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May 2, 2013

BSC Honors Day ceremony recognizes student, faculty, and staff achievement

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Birmingham-Southern College held its annual Honors Day celebration Thursday, May 2, to recognize students, faculty, and staff for their scholarly achievements as well as their leadership and service.general Krulak and Camille Spratling

The Honors Day Convocation, which is a prelude to Commencement, included an academic procession, performance by the BSC Concert Choir, and inspirational messages for the graduating class. It was followed by the 20th Annual Honoring Scholarship Conference, during which students present their research projects and creative endeavors to cap off their undergraduate careers.

“This is in many ways a bittersweet time as we say goodbye to a remarkable group of men and women who have made us all proud,” BSC President Gen. Charles Krulak said at the Convocation ceremonies that kicked off the day’s events. “Our nation is going to be better because of each one of them.”

In her keynote speech to the Class of 2013, Camille Spratling, executive director of Birmingham’s Railroad Park and a BSC alumna, told students how building strong relationships and authentic networks from her undergraduate and graduate experience at Birmingham-Southern influenced her life and career.

She outlined four ways to establish these connections: connectivity with the college’s faculty and staff, connectivity with peers, connectivity with those who are like you and those who are different from you, and connectivity to the community and the world. She encouraged them to enjoy those links for the remainder of their time on campus and to continue to develop them upon venturing into the wider world.

“BSC has modeled and deepened these connections,” she said. “It’s time now for you to go from being spectators to game-changers. That’s you—you’re game-changers. I can’t wait to see what you’re going to do.”

Included among the campus-wide honors:

The Donald C. Harrison Honors Program Senior Award recognizes a student in the Honors Program who shows overall academic excellence and a commitment to interdisciplinary study:  Ryan Michael DeMarco.

The Nancy and Billy McDonald Outstanding Servant Leader Award is presented to an  outstanding servant and leader: Rachel Elizabeth Morgan.

The Hess Center for Leadership and Service Distinction in Leadership Studies Award is given to students who demonstrate intellectual curiosity, a commitment to the betterment of society, and a willingness to serve others: Brittany Renée Herring and Nikki Lee Wright.

The J. Stephen Noser Scholarship Award was established in 1986 in memory of Noser, who died during his undergraduate studies at BSC. The scholarship supports a student who participates in the British Studies at Oxford program: Bailey Rhea Kimbell.

The William Legg Award is presented to a senior student-athlete who plans to attend graduate school: Shelby Ellen Moore.

The Alpha Lambda Delta Book Award recognizes graduating members of the national honor society with the highest grade point average: Andrew Curtiss Clack and Laura Marie Gulino.

The Alpha Lambda Delta Scholarship Award is given to outstanding junior members of the national honor society: Christen Leanne Connolly and Ross Lane Pearlman.

The Henry C. Randall Advisor of the Year Award is presented to a faculty or staff member who advises a student organization: Robby Prince.

The Organization of the Year is given to a student group on campus: Student Government Association

The Dudley Long Leadership Award is established by the SGA to recognize a group or student whose efforts during the year added to student life: the April 24 Marti Turnipseed march, coordinated by Erica Brown, Anne Curry, Lane Estes, Hannah Wolfson, and Randy Youngblood.

The President’s Service Award is presented to members of the campus community who show commitment, character, service, and leadership: Martha Boshers, the One-A-Chord Gospel Choir, and Dr. Duane Pontius.

The Turnipseed-Ikenberry Scholarship is awarded to rising juniors majoring in physics, mathematics, or history with outstanding academic achievement: Andrew Weldon Conner and Cybil Katherine Geiss.

The Omicron Delta Kappa Excellence in Teaching Award recognizes a faculty member who has attained excellence in all aspects of teaching: Dr. Pamela Hanson.

The Richebourg Gaillard McWilliams Faculty Scholarship Award is given to an outstanding faculty member who has excelled in scholarship: Dr. Mark McClish.

The Hubbs Award recognizes a student who exemplifies academic excellence and selfless service: Rachel Elizabeth Morgan is this year’s recipient.

The President’s Award honors students who embody what is meant by a liberal arts education:  Ryan Michael DeMarco.

The Robert Hewlin Jackson Achievement Award is given to the graduating student who has shown greatest academic improvement and made a distinguished record in his or her junior and senior years: Sydney Bryn Darnall.

The Robert Hewlin Jackson Meritorious Scholarship Award recognizes students whose overall record places them at the top of their graduating class: Nathan Stanford Haywood and Lydia Leigh Robinson.

Congratulations to all BSC students, faculty, and staff on their outstanding academic success and achievements!

About Birmingham-Southern College:

Birmingham-Southern College is a four-year, private liberal arts institution in Birmingham, Ala., founded in 1856 and affiliated with the United Methodist Church. It enrolls about 1,200 students from more than 30 states and 16 foreign countries. Learn more online at www.bsc.edu.