The Trine University Department of Humanities and Communication (HAC) recognized graduates and outstanding students for the 2016-2017 school year at a ceremony held May 4 in Wells Theater, Taylor Hall.
Jordan Blank, a junior English education major from Montpelier, Ohio, received the Humanities and Communication Outstanding New Student Award. The award is given to a new student in the department – freshman, transfer or new major – who demonstrates excellence in the classroom and extraordinary dedication to departmental activities.
The award, which is determined by peer nomination, recognizes students who best exhibit the key HAC qualities:
• Teamwork, exhibiting great communication skills
• Leadership in the classroom and departmental activities
• Valuing of diversity in the classroom and across campus
• Commitment to academic excellence
• Dedication to the HAC department and his or her professional field
• Excitement and passion in the classroom and departmental activities
• Ethical behavior and decision-making in and outside of the classroom.
Members of the Sigma Tau Delta English honor society were recognized: August Buehrer, a senior music major from Angola; Mikaela Gerba; Amanda Higbee, a senior communication major from Reading, Michigan; Mycah Houser, a sophomore English major from Valparaiso; Kyle Long, a sophomore social studies education major from Edon, Ohio; Emma Lucas, a junior professional writing and English studies major from Hamilton; and Alexis Delancey-Christiansen.
The department also recognized its graduating seniors: Stephanie Delph; Annabelle Elder, a senior communication major from Wauseon, Ohio; Cody Konieczki, a senior communication major from Jackson, Michigan; August Buehrer; Mikaela Gerba; and Rebecca Mann.