Student Awards

Celebrating the Class of 2017!

College of Arts and Sciences
Graduating Student Reception & Awards Ceremony

The College of Arts and Sciences is proud  to invite faculty, staff, graduating seniors and their families to celebrate at the College of Arts and Sciences Graduating Student Reception and Awards Ceremony. This event formally recognizes undergraduate student achievement and is one of the high points of the academic year. This ceremony and reception convey a sense of intellectual excitement and promise of future success to our entire graduating class.

 Student Awards Recipients  Faculty Staff Award Recipients  

2017 College Student Awards

During the student awards ceremony, College award recipients are called to the stage to receive a graduation medal presented to them by the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. A photo and short bio of each of the recipients will be featured in the Award Ceremony Program.  Acknowledgement of these College level awards is also made in the Seattle University Undergraduate Commencement Program. 

Hickey Award: Areesa Somani

Each year one or two outstanding graduating students of the College of Arts and Sciences are chosen to receive the Hickey Award. These students are presented with a medal at the Arts and Sciences Undergraduate Awards Ceremony and also have the privilege of leading their class in the processional at graduation.  Selection is based upon the student(s)' total contribution to academic life and is made by the department chairs and program directors of the College.  The award honors the memory of Dr. Richard P. Hickey, professor of English, a beloved and respected teacher at Seattle University from 1947 until his death in 1968.

LeRoux Leadership Award: Clarissa Olivares

The LeRoux Leadership Award recognizes the graduating student(s) who has demonstrated exceptional leadership abilities, shown academic excellence, and performed significant service to the College. The recipients personify in character and in action the qualities of a liberal education, which constitute the "spirit" of our College. Selection is made by a faculty panel. The award honors the memory of Fr. William L Roux, S.J. who served as Dean of the College.

Department Awards Recognized at the Ceremony

Department award recipients are called to the stage to receive a graduation medal presented to them by a faculty member from their department. A photo and short bio of each of the department award student recipients will be featured in the Award Ceremony Program.

Anthropology, Sociology, and Social Work Department

The Anthropology Award:  Willa Osborn

This award recognizes the graduating student with the highest GPA in the major.

Fr. Joseph-Francois Lafitau, S.J. Society:  Triniti Veach

This undergraduate honor society recognizes achievement in anthropology by students in Jesuit institutions of higher learning. Ranked among the founders of the discipline, Fr, Lafitau was an early practitioner of the comparative method known for sensitive ethnological fieldwork and language acquisition. Members of the Lafitau Society shall exemplify both scholarship and service in their anthropological work in the context of a liberal arts tradition of Jesuit education.

Fr. Eugene Buechel, S.J. Award: Nicole Harvey

 

This award recognizes an undergraduate Anthropology student in a Jesuit institution of higher learning who has achieved the highest standards in both scholastic achievement and service to others. Father Buechel represents lifelong dedication to both scholarship and service. The award bearing his name is given to the individual who exemplifies outstanding and persistent scientific curiosity along with willingness to engage and serve others.

Peronteau Award:  Alexandra Maher

The Sociology major’s Peronteau Award is named in honor of Fr. Howard Peronteau, S.J., Seattle University pioneer and founder of the sociology major. This award is presented to the graduating student with the highest GPA in the major.

Segundo Montes Mozo, S.J. (1933 - 1989) Service Award: Lorena Plasencia

As director of the Human Rights Institute, Segundo Mozo traveled abroad where he presented the results of his study of Salvadoran refugees and human rights. One of six Jesuit martyrs in El Salvador, he is described as compassionate and a true reconciler, devoting his life to others. The Mozo Service Award recognizes the graduating student in Sociology who has demonstrated outstanding service.

Segundo Montes Mozo, S.J. (1933-1989) Service Award: Monica Chan

As director of the Human Rights Institute, Segundo Mozo traveled abroad where he presented the results of his study of Salvadoran refugees and human rights. One of six Jesuit martyrs in El Salvador, he is described as compassionate and a true reconciler, devoting his life to others. The Mozo Service Award recognizes the graduating student in Sociology who has demonstrated outstanding service.

Dr. Madeline Lovell Academic Excellence Award: Sydney Shafer

The Dr. Madeline Lovell Academic Excellence Award is bestowed on the graduating senior with the highest cumulative GPA. Dr. Lovell Associate Professor, Emeritus was truly inspirational as a scholar-educator.  She was a faculty member in the Department of Anthropology, Sociology, and Social Work for 21 years (1992-2013) and founder of the BSW Program.

