, Casie Marie Anderson; Extra Mile Award/ Faculty/Staff was Otto and Pam Tennant, vice president for finance and administration and student center coordinator, of Campbellsville; and Challenger Award/Faculty was Dr. Mark Medley, associate professor of theology, of Campbellsville.
Dr. John Mark Carter, professor of recreation and aquatics, was given the Servant Leadership Award/Faculty; Rusty Watkins, coordinator of summer camps and conferences, was given the Servant Leadership Award/Staff; and the Servant Leadership Award/Student went to both Trent Creason of Campbellsville; and Sarah Borders of Bowling Green, Ky.
Dr. Mary Wilgus, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and professor of history at CU, received the Tenured Faculty Award. This award is given annually by the Advancement Council and is the highest honor given a faculty member.
Alumni Association Awards were presented as follows: the Talent Award was given to Jacquelyn Marie Hardy of Campbellsville; the Leadership Award was given to Stephanie Leeann Thompson; the Double A (academics and athletics) Award was given to Korey Blake Mitchell; the Don Doyle Spirit Award was given to Corri Jermaine Irving of Hopkinsville, Ky.;
Outstanding Senior Award was given to Jessica Bozarth Martin; the Achievement Award was given to Ricky Allen Burress of Campbellsville; and Amy Michelle Eckenfels of Louisville was given the Athletic Award.
Academic Awards that were given include: Biology, Joseph Tyler Silvers and Korey Blake Mitchell; College Physics, Uzias Gonzalez of Lawrenceburg; University Physics, Huang Luo of Bardstown, Ky.; Mathematics, Danielle Louise Hiance and Charles Arthur Maisch;
Accounting, Ashlee Lynn Akin Matney; Administrative Technology, Rebecca Moss Shields; Business Administration, Jessica Lee Smith; Computer Information Systems, Anthony Michael Wiles of Louisville; Economics, Adam Ross Gordon of Campbellsville; Management, Heather Lynna’ Owens; Marketing, Juliana Kay Lane Higgason;
Art, Lindey Kate Nelson; Outstanding Senior Music Award (instrumental area), Dana Carol Jones; Outstanding Senior Music Award (vocal/keyboard area), Brittany Colleen Benningfield; Music Teachers National Association Student Achievement Recognition Award, Higo Rodrigues of Brazil; Outstanding Freshman Music Student Award, Mary Grace Lee of Liberty, Ky.;
William K. Pennebaker Education Awards: P-5, Pamela Denise Thompson Quinn and Miranda Lynn Yonts; P-12, Dana Lynn Etherington;
L.M. Hamilton Scholarship Award, Kimberly Burton of Bardstown; Ruby Curry English Award, Laura Beth Stoltzfus Logan; Beth Kemper Memorial Scholarship Award, Veronica Kramer of Glen’s Fork, Ky., and Christa Hatfield of Willisburg, Ky.;
Cinema/Television, Christopher Boone Logan; Journalism, Amanda Nicole Bewley of Brandenburg, Ky.; Public Relations, Maegan Victoria Kennedy;
Biblical Studies, Cory Lance Burton; Pastoral Ministries, Jeremiah Allen Burdon and Justin Ryan Watson; Sports Ministry, Rachel Christine Heath; Educational Ministries, Devon Michelle Bradley;
Dr. William E. Bennett Political Science Award, Daniel Ruel Sorrells; History, John Michael Honeycutt of Somerset, Ky.; Sociology, Charles William McFerron of Campbellsville; Psychology, Julie Anne Vespie; Criminal Justice, Jennifer Lee Harvey of Campbellsville and Daniel Ruel Sorrells;
International Education, Hideaki Muneto of Japan; Study Abroad Excellence Award, Elizabeth May Woolsey; Carver School of Social Work Award, Jessica Bozarth Martin;
Exercise Science, Jason Jonathan Wayne Neufeld; and Physical Education, Erin Rachel Sapp Rainer.
The June Winslow Carter Scholarship was awarded to Karen McMaken of Quincy, Ohio.
