2017 Honors Convocation
Honors Convocation Recognitions
- Departmental Awards
- Honors Program
- Dyer Fellows
- Jackson Scholars
- Swain Scholars
- Wall Fellows
- Distinguished Student
- Distinguished Teacher
- Distinguished Adviser
- In addition to those recognized at the Honors Convocation, the President's List includes students who have earned a GPA of 4.0 and Dean's List includes students who have achieved a GPA of 3.5 or higher (3.25 for freshmen), during the spring or fall semester.
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Departmental Awards recognize outstanding academic accomplishments by students as well as contributions to the academic quality of the department. Candidates are nominated and selected by the college faculty. Select a student's name from the list below to learn more about their accomplishments. An asterisk indicates a student in the University Honors Program.
Accounting John Patterson
Art Studio Haley Smith
Biochemistry Breana Wilson *
Biology Christopher Logan Pierpont*
Chemistry Nehemian Stafford
Communication Carlianne Lindsey Hanks
Computer Science Stephen Penton
Dramatic Arts Megan Seier *
Early Childhood Education Hannah Eells
Economics Heather Williams *
Elementary Education Nelda Glaze *
English Ashley Canter *
Exercise and Sport Science Emma Kroger
Finance Marissa Green *
Graphic Design Theresa Calabrese
Health Administration Pamela Thompson
History Michael Jones
Hospitality, Resort and Tourism Management Xueling Lin
Information Systems Max Williams
Information Technology Ketron Belin
Intelligence and National Security Studies Benjamin Malone
Interdisciplinary Studies Anna Borinski
Management Geoffrey Guyette
Marine Science Brooke Anderson *
Marketing Tracey Geary
Mathematics Rachel Wayner
Middle Level Education Francesca Donio
Music Whitney Daniels *
Philosophy Kaitlyn Powalie
Physical Education Robbi Winfield
Physics Shawn Scialabba
Political Science Rachael Houston *
Psychology Olivia Campbell *
Public Health Kerry Dittmeier *
Recreation and Sport Management Miranda Gatto
Sociology Avery Noel
Special Education Jessica Partin
Theatre Arts Emily Peiffer
Master of Accountancy Alexander Khokhlov
Master of Arts in Liberal Studies Michael Mistler
Master of Arts in Teaching–Science Delanie Sage
Master of Arts in Writing Chelsea Thomas
Master of Business Administration Kyla van Graan
Master of Education–Educational Leadership Nathaniel Marshall
Master of Education–Instructional Technology Emily Fay-Kentrolius
Master of Education–Learning and Teaching NyRhonda Nixon
Master of Science in Coastal Marine and Wetland Studies Kristen Trevey
Recognitions and Awards
In addition to the departmental awards, others recognized at the Honors Convocation include the following:
The primary mission of the Honors Program at Coastal Carolina University is to encourage and assist honors students in developing reasoning, intellectual, leadership, decision-making, organizational and social skills through high-quality, challenging classroom instruction and participation in community service projects.
The focus of the Dyer Institute for Leadership and Public Policy is to engage students in active learning opportunities where they may gain knowledge in various areas of policy research. The goal is to provide students with experience that will connect academic theory to practice as well as foster the importance of civic-minded citizens.
Students are chosen every other year for Coastal Carolina University’s two-year Jackson Scholars program, established in 2004 to cultivate and promote awareness in students of the importance of personal and professional integrity.
Established through the generous donation of Kenneth Swain of Myrtle Beach, the scholarship and credit-bearing Swain Scholars program develops students in community health outreach through coursework, training and internships.
Kerry Dittmeier *
Founded in 1995, the University's Wall Fellows program is a unique organization designed to prepare top business, science and humanities students for high-level careers in major U.S. and international corporations and organizations.
Jonah Skiles *
The Distinguished Student Award recognizes outstanding academic achievements by a senior student. Selected by a faculty committee with representatives from each college of the University, candidates have attained the endorsement of a faculty adviser and a record of academic honors throughout their enrollment at the University.
Kerry Dittmeier, a public health major, has received numerous awards for her scholastic achievements, including the University Scholar Award, the President's Scholar Award and the Honors Excellence Award. She holds membership in the honor societies Phi Eta Sigma, Eta Sigma Gamma, and the National Society for Leadership and Success. Dittmeier is a Swain Scholar and has presented her research at multiple conferences throughout her college career. She is also in the University Honors Program. She plans to pursue a graduate degree in public health with a concentration in global health.
The Distinguished Teacher of the Year Award recognizes excellence in teaching. A student committee chaired by the vice president of the Student Government Association and composed of two representatives from each of the colleges solicits nominations from students. The eight leading candidates receive classroom visitations from at least two members of the committee. The final four candidates are interviewed by the entire committee.
Wes Fondren is an associate professor and chair of the Department of Communication, Languages and Culture. The Distinguished Teacher of the Year is an honor bestowed by students on a "caring and dynamic faculty member who is always available to help students learn." Fondren received a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Alabama, a Master of Divinity from Samford University and a Ph.D. in communication and information science from the University of Alabama. He joined the CCU faculty in 2009 as an assistant professor of communication.
The Distinguished Collegiate Adviser of the Year award recognizes excellence in advising. A student committee chaired by the vice president of policy of the Student Government Association and composed of two representatives from each of the colleges solicits nominations from students. The leading candidates submit resumes and letters of recommendation, and the awardees are selected by the committee.
Frankie Weeks has been a member of the CCU faculty since 2007 and has worked in various offices across campus. She has served as academic adviser for the Thomas W. and Robin W. Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts. Some of her duties include planning and coordinating adviser training sessions, developing and implementing initiatives to improve student academic success, and assessing collegewide efforts in advising and retention. She earned a bachelor's degree in sociology and a master's degree in writing, both from Coastal Carolina University.