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Academic Achievement Awards

April 20, 2012

 

 

Kutztown University honors 2012 Chambliss Award winners

KUTZTOWN - Kutztown University celebrated the recipients of its annual Academic Achievement Awards in a ceremony on April 13 in the McFarland Student Union building.

The ceremony included remarks Dr. Carlson R. Chambliss, Professor Emeritus, Physical Science, and Dr. F. Javier Cevallos, University President, with an introduction to the award recipients by Dr. Carlos Vargas-Aburto, Provost and Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs.

Faculty members nominate students after they have met one or more of the six areas of achievement. Areas in which achievement can occur include: successfully completed research projects, original artwork of high quality, artistic performances (music, chorus, drama, etc.) of high quality, original writing in literature or meritorious writing in other fields, noteworthy athletics, and outstanding service to the KU community.

The Academic Achievement Award was established through a donation provided by Chambliss, KU faculty member from 1970-2003. The purpose of the awards is to recognize the exceptional individual achievements of a select group of KU graduating seniors. Specially designed coin medallions of gold, silver, and copper were presented to the students.


Gold Medal

  Samantha Miller, center, with Dr. Cevallos and Dr. Chambliss 
Samantha L. Miller
(with Dr. Carlson Chambliss, right, and Dr. F. Javier Cevallos, left)

 Samantha Miller from Oley, Pa., graduated with a degree in history from Kutztown University in December 2011. She has earned a Gold Chambliss Student Academic Achievement Award 2012 for her research project, outstanding service and artistic performance. She is a founding member of a musical group, specializing in traditional Pennsylvania Dutch folk music, called Die Marriyeschtanne or "The Morning Star." Samantha's advanced research paper on Propaganda and Art during the French Revolution was presented at the Phi Alpha Theta Regional conference in spring 2011 and received one of the top prizes for undergraduate research. Her two recognized research projects include "From Mothers-in-Law to Beelzebub: The Landscape of Pennsylvania German Secular Music and Men who saved it from Oblivion" and "The Quiet Jacobin: the Art and Politics of Jacques-Louis David." Samantha has also found time to volunteer and intern at the Pennsylvania-German Cultural Heritage Center on Kutztown's campus. She produced an independent film project about the center, and conducted research on Pennsylvania Dutch fiddle music. She plans to continue her education by earning a Ph.D. in American history with a specialty in Pennsylvania German studies at the University of Pennsylvania.

Silver Medal

Kimberly Beyer, center, with Dr. Cevallos and Dr. Chambliss

Kimberly Beyer
(with Dr. Carlson Chambliss, right, and Dr. F. Javier Cevallos, left)

 

 

 Kimberly Beyer, from Downingtown, Pa., graduated as a communication design major with a focus in design and illustration in December 2011. She has maintained a nearly perfect grade point average while attending Kutztown University and is being honored with a Silver Chambliss Student Academic Achievement Award 2012 for original artwork. Kimberly was a design intern at the Crayola LLC Creative Department, and the design intern at Penn Medicine Creative Services. She also worked for Kutztown University's Housing and Residential Services as a graphic designer. Kimberly received two honorable mention awards for her poster design in the Flux Student Design Competition- American Institute of Graphic Art (AIGA) Blue Ridge 2011. Her logo design was chosen for the Kutztown University Bearfest Logo Design Competition in 2010 and the Honors Program T-shirt design in 2009. She also wrote, illustrated and designed a children's book for her honors thesis project. In the future, Kimberly hopes to work as an illustrator.



Silver Medal

  Ashley Dougherty, center, with Dr. Cevallos and Dr. Chambliss 
Ashley Dougherty
(with Dr. Carlson Chambliss, right, and Dr. F. Javier Cevallos, left)

 Ashley Dougherty from Topton, Pa., will receive her bachelor's degree in secondary education concentrating in mathematics with a minor in Spanish in May. She has been selected to receive a Silver Chambliss Student Academic Achievement Award 2012 recognizing her research project. Last year, she was solely chosen to take part in a Mathematical Science Research Institute co-sponsored by the National Security Agency, which resulted in the publication of one of her papers. Ashley is a member of the Honors Program at KU and was selected to participate in a Mathematical Science Research Institute at Miami University last summer. She is currently working on an independent study project that involves teaching mathematics in English rather than Spanish to non-native English speakers in regional public schools. In the future, Ashley hopes to become a mathematics teacher where she can apply the results of her Independent Study project in a classroom setting.

