2017 Awards Convocation honors scholarship, service

Academic and student life programs at Huntingdon College presented awards for scholarship and service during the annual Awards Convocation held Friday, April 21.

Huntingdon College
News Release

April 21, 2017 

For immediate release:

Scholarship and service honored at annual Awards Convocation

Montgomery, Ala.—Academic and student life programs at Huntingdon College presented awards for scholarship and service during the annual Awards Convocation held Friday, April 21.  Awards to individuals are included below; honor society inductions will be announced separately.

Interdepartmental Awards

Jane Williams Awards

In 1946, Jane Williams of Miami, Florida, a 1942 graduate of Huntingdon College, established an endowment for these freshman awards. In her view, the endowment enabled her “to make a more substantial gift toward the building of a greater Huntingdon.”

The Jane Williams Scholarship Award is given to the student(s) (sophomores) who earned the highest grade point averages during last year’s freshman year. This year’s recipients are:

  • Hunter Bower’19
  • Jasmine Cardwell ’19
  • Jennifer Knox ’19
  • Christi Lynn Lewis ’19
  • Adam Mann ’19
  • Hannah Marie Parks ’19
  • Megan Pugh ’19
  • Stephen Shepard ’19
  • Elizabeth Caroline Smith ’19
  • Josie Waddell ’19
  • Lea Brock Williams ’19

The Jane Williams Award for Service is given to the student (sophomore) who made a significant contribution to College activities through leadership and participation during the student’s freshman year:

  • Jennifer Hope Knox ’19

The Jane Williams Award for Sports is given to the sophomore student who was a leader in intramural sports during the freshman year.

  • Jackson Jeffery Dykes ’19


Accounting Achievement Award

Given to the accounting student who exemplifies the professional and personal characteristics necessary for success in public accounting, this award was presented by the Montgomery Chapter of the Alabama Society of Certified Public Accountants.

  • Brandi Blair


Outstanding Art Student Award

  • Joshua K. Clayton ’17


Everett Lewis Bishop Award

This award is given annually to the junior biology student who has shown the greatest promise based on progress since entrance to Huntingdon.

  • Katherine Alexis Bonner ’18

Beta Beta Beta Award

Presented annually by Huntingdon’s Beta Nu chapter of Beta Beta Beta biology honorary to the graduating biology major who is judged to be the most outstanding senior in the field of biology.

  • Zachary den Besten ’17


Marion Black Cantelou Chemistry Award

This annual award is given to the graduating senior chemistry major(s) whose skills in analytical and other areas of chemistry are judged by the faculty to be outstanding. General character and attitude are also considered for the award.

  • Zachary den Besten ’17
  • Emily Simon ’17

CRC Freshman Chemistry Achievement Award

This award is presented in recognition of outstanding achievement in chemistry during the freshman year.

  • Victoria Parks ’19

American Institute of Chemists Award

Given each year to the outstanding senior(s) majoring in chemistry, this award is based on recognition of potential advancement in professional chemistry and on leadership, ability, character, and scholastic achievement.

  • Christian Davis ’17
  • Katelin Pattillo ’17

Organic Chemistry Achievement Award

This award is presented each year to one or more outstanding student(s) in organic chemistry as selected by the chemistry faculty.

  • Chase Allen Feagin ’17

Margaret and Craig Kneisel Undergraduate Research Award in Chemistry

  • Katelin Pattillo ’17

Communication Studies

Lambda Pi Eta Award

This award is given annually to the outstanding senior Communication Studies major who is a member of the department’s Lambda Pi Eta honorary.

  • Ryan Joseph Runager ’17


Julia Rinehart Hughes History Award

Established in memory of Ms. Hughes’ service as a member of the Huntingdon College faculty by her family, this award recognizes a graduating senior who has exemplified, to an unusual degree, genuine interest in the study of history, and has maintained an outstanding record in history and in all college studies.

  • Alexandria Jade Moore

Irene Brinson Munro Award

This award is given annually to a graduating senior majoring in history or government who has, at the beginning of the student’s final semester, the highest average in all attempted courses in all departments, and who will have, at graduation, at least 18 hours in world history and/or government and an academic grade point average of at least 3.00 in history courses.

  • Buck Robinson ’17

Hortense Batre-Colonial Dames Scholarship Award

Awarded each year to the outstanding junior or senior history major at Huntingdon College, the recipient, who is selected by the history faculty, must have completed at least twelve hours in American history. The award, established in 1938, is given in honor of Hortense Batre, the founder of the Society of Colonial Dames of Alabama.

