Thomas University TRiO Student Support Services holds Achievers Ceremony
Students who participate in the Thomas University TRiO Student Support Services were honored during the Achievers Ceremony held Tuesday, April 16, in the Balfour Chapel on TU’s Main Campus. Graduates of the program were honored in a previous ceremony.
This year marked the creation of the Gale Whitehurst Distinguished Student Award, named for one of the program’s first co-directors and a TU faculty member for more than 30 years. The award is presented to a student who has distinguished academic credentials and personal attributes of character and integrity that have earned the respect and admiration of his or her peers. The first recipient is Miriam Jackson of College Park.
The Community Award, which recognizes a student’s commitment to service, the quality of that service, and that student’s tremendous efforts to build a stronger and more vibrant community both on and off campus, was presented to Waunell Reichert of Thomasville.
The Military Veteran Award acknowledges military veterans who have shown courage, strength, leadership, excellence and perseverance in their military endeavors and now in their academic endeavors. The recipients were Hiram Collins and Stanley McBride, both of Thomasville.
The Most Improved Student Award was presented to Raymond Appaiah of Tallahassee.
The Student Accountability Award recognizes a student’s consistency in modeling the characteristics of a model learner. This year’s recipients were Kyran Wright of Jacksonville, Harley Tanner of Boston, Charnissa Brown of Quitman and Kathryn Jones of Pelham.
The Resiliency Award recognizes a student’s demonstration of exceptional qualities of persistence, dedication and effort to successfully complete a program of study in the face of adversity. The recipient was Dolla Saunantharak of Alto, Ga.
The Charles Barfield Mathematics Award, named in memory of a former TRiO SSS participant, is presented to a student who exemplifies a spirit of perseverance and determination while striving for academic excellence. The recipient was Kimberly Paul of Tallahassee.
The Athlete Award recognizes athletes who are SSS participants and athletes who master a skillful balance in their academic and athletic commitments. The recipients were Logan O’Byrne of Tallahassee, Chena Parker of Charlotte, N.C., and Austin Wallace of Jacksonville, Fla.
The Model Student Award is presented to the best overall conscientious student who demonstrate consistence in modeling the characteristics of a dedicate learner. This year’s recipients were Kyran Wright of Jacksonville, Fla., Harley Tanner of Boston, Charnissa Brown of Quitman and Kathryn Jones of Pelham.
The Scholars Award recognizes participants who have made academic excellence a priority in pursuit of their education. These recipients were named to the President’s List, Dean’s List, Merit List and Achiever’s List during the fall 2012 semester. Recipients included:
- From Thomasville – Katherine Alligood, Tracy Atkison, Hiram Collins, Ricardo Johnson, Stanley McBride, Lauren Strickland, Sylvia Thomas, Laura Wilcox
- From Cairo – Carl Edward Armstrong, Brenda Hubbard
- From Quitman – Deanna Barham, Victor Bush
- From Pelham – Kathryn Jones
- From Tallahassee – Susan McKendree
- From Stone Mountain – Keesha Nixon
- From College Park – Miriam Jackson
The TRiO Student Support Services at Thomas University is an initiative to help first-generation, low-income students and students with disabilities to complete four-year degrees. The program is a student-focused center of excellence in academic advising, career exploration, disability services, mentoring, supplemental instruction, student development and tutoring. TRiO Student Support Services is funded by the United States Department of Education. At TU the program is directed by Faye Johnson.