Silver Medal

   James Maria, center, with Dr. Cevallos and Dr. Chambliss

James Maria
(with Dr. Carlson Chambliss, right, and Dr. F. Javier Cevallos, left)

 

 West Lawn native, James Maria, will be graduating this May with a degree in fine arts from Kutztown University. James is being honored with a Silver Chambliss Student Academic Achievement Award 2012 for original artwork.  Along with his work that exhibited in the Sharadin Student Gallery, he has begun exhibiting his work professionally. He has earned a spot on the Dean's List for six out of his seven semesters at KU. He is a member of The College of Visual and Performing Arts' Dean's scholars program, and was most recently a recipient of the Sharadin award for his distinguished achievement in fine arts, which he also received in 2010. His featured work includes "Defaced & Forgotten" by James Maria and Jason Rowels in September 2011, "Vanity & Rust" 2010, and "Watercolor & Oil Paintings" 2010. His art work has been displayed in many exhibits including the 50th Anniversary Watercolor U.S.A Juried Exhibition, the Philadelphia Watercolor Society's 2011 Juried Exhibition and the Emerging Artist Exhibition Wall. James looks forward to attending graduate school to further pursue his career goals as a studio artist and art professor.


Silver Medal

Jared Swiontek, center, with Dr. Cevallos and Dr. Chambliss   
Jarred Swiontek
(with Dr. Carlson Chambliss, right, and Dr. F. Javier Cevallos, left)

 

 Jarred Swiontek from Jenkins Township, Pa., will graduate with a degree in geology in May. He is receiving a Silver Chambliss Student Academic Achievement Award 2012 for his research work. He was a major contributor in three projects including: geophysical exploration of an active landslide on Mount Porter in New York; identifying stream flow loss in a watershed impacted by abandoned mine drainage near Minersville, PA, and geophysical mapping of groundhog burrows near Kutztown, PA. All three of his papers were presented at regional and national meetings. The geophysical mapping of groundhog burrows near Kutztown, PA, was taken to two separate conferences in March 2012: the Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America and the Symposium on the Application of Geophysics to Engineering and Environmental Problems. While at KU, Jarred has been involved with the Geology Club and has acted as its president since the fall 2011. Upon graduation, Jarred plans to attend graduate school to continue his research.

Copper Medal

 

Alex Greene, center, with Dr. Cevallos and Dr. Chambliss

Alex Green
(with Dr. Carlson Chambliss, right, and Dr. F. Javier Cevallos, left)   

Kutztown-native, B. Alexander Greene, graduated magna cum laude, as a library science major at Kutztown University in December 2011. He is receiving a Copper Chambliss Student Academic Achievement Award 2012 for his outstanding service to the Kutztown University community. During the fall 2011 semester, Alex served as a student intern for digital services in the KU Rohrbach Library. While interning, Alex completed two projects and made a significant contribution to the continuing project of making searchable and digital copies of the Kutztown Patriot available globally through the Keystone Library Network. He also initiated and configured the new lantern slide digital collection. Alex's future plans include

 

Copper Medal

 

Matthew Johanson, center, with Dr. Cevallos and Dr. Chambliss


 Matthew Johanson 

 (with Dr. Carlson Chambliss, right, and Dr. F. Javier Cevallos, left)

 Matthew Johanson from Macungie, Pa., graduated from Kutztown University in December 2011, as an elementary education major. He is receiving a Copper Chambliss Student Academic Achievement Award 2012 for his research project. Matthew's project is an investigation that looks into the effects of high-stakes testing for 3rd through 5th graders in a diverse, inner-city setting through their journal entries during PSSA testing. Matthew wrote a proposal to present his research-in-progress at the annual meeting of the Eastern Educational Research Association (EERA) that was accepted in February 2012. He presented his work to the KU Student Research Committee members who approved a $500 grant to travel while doing research. After graduation, Matthew plans to continue to conduct investigations as he begins his teaching career.