  • Adam Mann ’18

Houghton Library Award

Libris Award

Presented annually by the Houghton Memorial Library faculty and staff to an outstanding student library assistant, this award, established in 1992-1993, recognizes exemplary performance of responsibilities in a manner contributing to a high level of library service.

  • Riley Szabo ’20

Languages and Literature

Joseph L. Dean Memorial Award

This award is given each year to the graduating English major who has achieved the best academic average in English course work.

  • Alexis Rae Ofe ’17
  • Mark Edward White ’17

Frank T. Thompson Award for Creativity

This award is given each year by the Huntingdon Publications Board to the senior who has demonstrated the greatest creativity in work on The Gargoyle (the newspaper) and The Prelude (the College literary publication).

  • Abby Elise Duke ’17

Beginning French Award

  • Jade Paul ’19

Beginning Spanish Award

  • Courtney Harville ’17


Mathematics Faculty Awards are given each year to the students who have exhibited the greatest potential in the areas of creativity, innovation, scholarship, and service to the mathematical sciences.

Mathematics Faculty Awards

  • Randi Caroline Caine
  • Kimberly O. Holman

Political Science

Political Science Awards

  • Sydney Janette Baumgartner
  • Nolan Scott Clark
  • Seth Vincent Harding
  • Dylan Thomas Martin
  • Benjamin Clark Richardson


L.G. Bailey Psychology Award

Established by Mrs. Frances Saunders Britt in memory of her Huntingdon professor, Dr. L.G. Bailey, this award is given annually to the senior(s) judged to be the outstanding student(s) of the year in psychology.

  • Kira Jo Bohlke ’17


Lessie Mae Hall Stone Religion and Philosophy Award

This award is presented annually in the spring to the graduating senior with a major in the Department of Religion who has the highest academic average for all courses in all departments through the academic term preceding the granting of the award. A minimum 3.0 academic grade point average is required.

  • Alexis Rae Ofe ’17

Louise Panigot Award

This award is presented to the senior graduating with a major in the field of religion whose overall academic average in all subjects is above 3.0 and who, in the judgment of the departmental faculty, holds the greatest promise for scholarly achievement in the field of philosophy and in the academic study of religion.

  • Eric James Turner ’17

Sport Science and Physical Education

Outstanding Sport Management Student Award

  • Courtney Paige Harville ’17

Outstanding Physical Education Student Award

  • Matthew David Munroe

Outstanding Exercise Science Student Award

  • Jamie Lin Langford ’17

Teacher Education

Henry L. Bonner Award

Established in memory of Dr. Bonner, who served as head of the Department of Education at Huntingdon College for many years, this award is given annually to the most outstanding senior in teacher education.

  • Daisha Henderson ’17

Lois B. Gholston Award

This award is given each year to the most outstanding senior in elementary education.

  • Hannah Shirley ’17

Myrtle S. Bonner Award

This award is presented annually to the most outstanding senior in secondary education.

  • Buck Robinson ’17

Outstanding Student in Special Education

  • Daisha Henderson ’17

College Awards

Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award

This special award recognizes outstanding community service and character among students at Huntingdon College.

  • Ryan Runager ’17

Virginia Hicks Sutter Community Service Award

  • Alpha Omicron Pi

Margaret Hicks Shadoin Community Service Award

  • Randie Caroline Caine

Dr. and Mrs. John N. Todd III Award for Excellence in Teaching

This award is presented annually to an outstanding junior member of the faculty.

  • Dr. Elizabeth Hutcheon, assistant professor of English

Exemplary Teacher Award

This award is presented to an outstanding senior member of the faculty (tenured) who has not won the award in the last five years.

  • Dr. Paul Gier, professor of biology

Huntingdon College, grounded in the Judeo-Christian tradition of the United Methodist Church, is committed to nurturing growth in faith, wisdom, and service and to graduating individuals prepared to succeed in a rapidly changing world. Founded in 1854, Huntingdon is a coeducational liberal arts college recognized among “The Fastest Growing Colleges in America”  by The Chronicle of Higher Education; among the top 10 regional colleges and top 10 best regional values by U.S. News and World Report; among the top tier of regional colleges by the Princeton Review; among “Colleges that Contribute to the Public Good,” by Washington Monthly; and on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. The Huntingdon campus, a Tree Campus USA, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


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