||President DeCenzo with Distinguished Student Award winner Aaron Smith
Awards were presented to Coastal Carolina University students and faculty for academic achievement and recognition at the annual Honors Convocation held today in Wheelwright Auditorium.
Aaron Smith, a double major in math and computer science of Myrtle Beach, received the Distinguished Student Award that recognizes a student with superior accomplishments in both academics and campus service. Smith will be presented the President’s Award at Saturday’s commencement ceremony for achieving a cumulative 4.0 grade point average. He will pursue a Ph.D. in computer science at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.
Denise Williams, a lecturer in mathematics and statistics, was voted 2013-2014 Distinguished Teacher of the Year, an honor bestowed by students on a fair, caring and dynamic faculty member who is always available to help students learn. She joined the CCU faculty in 2009 and earned both undergraduate and master’s degrees in mathematics education from the University of North Carolina Pembroke. She has been described by her students as not accepting failure and putting in extra work to help students succeed.
The 2013-2014 Distinguished Adviser of the Year went to Denise Davis, academic adviser in the Spadoni College of Education, who joined the CCU Office of Public Safety in 2006 while working on her master’s degree. In 2011 she joined University College as an academic adviser and later moved to the education college.
Departmental awards were presented to students in recognition of outstanding accomplishments and contributions to the academic quality of their respective departments. Candidates were nominated by department faculty.
Interdisciplinary Studies - Antonio Mark of Conway
E. Craig Wall Sr. College of Business Administration:
Accounting - Emily Bernard of Myrtle Beach
Economics (B.S.B.A) - Rachael Sismour of Chesterfield, Va.
Economics (B.A.) - Nathaniel Grimes of Henderson, Nev.
Finance - Matthew Peck of Stanley, N.Y.
Management - Courtney Boe of Bluffton
Marketing - Susan Nazimek of Woodbridge, N.J.
Master of Accountancy - Lee Franks of Pawleys Island
Master of Business Administration - Shane Boyd of Myrtle Beach
Resort Tourism Management - Meghan Miller of Union Bridge, Md.
Spadoni College of Education:
Early Childhood Education - Erica Norwood of Rock Hill
Elementary Education - Tonya Hewitt of Conway
Master of Arts in Teaching - Shannon Bogart of Myrtle Beach
Master of Education-Educational Leadership - Kelly Wilson of Myrtle Beach
Master of Education-Learning and Teaching - Jessica Moore of Conway
Middle Level Education - Chad Hamilton of Charleston
Physical Education - Cody Craig of Moncks Corner
Special Education - Jessica Paternoster of Conway
Thomas W. and Robin W. Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts:
Art Studio - Mary Elizabeth van der Horst of Myrtle Beach
Communication - Taylor Patton of Brick, N.J.
Dramatic Arts - Drew Hardy of Oxford, Ga.
English - Kenneth Lewis of Bishopville
Graphic Design - Tori Jordan of Loris
History - Matthew Tyler of Loris
Music - Zachary Andrew Patton of Myrtle Beach
Musical Theatre - Alexa Doggett of Round Rock, Texas
Philosophy - Lindsay Cortese of Myrtle Beach
Political Science - Anastasia Rhodes of Myrtle Beach
College of Science:
Biology - Romie Barnes of Conway
Biochemistry - Ina Troutman of Murrells Inlet
Chemistry - Tyler Aslund of Lexington
Computer Science - Brian Atkinson of Myrtle Beach
Exercise and Sport Science - Jessica Lee Otten of Bluffton
Health Administration - Tyrone Derrick Davis of Myrtle Beach
Health Promotion - Samantha Spivey of Lake View
Information Systems - Daria Horinbein of Myrtle Beach
Marine Science - Nathaniel Grimes of Henderson, Nev.
Master of Science in Coastal Marine and Wetland Studies - W. Beckett Hills of Conway
Mathematics and Statistics - Aaron Joseph Smith of Myrtle Beach
Nursing - Tiffany Stephens of Conway
Physics - Richard Floyd of Olanta
Psychology - Alysha McGrath of Conway
Recreation and Sport Management - Chad LeVan of Fleetwood, Pa.
Sociology - Amanda Bernadyn of Myrtle Beach