2021 Ellis College Student Awards

Message from the Dean

Last year at this time, as we reeled from the effects of the pandemic, we still had no idea of the consequences that would last all year. While most of us have been able to return to campus, we still cannot hold the large and admiring crowd that our outstanding students deserve. While we hope we can return to our annual live ceremony next year, we are not going to miss the opportunity to celebrate the achievements of our students who, in the midst of social distancing, masking, and isolating, have still continued to be outstanding, creative, and accomplished. 

The Ellis College of Arts and Sciences is pleased to honor some of Henderson’s most outstanding students on the following pages. These students were chosen by the faculty in the academic departments in five categories. The Outstanding Creative Accomplishment award goes to a student who exhibits outstanding performance or accomplishments in Artistic creativity, Research, or Service to others. Three categories recognize the outstanding academic achievement of one freshman, sophomore, and junior in each department. The recipients of this award must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.50, and other considerations for this award might include difficulties overcome in maintaining high academic standards, quality of involvement in campus activities, leadership, and service to the university community. The Outstanding Graduating Senior award may be bestowed on one student in each major. The student must have a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher and have either graduated in the fall semester or be eligible to graduate in the spring semester. The faculty of the department in which the award is being made establishes other criteria to determine which of their students deserve the Outstanding Graduating Senior award.

Please click through the pages and read about the students chosen by their departments for recognition. There are opportunities on the following pages to leave comments for the students. So, please join me in congratulating these outstanding students! 

We are very proud of these students’ wonderful accomplishments, we are proud to have them as students in Ellis College, and we are very proud that they have chosen to be impressive representatives of Henderson State University. 

In Reddie Spirit,

Angela Boswell, Dean of Matt Locke Ellis College of Arts and Sciences

Special thanks for making this virtual celebration possible goes to our administrative assistant, Salina Ables, who envisioned and managed the project. Thanks to David Stoddard for design and to Nathan Holloway for his editorial assistance.  I would also like to thank the professors, who serve on the Ellis College Awards Committee, for their help planning this event:  Eric Bailey, Doug Heffington, Sharon Paredes, Kasten Searles, Laura Storm, and Tammie Townsend.  Finally, appreciation goes to all the faculty in all the departments who struggled to choose just one of their many great students in each category to recognize in this program.

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