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Annual Honors Convocation recognizes student achievements

April 23, 2013


DEFIANCE, Ohio - Defiance College held its annual Honors Day Convocation recently to recognize academic achievements of students. Special recognition was also given to faculty and staff.

Dr. Richard W. Stroede Distinguished Faculty Citation was awarded to Alesia Yakos-Brown,assistant professor of social work.

Outstanding Service Awards for faculty and staff and the Gerald Mallott Outstanding Senior Service Award were presented to Dr. Sandra Golden, assistant professor of education and Master of Arts in Education program director; Alyce Caulder, assistant registrar; and graduating senior Emma Starks, Fort Wayne, Ind.

Students receiving awards during the convocation and departmental ceremonies were:

Civic Engagement Honors – Kyle Barnhardt, Milford Center; Kelly Beard, Waterville; Phoenix Golnick, Oak Harbor; Addie Henricks, Bryan; Rachael Lange, Berea; Sean Lightfoot, Cheryl Locker and Richard Shindeldecker, Defiance; Lindsay McDaniel, Powell; Brittany Meyer, Lima; Kathrine Miller, Archbold; Airrin Perruchon, Norwalk; Alec Pribulsky, Painesville; Laura Schiffer, Napoleon; Alex Schomaeker, Ottawa; Amanda Shindeldecker, Rockford; Emma Starks, Fort Wayne, Ind.; and Steven Switz, New London.

Charles J. Ping Student Community Service Award – Rachael Lange, Berea. The Charles J. Ping Award is granted annually to students from Ohio Campus Compact member institutions who exhibit outstanding leadership in their community service endeavors.

Wanda May LeMaster Service Award – Kirsten Frissora, Columbus

McMaster Certificate Award – Allie Beck, Bryan; Phoenix Golnick, Oak Harbor; Alec Pribulsky, Painesville; and Taylor Tuttle, Canton, Mich.

Senior Presidential Scholars – Brittany Michaels, Edgerton

Senior Dean’s Scholars – Evan Allen, Cleveland; Dennis Clemens, Kimberly Comden, Stephanie Diemer, Kailea Holbrook, Cheryl Locker and Richard Shindeldecker, Defiance; Mollee Galloway, Marion; Phoenix Golnick, Oak Harbor; Dakota Keller, Augusta, Mich.; Rachael Lange, Berea; Jonathan Murphy, Versailles; Ryan Owens, Cincinnati; Michael Pigoni, Cleveland; Jessica Ray, Napoleon; Catherine Savage, Wauseon; Alex Schomaeker, Ottawa; Amanda Shindeldecker, Rockford; Ashley Switzer, Paulding; and Tyler Thomas, Holgate.

Senior Carolyn M. Small Honor Scholars – Allie Beck, Bryan; Phoenix Golnick, Oak Harbor; Alec Pribulsky, Painesville; Ian Rollison, Lake Ariel, Pa.; Samantha Stevens, Mattawan, Mich.; and Taylor Tuttle, Canton, Mich.

Senior McMaster Scholars – Kelly Beard, Waterville; Allie Beck, Bryan; Craig Bills, Rockford; Dennis Clemens, Defiance; Phoenix Golnick, Oak Harbor; Andrew Kibler, LaRue; Rachael Lange, Berea; Michael Pigoni, Cleveland; Alec Pribulsky, Painesville; Blake Ruffer, Stryker; Emma Starks, Fort Wayne, Ind.; Samantha Stevens, Mattawan, Mich.; Tyler Thomas, Holgate; and Taylor Tuttle, Canton, Mich.

Senior Service Leaders – Kyle Barnhardt, Milford Center; Kelly Beard, Waterville; Donald Brigham, Howell, Mich.; Addie Henricks, Bryan; Rachael Lange, Berea; Sean Lightfoot, Cheryl Locker, Richard Shindeldecker, and Brittany Wildman, Defiance; Lindsay McDaniel, Powell; Ryan McLaughlin, Monroe, Mich.; Brittany Meyer, Lima; Kathrine Miller, Archbold; Katie Patten, Gallipolis; Alec Pribulsky, Painesville; Laura Schiffer, Napoleon; Amanda Shindeldecker, Rockford; Emma Starks, Fort Wayne, Ind.; and Steven Switz, New London.

Highest Ranking Senior Scholars – Leslieann Wheeler, Montpelier, and Craig Parliment, West Unity

Alpha Chi Academic Honor Society new inductions – Philip Balla, Rossford; David Besaw, Stephany Blackston, Jacqueline Bowling, Emily Buntain, Jessica Eis, Abhinav Mehta, Rachel Rosebrock, Kathryn Weber and Amanda Westrick, Defiance; Robin Corron, Napoleon; Rachel Davis, Urbana; Dawn Fitzcharles, Edgerton; Hanna Harshman, Ohio City; Lindsay Kasmer, Medina; Erica King and Catherine Savage, Wauseon; Erica Noggle, Haviland; David Savage, Warren; Christina Seidenstricker, London; and Melody Turner, Bryan.

