Spring Hill College (SHC) recently held three events -- its annual Honors Convocation, Undergraduate Research Symposium and Student Organization and Leadership Awards ceremonies – to honor outstanding work of students and organizations. The Honors Convocation spotlighted students’ inductions into honor societies as well as members of the Dean’s Roll of Honor and the President’s Scholars award recipients. The Undergraduate Research Symposium featured presentations of students’ research, artistic works and classroom projects, while the Student Organization and Leadership awards banquet celebrated student leaders and organizations recognized for their exemplary work with and service to the college and Mobile communities during this academic year.
The Honors Convocation inducted undergraduate and graduate students into honor societies for most areas of study available on campus. Alpha Sigma Nu also inducted thirty-eight junior and senior men and women, recognized as outstanding examples of the ideals of Jesuit education. The 2017 President’s Scholars were presented along with those recognized for their achievements which merited inclusion on the Dean’s Roll of Honor. Awards were also presented to students to honor their various academic and extracurricular activities on campus.
The Undergraduate Research Symposium included forty-eight presentations, many with multiple presenters, in categories including art, media and service projects. Awards were given in each of the following six categories for best presentation:
Original Research – Jacob Morris, Kyle Halstead and Liam Fix: Ecotoxicology of Plastics: How do they Affect Artemia
Off-Campus Research – Ryan Bujol: Microwave Synthesis of Silicon Nanoparticles for Use in High Capacity Lithium-Ion Batteries
Class Project – Erin Bryars, Abbie Bacilla, Amanda Jones, Brandy Boettcher, Jake Favier, Khalid Al-Shethry, Becca Pizano, Zoe Donalson and Victoria Macia: ART 302: Philip Glass Music Interpretation Posters
Art – Audrey Sanchez: Human Nature
Internship or Service Project – Isabelle Delplanche: Examining the Impact of Community Service on Undergraduate Students
Media – Amy Zanaty: A Devout Life: A Documentary about the Visitation Monastery
At the Student Organization and Leadership awards banquet, more than 65 honors were awarded to members of the SHC student body, including four keynote Pillar Awards, forty-five Spirit Awards and multiple honors recognizing individuals for their efforts on a wide variety of issues, including student governance, diversity and inclusion, social justice and campus programming. Several special honors also were bestowed upon SHC faculty members.
The following students and faculty member received Pillar Awards:
Leader for Others award – Brandon Myers ‘18
Recognizes a student who has demonstrated extraordinary commitment to serving others and their community. This individual has acted as “man/woman for others” and served as a role model for other students. They have put aside self-interest, to selflessly engage themselves in generously serving their neighbors and peers, advocating for the needs of others, seeking to better their community and world.
Ad maiorem Dei gloriam ("For the greater glory of God") award – Gabrielle Smith ‘17
Honors a student or organization that has given of their time, energy and selves for “the Greater Glory of God”. This award recognizes significant contributions to the spiritual life of the campus and its students. Through actions, personal commitment and service to others, this individual or group has sought to “shine the light of God’s love in our world.”
Oscar Romero award – Claire Oswald ‘17
Recognizes a student organization, faculty, staff, or student that has contributed to raising awareness of an issue of social justice and engaged the campus community to respond to it.
St. John Berchman award – April Sanders, PhD, assistant professor of education
Recognizes a faculty or staff member who has demonstrated a commitment to fostering a love for learning in others. The individual motivates and challenges students to outstanding academic achievements and personal growth.
Senior Libby Crocker was also honored with the Student Lifetime Achievement award and freshman Maria Mengis was presented with the First Year Student Leadership Cup at the ceremonies.