Congratulations to the Honors Program 2017 Graduates

On Friday, May 5th, the Honors Program held its spring Cording Ceremony to honor the 2017 Honors Program graduates. Honors Program graduates complete the Honors Program curriculum and maintain at least a 3.5 cumulative GPA at AU. The Cording Ceremony is a reception which allows the faculty mentors to acknowledge the achievements of the graduates in the presence of their families.

Our impressive array of graduates completed their degrees in a wide range of subjects, from Actuarial Science to Nursing to Education.  These students were also highly involved on campus as leaders in a variety of organizations, including the Ashbrook Scholar Program, Student Senate, Color Guard, Varsity Women's Soccer, the 1Girl mentorship program, Newman Catholic Campus Ministry, the Well campus ministry, Delta Zeta sorority, and numerous academic associations.

This group also contained the valedictorian for the December 2016 graduation and both the valedictorian and salutatorian for the May 2017 graduation.

The Honors Program would like to proudly congratulate the following graduates for December 2016 and May 2017:

Ryan Bastian     West Salem, OH
Majors: Mathematics, Integrated Mathematics Education (Grades 7-12)
Mentor: Dr. Darren Wick
An Introduction to the Generalized Riemann Integral and Its Role in Undergraduate Mathematics Education
(May 2017 Valedictorian)

Allison Brosky     Strongsville, OH
Majors: History, Political Science
Minor: Religion
Mentor: Dr. Emily Hess
Sacred and Secular Law: Frederick Douglass's religious and constitutional defense of abolition

Jessica Brown     Hamilton, OH
Major: Exercise Science
Minor: Coaching
Mentor: Dr. Beth Patton
Significance of Posture in Relation to Falls in the Elderly

Emily Cardwell     Norwalk, OH
Majors: English, History
Minors: Political Science, Religion
Mentor: Dr. Hilary Donatini
"To Dissolve the Barbarous Spell": The Significance of Female Education in Eighteenth-Century English Literature

Emily Donahue     Crestline, OH
Major: Nursing
Mentor: Professor Sharon See
Understanding Suicide in the Navajo Population

Joshua Frey     Ypsilanti, MI
Majors: Political Science, History
Mentor: Dr. Jeffrey Sikkenga
Republican virtue and vice: the political teachings of Shakespeare's Rome

Emily Kaiser     New Bremen, OH
Majors: English, Creative Writing
Minor: Business Administration
Mentor: Dr. Joseph Mackall
Decidedly Absent: A Memoir of a Totally Average College Student with a Penchant for Drama

Grace McCourt     Wadsworth, OH
Majors: Mathematics, Integrated Mathematics Education (Grades 7-12)
Mentor: Dr. Christopher Swanson
The Dishonest Salesperson Problem
(May 2017 Salutatorian)

Bethany Meadows*     Ostrander, OH
Majors: English, Integrated Language Arts Education (Grades 7-12)
Minors: Public Relations, Creative Writing
Mentor: Dr. Maura Grady
History Versus Film: An Examination of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Rhetoric and Ava DuVernay's Selma

Dendara Oakleaf     Tiffin, OH
Major: Psychology
Minor: Child and Family Studies
Mentor: Dr. Christopher Chartier
Terror Management Theory: Love, Loss, and Regret

Alyssa Predota     Parma, OH
Major: Biology
Minors: Chemistry, Mathematics
Mentor: Dr. Dolly Crawford
Pumping Iron: Exploring the systemic impacts of dietary iron and fat in mice
(December 2016 Valedictorian)

Amy Shuster     Broadview Heights, OH
Major: Biology
Minor: Health and Risk Communication
Mentor: Dr. Paul Hyman
Characterization of Bacteriophages

Lydia Smith     New London, OH
Majors: Psychology, Religion
Mentor: Dr. Christopher Chartier
Revisiting the Relationship between Religion and Altruism

Isabella Steiner     Hartville, OH
Major: Biology
Minor: Spanish
Mentor: Professor Merrill Tawse
A Population on its Way Out? Investigating the Population Size and Ploidy of Ambystomid Salamanders at the AU Black Fork Wetlands

Rebecca Stettin     North Royalton, OH
Majors: Actuarial Science, Mathematics
Mentor: Dr. Darren Wick
Generalizations and Properties of the Ternary Cantor Set and Explorations in Similar Sets

Patrice Sullivan     Westlake, OH
Major: Early Childhood Intervention Specialist
Mentor: Dr. Brenda Rosler
Music and the Classroom: Using Music to Teach Content Area Lessons in Elementary Education

Kayle Timura**     Hinckley, OH
Major: Intervention Specialist Education
Mentor: Dr. Carl Walley
Handbook for Adapting Physical Education Activities for Students with Cognitive Disabilities
Austin Williams     Pataskala, OH
Major: Finance
Minor: International Business
Mentor: Professor Terry Rumker
Generation of Alpha and Elimination of Beta: The EMH vs. Market Neutral Hedge Funds

* Bethany Meadows has completed her capstone and will graduate with two full degrees in May 2018
** Kayle Timura has completed her capstone and will complete her student teaching in the fall and graduate in December 2017.

We wish you all the best of luck in your future pursuits!


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