Honors Academy


Spring 2014

Congratulations to 2013-2014 special activities and awards recipients:

  • Freshman chemistry and biology double major Jeremy Barnes for receipt of a scholarship from Center Point Medical Center and the CRC Press Freshman Chemistry Achievement Award
  • Junior chemistry major Judith Bautista for her receipt of the 2014 Dr. William J. Pivonka Award for a chemistry major and  the John R. Sanders Memorial Scholarship
  • Receipt of department honors in their major disciplines: junior English major Daniel Pfeiffer; sophomore chemistry major Allison Davis; senior legal studies major Bailie Berner; senior psychology    major Taylor Whipple
  • Sophomore legal studies major, Anna Menninger for her receipt of the 2014 summer intern position for the Johnson County Evening Reporting Center
  • Junior math major Ashley Harbin for publication of her article, “Distorted narratives fuel Rwanda media,” in the April, 2014 edition of the Peace Journalist. Ashley also received an SIT study-abroad scholarship award of $4500 to support her fall, 2014 participation in the Rwanda: Post-Genocide Restoration and Peace-building Study-Abroad Program. Finally, Ashley was selected to continue service as a First Year Mentor, which she has done for the past two years.
  • Freshman chemistry and biology double major, Jeremy Barnes for election as President of the Park Student Government Association (PSGA). Jeremy was also voted the winner of The C.W. Bailey Award, presented to him at the PSGA and Student Life 19th Annual Dr. Doris A. Howell Leadership  Awards Banquet on April 9. Jeremy has also been selected to serve as a First Year Mentor for the new Honors Academy freshmen in the Honors section of LE100.
  • Sophomore legal studies major, Anna Menninger for receipt of the female Outstanding Class Member Award for Sophomores, also announced at the Leadership Banquet. Anna served as the Resident Assistant for the inaugural AY2013-2014 Honors Academy Living and Learning Community. She has also been appointed a Resident Assistant for AY2014-2015.
  • Freshman psychology major Moira Potter for selection as the Resident Assistant for the AY2014-2015 Honors Academy Living and Learning Community
  • Sophomore chemistry major, Allison Davis, for acceptance to a National Science Foundation REU Program in Interdisciplinary Materials Research at Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC). Allison is also a semi-finalist in the selection for a National Science Foundation international REU in China.
  • Sophomore political science/international politics major, Bailey Puckett, for representing Park University as its 2014 Newman Civic Scholar, due to her many hours in service to refugees in the Kansas City Area through the Jewish Vocational Services. Read more about Bailey’s service and the award.
  • Sophomore chemistry major, Allison Davis, for acceptance to a competitive University of Oregon summer 2014 Undergraduate Research Program, “Exploring the Unknown”
  • Senior psychology major and women’s basketball athlete, Amanda Laurenceau, for her selection as a Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete, due to academic excellence - read more at www.parkathletics.com/wbasketball/park_008096.shtml.
  • Junior math major, Ashley Harbin, for acceptance into the fall 2014: Rwanda: Post-Genocide Restoration and Peacebuilding Study-Abroad Program.
  • Senior Legal Studies major, Bailie Berner, for acceptance by the Washburn School of Law, and for the receipt of the $15,000 renewable Washburn University School of Law Dawson Scholarship. She will join Honors alums Sarah Dietz and Andrea Plunkett, also earning law degrees at Washburn


Alums:

  • Environmental Science major graduate Rachel Dryden, presently completing studies for a master¹s degree at McGill University (Montreal, Quebec, Canada) for the receipt of University scholarships:
    1. Tomlinson Master's Fellowship, awarded by McGill Faculty of Science;
    2. Lorne Trottier Fellowship (by nomination through the Geography Department); 
    3. Global Environmental and Climate Change Centre student scholarship (by nomination of supervisors);
    4. Graduate Excellence Award, provided by McGill Department of Geography.
  • English major graduate Jasey Huber for receipt of the Louisa Davisdson Hinde/Carolyn Hinde Zarkaryan Memorial Award as one who continues to ³promote in others the quality of excellence that has always been associated with a Park education²
  • English major graduate Cody Croan, for acceptance to the graduate program in library science, University of Missouri
  • Graduate biology major, Aiden Galarza Bondurant, for her new position as Clinical Research Coordinator with the University of Kansas Alzheimer's Disease Center
  • Graduate English major, Caleb Roye, for acceptance to the graduate program in English at Loyola University, Chicago
  • Graduate business admin/management major Andrea Plunkett, presently completing her first year of law school at Washburn University, for her selection as one of 37 Janet Steiger Fellows from among 300 applicants. She will work in the KS Attorney General’s Office this summer.  Read more about the Steiger Fellowships



Fall 2013

Congratulations to 2013-2014 special activities and awards recipients.

  • Senior legal studies major, Bailie Berner  for receiving a Pathways paid internship with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services that will continue during her completion of law school and result in permanent employment following her completion of her law degree
  • Sophomore education with science emphasis major Ayla Parham for receipt of the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship award to study abroad in Morocco for spring semester, 2014
  • Freshman graphic design major Rachal Crouse for receiving an internship offer from Disney
  • Sophomore education with science emphasis major Ayla Parham for acceptance to study abroad in Morocco for spring semester, 2014
  • Junior English, writing concentration, major Daniel Pfeiffer for being named one of four State, Regional, and Provincial Award winners of the 2013 NCTE/SLATE Affiliate Intellectual Freedom Awards. These awards are sponsored by the National Council of Teachers of English Standing Committee Against Censorship. The Nebraska English Language Arts Council nominated Daniel to recognize his efforts toward advancing the cause of intellectual freedom, based on an essay about book banning. The essay, written in Honors EN106, previously appeared in the online Honors journal, Aisthesis. Read Daniel's essay
  • Junior math major Ashley Harbin for recognition at the PEO (a service organization recognizing the accomplishments of young women in academia) Dallas Conference at its STAR display
  • Senior legal studies major Bailie Berner for acceptance to the UMKC School of Law, following what the Admissions Committee labeled “a terrific interview”
  • Senior psychology major Taylor Whipple for earning a paid internship based on her exemplary service working with disabled youth at Accessible Arts in Kansas City, KS



Spring 2013

Congratulations to 2012-2013 special activities and awards recipients, and seniors accepted to graduate school.

