Apr. 13, 2011
Students, faculty and staff were honored in the annual Evening of Honors award ceremony at Shawnee State University on Friday, April 8 culminating the two-day Celebration of Scholarship event.
Every year, students, staff and faculty vote for one person who has made a difference in their lives with the Bear Hug Award. This year the Bear Hug Award went to Dr. Debra Davis, adjunct faculty in English and Humanities.
The SSU Alumni Association presented the Alumnus of Tomorrow Award to a graduating student who has displayed commitment to his or her individual endeavors — academic, social and personal — and who shows great promise toward his or her future endeavors. This year two seniors, Christine Moore and T. Brandon Miller, were honored with the Alumnus of Tomorrow awards at the ceremony.
Several students were awarded for their senior seminar presentations during the celebration. Jacob Rouse and Josh Teeters tied for first place in the Senior Seminar Paper award. Phillip Blau, associate professor in mathematics, presented Rouse, business administration major, the award for his paper, "Ineffective U.S. Governmental Regulation of Financial Institutions Has Caused the Current Economic Crisis."
Lavanya Vemsani, assistant professor in Social Sciences, presented the award to Teeters, a history major, for his paper, "Food Aid to Developing Countries: Is It Time for Another Plan?"
Blau awarded the second place winner, Victoria Slone, business administration major, for her paper, "The Death Penalty Debate: Is Capital Punishment Effective in Deterring Crime?"
Altogether, nearly 60 awards were presented to outstanding students, faculty and staff at Shawnee State this year.