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Academic Achievement Awards

April 23, 2013

Kutztown University Honors 2013 Chambliss Award Winners

KUTZTOWN - Kutztown University celebrated the recipients of its annual Academic Achievement Awards in a ceremony on April 19 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.


Chambliss Gold

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

Wyatt Glennon, from Stowe, Pa., graduates in May with a degree in communication design from Kutztown University. He is being honored with a Gold Chambliss Student Academic Achievement Award 2013 for original artwork. Wyatt is currently employed as a gallery and design assistant for the Kutztown University Miller Art Gallery and as a public relations design assistant with the Office of University Relations. Additionally, he also finds time to conduct research for the study "Effect of Typography in 20th and 21st Century Logo Design." Last year, Wyatt's poster entry to the Skopje International Poster Competition for AIDS Awareness was one of 100 posters selected from more than 2000 entries and one of his illustrations was selected for the Society of Illustrator's Student Scholarship Competition. Wyatt has completed design internships with Partner's Design in Bernville, Pa. and with AMResorts, in Newton Square, Pa. He is currently producing freelance illustration for Fig Magazine, which is based out of Lancaster, Pa. Wyatt has been a Dean's Scholar in the College of Visual and Performing Arts since 2009 and a Board of Governor's Scholar since 2010. In the future, Wyatt hopes to own his own design studio and teach at the college level.

Chambliss Gold Medal

Elizabeth Heness

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

 

 Elizabeth Heness, from Pittston, Pa., graduates in May with a degree in geology and environmental science from Kutztown University. She has maintained a nearly perfect grade point average while attending Kutztown University and is being honored with a Gold Chambliss Student Academic Achievement Award 2013 for successfully completed research projects. Elizabeth is the co-author of research papers published in two peer-reviewed international science papers and five peer-reviewed abstracts presented at professional national and regional meetings. She has conducted research on Salton Sea fish taphonomy, the climatic interpretation of two billion year-old dune deposits in South Africa and experimental insect taphonomy. She has also been an active member of the campus community, as vice president of KU's Environmental Action Committee and has volunteered for several environment action projects, including the Sacony Creek clean up and environmental education initiatives. In 2012, Elizabeth received one of four best poster awards at the national meeting of the Geological Society of America in Charlotte, N.C. She has received two travel grants from KU's Undergraduate Research Committee to present at the National Geological Society meetings, and a grant from the Kutztown University Foundation to conduct summer research. In the future, Elizabeth plans to attend graduate school to earn a master's degree in geology.


Silver Medal

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

Peter Koufalis, from Bethlehem, Pa., graduates this May with a degree in physics from Kutztown University. Peter has been selected to receive a Silver Chambliss Student Academic Achievement Award 2013 for his completed research projects. Peter has conducted research on the transport properties of atoms in waveguides and/or electrons in nano-wires, specifically on a method called 'Quantum Pumping,' for generating flow without any bias field. In June 2012, he presented his research at the international division of the Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics Conference in Orange County, Calif. Peter has maintained a 4.0 QPA during his time at Kutztown, and is the recipient of several honors and awards, including the KU Alumni Board Scholarship, the PASSHE Board of Governor's Award, the Physical Sciences Faculty Scholarship and a Neag Undergraduate Research Grant. In the summer of his junior year, he accepted a research internship hosted by Duke University, spending five weeks on Duke's campus and five weeks at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Switzerland. At KU, Peter is involved with the Physics Club, the National Physics Honors Society and the American Physical Society. Peter has been accepted to Ph.D. programs at Cornell University, William & Mary, Ohio State and other prestigious institutions. He plans to continue producing world class physics research to meet his ultimate career goal of becoming a physics researcher.


Silver Medal

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

Coatesville, Pa. native Brianna Risch will graduate this May with a degree in marketing from Kutztown University. She has been selected to receive a Silver Chambliss Student Academic Achievement Award 2013 in recognition of her completed research projects. While at KU, Brianna initiated research on the illegal downloading of digital material and published two articles in peer-reviewed academic journals. One article was sole authored; the other was co-authored with KU professor Dr. Victor Massad. In April 2012, she presented a paper on motivation and digital downloading at the 2012 Higher Education Council of Berks County Undergraduate Research and Creativity Conference. Brianna is a member of the Honors Program and the KU Women's Collegiate NCAA Division II Volleyball team. Recipient of the Beacon's Scholarship, McFarland Scholarship, Athletic Scholarship and Pearl S. Buck Donor Award, Brianna plans to pursue graduate education with a possible career in academe.


Silver Medal

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

Eric Sergent, from Bethlehem, Pa., graduates this May with a degree in geology from Kutztown University. He is receiving a Silver Chambliss Student Academic Achievement Award 2013 for his research project. In spring 2011, he began working with Dr. Adrienne Oakley on a coastal marine geology project on Wallops Island, Va. In November 2012, Eric presented his research at the national Geological Society of America meeting and at the National Ocean Sciences meeting in February 2012. Eric is an active member of the geology club and has worked for the tutoring center. Additionally, he has served as a student instructor for Geology 20, a lab course for non-majors. A former member of the KU wrestling team, he now serves as their assistant coach. Eric has received funding from Kutztown's Undergraduate Research Committee to research sediment transport and grain size analysis along the Wallops Island shoreline. In the future, he plans to attend graduate school and earn a master's degree in geology.


