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2008 Chancellor's Scholars, 4.0 Scholars receive
awards at afternoon ceremony
April 7, 2008 --
Dr. Robert L. Potts,
chancellor of Arkansas State University-Jonesboro, today announced the
winners of the Chancellor’s Scholar Awards for 2007-08.
At the Student Honors Awards ceremony, Potts introduced Dr. Dan Howard,
Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Research, who presented the
awards during the 75th annual Student Honors Awards ceremony,
which recognizes ASU’s most outstanding graduates.
The awards are presented to the graduating senior in each college who
has the highest overall grade point average. Graduates from August
and December 2007, as well as those graduating
in May of this year, were eligible.
Recipients and their respective colleges were Chelsea Cheri Dowler,
Agriculture; Melissa Griffin, Business; Candice Renee James,
Communications; Patricia K. Smith, Education; Jon T. Skinner,
Engineering; Grant Wheeler Harbison, Fine Arts; Barbara Ewa Combs,
Humanities and Social Sciences; Kara Taylor, Nursing and Health
Professions; Candy S. Lincoln, Sciences and Mathematics; and Heather
McNamee, University College.
will graduate in May and will be awarded a bachelor’s degree in animal
science with a pre-veterinary emphasis from the College of Agriculture.
She minors in chemistry. Dowler is the recipient of the Dean's
Scholarship and the Coy McBoyd Scholarship, and is a member of the
National Society of Collegiate Scholars. Dowler hopes to gain admittance
to veterinary school at LSU.
She is married to Dustin Dowler and is the daughter of Randy and Leslie
Russom of Beech Grove in Greene County. Her advisor is Dr. Bud Kennedy.
College of Business
Griffin will graduate in May with a bachelor’s
degree in finance from the Department of Economics and Finance in the
College of Business. She is the recipient of a University Honors
scholarship and received the Arkansas Bankers Association scholarship.
She was selected to join Beta Gamma Sigma, the international honor
society in the College of Business which recognizes outstanding academic
achievement by students enrolled in collegiate business and management
programs. Griffin is currently working toward her MBA at A-State, and
hopes to have a career in cash management or treasury management with a
Melissa Griffin is the daughter of Charles and Karen Griffin of
Jonesboro. Her advisor is Dr. Jim Washam.
College of Communications
Candice Renee James
James will graduate in May with a bachelor’s degree in graphic
communications from the Department of Journalism in the College of
Communications. She was a First Team Selection for ESPN Magazine's
Academic All-America Track and Cross Country Team 2007; was 2006-07
chair of Gamma Epsilon Tau, the student professional printing
organization, and designed A-State's GCOM recruitment materials 2005-08
as well as the ASU Print Services website and materials.
Candice James is the daughter of Sandy Miller of Bryant in Saline
County. Her advisor is Pradeep Mishra.
Patricia K. Smith
Smith will graduate in May with a bachelor’s degree in early
childhood education with an emphasis in special education from the
Department of Teacher Education in the College of Education. She has
served as president of the ASU branch of Phi Delta Kappa, the
international honor society for professional educators.
Smith's hometown is Flippin in Marion County. Her advisor is Susan
Jon T. Skinner
Skinner will graduate in May with a bachelor's degree in civil
engineering from the College of Engineering. He plans to seek employment
in New York City and ultimately to attend graduate school. Skinner was
named to the President's List each semester from fall 2004 through
Spring 2007. He was named to the Chancellor's List in Fall 2007, and
served as vice president of the A-State chapter of the American Society
of Civil Engineers (ASCE).
His mother is Christy Jones and his father is Mike Skinner of Malvern in
Hot Spring County. Jason Stewart is Skinner's advisor.
College of Fine Arts
Grant Wheeler Harbison
Harbison will graduate in May with a bachelor's degree in
instrumental music from the Department of Music in the College of Fine
Arts. After graduation, he plans to pursue a graduate degree in music
with an emphasis in trumpet performance at the University of North
Texas. He was a winner in the 2008 Delta Symphony Orchestra Young Artist
Competition, received the 2005 Donald R. Minx Scholarship, and was the
recipient of the John H. and Irene Neeley Music scholarship in 2005 and
Harbison's parents are Milton Harbison of Jonesboro and Brenda Harbison,
also of Jonesboro. Richard Jorgensen is his advisor.
College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Combs graduated in August, 2007, with a bachelor's degree in
Criminology from the Department of Criminology, Sociology and Geography
in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. Also known as Bashia,
she is a native of Poland, and has been in the United States since 1999.
She began studying at ASU-Jonesboro with limited English. She was a
member of Phi Kappa Phi and earned the Excellence in German award.
Barbara Combs is the daughter is Janina and Andrzej Kawa of Poland. Her
advisor was Dr. Larry Salinger.
College of Nursing and Health Professions
Taylor will graduate in May with a bachelor’s degree in
communication disorders, from the Department of Communication Disorders
in the College of Nursing and Health Professions. She plans to attend
graduate school in North Carolina. She was named a program scholar in
the communications program, was selected for the President's List for
three consecutive years, and was chosen to deliver remarks on behalf of
the students at the groundbreaking for the Donald W. Reynolds Center for
Health Sciences in 2007.
Kara Taylor is the daughter of Dale and Myra Taylor of Jonesboro. Dr.
Sherri Lovelace is her advisor.
Sciences and Mathematics
Lincoln graduated in December 2007, Magna Cum Laude, with a Bachelor of
Science degree in biological sciences. During the August 2007 meeting
of the American Society for Microbiology's South-Central Branch, she won
the “Best Undergraduate Poster” award. She was a member of several clubs
and honors societies and named to the National Dean’s List.
Originally from Mountain Home in Baxter County, Candy is the daughter of
DuWayne and Carolyn Thomas. Her adviser is Dr. Roger Buchannan.
McNamee will graduate in May with a Bachelor of Science degree in
Interdisciplinary Studies. She has been named to the Chancellor’s List
every semester while studying at ASU-Jonesboro. Heather is a member of
three Honor Societies, including the Phi Alpha Theta History Honor
Society, and served as the secretary of ASU-Jonesboro's Pre-Law Club.
A native of Jonesboro in Craighead County, Heather is the daughter of
Tim McNamee and Kim Rook. Her adviser is Dr. Lynita Cooksey.
Award recognizes the graduating senior with a 4.0 Grade Point Average.
some instances, several students from the same college have a perfect
4.0 grade point average, but do not have as many credit hours as are
required to be a Chancellor’s Scholar. Those students who have achieved
the 4.0 perfect grade point average are as follows:
From the College of Business, the 4.0 Scholar is Renee Branker
of St. Augustine, Trinidad.
From the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, the 4.0 Scholar is
Leslie Larsen, a Spanish and Psychology major from Benton in
Saline County. Leslie's advisor is Dr. Warren Johnson.
From the College of Nursing and Health Professions, the 4.0 scholar is
Candace Coker, a social work major from West Memphis in
Crittenden County, whose advisor is Dr. Patricia Guy-Walls.
From University College, the 4.0 Scholar is Haley Lagasse of
Conway in Faulkner County.