Pellissippi State recognizes outstanding students

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Pellissippi State Community College acknowledged students for their outstanding achievements at the 2013 Academic Awards Ceremony, which took place in the spring in the Clayton Performing Arts Center on the Hardin Valley Campus.

Students Maggie Jane Barta and Caleb Joshua Knox Bost were named to the All-USA Community College Academic Team. They were nominated by Pellissippi State President L. Anthony Wise Jr. in recognition of scholarly achievement.

Edwar J. Aguiar Chinchilla and Munira B. Punjvani were the recipients of the Outstanding Achievement Award–International, presented to students with international backgrounds in recognition of the pursuit of excellence.

Inductees into the 2012-13 Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges were Ashley Blair, Tonya D. Blasco, Colby Brooks, Jonathan J. Caylor, Mark Cragle, Lauren Foster, Lacy Hayes, Patrick Jarman, Jonathan C. Jones, Linda J. McLin, Michael W. Nance, Casey Owens, Christopher P. Pappas, Sridevi Ponnuchamy, Elizabeth Spenser, Katherine Swisher, Jennifer W. Talley, Valerie Clarke Tipton, Leah Watkins, Kelly Wright, Ricardo Zapata and Stacey Zupka.

Awards of Merit were presented to students in several academic disciplines: Ines Mena-Solano, Civil Engineering (Engineering Technology); Jacob Boling, Mechanical Engineering (Engineering Technology); Jonathan Jones, Interior Design Technology; Lisa Kaminski, Communication Graphics Technology (Media Technologies); and Ronald Harness, Video Production Technology (Media Technologies).

Outstanding Graduate Awards were given as well. Recipients included the following: Linda Hinkle, Behavioral Sciences; Kelly Wright, English; Niloo Ranjan, Mathematics; Abigail Cacace, Natural Sciences; and Lydia Pair, Nursing.

Students in Liberal Arts were recognized with Excellence Awards in the following subjects: Brittany Scrivner, French; Katelyn White, History; and Jessica Evans and Robert Tallent, Spanish.

Business and Computer Technology Outstanding Graduate Award recipients and their disciplines of study: Jane Sellers, Health Care Office Administration (Administrative Professional Technology); Karen Akins, Computer Accounting (Business Administration); Bobby Snodderly, Management AHEAD Program (Business Administration); Leah Watkins, Management (Business Administration); Sandra Sila-Massengill, Marketing (Business Administration); and Caleb Cooper, Networking and Communications Systems (Computer Science and Information Technology).

Business and Computer Technology Outstanding Student Award recipients and their disciplines of study: Kerry Jett, Business (Administrative Professional Technology); Candace Gilbert, Culinary Arts (Business Administration); Tammy Jo Johnson, Hospitality (Business Administration); Sarah Werling, Programming (Computer Science and Information Technology); and Jennifer Shannon, Paralegal Studies.

The Engineering and Media Technologies Outstanding Graduate Awards were presented to Sonja Girardi, Civil Engineering (Engineering Technology); Benjamin Manuel, Mechanical Engineering (Engineering Technology); Jennifer Talley, Interior Design Technology; Casey Owens, Communication Graphics Technology (Media Technologies); Rachel Emerson, Photography (Media Technologies); Jared Wilson, Video Production Technology (Media Technologies); and Alexander Briggs, Web Technology (Media Technologies).

The Electrical Engineering Outstanding Student Award was presented to Patricia Eckhart. Travis Silcox was named the recipient of the Mechanical Engineering John C. Mauer Award of Excellence.

The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs’ ACBSP Student Leadership Award was presented to Christopher Alexander.

Faculty member Beverly J. Rogers was selected by students to receive the Faculty of the Year Award. Rogers is an associate professor of Nursing at Pellissippi State.

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