The Fairmont State University College of Liberal Arts honored its high achieving students during the sixth annual Academic Awards Ceremony at the end of the spring 2016 semester.
Dr. Deanna Shields, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts; Dr. Maria Rose, FSU President; and RJ Gimbl, President of the Fairmont State Foundation, presented greetings and congratulations to the students for their academic achievements.
Department of Behavioral Sciences—Dr. Clarence Rohrbaugh, Chair
Emily Buchanan of Fairmont received the Outstanding Senior Psychology Student Award. A 2013 graduate of Grafton High School, she is the daughter of Jadd and Susan Buchanan. A senior Psychology and Pre-medicine major, she is secretary of Student Government Association, a member of Psi Chi and the Honors program.
Gerald Riffle II of Clarksburg received the Outstanding Sociology Student Award. A 2005 graduate of Robert C. Byrd High School, he is the son of Jerry Riffle and Tracy Powell and the father of Jordan Riffle. A senior, he is a member of Pi Gamma Mu and has been on the President’s List.
Vanessa Short was awarded the Betty Jo Wright Social Work Scholarship.
Department of Language and Literature—Dr. J. Robert Baker, Chair
Bethany Gorman received the Carolyn Coakley-Hickerson Memorial Scholarship.
Makenzie McClure of South Charleston received the Mary Esther and Dr. Byron Jackson Scholarship. A 2013 graduate of Teays Valley Christian School, she is the daughter of Matthew McClure and Kimberly Pierce. A senior Secondary English Education major with a minor in Spanish, she is Vice President of the Student Government Association, a member of Chi Alpha and Co-Chair of Community Service for the Honors program.
Maddie Mullenax received the Mildred Mason Newcome Endowed Scholarship. She is the daughter of Todd and Mary Anne Mullenax. A 2009 graduate of North Marion High School, she is a senior Secondary English Education major and is a member of the Writing Center staff and is Literary Editor for the Whetstone literary journal.
Crystal Stoneking of Bridgeport received the Salvatore, Anne, Thomas, James and Giovanni Peluso Scholarship. Her husband is Eric Stoneking. She is a senior English major.
Mary Hall received the Christiane Buck Sweeney Scholarship. She is the daughter of Carolyn Armitage. The sophomore English major is Vice President of the Gay/Straight Alliance.
Elizabeth Parker of Weston received the John Teahan Memorial Endowed Scholarship. The daughter of Ben Martin and Martha Burton, she is a 2004 graduate of Lewis County High School. She and her husband, Gregory Parker, have one son, Victor. She is a senior English major and a member of Pi Gamma Mu and Sigma Tau Delta.
Thomas White was awarded the Will Bridges Memorial Endowed Scholarship.
Fernan Stevenson was awarded the Helmut Plant Scholarship.
Jasmine Moore of Fairmont received the Helmut Plant Scholarship. A 2014 graduate of Tyler Consolidated High School, she is the daughter of Charles and Melissa Moore. A sophomore Spanish/Secondary Education major, she is a member of Spanish Club.
Angela Spatafore of Fairmont received the Outstanding Student in English Award. A 2012 graduate of Notre Dame High School, she is the daughter of Louis and Deloris Spatafore. A senior English major, she is a member of the Honors program, a previous recipient of the John Teahan Memorial Scholarship, editor of The Mound yearbook and has had work published in Tracts.
Michael Lemley received the Outstanding Student in Journalism Award.
Daniel Forrest was named Outstanding Spanish Student.
Ashley Lowe of Fairmont received the Outstanding French Student Award. A 2011 graduate of Liberty High School, she is the daughter of Phil and Cindy Cox. A senior Finance and Management major with a minor in TESOL, she is a member of Delta Mu Delta School of Business Honor Society, School of the Business student Leadership Board, Honors program and ACBSP Student Leadership Award winner for 2016.
Angelica Chase of Charleston received the award for Outstanding Writing Center Tutor. A 2012 graduate of Sissonville High School, she is a senior History/English major.
Frank and Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center—Patricia Musick, Interim Director
Leslie Gonzalez received the Folklife Center Visionary Award.
Department of Social Sciences—Dr. Diana Noone, Chair
Amber Mann received the Criminal Justice Achievement Award.
Jonathan Hannigan of Winfield received the National Security and Intelligence Achievement Award. A 2012 graduate of Winfield High School, he is the son of Bruce Hannigan and Carolyn Mullins. A senior National Security and Intelligence major, he is an Honors student, a member of the Model United Nations student organization and has been on the Dean’s List and President’s List.
Benjamin Morris received the Political Science Achievement Award.
Nicholas Rush of Pickerington, Ohio, received the William and Doretha Clayton Barnes Prize in History. A 2010 graduate of Pickerington Central High School, he is a senior Secondary Social Studies Education student at FSU and is enrolled in the Multi-category Special Education master’s degree program. He is a three-year letter winner on the varsity baseball team, treasurer of the Student Athletic Advisory Committee and was named the 2016 Eston K. Feaster Award Winner (Scholar Athlete).
Marshal Sherry of Farmington received the Outstanding Criminal Justice Graduate Student Award. A 2010 graduate of North Marion High School, he is the son of Allen and Becky Sherry. He is a member of Alpha Phi Sigma and has been an adjunct instructor. He graduated with his Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice in 2015.
Peyton Konchesky of Morgantown received the Vince Palmer Endowed Scholarship. A 2014 graduate of Trinity Christian School, she is the daughter of Bob and Helen Konchesky. A sophomore Criminal Justice major, she has been on the Dean’s List and the President’s List.
Devanie Carpenter of Fairmont received the Sgt. Todd May Memorial Scholarship. A 2012 graduate of Fairmont Senior High School, she is the daughter of Stephanie Carpenter. A junior Criminal Justice major, she is a member of Alpha Phi Omega for which she has served as president and re-chartering chair.
Craig Stewart received the Sgt. Todd May Memorial Scholarship. A Criminal Justice major, he is the son of Ginger Stewart and a 2012 graduate of Morgantown High School.
Tyler Keller of Moundsville, the son of David and Leanne Keller, is a student at John Marshall High School in Marshall County. He plans to major in Political Science at FSU. He received the Charles J. McClain Presidential Scholarship.
Open Source Intelligence Exchange – David Abruzzino, Director
Jonathan Hannigan, Randall Stickley, Connor Haberland, Dakota Moore, Daniel Efaw, Tyler Wilson, Chloe Brown, Ashley Webb and Darcy Delligatti received an OSIX Certificate of Service.
College of Liberal Arts Student Ambassadors –Dr. Deanna Shields, Dean
The following students were recognized for serving as Student Ambassadors: Thairon Holler and Jamie Riddell, Criminal Justice; Mariah Morris and Joshua Fitzgerald, English; Roger Braham and Tyler Poff, History; Ashley Webb and Darcy Delligatti, National Security and Intelligence; Randall Stickley and Julian Pecora, Political Science; Tyler Curfman and Ashley Jozwick, Psychology; Lauren Phillips and Marquez Gibson, Sociology; NaTasha Hardy and Sarah Sakaguchi, Spanish.
For more information about programs in the College of Liberal Arts, visit http://www.fairmontstate.edu/collegeofliberalarts/.