University news – May 4

IUPUC recognizes students, faculty, staff achievements

Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus (IUPUC) has recognized 45 students, faculty and staff members for superior academic achievement and excellence in teaching and service during the 2014–15 academic year.

They were presented with awards during the university’s annual Honors Convocation conducted April 13 at 6 p.m. in the Columbus Learning Center. The event was followed by a reception for those recognized, their family members and guests and representatives from local businesses.

The students recognized and the name of the award received are listed below by academic division.

Division of Business

Division of Business Foundation Outstanding Student in Business: Makala Willman

Outstanding Student in Accounting: Lisa Mumphrey

Centra Foundation Outstanding Student in Finance: William Linder

Faurecia Outstanding Student in Management: Courtney Linville

The Republic Outstanding Student in Marketing: Steven Cain

Jerry E. Wheat Scholarship Award: Michael Thompson

Georgia Blair Miller Business Student Award: Natalia Cox

University College

First-Year Seminar Award: Michael Lang

General Studies Degree Program

Outstanding Graduate Award: Sarah Harvey

Division of Education

Distinguished Teaching & Learning in English Language Learner Education: Zech Rarey

Distinguished Teaching & Learning in Special Education: Dacia Koop

Distinguished Teaching & Learning in Mathematics Education: Craig Montgomery

Distinguished Teaching & Learning in Science Education: Katie Mudd

Distinguished Teaching & Learning in Social Studies Education: Chelsea Guerrieri

Division of Liberal Arts

Best English Essay: Nicole Klein

Outstanding Student in Sociology: Brandon Million

Outstanding Student in English: Lori Haggard

Outstanding Student in Communication Studies: Jaclyn Vanosdol

Taylor Brothers Outstanding Student in Liberal Arts: Michael Foist

Division of Mechanical Engineering

Faurecia Outstanding Student in Mechanical Engineering: Joseph Peters

Division of Nursing

Columbus Regional Health Outstanding Student in Nursing: Alicia Tembo

Outstanding Student in Nursing: Kelsey Hatton

Sharer Preceptor of the Year Award: Lori DeHoff

Division of Science

Columbus Regional Health Outstanding Student in Science: Megan Taylor

Outstanding Student in Applied Calculus: Kristina Linville

Outstanding Student in Calculus: Hong Thi Phuong Tran

Promising Future Psychologist: Caitlyn Ramsey

Outstanding Student in Psychology: Rodney Burton

Jack P. Young Chemistry Award: Sabrina Schipper

The students with grant awards from the Office of Student Research are recognized below with the title of their research project.

Office of Student Research

2014-15 Grant Award Winners

Kylie Bennett — Perceptions of the Best and Worst Practices in Online Classes: Instructor’s Perspective

Rodney Burton– Individual Differences, Feedback, and Short‐Term Memory Performance

Michael Foist — Like it, Tweet It, Share it: Social Media Satisfaction and Biological Sex

Jaclyn Vanosdol — Like it, Tweet It, Share it: Social Media Satisfaction and Biological Sex

Autumn Fox — Self-Sustainable Gardening

Chelsea Guerrieri — An Examination of Pre-Service Teachers’ Beliefs about Using Social Issues Picture Books in their Future Elementary Education Classrooms

Heather Johnson — The Effect of Chitin Fiber Morphology on Mechanical Strength

Courtney Linville — The Best and Worst Practices in Online Classes: Students’ Perspectives

Carece Robbins — Comparing Methods of Measurement: The Various Blood Pressure Instruments and Locations

Emma Metz Sipple — Long Tan Legs: A Pentad Analysis of Women in Modern Country Music

Megan Taylor — Recognition of Subjective Action in Children

Andy Usher — The Biodiversity of Mayflies (Insecta: Ephemeroptera) in Minnesota

The students, staff and faculty presented with campus awards are recognized below.



Undergraduate Service Leadership Award: Bailey Moss

Undergraduate Service Leadership Award: Lacey Tincher

Chancellor’s Scholar: Bree Hobbs


C.W. Coons Distinguished Service: Vicki Kruse

Staff Council Service: Geneva Foster


Indiana University Trustees Teaching: Erica Berte

Indiana University Trustees Teaching: Barbara Hass-Jacobus

Indiana University Trustees Teaching: Aimee Zoeller

Jacqueline D. Franz Outstanding Part-Time Faculty Teaching: Tim Orr

Outstanding Full-Time Faculty Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity: Ryan Neville-Shepard

Outstanding Full-Time Faculty Service: Anna Carmon

Outstanding Full-Time Faculty Teaching: Lisa Siefker-Bailey

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