Copper Medal

 

Danielle Kiernan, center, with Dr. Cevallos and Dr. Chambliss

 Danielle Kiernan
(with Dr. Carlson Chambliss, right, and Dr. F. Javier Cevallos, left)   

 Danielle Kiernan, from Clarks Summit, Pa., is a leisure and sport studies major, graduating in May 2012. Danielle has earned the Copper Chambliss Student Academic Achievement Award 2012 for her research project. Scholars at the University of Florida have asked to use Danielle's paper as a research reference. She focuses on research projects aimed to increase the fan base and game attendance of minor league professional teams. Her research will be presented at the 2012 Sport Business Conference. Danielle was also nominated for the 2012 Sport Business Undergraduate Research Award. She is also a research team leader at the KU Sport Business Institute (KUSBI). Upon graduation, Danielle will continue to pursue a doctoral degree in sport management.

Copper Medal

 

 

Allison McCann, center, with Dr. Cevallos and Dr. Chambliss

Allison McCann
(with Dr. Carlson Chambliss, right, and Dr. F. Javier Cevallos, left)

 Allison McCann from Oley, Pa., graduating in 2012, is a fine arts major with a focus in art history. Allison's original writing in literature has won her the Copper Chambliss Student Academic Achievement Award 2012 for original writing. She presented two papers at recent undergraduate conferences. "Holy Aberrations on the Illuminated Page" was presented at Villanova University in April 2011, and "Beyond Beastly: Why the Grotesque was Important in Christian Manuscript Illuminations" was presented at the Sixth Undergraduate Conference in Medieval and Early Modern Studies organized at Moravian University. Allison has earned a spot on the Kutztown University Dean's List for six semesters. She is also a member of the Delta Phi Alpha National German Honors Society Sigma Omicron Chapter. Allison recently worked on translating art historical texts from German into English for a scholar working on Michelangelo. In March, she attended the annual conference of the Renaissance Society in America. She also secured an internship for summer 2012 at the Pennsylvania German Cultural Heritage Center at Kutztown University. Following graduation, Allison hopes to continue her studies abroad in Germany and the Netherlands.


Copper Medal

 

 

  Michael Rausch, center, with Dr. Cevallos and Dr. Chambliss
Michael Rausch

(with Dr. Carlson Chambliss, right, and Dr. F. Javier Cevallos, left)

 Michael Rausch, a communication design major from Dalton, Pa., graduates in May. Michael receives the Copper Chambliss Student Academic Achievement Award 2012 for his original artwork. Michael conceptualized, designed and illustrated a 20-page prototype for Spiral: a magazine to encourage and guide junior and high school-age writers. He received an award at the 2011 American Institute of Graphic Arts Blue Ridge 2011 Flux Student Design Competition for Spiral and his peers voted on his work to receive the class "Happy Magazine Award." He has earned a spot on the Dean's List for six semesters while working as the graphic designer for the Community Outreach Center, a volunteer-based organization at KU. He also volunteered his time and talent for our campus American Institute of Graphic Art (AIGA) Designathon, a 24-hour design contest in which the communication design students create posters for non-profit organizations. Michael hopes to pursue a career which includes his interest in illustration and writing.

Copper Medal

 

 

   Caitlin Smith
Caitlin A. Smith  
Caitlin A. Smith, from Aston, Pa., graduated Kutztown University in December as a communication studies major with a women's studies and English minor. Caitlin receives the Copper Chambliss Student Academic Achievement Award 2012 for her outstanding service. Caitlin's list of campus involvement includes: KU Women's Center undergraduate assistant from 2008 to 2011, the president of the Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance from 2008 to 2011, an advocate for HEART @ KU, a Lambda Pi Eta Honor society member, a G.A.P. mentor, the Vagina Monologues student director from 2009 to 2011, the campus-volunteer coordinator for the City of Brotherly Love Softball League, was a member of the KU Black Flame Dance Team and Organization, Allies of Kutztown University, the Black Student Union, and Feminist Majority Foundation. In addition to her extensive campus involvement, Caitlin worked as an intern at Berks Women in Crisis (BWIC) in the Peace Works department during summer 2011 and was honored this past fall with the first-ever BWIC Youth Voices for Change Award recognizing her on and off campus activism. In the future, Caitlin hopes to continue to work with issues concerning women and/or marginalized groups

the 2012 Chambliss Academic Achievement Award recipients 

Note: award winners who gave approval for publicity are named on this page.