Alpha Delta Kappa Award – Megan Lamberson, Montpelier. This award is given to an outstanding major in education showing potential as an educator. It is awarded to promote high standards in education.

Alpha Delta Kappa Scholarship in Education – Catie Savage, Wauseon. This award is given to a junior student majoring in education and showing potential as a woman educator.

Arthur Knape Award in Education – Molly Siebenaler, Montpelier.

Alton R. Kurtz Prize in Education – Katie Kerr, Bryan. Awarded to an outstanding education major.

Rothhar Scholarship in Education – Travis Schomaeker, Ottawa. This award is made by the Rothhar family to honor a student in education.

Robert O. Bleeks Assistantship in Sport Science – Andrew Clute, Onsted, Mich. This award is made in recognition of Bleeks’ understanding of the worth of physical education. Recipient must display characteristics of leadership ability and be a physical education major.

Outstanding Senior in Multi-Age Education – Rachel Ciminillo, Lima

Outstanding Senior in Early Childhood Education – Jasmine Stevenson, Hicksville

Outstanding Senior in Middle Childhood Education – Joshua Fellows, Waldron, Mich.

Outstanding Senior in Adolescent to Young Adult Education – Jesse Schoch, Defiance

Ida M. Watson Prize in History – Holly Becker, Defiance

Outstanding Senior in History – David Besaw, Defiance

Dr. Richard W. Stroede Scholarship – Michelle Bulriss, Tempe, Ariz.

Calista Olds Award for Excellence in Biblical and Religious Studies – Lindsay Kasmer, Medina. Awarded to an outstanding student in religious studies.

George P. Michaelides Award in Religion – Philip Balla, Rossford and William Sigg, Archbold. This award is given in recognition of Dr. Michaelides’ service to students, church and Schauffler College. He was the last president of Schauffler College in Cleveland. Awarded annually to Christian education and social work majors.

Dr. Clarence Gilham Endowed Scholarship – Aaron Demecs, Defiance. This scholarship was created by Dr. Gilham to honor the work of Richard Howard, professor emeritus, who served as a member of the Defiance College Christian Education faculty from 1967 to 1990. It is awarded to a full-time undergraduate student preparing to enter Christian ministry or graduate studies in history, or biblical studies.

Reeder C. Hutchinson Assistantship in the Humanities – Stephany Blackston, Defiance. Awarded to an upper-class student in the humanities, providing a combination of grant and work opportunity.

Outstanding Senior in Art – Kayla Mengerink, Defiance.

Public Advocacy Award – James Buari, Columbus. Awarded to a student with exceptional interest in political science.

Margaret and Michael Stauffer Memorial Scholarship – Ian Fasnacht, Strongsville. Awarded to a freshman, sophomore or junior who has made a constructive contribution to the Defiance College communication arts department.

Outstanding Senior in Communication Arts – Patrick Hartman, Holland

E. Keith Hubbard Endowed Scholarship for Graphic Design – Christa Seidenstricker, London. Awarded annually to a student majoring in graphic design.

Outstanding Senior in Graphic Design – Mary Kate Borer, Fayette

Defiance Area Chamber of Commerce Business Scholarship – Abhinav Mehta, Defiance. This scholarship is based on academic standing, participation in campus activities, and career goals.

George Isaac Business Scholarship – Austin Crites, Bryan. This award is made to a student majoring in business who has demonstrated a commitment to the free enterprise system. A good citizenship record is essential.

Herbert Willett Assistantship in Business Administration – Cord Speelman, Stryker. Awarded annually to an upper class business or economics major with a 3.0 or better grade point average and provides a combination grant and work opportunity in the business administration department.

Outstanding Senior in Accounting – Alex Schomaeker, Ottawa. Awarded to an outstanding senior majoring in accounting.

Outstanding Non-traditional Senior in Business Administration – Erica Noggle, Haviland. Awarded to an outstanding senior in management enrolled in the college’s nontraditional program.

Outstanding Traditional Senior in Business Administration – Richard Shindeldecker, Defiance. Awarded to an outstanding senior in management enrolled as a traditional student.

Outstanding Senior in Marketing – Emilee Johnson, Defiance

Duane Hocking Scholarship – Kali George, East Palestine. This award is given to an outstanding sport science student displaying qualities of leadership and involvement both on campus and in the community.

