Outstanding graduate students honored by CHBS

The College of Humanities and Behavioral Sciences (CHBS) at Radford University honored outstanding graduate students on April 28 in an intimate ceremony.

The graduate students gathered with their families and faculty mentors for the third annual CHBS Graduate Student Awards Ceremony.

Each of the celebrated students shared many of the same traits: a commitment to academic success, a personal drive and dedication to their field and to the faculty and students.

“I want to acknowledge the efforts of the graduate faculty – thank you for supporting our students. It’s so important that we’re here for them. It’s that vote of confidence that yes, you can do this. When delivered at just the right time, it makes a transformational difference,” said CHBS Dean Kate Hawkins. "Thank you so much for all that you’ve done.”

CHBS Graduate Awards

Left to right: Kendra Stansak, Alyson Faires, Michaela Reardon, Kierra Landrum, Jodie McKaughan, Matthew Madre, Jason Stamm and Caitlyn Parker. Not pictured: Alex Munsey and Cassondra Chadwell.

Graduate students honored:

  • Jason Stamm, Corporate and Professional Communication
  • Jodie McKaughan, Corporate and Professional Communication
  • Caitlyn Parker, English
  • Matthew Madre, English
  • Kendra Stansak, Psychology
  • Alex Munsey, Psychology
  • Cassondra Chadwell, Industrial-Organizational Psychology
  • Michaela Reardon, Experimental Psychology
  • Alyson Faires, Clinical-Counseling Psychology
  • Kierra Landrum, Counseling Psychology 

Representing the College of Graduate and Professional Studies was Acting Dean Laura Jacobsen, who delivered remarks at the ceremony, and John Brummette, former School of Communication (SOC) graduate coordinator and newly-appointed acting-associate dean of the College of Graduate and Professional Studies at Radford University.

“With a graduate education going above and beyond what you experience in a four-year program, you are well-poised for any kind of leadership roles across your various disciplines,” Jacobsen said. “According to the U.S. census bureau in 2015, only 12 percent of adults aged 25 or older have earned a Master’s degree or higher. You are really one of the elite in terms of your knowledge and skills at this point. You have really set yourselves apart - congratulations.”

Stamm, one of the SOC graduate students honored, said that the award “was gratifying” and that it “feels good to have your work recognized.” Upon graduation, Stamm will pursue a doctorate at the School of Journalism and Electronic Media at the University of Tennessee, where he received a graduate teaching assistantship.

The College of Humanities and Behavioral Sciences serves more than 2,000 students and has more than 125 faculty members. The mission of the college is to provide its students with the individualized attention of a liberal arts college coupled with the resources and opportunities of a comprehensive university.

May 4, 2017
Max Esterhuizen