Taylene Watson, MSW Social Justice Award: Clarissa Jovellanos

The Taylene Watson, MSW Social Justice Award is bestowed on the graduating senior who demonstrates a steadfast commitment to advancing social justice through leadership while at Seattle University. Ms. Watson, MSW has been recognized locally and nationally for her leadership in advancing the social work profession and issues of social justice while in her role as Director of Social Work at VA Puget Sound Healthcare System and as Executive Director of National Association of Social Work- Washington Chapter. She has been a founding member BSW’s Community Advisory Committee and long supporter of the program.

Communication Department

Talevich Award
Communication Studies: Heidi King
Strategic Communications: Areesa Somani and Melia Lawrence
Journalism: Alexandra Cross

The Communication Department’s Talevich Award is named in honor of Dr. John Talevich, long-time distinguished professor of journalism. This award is presented to the graduating students with the highest GPA in their major.

Criminal Justice Department

Kelliher Award:  Emma Kohler and Miriam Woodruff

The Criminal Justice Department’s Kelliher Award is named in honor of Department founder Fr. Michael Kelliher, S.J. This award is presented to the graduating student(s) with the highest GPA in the major.

Eugene Corr Criminal Justice Service and Ethics Award:  Joseph Singer and Collin Porter

The Eugene Corr Criminal Justice Service and Ethics Award honors a graduating seniors in the Criminal Justice Department who have made significant service and ethics contributions to the criminal justice system. The award recipients are a graduating seniors who have engaged in extraordinary service activities (e.g., volunteer work, research assistance, guest presentations, etc) that help improve the criminal justice system in ways that increase the potential for ethical conduct in the criminal justice profession.

English Department

McDonald Award:
Creative Writing:  Hailey Spencer

English: Jane Kidder

Film Studies: Gabe Philbin

The English Department’s McDonald Award is named in honor of former chair and distinguished professor Fr. Alex McDonald, S.J. This award is presented to the graduating student with the highest GPA in the major.

Environmental Studies Program 

Hazel Wolf Award:  Victor DeSimone

The Environmental Studies Department’s Hazel Wolf Award is named in honor of ecologist Hazel Wolf. This award is presented to the graduating student with the highest GPA in the major.

Art and Art History Department

Buhr Award:

Digital Design: Mandy Rusch

Photography: Elisa Pickett

Visual Art: Anne Lochridge

The Art and Art History Department's Buhr Award is named in honor of Mr. Anthony Buhr, who died serving his country in World War II. This award is presented to the graduating student with the highest GPA in the department.

History Department

Donovan Award:  Cory Daniels

The History Department’s Donovan Award is named in honor of the late Fr. Joseph Donovan, S.J., long-time distinguished professor of history. This award is presented to the graduating student with the highest GPA in the major.

International Studies Program

Noel Brown Award:  Arthur Moss-Hawkins

The International Studies Department’s Noel Brown Award is named in honor of Noel J. Brown, graduate of Seattle University and Yale University and retired director of the United Nations Environment Program. This award is presented to the graduating student with the highest GPA in the major.

Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies Program

Newman Award:  Koby J. Andrews-Howards

The Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies Major’s Newman Award is named in honor of John Henry Cardinal Newman, whose vision of university education championed the interdisciplinary nature of this major. This award is presented to the graduating student with the highest GPA in the major.

Military Science Department

Brady Award: Ilona Synder

The Military Science Department's Brady Award is named in honor of Major General Patrick H. Brady, a 1959 graduate of the Army ROTC program, Medal of Honor recipient, and emeritus member of the Seattle University Board of Regents. The award recipient is a graduating senior who has earned the highest GPA in the military science program.

Department of Modern Languages and Cultures 

Michels Award:
Spanish: Meggie Green
French: Richard Landowski

The Foreign Language Department’s Michels award is named in honor of the Michels Family, supportive friends and benefactors of the Department. This award is presented to the graduating student with the highest GPA in the major.

Performing Arts and Arts Leadership

Buhr Award:
Interdisciplinary Art-Music: Bedy Raymundo Molina
Strings: Emily O'Leary

Theater: Emily Haver

The Art and Art History Department's Buhr Award is named in honor of Mr. Anthony Buhr, who died serving his country in World War II. This award is presented to the graduating student with the highest GPA in the department.

Philosophy Department

Reichmann Award:   Ryan Matthews and Melissa Schade

The Philosophy Department’s Reichmann Award is named in honor of Fr. James Reichmann, S.J., distinguished emeritus professor of Philosophy. This award is presented to the graduating student with the highest GPA in the major.

Political Science Department

Kennedy Award:  Daniel Gordon

The Political Science Department’s Kennedy Award is named in honor of President John F. Kennedy. This award is presented to the graduating student(s) with the highest GPA in the major.