Outstanding Senior in Athletic Training – Amanda Notley, Oberlin

Outstanding Senior in Sport Management – Katie Heitkamp, Saint Mary’s

Outstanding Senior in Wellness and Corporate Fitness – Kirsten Frissora, Columbus

Sigma Beta Delta (Business) Honor Society new inductees – Jacqueline Bowling, Defiance; Erica Noggle, Haviland; Mattea St. John and Melody Turner, Bryan; and Megan Stewart, Swanton

William Edward Pullen Memorial Scholarship – Katy Stephens, Columbus Grove. Pullen was a student at Defiance College from 1979-82, majoring in computer science and physics. In 1982, he died of cystic fibrosis. This award is made annually to an outstanding sophomore or junior majoring in mathematics, computer science or physics in memory of Pullen’s work and in recognition of his impact on the lives of others.

Mathematics Award – Leslieann Wheeler, Montpelier. Awarded to an outstanding student in mathematics.

George W. Botteron Prize in Chemistry – Cheryl-Ann Francis, Jamaica. Awarded to an outstanding sophomore or junior chemistry student, honoring George W. Botteron’s outstanding contributions to the field of chemistry.

Chemical Rubber Company Award – Cormack Lazarus, Jamaica. This award is given as the top prize in General Chemistry.

William Rollin and Kay Marie Latchaw Prize in Science – Braden Wachtmann, Wauseon. Awarded annually to a student majoring in one of the sciences.

Linares Assistantship in Science – Rikki Gurule, Glendale, Ariz. and Stephanie Diemer, Defiance. Awarded to a student for a natural science work study project and grant assistance.

David and Laura Reed Scholarship – Brad Moffett, De Graff. Awarded to an outstanding science student.

Arjan Mirchandaney Memorial Scholarship in Mathematics – Catherine Savage, Wauseon. Awarded to an outstanding mathematics student, honoring the late Defiance College mathematics professor.

James Frey Memorial Scholarship in Science – Evan Allen, Cleveland. Awarded to an outstanding science student, honoring the late Defiance College science professor.

Samuel V. Tuohy Memorial Scholarship – John Burns, Defiance. This award was established in memory of Sam Tuohy, a Defiance College student who died in an automobile accident during his senior year. The scholarship is given to a junior or senior student majoring in forensic science.

Outstanding Senior in Mathematics – Leslieann Wheeler, Montpelier

Outstanding Senior in Science – Phoenix Golnick, Oak Harbor

Schauffler Scholar Award in Social Work– Craig Bills, Rockford. Awarded to an outstanding student majoring in social work.

Top Scholar in Social Work – Rachel Rosebrock, Defiance

Outstanding Seniors in Criminal Justice – Lindsay McDaniel, Powell. Awarded to outstanding seniors majoring in the criminal justice program.

Outstanding senior in Digital Forensic Science – Sean Coressel, Stryker

Scholastic Excellence in Digital Forensic Award – Steven Strahm, Toledo

Outstanding Senior Student in Psychology – Craig Parliment, West Unity. Awarded to a psychology student showing leadership and maturity who is involved with the community. The recipient must have a 3.5 overall grade point average and a 3.6 GPA in psychology.

Tau Mu (Social Work) Honor Society new inductees – Rachel Rosebrock and Crystal Feeney, Defiance; Craig Parliment, West Unity; Riann Hersh, Napoleon; Jacki Volkman, Wauseon; and Jasmine Petty, Stryker.

Omicron Mu/Chapter of National Phi Alpha (Social Work) – Rachel Rosebrock, Crystal Feeney and Nora Dale, Defiance; Jacki Volkman and Amber Reed, Wauseon; Jasmine Petty, Stryker; Ashley Brown, Leipsic; Catherine Evans, Lima; Sarah Westfall, Covington; and Brittany Lukaszek, Montpelier.

Alpha Rho Lambda (Criminal Justice) Honor Society new inductees –  Kelsi Knisely, Archbold; Laressa McCurdy, Defiance; Stacey Lawton, Windsor; Steven Strahm, Toledo; and Tara Wyatt, West Liberty.

Defiance College’s Black Action Student Association (BASA) will perform a production called “Remembering Our Roots, Lest We Forget” for Black History Month. The event will be a combination of dance, poetry and drama in remembrance of historical figures in black history, the Civil Rights Movement and international political figures.

The production will be held Thursday, Feb. 7 at 8 p.m. in Schomburg Auditorium. There will be a reception immediately following the show.

The presentation is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact the Office of Intercultural Relations at 419-783-2362 or by emailing

Defiance College, chartered in 1850, is an independent, liberal arts institution in Northwest Ohio offering more than 40 undergraduate programs of study as well as graduate programs in education and business. Defiance College has received national recognition for its educational experience of service and engagement. The college website is