Students named to “Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges” for 2006-2007 were: Patricia Murungi Bamwine of Campbellsville; Brad Alan Berryhill of Tuttle, Okla.; Matthew Craig Blackburn of Owenton, Ky.; Heidi Caroline Bloomquist of Martinsburg, Pa.; Sarah Elizabeth Borders of Bowling Green;
Patrick Howard Brady of Springfield, Ky.; Cory Lance Burton; Heather Marie Campbell of Graysville, Pa.; Jillian Nichole Carter of Owensboro; John Dayton Chidester of Drakes Branch, Va.; Celia Elaine Collins; Stephanie Carole Crabtree of Utica, Ky.; Trent Elliott Creason of Campbellsville;
Daniel Howard Curry of Louisville; Micah Obadiah Drushal of Brandenburg; Amy Michelle Eckenfels; Gregory Lee Evans of Inez, Ky.; Laura Joyce Freeman of Campbellsville; Cari Lee Gaddie of Hodgenville; Jeffrey Dale Gumm of Campbellsville; Emily Jo Hamlin of Kearney, Mo.; Rachel Christine Heath;
Andrew Michael Hillard of Elizabethtown; Brenton James Hippler; Roger Matthew Hodge of Louisville; Natalie Jo Houk of Campbellsville; Madeline Louise Kitchens of Rineyville, Ky.; Megan Loy Polston Lenox of Campbellsville; Laura Stoltzfus Logan;
Matthew Thomas Mittelkamp of Troy, Ohio; Brian Michael Munafo; Meagan Lyndsey Murphy of Liberty; Jason Jonathan Wayne Neufeld; Earl D. Rodgers of Campbellsville; Teresa Jean Shawgo of Astoria, Ill.; Zachary Hill Shelton of Burkesville, Ky.; Jessica Lee Smith;
Jessica Leigh Smith of Hawesville, Ky.; Robbilyn Danae Speer of Campbellsville; Laura Wells Spragens of Lebanon; Debbie Sue Stogner of Owensboro; Stephanie Leeann Thompson; Claryssa Silva Tomaz of Bucharest, Romania; Elizabeth May Woolsey; and Glen Yoder of Campbellville.
2007 Alpha Chi inductees were: Christie Nicole Bagley of Mt. Washington, Ky.; Brittany Colleen Benningfield; Dana Lynn Etherington; Paige Nichole Hall of Greensburg; Erin Elizabeth Harris of Campbellsville; Juliana Kay Lane Higgason; Janna Jenkins Higgs of Morganfield, Ky.;
Andrew Michael Hillard; Daniela Noelani Johnston of Louisville; Dana Carol Jones; Michelle Lynn Lash of Zeeland, Mich.; Blake Steven Lawyer of Elnora, Ind.; Tami Lechelle McWhorter of Campbellsville; Kegan Lyndsey Nall of Radcliff, Ky.; Iris Nicole Peyton of Hustonville, Ky.;
Taran Elise Smith of Elizabethtown; Annie Elizabeth Williams of Campbellsville; Danielle Licoe Williams of Campbellsville; Elizabeth Anne Woods of Crestwood, Ky.; Phillip Dale Wysong of Danville; and Terry Lynn Yates of Campbellsville.
Students named Champions of Character were: Jacob Tyler Smith of Hawesville, men’s cross country; Miranda Kay Meeks of Princeton, women’s cross country; Jonathan Dale Buchanan of Greensburg, men’s track and field; Sara Lynn Branch of Pauling, Ohio, women’s track and field; Iris Nicole Peyton, women’s tennis;
Mark Tiu of Campbellsville, men’s tennis; Joshua David Foster of Cincinnati, Ohio, men’s golf; Cheris L. Evans of Inez, women’s golf; Doris Nandako Wefwafwa of Kenya, volleyball; Jason Jonathan Wayne Neufeld, baseball; Julija Ilic of Serbia, women’s basketball; Korey Blake Mitchell, men’s basketball;
Kevin Anthony Vicini of Cumberland, Ky., football; Danielle Louise Hiance, women’s soccer; Brian Michael Munafo, men’s soccer; Kelly Darlene Vooris, softball; Alicia Loran Wren of Bradfordsville, Ky., cheerleading; and Chad Bryson Brown of Kernersville, N.C., wrestling.
Champions of Character is an initiative of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, and CU has been recognized as a Champions of Character institution for six years in a row.
Students on the president’s academic honors list and the dean’s academic honors list were also recognized.
Campbellsville University is a private, comprehensive institution located in South Central Kentucky. Founded in 1906, Campbellsville University is affiliated with the Kentucky Baptist Convention and has an enrollment of 2,310 students who represent 100 Kentucky counties, 32 states and 28 foreign nations. Listed in U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges” 14 consecutive years as one of the leading Southern master’s colleges and universities, Campbellsville University is located 82 miles southwest of Lexington, Ky., and 80 miles southeast of Louisville, Ky. Dr. Michael V. Carter is in his ninth year as president.