Dean's Scholars

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The College of Humanities and Behavioral Sciences (CHBS) celebrated 12 outstanding seniors with family, faculty and friends at the CHBS Graduation Reception on May 4.

Each year, a Dean’s Scholar is chosen from each CHBS program who best represent outstanding achievement in his or her discipline. Faculty members nominate students based on academic success, commitment to the community and service to their field.

CHBS Dean Katherine Hawkins said she was proud of the Dean’s Scholars and that she looks forward to seeing their professional accomplishments.

“What contributes to student success is a strong connection between a faculty member and a student,” Hawkins said to the Dean’s Scholar recipients. “What can we learn from our accomplished alumni? Be a continual learner, take advantage of opportunities for career advancement and live your life as a person of integrity. I hope that their words of wisdom serve you well in your professional life as you join the ranks of Highlander alumni.”

The common themes of each Dean’s Scholar recipient included outstanding GPAs, involvement in professional and academic organizations, a commitment to research and a dedication to the community.

“I think it is an excellent opportunity to recognize our outstanding students and to celebrate what they’ve accomplished here at Radford,” said Criminal Justice Professor and Department Chair Steve Owen.

Carrie Keevey, the Dean’s Scholar recipient for criminal justice, was involved with Alpha Phi Sigma, the national honors society for criminal justice, and with various athletic programs, including running cross country for Radford University.

“It’s a huge honor,” Keevey said. “I was extremely surprised and humbled to be recognized by my professors. I look up to them. I am very appreciative that they recognized me for what I’ve done inside and outside of the classroom.”

Keevey is currently interviewing with the Denver Police Department.

“The Center for Career and Talent Development has been a huge help in working with me to tailor my resume toward my field,” Keevey said. “They’ve also helped with mock interviews. They’ve been really supportive.”

“It’s really rewarding to see our students be able to move seamlessly from classroom to career, especially in a field where jobs are limited and there is a very rigorous application process,” Owen said. “It’s a testament to Carrie’s abilities.”

During the ceremony, students were awarded a plaque and a medallion, which each student wore as they led the graduating seniors from their program during the commencement processional.


Written by: Max Esterhuizen, University Relations

 

2018 Dean's Scholar Recipients

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Brock M. Barnes ~ History

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Cassidy Grace Blevins ~ Interdisciplinary Studies

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Carrie Keevey ~ Criminal Justice

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J. Brandon Dunford ~ Philosophy and Religious Studies

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Julianna Williams ~ Psychology

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Monica Rachel Levitan ~ Media Studies

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Stephanie Seitz ~ Social Science

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Valerie Ernat ~ Sociology

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Mikaela Julia Kelley ~ English

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David J. Alcorta ~ Political Science

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McKeever Henley ~ Communication

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Marta Paulson ~ Foreign Languages and Literatures

Dean's Scholars Award Photo Gallery

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Photos from the Dean’s Scholars Award Ceremony held Friday May 4th, 2018.