  • Senior chemistry major, Frances Venable for Honorable Mention as a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship applicant and for receipt of the Rackham Merit Fellowship for graduate study, University of Michigan
  • Senior geography major, Rachel Dryden for receiving a summer, 2013 NASA internship in Earth Science using satellite data in disaster monitoring and for the award of a full fellowship for graduate study at McGill University, Montreal, Canadav
  • Senior Psychology major Rebekah Purvis for a graduate scholarship to study at Wright State University
  • Senior legal studies major Sarah Dietz for acceptance to the Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Lansing, Michigan
  • Junior legal studies major Bailie Berner for acceptance into the Kansas Governor's Internship Program
  • Junior psychology major Taylor Whipple for acceptance to study abroad in the University of Stirling Program, Scotland
  • Freshman geography and political science major Bailey Puckett for acceptance to study abroad at the Grint Center for Education and Culture, Moscow University for the Humanities, 2013
  • Freshman chemistry major Allison Davis for acceptance to study abroad at Franklin College in Lugano, Switzerland, summer, 2013
  • Sophomore math major Ashley Hardin for acceptance to the Summer 2013 Service Learning program in Namibia and receipt of the Patton Scholarship for study abroad

Fall 2012

Congratulations to 2012-2013 special activities and awards recipients

A special congratulations to Degree with Honors Program alum, Esther Francis, who has been selected to serve as a
Fulbright Alumni Ambassador for the year 2013

  • Sophomore English major Sasha Pearce for acceptance of her essay by the Honors journal, Aisthesis
  • Sophomore English major Sasha Pearce for acceptance to the Middlebury College Chinese School to engage in intensive Chinese language study in summer, 2013
  • Sophomore legal studies major Bailie Berner for completing an internship with Missouri State Representative Noel Torpey and for receiving an internship with the Secret Service Field Office in Kansas City for spring, 2013
  • Freshman business administration/marketing major Taylor Doescher for receiving an internship with Farmers Insurance
  • Freshman geography major Bailey Puckett for receiving an internship with JVS to support refugee services
  • Senior geography major Rachel Dryden for selection to participate in the fall 2012 NASA Geologic Age of Volcanic Units on Mars Internship at Goddard Space Flight Center and also as winner of the Emerson Scholarship, presented to a student that is considered an outstanding representative of Park University. This scholarship is stewarded through Missouri Colleges Fund, Inc.

Spring 2012

  • Freshman English major Daniel Pfeiffer for essay publication in Honors journal, Aisthesis - Read Daniel's essay
  • Freshman math major Ashley Harbin for earning a competitive internship with Northwestern Mutual Financial Network
  • Junior geography major Rachel Dryden, for winning two internationally competitive fellowships for the 2012-2013 academic year. The first, the Killam Fellowship, is an award by the Canadian Fulbright Commission to study abroad in Canada. The second, the Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD)/German Academic Exchange Service Undergraduate Scholarship, is an award to study abroad in Germany for a semester. Rachel will study in Canada at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec in the fall of 2012, and in Berlin, Germany at the Freie Universität’s Institute of Meteorology in the spring of 2013.
  • Junior chemistry major Frances Venable for a summer REU for nanomaterial research at the University of Illinois, Champain-Urbana
  • Senior biology major Miki Katuwal for appointment to a full-time molecular virology research assistant position with the University of Kansas Medical Center.
  • Senior biology major Alexander Jobe for appointment to a full-time research assistant position with The Missouri Conservation Department.
  • Sophomore psychology major Taylor Whipple for her receiving the Newman Civic Fellow Award. View her interview with Fox 4 News.
  • Senior biology major Miki Katuwal as a Boe Research Award winner from the Great Plains Honors Council
  • Senior biology major Alex Jobe for appointment to an internship as a junior research analyst with the Kansas Parks and Wildlife Manager


FALL 2011

  • Senior biology major Miki Katuwal for winning a Boe Research Award from the Great Plains Honors Conference
  • Senior biology major Alex Jobe, for appointment to an internship as a junior research analyst with the Kansas Parks and Wildlife Manager
  • Senior English major, Jasey Huber, for the award of a student career experience program (SCEP) opportunity by the U.S. Center for Immigration Services, DHS, in the Kansas City area
  • Junior physical geography major, Rachel Dryden, for participation in the NASA Fall 2011 Quality Control of Doppler Radar Wind Profiler Database Internship at Marshall Space Flight Center
  • Junior communication arts/public relations and communication arts/broadcasting double major Andria Enns, for receiving the America's Unofficial Ambassador's Mosaic Scholarship, which will help support her travel to Amman, Jordan, during winter break to work in women's empowerment.


Honors Alum News

  • Honors Program alum Loren Ray Laughlin Flageolle (2009), accepted to the MS Program in Human Nutrition program at the University of Bridgeport
  • Honors Program alum Charif Hamidi (2011) received the People to People International 2011 University Chapter Leadership Award. Hamidi will be recognized at the 2011 PTPI Board of Trustees meeting in Brussels, Belgium, in September.