Psychology Department

Gaffney Award:  Thuy Vy Phan

The Psychology Department’s Gaffney Award is named in honor of the late Fr. Louis Gaffney, S.J., distinguished professor of psychology and former president of Seattle University. This award is presented to the graduating student with the highest GPA in the major.

Public Affairs Program 

Wilson Award: Rohan Jolly

The Public Affairs Major’s Wilson Award is named in honor of Woodrow Wilson, university scholar, administrator, and U.S. president. This award is presented to the graduating student with the highest GPA in the major.

Sport and Exercise Science Program

Speck Award:  Mariah O'Neil

The Sport & Exercise Science Major's Speck Award is named in honor of Sarah M. Speck, M.D., who hosts the exercise science lab in her medical practice. This award is presented to the graduating student with the highest GPA in the major.

Theology and Religious Studies Department

Lacugna Award:  Gabriela Johnson

The Theology and Religious Studies Department’s Lacugna Award is named in honor of the late Dr. Catherine Lacugna, noted theologian and Seattle University alumna. This award is presented to the graduating student with the highest GPA in the major.

Women and Gender Studies Program

Susan L. Secker Award: Emma Foster

The Women and Gender Studies Program's Susan L. Secker Award is named in honor of Dr. Susan Secker, distinguished professor, former chair of Theology and Religious Studies, former Associate Dean, and the first woman to be named Provost of Seattle University. This award is presented to the graduating student with the highest GPA in the major.

Departmental Honors Recipients

Majoring with departmental honors offers an opportunity for motivated and capable students to engage in extensive interaction with faculty and complete challenging directed study projects and research in their major.  

Departmental Honors recipients are asked to stand in acknowledgement of their fine achievements during the Awards Ceremony.  Student names and project titles are featured in the Awards Ceremony Program.

  • Departmental Honors in Anthropology: Palmyra Jackson, Triniti Veach, Nicole Harvey
  • Departmental Honors in Art and Art History: Carey Stangl
  • Departmental Honors in English:  Emma Foster, Jeffert Harrell, Natalie Jaech, Brendan Kehoe, Jane Kidder, Molly Martin, Michael McDonnell, Clarissa Olivares, Melissa Schade
  • Departmental Honors in Creative Writing: Annabelle Forster, Hailey Spencer, Juliet Von Rohr
  • Departmental Honors in History:  Cory Daniels, Anna McClean
  • Departmental Honors in International Studies: Meaghan Bogart, Amanda Chavez, Kellen Hunter-La Voy, Jeneva Kuhn, Olivia Mejia, Arthur Moss-Hawkins, Mai-Khu Nguyen, Seth James Walker, Ziyun Yue
  • Departmental Honors in Philosophy: Ryan Matthews, Michael O'Neil 
  • Departmental Honors in Social Work: Greg Osberg, Sydney Schafer
  • Departmental Honors in Sociology:  Alexandra Maher, Claire Savage, Monica Chan, Annaliese Fernandez
  • Departmental Honors in Theatre:  Emily Van Loan, Frances Mylet, Anna Gebarski, Ariana Chriest
  • Departmental Honors in Women and Gender Studies:  Trinity Covington, Gabriel Ferri

 

Arts and Sciences Student Executive Council

Student Executive Council (SEC) is a group of students representing each of the College of Arts and Sciences’ majors who act as an advisory board to the Dean. These students work together act as the students’ voices in regards to making policy and implementing change within the college. 

The graduating seniors serving on the Arts & Sciences’ Student Executive Council are asked to stand in acknowledgement of their service at the Awards Ceremony. Students names and roles appear in the Award Ceremony Program.

Graduating Seniors

  • Emma Foster
  • Jane Kidder
  • Joseph Singer
  • Melissa Schade
  • Hana Stodder
  • Richard Landowski
  • Quinn Kearns
  • Alexandra Maher
  • Hannah Delsohn

Scholastic Competition

As an organization of student representatives in the College of Arts & Sciences, Student Executive Council is committed to the pursuit of academic excellence and freedom in an educational environment that values the unique contribution of each student. The purpose of the Scholastic Competition is to provide undergraduate students an opportunity to showcase their work, develop their writing and voice, and receive acknowledgement for their original, quality scholarship. Winners of the Scholastic competition are chosen by a panel of three professors and two students.  At the Ceremony, Scholastic Competition winners are presented with their awards. Student names and project titles are featured in the Awards Ceremony Program.

Humanities:  Avery Aidan
Social Sciences: Areesa Somani
Visual Arts: Jose Chalit