McKendree University recognized academic achievers across all disciplines, and three faculty members and a staff member received awards, at an Honors Convocation held April 28 at the Hettenhausen Center for the Arts. The event was part of the university’s annual Academic Excellence Celebration.
Students were recognized for maintaining high grade point averages while participating in clubs and organizations, athletics, music, service projects and other activities, said Dr. Christine Bahr, provost.
Dr. Michele “Mickey” Schutzenhofer of St. Jacob, chair of the Division of Science and Mathematics and an associate professor of biology, received the 2016 Exemplary Teacher Award, given by the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of The United Methodist Church. Chosen by full-time faculty members, selection criteria include excellence in teaching, civility and concern for students and colleagues, commitment to value centered education, and service to students, the institution and the community. The 2003 McKendree graduate has taught at her alma mater full time since 2007.
“She is widely regarded as an outstanding teacher who truly cares about student learning, and she is a leader among her peers,” Bahr said.
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Schutzenhofer has served on numerous committees, including the Strategic Planning Committee and the General Education Review Committee.
School and division chairs introduced the following McKendree students for exceptional achievement within their respective areas:
College of Arts and Sciences
▪ Ron Mudra of Troy, computer science
School of Business
▪ Kailee Rule of Aviston, business administration
▪ Raymond Seeber of St. Jacob, business administration
School of Nursing and Health Professions
▪ Kathryn Berndsen of Breese, nursing
▪ Cheryl Wright of Trenton, master’s in nursing education
Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges
▪ Cheyenne Autry, Breese
▪ Bradley Schniers, Breese
Local Students Named To McKendree Honor Societies
The following honor societies recognized McKendree University students during the school’s Academic Excellence Celebration:
Phi Kappa Phi Chapter 292 of Phi Kappa Phi inducted Jordan Barker of Highland, Jessica Lirios of Greenville and Adam Strubhart of Aviston. Founded in 1897, Phi Kappa Phi is the nation’s oldest, largest and most selective all-discipline honor society, with only the top percentage of students eligible for membership.
Pi Gamma Mu Jordan Barker of Highland, a history education major, was inducted into Pi Gamma Mu international honor society, which recognizes good scholarship and promotes excellence through enriching service projects, publications, a scholarship program and guest lecture grants to its chapters.
Kappa Delta Pi The Chi Mu chapter of Kappa Delta Pi international honor society in education initiated Jordan Barker and of Highland and Jennifer Blumberg of Marine as new members. The chapter is observing its 20th anniversary in 2016.
Phi Eta Sigma Initiation for members and officers of Phi Eta Sigma Chapter 378, McKendree University’s first-year student honor society, welcomed the following: Ally Czerwonka of St. Jacob, Emily Davis of Alhambra and Grant Riggs of Highland. Phi Eta Sigma is the nation’s oldest and largest multi-disciplinary honor society for first-year college and university students.
Psi Chi Psi Chi inducted Jessica Lirios of Greenville and Anna Wells of of St. Jacob as new members. Founded in 1929, membership in Psi Chi is open to junior and senior psychology majors who rank in the top third of their class and who have completed at least nine hours in psychology.
Alpha Kappa Delta Abigail Hagler, a senior sociology-criminal justice major from Pocahontas, was inducted into Alpha Kappa Delta, which promotes excellence in the field of sociology and the use of sociological knowledge to serve others.