Silver Medal

 Bernard Yuhas

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

Bernard Yuhas, from Nazareth, Pa., will graduate this May with a degree in physics from Kutztown University. Bernard is being honored with a Silver Chambliss Student Academic Achievement Award 2013 for successfully completed research projects in the astrophysics field. Over the past two years, Bernard has completed eight research projects at Kutztown University's Observatory (KUO). He has had one paper published in a prestigious journal, one paper approved for publication pending revisions and an additional paper in progress. In April 2012, he gave a presentation entitled "New BVI Photometry of the Interacting Binary Star Y Piscium" at the 32nd Central Pennsylvania Consortium Astronomer's Meeting at Dickinson College. Later that year, in June, he presented his research at the 220th Meeting of the American Astronomical Society in Anchorage, Alaska. While at KU, Bernard has been invested in training other KU students in how to use the new KUO telescope (installed 2012) and worked as Dr. Phillip Reed's research assistant. He is the recipient of funding from the Undergraduate Research Committee for his Binary Star Research, is a member of the National Physics Honor Society and president of the Society of Physics Students. In the future, Bernard plans to attend graduate school and study physics/astrophysics.


Copper Medal

Makayla Boyd
Makayla Boyd

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

Allentown, Pa. native Makayla Boyd will receive her bachelor's degree in biology, with a concentration in molecular biology, this May from Kutztown University. She is receiving a Copper Chambliss Student Academic Achievement Award 2013 for her independent research project on methods of bird feeder hygiene, their use by the public and the effectiveness of a specific cleaning method. In April 2012, she gave a poster presentation of the feeder cleaning survey part of her research at the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania University Biologists meeting at Slippery Rock University of Pa. and presented the results of the experimental part of her project at the Wilson Ornithological Society conference March 2013, in Williamsburg, Va. She has maintained a 3.94 QPA, while working as a library assistant, tutor and assisting in the tutoring center. Makayla has been on the Dean's List every semester and has received the Alumni Board Scholarship, the Neag Undergraduate Research Award and the John Holingjak 1957 Veteran's Scholarship. In the future, she plans to attend graduate school in nursing or neuroscience.


Copper Medal

 

Shawn Devaney 
Shawn Devaney

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

Shawn Devaney, from Schuylkill Haven, Pa., graduates this May with a degree in history from Kutztown University. He is receiving a Copper Chambliss Student Academic Achievement Award 2013 for his original research paper, "Montgomery to Richmond," which examines the Confederate States of America's decision to relocate its capital from Alabama to Virginia in May 1861. Shawn recently presented his research at the regional Phi Alpha Theta Conference in April, 2013 and submitted a proposal to present at the 2013 Symposium for History Undergraduate Research conference at Mississippi State University in late April. Shawn was accepted to Gettysburg College's prestigious 'Gettysburg Semester' for fall 2012, and utilized the college's resources to conduct research. He is the recipient of the Esther M. Willits History Scholarship, was inducted into the Phi Alpha Theta national history honor society, and obtained an internship at the Gettysburg National Military Park Library. Shawn has received a full tuition assistantship for his master's degree in history and will attend Texas Christian University in the fall.


Copper Medal

 

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

Sarah Ford, from North Apollo, Pa., graduates in May with a degree in history and psychology from Kutztown University. She is receiving the Copper Chambliss Student Academic Achievement Award 2013 for her research project and outstanding service to the Kutztown University community. Sarah conducts research on the history of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among American soldiers and then applies her knowledge when working with soldiers who suffer from PTSD at the Department of Veterans Affairs in Pittsburgh. At the 2012 Phi Alpha Theta (Historical Honor Society) conference, she received the 'Best Paper' award for her work on the presence of PTSD in the American Civil War. Additionally, her paper has recently been published by the Armstrong Undergraduate Journal of History. At KU, Sarah is the treasurer of the Delta Alpha Pi honor society and vice president and secretary of the History Club. In the future, she plans to pursue graduate studies in history.


Copper Medal

  

Jordan Kemfort  
Jordan Kemfort

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

Auburn native Jordan Kemfort received his bachelor's degree in biology and environmental science from Kutztown University in December 2012. Jordan is receiving a Copper Chambliss Student Academic Achievement Award 2013 for his research projects on honey bees. While at KU, Jordan co-authored a paper on the orientation behavior of honey bees, which is currently under review at the Journal of Experimental Biology. He is the co-author of another paper that will be published in the near future. Jordan was the campus coordinator of the "Take Back the Tap" campaign on water usage, worked as a tutor in BIO 216, Genetics, and frequently volunteered for campus and community events, including at Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, the Schuylkill Rehabilitation Center and for the Biology Department, as a mentor to beginning students. In the future, Jordan plans to pursue graduate studies in biology.


Copper Medal

  

 Jarred Schlottman
Jarred Schlottman

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

Jarred Schlottman, from Hamburg, Pa., graduates this May with a degree in sociology from Kutztown University.  He is receiving a Copper Chambliss Student Academic Achievement Award 2013 for his research project on economic inequality, poverty and education. Jarred has maintained a 3.9 QPA during his academic career at Kutztown, and has presented his research at regional conferences, including the Eastern Sociological Society conference in Boston and at an undergraduate research Social Justice Conference at Muhlenberg College. He is currently applying to present at the American Sociological Association Honors Program at their annual conference in August 2013. Jarred, who is president of the Sociology Club, is a social activist who leads the club in volunteer events on campus events and in the local community. In the future, Jarred plans to attend graduate school at the University of San Francisco or the University of California, Santa Cruz, where he will study urban sociology.