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2018 Honors Convocation

Departmental Awards

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.

Undergraduate Programs

Accounting Dylan Boston
Anthropology and Geography Rachel Whyte
Art History Darrah Panzarella
Art Studio Aynslee van Graan
Biochemistry David Laws
Biology Emilie-Katherine Tavernier
Chemistry Mallory Byrne
Communication Megan Foster
Computer Science Junkai Xing
Dramatic Arts Megan Seier
Early Childhood Education Holly Hardee
Economics Christian Adams *
Elementary Education Caroline Rogers
English Madison Rahner
Exercise and Sport Science Alexandra Lucas *
Finance Patrick Dempsey *
Graphic Design Andrew Smith
Health Administration Michaela Kaltwasser
History Carlie Todd
Hospitality, Resort and Tourism Management Bailey Clay
Information Systems Andrew Lewis
Information Technology Sean Timmons
Intelligence and National Security Studies Madison Nowlin *
Interdisciplinary Studies Robert Holmes
Management Emily Graham *
Marine Science Juliane Caughron *
Marketing Lisa Saguto
Mathematics Jolie Even *

Middle Level Education Paige Dieter
Music Christopher Wright *
Musical Theater Wesley Williams
Nursing Lou Anna Miller
Philosophy Garland Shrader
Physical Education Ashley Jordan
Physics Austin Smothers
Political Science Allie Sheets
Psychology Lucille Romanik *
Public Health Justin Lowes
Recreation and Sport Management Noah Lare *
Sociology Judith Roberto
Special Education Emily Neil
Theatre Arts Korilyn Hendricks

Graduate Programs

Master of Accountancy Elena Draiss
Master of Arts in Liberal Studies Richard O’Leary
Master of Arts in Teaching–English Savannah Scarborough
Master of Arts in Writing Benjamin Counts
Master of Business Administration Alex Brinkmeier
Master of Education–Educational Leadership Cody Knight
Master of Education–Instructional Technology Michael Ballard
Master of Education–Learning and Teaching, Literacy Whitney Glenn
Master of Education–Special Education Shayla Anderson
Master of Science in Coastal Marine and Wetland Studies Cathryn Wheaton
Master of Science in Information Systems Technology Ike Vayansky
Master of Science in Sport Management Thomas Cocke

Recognitions and Awards

In addition to the departmental awards, others students recognized at the Honors Convocation include the following:

University Honors Program graduates

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.

Christian Adams
Myles Anderson
Lauren Angello
Morgan Benson
Olivia Bertelsen
Frances Bozak
Kennedi Brunstad
Marissa Cain
Juliane Caughron
Abigail Chaney
Madeline Collins
Kelsey Corbin
Justin Daniels
Teiatra Davis
Kaeli Day
Erin Dempsey
Douglas Dowell
Lauren Durant
Alexis Echols
Jolie Even
Casey Fleck
Rebecca Ford
Tyla Foster
Kaylea Gassaway-Rea
Emily Graham
Danielle Guy
Lezah Hanna
Savannah Harden
Katherine Hart
Colin Hildebeidel
Kyla Hilty

John Horgan
Kae Huang
Erin Hurley
George Hyde
Samantha Ikner
Derek Jackson
Logan C. Jarrell
Steven Kaufmann
Sophia Kider
Leah Kohler
Noah Lare
Alan Lemons
Alexandra Lucas
Jake Lucas
Christina Lunetta
Ashley Lynch
Casey Mallon
Steven Manz
Erin Martin
Robert McCarthy
Carley Metcalf
Taylor Monahan
Allison Moss
Skyler Munson
Melissa Neal
Meredith Nichols
Madison Nowlin
Benjamin Noonan
Riley Norman
Hunter M. Ofcarcik
Jennifer Page

Joie Passalacqua
Erin Paxton
Taylor Petersen
Heather Piper
Claire Poeckes
Kayla Powell
Emily Presley
Micah Ray
Lindsay Rhodunda
Emily Ricardo
Stephanie Roa
Kayli Rohal
Lucille Romanik
Raymond Sgambati
Toni Smith
Dominique Smith
Katherine Spegar
Kenidy Springer
Nora Stanley
Tavia Sturgill
Amy Abby Taylor
Asiah Thompson
Natalie Tyran
Rachel Unger
Avery Veitel
Hannah Wareheim
Hannah Weinberg
Louise Wilson
Paris Winters
Christopher Wright
Connor Wrightson



Dyer Fellows

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.

Allie Sheets
Nicholas Smith
Emily Taylor

Jackson Scholars

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.

Garland Shrader
Nicholas Smith
Carlie Todd

Swain Scholars

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.

Sydney Brown
Ashley Lynch

Teaching Fellows

The South Carolina Teaching Fellows Program is a scholarship program funded by the Center for Educator Recruitment, Retention, and Advancement (CERRA). The program supports high-achieving South Carolina high school students who wish to pursue a degree in education. Following graduation, scholarship recipients must teach in a state public school for a minimum of three years. The Teaching Fellows receive professional development and as serve in leadership roles. CCU is one of only 11 institutions in the state identified as a Teaching Fellows Institution, and is highly competitive in receiving 20-25 students each year.

Conner Elms
Benjamin Flo
Lindsey Morgan
Victoria Worley

Wall Fellows

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.

Myles Anderson
Sean Edwards
Michael Ford
Kaylea Gassaway-Rea
Trevor Greene

Ross Kunmann
Sora Lebowitz
Michayla Smith

Special Awards

Distinguished Undergraduate Student Award

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.

‌Carlie Todd

Carlie Todd will graduate from Coastal Carolina University with dual Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in both intelligence and national security studies and in history. She has worked as the project leader for the Athenaeum Press at Coastal Carolina University where she assists in research and publications on the Waccamaw region of South Carolina. She has worked as an archivist organizing and cataloguing various documents and recordings on the lives of African American soldiers in World War II. This archive is currently being added to the Library of Congress’s archival manuscript collection. She has engaged in various academic research including work on servicewomen of World War II, ISIS’s financial infrastructure, and the technological subversion of state and non-state actors in U.S. intelligence. A research paper she wrote on the local influenza pandemic won best overall paper at the Phi Alpha Theta history conference earlier this year. She has served as a campus leader both as a Jackson Scholar and as an SGA Senator. Her interests include 20th century American history, women’s and gender history, U.S. national security threats, and Sunni Islamic militancy. Todd plans to pursue a doctorate in American history. Todd is from Charlotte, N.C. 

Distinguished Teacher of the Year Award

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.

Joseph Fitsanakis

‌Associate professor of politics, Thomas W. and Robin W. Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts

Distinguished Collegiate Adviser of the Year

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.

Lindsey Toper

Academic adviser in the E. Craig Wall Sr. College of Business Administration