Danara Barlow ’15 above left with Kimberly Sluis, vice president for student affairs and dean of students
During Cornerstone Week, Honors Day represents a rite of passage for upperclass students who earn awards, join honor societies and present their research at the Rall Symposium for Undergraduate Research. A record 41 College Scholars were recognized for completing an honors thesis with faculty direction.
Among students presenting research was Travis Morrison ’15, a physics major. He was selected as one of 58 fall student-athletes from the fall 2014 ahtletics season to receive a NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship. In all, 25 of the 58 recipients came from Division III institutions. Morrison is one of four honorees from the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin. Morrison plans to attend the University of Utah for graduate studies in mechanical engineering. NCAA's Postgraduate Scholarship program, instituted in 1964, promotes and encourages education by rewarding the most accomplished student-athletes.
This year’s Rall Symposium began with a keynote address by Dr. David Pritchard, Cecil and Ida Green Professor of Physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. A renowned expert in atomic physics and physics education, he was a mentor of President Troy D. Hammond.
Danara Barlow ’15 was honored with the first-ever Margaret Youel Award, which recognizes a member of the graduating class who shows perseverance, tenacity and determination in the face of daunting challenges.
Among the highlights of Honors Convocation, and a well-kept secret until the end of the event, was the announcement by Hammond of Jonathon Kingzette as Outstanding Senior Man and Heidi Nelson as Outstanding Senior Woman. Kingzette also was named Outstanding Major in Political Science. Nelson, a Fulbright honoree for 2015-2016, earned Outstanding Major in both Spanish and Elementary Education and Outstanding Student in the Division of Arts & Letters.
Dr. David Pritchard
Travis Morrison ‘15 presents to physicists at the Rall Symposium (from left) Trustee Herman White of Fermi National Accelerator
Jonathon Kingzett, Outstanding Senior Man, President Troy D. Hammond, Heidi Nelson, Outstanding Senior Woman