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Chelsea Dolan (right) of Thomasville receives the President’s Award from Dr. Gary Bonvillian, TU President, during Thomas University’s annual Honors Reception held Friday, May 8, in Thomasville. Each year the President’s Award, TU’s most prestigious, is given to the most outstanding student.

 

TU honors outstanding graduates at annual reception

Chelsea Dolan, a student from Thomasville, received Thomas University’s highest honor presented to a student, the President’s Award, during the annual Honors Reception held Friday, May 8, at the Best Western Rose City Conference Center in Thomasville.

Dolan, who graduated Saturday, May 9, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology, was praised for her academic achievements as well as her commitment to providing student leadership and community service. During her time as a student, Dolan also served as a tutor to other students, president of the Psychology Club as well as a member of the TU Honor Council and Psi Chi national honor society in psychology. Dolan was also one of five students who presented at the Ninth Annual Meeting of the Georgia Psychological Society Conference in April 2015.

“Chelsea Dolan has been a valued contributor to our psychology program through her active leadership and participation,” said Dr. Claire Dede Avery, Chair of the Division of Counseling and Psychology.  “Her academic work is routinely scholarly and she displays exceptional skills in critical analysis. Chelsea goes the extra mile and takes pride in her relations on and off campus.  Her dedication to academic studies is commendable.   Her unselfish giving of her time is evident through her dedication to Thomas University's Student Support Services and it has been easy to sense the basic human kindness she projects in her dealings with others.”

In his nomination of Dolan, Dr. Steve DePaola, Associate Professor of Psychology, wrote, “She has demonstrated exceptionally high academic competencies, and her skills grow each semester. Most striking is her ability to tackle challenging material with enthusiasm and endurance.”

DePaola also commended Dolan’s community service and leadership activities.

“In fact, Chelsea has gone above and beyond as a student leader at Thomas University,” DePaola wrote. “She has balanced her extracurricular and academic responsibilities and made a lasting impression on me and many other professors at Thomas University. She is involved, dedicated and caring. She is the ‘poster child’ of student leadership at Thomas University.”

Also during the Honors Reception, other outstanding graduates were recognized with departmental awards. Those include:

  • Associate of Science in Law Enforcement: Robert Vaughn Watts of Social Circle, Georgia
  • Bachelor of Science in Biology: Joshua Alan Hatcher of Cairo, Georgia
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration—Major in Accounting: Taylor Cloyd of Grand Prairie, Texas
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration—Major in Management: Luis Daniel Berrios of Melbourne, Florida
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration—Major in Marketing: Chelsie Anna Cosby of Cairo, Georgia
  • Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice: Robert C. Fisher, Jr. of Marietta, Georgia
  • Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education: Jessica B. Norman of Boston, Georgia
  • Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science: Katherine Grace Gutierrez of Carrollton, Georgia
  • Bachelor of Science in Middle Grades Education: Breana Lee Pullara of Safety Harbor, Florida
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-BSN):  Mary Jane Bailey of Tallahassee, Florida
  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology: Burton D. Burt of Gainesville, Florida
  • Bachelor of Science in Rehabilitation Studies:  Katelynn Knight of Thomasville, Georgia
  • Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education: Victor Lawrence Lavatte of Arlington, Georgia
  • Bachelor of Science in Social Science: Stephen J. Bordenkircher of Lady Lake, Florida
  • Bachelor of Social Work:  Charnissa Brown of Quitman, Georgia
  • Master of Business Administration—Human Resources: Denik Reshon Camon of Thomasville, Georgia
  • Master of Business Administration—Accounting: Morgan Brittany Colvin of Thomasville, Georgia
  • Master of Business Administration: James Dillon Wiggins, Jr. of Thomasville, Georgia
  • Master of Science in Community Counseling: Richard Barfield of Cairo, Georgia
  • Master of Science in Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling:  Hector L. Zayas of Biloxi, Mississippi
  • Master of Education: Cody Wilson Bradfisch of Grafton, Illinois
  • Master of Science in Nursing:  Erin Kelley Haskin of Moultrie, Georgia

Thomas University recognized its top students during the annual Honors Reception held Friday, May 8, at the Best Western Rose City Conference Center in Thomasville. In addition to the President’s Award, departments presented awards to the most outstanding students in their programs. Participants in the reception include (front from left) Hector L. Zayas, Master of Science in Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling; Breana Lee Pullara, Bachelor of Science in Middle Grades Education; Jessica B. Norman, Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education; Morgan Brittany Colvin, Master of Business Administration-Accounting; Chelsie Anna Cosby, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration-Marketing; Denik Reshon Camon, Master of Business Administration-Human Resources; Erin Kelley Haskin, Master of Science in Nursing; Chelsea Leigh Dolan, President’s Award; Caitlin Fletcher, Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies; (back row) Dr. Gary Bonvillian, TU President; Dr. Ann Landis, Executive Vice President and Provost; Mary Jane Bailey, Bachelor of Science in Nursing; Victor Lawrence Lavatte, Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education; Joshua Alan Hatcher, Bachelor of Science in Biology; Charnissa Brown, Bachelor of Social Work; Stephen Bordenkircher, Bachelor of Science in Social Sciences; Robert C. Fischer, Jr., Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice; Richard Barfield, Master of Science in Community Counseling; James Dillon Wiggins, Jr., Master of Business Administration; Katelynn Knight, Bachelor of Science in Rehabilitation Studies; Burton D. Burt, Bachelor of Science in Psychology; Taylor Cloyd, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration-Accounting; Katherine Grace Gutierrez, Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science.

 

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