CSU Names Top Students And Faculty

Communication Professor Tamara Bollis-Pecci was named Educator of the Year and Jacquelynne Jordan earned the Faculty Cup, the most prestigious student honor, April 26 as part of Columbus State University's Scholastic Honors Convocation. Other top faculty honors went to business Professor Mark Thornton (Faculty Research and Scholarship)and Spanish language Professor Alyce Cook (Faculty Service).

The convocation also included top students of each academic department, students making the list of Who's Who Among American College and University Students, and retired faculty who have earned emeritus status.

The highest awards went to:

Tamara Bollis-Pecci, Educator of the Year, has published several journal articles on communication in addition to her teaching and advising duties as an assistant professor of communication. She also serves on CSU's Status of Women Committee and as the faculty adviser for the Students for the Ethical Treatment of Animals organization. She has a master's degree from the University of Memphis and is working toward a doctorate of philosophy in communication from the University of Denver.

Mark Thornton, Faculty Research and Scholarship, has served as the book review editor for the Quarterly Journal of Austrian Economics while mentoring CSU business majors as an associate professor of economics. Thornton, who joined the Abbott Turner College of Business in 1999, has also published two books: 'The Economics of Prohibition' and 'Interests Succession and Conflict: the Economics of Civil War.' He has also authored or co-authored more than 70 journal articles and has 10 articles in progress. He holds a doctorate in economics from Auburn University.

Alyce Cook, Faculty Service, has directed the Colloquium on Latin American Literature (which brought the world's premiere authors and scholars in that field to CSU last December) and directs the CSU study abroad program in Mexico. An associate professor of Spanish at CSU, she serves on several university committees including the Hunter Lecture, Study Abroad Scholarship, Foreign Language and Amos Eminent Scholar. She holds a doctotate in Spanish from the University of Virginia.

Jacquelynne Jordan, Faculty Cup, graduates this spring with an overall 3.87 GPA which included a perfect 4.0 in the coursework of her study major, communication. A CSU Honors Scholar since 1998, she has also earned a Kennon and Parker Scholarship (1999-2000) and a Regents Scholarship (2001). Other CSU academic achievements have included the dean's list, 2001 Greek Scholar of the Year, and 2002 Outstanding Achievement in Intercultural Communication.

Other honorees were:

FACULTY EMERITA STATUS
Rodger R. Trigg
Mary M. Lindquist
Rosa S. Stanback
Anita B. Whitman
Thomas J. Wentland

STUDENT AWARDS
Academic Recognition....................Doreen E. Stinchcomb
Phi Kappa Phi Senior Award..........Rekha Daswani

COLLEGE OF ARTS & LETTERS
Art- Undergraduate..........................Benjamin A. Cope
Art - Graduate..................................Nicolas F. Gracey
Theatre Arts.....................................Christopher L. Cunningham
Communication...............................Emily Chandler
Criminal Justice...............................Heather E. Horn
English.............................................Keisha M. Wells
History.............................................Luke R. Donohue
Music...............................................Shannon M. Bassett
Music-Presser Scholar.....................Theo Smith
Political Science..............................Richard R. Hester
Public Administration.....................Cynthia M. Hofstetter

COLLEGE OF EDUCATION
Early Childhood Education..............Ashley K. Blanton
English Education............................Andrea L. Lewis
Mathematics Education....................Patricia J. Gosselin
History Education.............................Clifford L. Clarke
Exercise Science...............................Maria D. Archuleta
Health & Physical Education...........Grace M. Nunberg
Rec & Park Administration.............Gary W. McCormick
School Counseling, M. Ed................Laura J. Collier
School Counseling, Ed.S...................J. Marty Foreman
Community Counseling, M.S...........Natalie Milisavljevic
Educational Leadership, M.Ed..........Shannon Norfleet
Educational Leadership, Ed.S...........Miranda C. Banks

COLLEGE OF SCIENCE
Health Science.................................Connie S. Gregory
Chemistry Senior Award..................Todd J. Smith
Chemistry Freshman Award.............Michael Seckinger
Geology............................................Patrick Sean Bingham
Pratt & Whitney Award....................Carlos Alzate
Computer Science............................Robert DeVries
Applied Computer Science..............Frenny Thomas
Information Tech. Management.......Thomas H. Rome
Psychology.......................................Danerys Encarnacion
Sociology..........................................Shannon A. Scott
Mathematics.....................................Sarah Lowman
Nursing.............................................Carrie Richards
Biology.............................................Cory S. Chambley
Cellular & Molecular Biology..........Joshua A. Fields
Ecological & Evolutionary Biology.............................Stacy M. Holloway
Organismic Biology.........JoAnne Brown

ABBOT TURNER COLLEGE OF BUSINESS Accounting.......................................Crystal L. Pilkinton
Computer Information Systems.......Chauncey D. Williams
Finance.............................................Nathaniel P. Shuler
Management.....................................Steven C. Lips
Marketing ........................................Randall G. Perez
Business Administration..................Carmen A. Aglialoro
Master of Business Administration...............Joseph A. Coursey

WHO' S WHO AMONG COLLEGE AND UNIVERSITY STUDENTS IN AMERICA
Catosha Britt
Emily J. Chandler
Christopher L. Cunningham
Alicia S. Denson
Robert D. DeVries
Joshua A. Fields
Tiffany L. Floyd
Lisa Grant
Joseph E. Hassell
Mary E. Hill
Stacy Holloway
Heather E. Horn
Amanda M. Lane
Shannon Luina
Melinda Pell
Robin Remich
Theodore T. Smith
Holly Sumner
Frenny Thomas
Christopher L. Wiggins

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