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Exceptional Students, Faculty Honored at Annual Convocation

Lindenwood University-Belleville recently held its annual Honors Convocation, recognizing outstanding students and faculty.

During the event, students graduating with University Honors were recognized. University Honors is the highest award Lindenwood bestows and is reserved for exceptional students who demonstrate intelligence, initiative, and perseverance in fulfilling requirements beyond those asked of others. To graduate with University Honors, a student must complete 24 hours of honors credit, achieved by completing a series of honors projects and maintaining a GPA of 3.3 or higher, as required for participants in the Honors Program. 

Students who graduated with University Honors include Ashleigh Brandmeyer, New Baden, Ill.; Julian Monroy Comargo, Bogotá, Colombia; Teah Flynn, Fayetteville, Ark.; Sandra Garcia, El Paso, Texas; Gabrielle Lewis, Alton, Ill.; Cynthia Martinez, Asunción, Paraguay; Jessica Moon, Mayerthorpe, Canada; Lethan Nelson, St. Johns, Antiqua; Jasi Roberts, Portales, N.M.; Calvin Rogers, San Diego, Calif.; Michaela Stewart, Coulterville, Ill.; and Paige Strohmeier, Paducah, Ky.

Other honorees were recognized for academic honors and community service.

Two Accelerated Degree Program (ADP) awards were given, honoring one undergraduate and one graduate student. Chase Mueller, Belleville, Ill., received the Outstanding ADP Undergraduate Student Award and Lauren Semple, Belleville, Ill., was named the Outstanding ADP Graduate Student.

One undergraduate and one graduate student were honored with the American College of Healthcare Executives Award. The undergraduate award went to Melissa Skinner, East Alton, Ill. and the graduate award went to Mark Edward Cunningham, Edwardsville, Ill.

Strohmeier was also honored as the Undergraduate Business Student of the Year. Taylor Leigh-Ann Gibbs, Republic, Mo., was honored as the Education Student of the Year. Katie McKelvy-Gibbons, O’Fallon, Ill., was honored as the Counseling Student of the Year. Ashley Netzhammer, Swansea, Ill., received the Garrett C. Reuter Fine and Performing Arts Award. Brandmeyer was named the Outstanding Humanities Student. Phillip Hilmes, Breese, Ill., received the Frank Watson Political Science Award for Leadership and Public Service. Moon was named Sciences Researcher of the Year, and Landon Hiebert, Red Deer, Canada, was named Sciences Scholar of the Year. The Outstanding Psychology Student of the Year Award went to Lewis. Emily Fox, St. Louis, Mo. was named the Outstanding Criminal Justice Major. Mikkaila Poulin, Tampa, Fla. was selected as the Lindenwood University-Belleville Essay Contest Winner.  Patrick F. Barnes, Troy, Ill. received the Norman F. Ackermann Award for Academic and Community Excellence, and Samara “Sam” D’Agostino dos Santos, Sao Paulo, Brazil received the Fred and Barbara Kern Community Service Award.

Michal Talley

Michal Talley, Troy, Mo., received the Easton Award, named in honor of Lindenwood University founder Mary Easton Sibley, is given to a female senior who exemplifies the ideals of scholarship, leadership, loyalty, and service to the university and the community. 

Julian Ramirez

Julian Ramirez, Bogotá, Colombia, received the Sibley Award. This award, named in honor of Lindenwood founder George C. Sibley, is given to a male senior who exemplifies the ideals of scholarship, leadership, loyalty, and service to the university and the community. Nominations are solicited from all faculty, and the winner is chosen by the convocation committee and Alumni Board.

Four faculty members were honored. Faculty award recipients are nominated by their peers and selected by consensus of the convocation committee based on the content of the letters of recommendation.

Assistant Professor of Exercise Science Chris Fahs was honored as Employee of the Year for his work with Illinois certification for physical education and his work with assisting students in conducting original research.

Tricia Altmansberger, instructor of anatomy and physiology, received the Lindenwood University-Belleville Adjunct Faculty Teaching Award. This award is presented to the part-time or adjunct Lindenwood faculty member who, in the judgment of Lindenwood colleagues, demonstrates the best combination of pedagogical innovation, student-centeredness, and effectiveness as a classroom teacher during the present academic year. Candidates have classroom activities that set them apart from other instructors, and go above and beyond the requirements of an adjunct faculty member outside the classroom.

Assistant Professor of History Dr. Jennifer L. Welsh received the Lindenwood University-Belleville Scholar of the Year Award, which is presented to the full-time Lindenwood faculty member who, in the judgment of Lindenwood colleagues, exhibited the highest level of professional scholarship during the present and prior academic years. Typically, this professional scholarship is externally validated by editors, publishers, judges, or professional organizations not directly affiliated with the university. Those nominated have completed exemplary research over the past year and deserve special recognition from the campus community.

Assistant Professor of English Megan M. Peabody received the Lindenwood University-Belleville Award for Teaching Excellence, which is presented to the full-time Lindenwood faculty member who demonstrates the best combination of pedagogical innovation, student-centeredness, and effectiveness as a classroom teacher. This ideal may be achieved through nurturance of major scholarship in one’s students as part of their coursework, application of one’s scholarly work to improvement on one’s classroom teaching, or the development of scholarly works for use by students in the recipient’s classes. The award recipient has a student-centered approach to teaching, challenges students to meet their full potential and sets a high standard for quality of teaching.


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Ramirez: Julian Ramirez, Bogotá, Colombia, with Campus Provost Dr. Renee Porter, was the 2018 Sibley Award honoree at the Lindenwood University-Belleville Honors Convocation. This award is given to a male senior who exemplifies the ideals of scholarship, leadership, loyalty, and service to the university and the community. 

Talley: Michal Talley, Troy, Mo., with Campus Provost Dr. Renee Porter was the 2018 Easton Award honoree at the Lindenwood University-Belleville Honors Convocation. This award is given to a female senior who exemplifies the ideals of scholarship, leadership, loyalty, and service to the university and the community. 

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