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Top honors presented to top faculty, students at Coastal

April 28, 2004

Coastal Carolina University presented awards for student academic achievement at the annual Honors Convocation on Tuesday, April 27 in Wheelwright Auditorium. Faculty recognition awards were also presented.

Keith Garramone, a senior finance major of Nolensville, Tenn., received the 2003-2004 Facultys Distinguished Excellence Award. Candidates for this award must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of at least 3.75, the endorsement of a faculty adviser and a record of academic honors. Garramone has maintained a 4.0 cumulative grade point average and was named Big South Conference Mens Outdoor Track and Field Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 2003. He won the National Collegiate Business Award last fall and the Financial Executives International Academic Award in spring 2003. A member of Coastals Wall Fellows Program, Garramone interned as a financial analyst associate for Rolls-Royce Corp. where he has already been offered a job after graduation.

Amanda J. Silva, a senior early childhood education major of Naugatuck, Conn., received the 2003-2004 Ronald D. Lackey Service Award. Named in honor of the late Coastal faculty member and university chaplain, the award is given annually to a senior on the basis of conspicuous service to the university through involvement and leadership in campus organizations. Silva has been a peer mentor, organized a fundraising event for Coastal Productions and was involved in numerous campus activities. She was cited for her organization skills, her volunteer work and her dependability.

Sharon Thompson received the Distinguished Teacher-Scholar Lecturer Award. Sponsored by HTC, Inc., this award was initiated in 1996 to recognize faculty members who distinguish themselves as teachers, scholars and communicators. During the fall, the recipient delivers a public lecture drawn from his or her area of expertise. Thompson, a professor of health promotion, was the recipient of the Excellence in Community Nutrition Award from the Dannon Institute in 2003 and The Sun News Volunteer of the Year Award for 2003-2004. She has presented scholarly papers in local, state and national venues. Her research on nutrition and body image has been widely praised in scholarly circles. She is chairperson of the Waccamaw Youth Center and of the Horry County School District Comprehensive Health Education Advisory Committee.

James D. Henderson was presented the Student Affairs Division Award, which honors faculty who make significant contributions to the quality of student life through participation and leadership in the co-curricular activities of the university. A professor of international studies, he serves as president of the South Carolina Conference of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) and he also heads Coastals AAUP chapter. He is a veteran of the Peace Corps, and the author of numerous books and articles on Latin American history. Paul C. Peterson was named the Distinguished Teacher of the Year, an annual honor presented by Coastals Student Government Association to faculty who demonstrate excellence in teaching. Peterson is a politics professor, a member of the Horry County Board of Education and a former president of the South Carolina Political Science Association. He earned a Ph.D. from Claremont Graduate School in political science and a masters degree from the University of California. He joined the Coastal faculty in 1980.

Department awards were presented to 37 students in recognition of outstanding academic accomplishments and contributions to the academic quality of their respective departments.

The following awards were presented:

E. Craig Wall Sr. College of Business Administration:

Accounting Frances C. Sloan of Murrells Inlet

Finance Keith P. Garramone of Nolensville, Tenn.

Management James S. Chatfield of Goose Creek

Marketing Jennifer L. Barnhill of Aynor

Spadoni College of Education:

Early Childhood Education Joy K. Strickland of Nichols

Elementary Education Chena M. Smith of North Myrtle Beach

Health Promotion Beth E. Graham of Murrells Inlet

Master of Art in Teaching Martha H. Anderson of Conway

Physical Education Tyler M. Murtha of Lyon Mountain, N.Y.

Recreation and Sports Management Jonathan A. Suter of Murrells Inlet

Thomas W. and Robin W. Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts:

Art Studio Brandi M. Green of Huntingtown, Md.

English Thomas A. Moore of Surfside Beach

Foreign Languages Nicole L. Silimperi of Suwanee, Ga.

History Katie A. Knieriemen of Warwick, N.Y.

Music Aarian H. Land of Conway

Musical Theater Patricia S. Verzella of West Colllingswood, N.J.

Philosophy and Religion Jess M. Hart of Myrtle Beach

Politics and Geography Colleen S. Archer of Myrtle Beach

Dramatic Arts Tiffany M. Scribner of Rootstown, Ohio

College of Natural and Applied Sciences:

Biology Amanda M. Windsor of Sidney, Ohio

Computer Science Abhishek Agrawal of Haryana, India

Marine Science Tyler Hesser of Alpharetta, Ga.

Mathematics Maria C. Butler of Myrtle Beach

Psychology Stephanie E. Kirbach of Pawleys


Sociology Kathleen T. Gale of Laurel, Md.

Vicki E. Williams of Conway received the Interdisciplinary Studies Award from Coastals School of Continuing Studies.

Medallions were presented to the following students who have successfully completed the requirements of Coastals Honors Program:

Ashley M. Bailey of Cottageville English

Jennifer L. Barnhill of Aynor English/Marketing

Neil A. Capper of Proctorville, Ohio Marine Science

Everett G. Flowers of Harpers Ferry, W.Va. English

Brandi M. Green of Huntingtown, Md. Art Studio

Katherine E. Koontz of Pittsburgh, Pa. Marine Science/Biology

Meredith R. Putnam of Doylestown, Pa. Psychology

Sarah P. Rider of Overland Park, Kan. Marine Science

Tiffany R. Snyder of Follansbee, W.Va. Biology

Marilyn R. Testa of McDonald, Ohio Biology

Clare N. Thomasy of Maumee, Ohio Biology

Matthew T. Vaughn of Solon, Ohio Psychology

Patricia S. Verzella of West Collingswood, N.J. Musical Theater

Annya M. Walker of Delhi, N.Y. Marine Science/Biology

The 481 members of Coastals 15 honor societies and the 33 students listed in Whos Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities were also acknowledged, as well as 93 students who made presentations of papers at various academic conferences.