Dr. David Lowry, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, announces the recipients of this year’s Dean’s Award. The Dean’s Award is given at the end of the school year to recognize outstanding students from each department. A small reception for faculty, family, and friends was held on Friday, April 11, at 4:00 p.m. to honor these students.
Art & Design
The Art & Design Department has selected two recipients to receive the 2008 Dean’s Award. The first recipient is Jacob Berkin. Jacob is a senior ART BFA major. He exemplifies strong leadership in the department, and students often seek and trust his fair and open-minded insights. Jacob is always willing to lend a hand and help in order to get a project done. He is a person of action who has started a company with some friends. He maintains a positive outlook is a hard worker.
The second recipient is Whitney Parker. Whitney is a senior Graphic Design/Illustration major; she is a talented and gifted artist and designer. Aside from school and her participation in Pi Zeta Phi service club, Whitney has been instrumental in the creation and development of Wishing Well, a non profit organization that uses art and other creative means to raise money for clean water wells in Africa. She has a heart for helping others; she also is a leader in the department, an organizer, and motivator. She is always upbeat, has a positive outlook and is very hard-working.
The Biology Department is pleased to recognize Cassandra Tyler as the Dean’s Award winner. Excellence is a rare commodity by definition and Cassie Tyler pursues excellence in both her academic and athletic endeavors. She has been named an NAIA Scholar Athlete and placed on ESPN the Magazine’s Academic All-America College Division soccer team for 2006 and 2007. Cassie was awarded the Perry Don McBroom Math and Science Scholarship and has been a member of the Alpha Chi honor society. She has been a member of the Pi Zeta Phi social service club and studied abroad with the Vienna Studies Program in 2006. In addition to her participation with the OC Soccer team, she has worked as a laboratory assistant in the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Department at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center where she worked to crystallize trypanosomal RNA. She will be starting medical school in the Fall of 2008.
Chemistry & Physics
Amelia Enix is receiving the Dean’s Award from the Chemistry and Physics Department. Amelia is originally from the state of Florida, but more recently is from St. Louis, where she attended high school. She will be graduating in December and hopes to attend graduate school to study physical chemistry beginning in the Fall of 2009. She has particular interest in Vanderbilt University in Nashville and Oxford University in England. Amelia is also interested in exploring pharmacy and will be working as a pharmacy technician after graduating from OC and before graduate school. She has served as a Teaching Assistant in General Chemistry and has co-authored a toxicology informational article with Dr. Luttrell that will be published in the Journal of Chemical Health and Safety.
The Dean’s Award for Communication goes to Dacia Dodson. As a broadcast journalism major, Dacia served as a reporter and the assignment editor for the campus news station, Eagle Angle. Outside the classroom, she participated in a number of activities including the service club Pi Zeta Phi and Relay for Life. Dacia serves as The National Broadcast Society’s Vice President of Fundraising for the OC chapter. In the summer of 2007, she was given the opportunity to intern at The Oklahoman in the Multi-Media Department and currently is employed as a full-time online editor. Dacia is graduating Magna Cum Laude at the end of April and plans to continue her education, earning a masters degree in business or communication.
History & Political Science
The Dean’s Award for History and Political Science goes to Elaine Ekpo. Elaine is one of the Honors students and a History/Pre-law major, who will graduate in December, 2008. She spent the 2007 fall term at Wycliffe Hall at Oxford University as part of the CCCU Scholars’ Semester in Oxford. During that very rigorous term, she researched and wrote a number of papers, earning excellent marks in the process. A member of Phi Alpha Theta, she presented a paper at the Phi Alpha Theta Oklahoma Regional Conference last year and presented one of her Oxford papers at the same conference on Saturday, March 8. She is planning on attending law school in her home state of California.
Language & Literature
Paul Mitchell is the recipient of the Dean’s Award for the Language and Literature Department and is a most deserving student. He has been published twice this year, has been accepted to and attended the national Sigma Tau Delta Conference three years in a row. Paul served as Writing Center Director this year, and has been a Writing Center tutor for 3 years. He was an assistant editor for the Language and Literature Department’s publication, Soundings, for three years and for “Skinny Voice” for two years. Paul has directed and acted in many theater productions while maintaining a high GPA. We are proud to call him a graduate of the Language & Literature Department.
Adam Bruce is the recipient of the Music Award. Adam has served as the Oklahoma Christian University Symphonic Band President from 2006-2008, as the Symphonic Band Chaplain during 2005-2006, and he was named the Outstanding Band Member from 2005-2007. Adam is also a member of the OC Jazz Ensemble, the Sweat Band, and the Percussion Ensemble. During 2006-07, he was Kappa Sigma Tau’s Rush Director, and he has also been selected as a Whose Who Among American College Students recipient. Adam’s numerous other activities include serving as the Spring Sing Band Director in 2006, playing in the Oklahoma Community Orchestra, performing in the Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps, the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps, and the Colts Drum and Bugle Corps and performing with OMEA Collegiate Honor Band in 2006 and 2008. He is also a Gateway World Percussion Adjunct Instructor and a Marching and Concert Band instructor/arranger for Edmond Memorial High School. He received the Joni Rice Memorial Percussion Award in 2006 and is a member of the Pi Lambda Theta Honor Society for Education Majors. His honors in 2005 include being named as the Colts Drum and Bugle Corps Outstanding Percussionist, performing with the College Band Directors National Association Intercollegiate Small College Honor Band at Lincoln Center in NYC, being named the Redbud Jazz Festival Outstanding Soloist, and being selected as Oklahoma Christian University’s Outstanding Freshman Music Major in 2004-2005. He is scheduled to graduate in December 2008.
Christy Hallock is a Senior Nursing major at Oklahoma Christian University and is the receiver of the Dean’s Award from Nursing. This is Christy’s second degree at Oklahoma Christian. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Studies with an emphasis in Biology in 2005. While earning her first degree at Oklahoma Christian, Christy was involved in the social service club of Gamma Rho, where she served as Rush director in 2004 and as Vice President in 2005. After the 2005 fall semester, Christy made the decision to continue with Oklahoma Christian in their efforts to build their own Nursing Program, and she was accepted into Oklahoma Christian’s first nursing class in the summer of 2006. She was voted Class President by her peers and serves her class and the faculty as a connection between the two. She, along with other officers, have been raising money and planning for Oklahoma Christian’s Inaugural Pinning Ceremony for the past year and a half. She is currently employed by OU Medical Center at The Children’s Hospital on the Surgical Unit as a Nurse Partner. After graduation, Christy plans on working for The Children’s Hospital on the Surgical Unit. Christy states that her decision to come back to Oklahoma Christian for Nursing School has definitely been guided and blessed by God.
Psychology and Family Studies
Mikiko Imura’s home is in Sapporo, which is located in the northern island of Japan. She first came to Oklahoma four years ago to study business at UCO, but she transferred to OC in the spring of 2006. When Mikiko took Psychology to fulfill her general education requirement, she soon realized how interested she was in the subject. She is a member of Psi Chi, the Psychology Club. Mikiko reports none of her family members have had the experience of studying abroad; none of them even know what Psychology is, so it is a great wonder to her that she is at OC, majoring in psychology. Even though her family members don’t know about psychology, they are very supportive of Mikiko achieving an education, and she really appreciates their support. After Mikiko graduates this summer, she plans to work for one year and then go to a graduate school to study environmental psychology.