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Academic Honors

The President’s List

Students who achieve a 3.90 GPA with at least 46.8 quality points during the semester on a total course load of 12 or more semester hours, with no grade of D, F, or I and no developmental courses, are named to the President’s List. Students awarded the grade of "I" will not be considered for the President’s List even though the incomplete grade may be changed later and subsequently qualify the student for this honor status.

The Dean’s List

Students who achieve a 3.50 or better GPA with at least 42.0 quality points during the semester on a total course load of 12 or more s.h., with no grade of D, F, or I and no developmental courses, are named to the Dean’s List. Students awarded the grade of "I" will not be considered for the Dean’s List even though the incomplete grade may be changed later and subsequently qualify the student for this honor status.

Honors and Awards

Alpha Chi is a National Honorary Scholastic Fraternity chartered in 1922. The North Carolina Mu Chapter was installed on October 8, 1976. Membership is limited to the top 10% of the junior class, senior class, and graduate students. Further, restrictions regarding hours completed at the university impact membership eligibility.

The Monarch Theatre Award is given to the students who have contributed the most during the season to Methodist University Theatre Department productions, either in performance on stage or as technical support staff backstage.

The American Institute of Chemists Student Award is sponsored by the American Institute of Chemist Foundation, Inc. to a senior student majoring in the area of chemistry, chemical engineering, or biochemistry who demonstrated a record of ability, leadership, and professional promise. The award consists of a certificate and a one-year Student Associate membership in the American Institute of Chemist Foundation.

The Anthony J. DeLapa Art Achievement Award was established in 2003 to honor Dr. Anthony J. DeLapa for his contributions to the college in the position as Vice President of Academic Affairs and as the Department Chair for Education. The award is presented annually to a junior or senior Art or Art Education major selected by the Fine Arts Division. The student is recognized for his/her academic excellence and contribution to the arts as well as their demonstrated outstanding potential as an artist. Only qualifying students with a 3.0 GPA or higher in their major will be considered. The award consists of a $250 honorarium, certificate, and a memorial plaque, located in the Fine Arts Division and inscribed with the recipient’s name.

The Balaez-Ambrose Mathematics Award was established by James Loschiavo, a 1969 (Summa Cum Laude) graduate, to honor Dr. Ofelia M. Balaez and Mr. Robert B. Ambrose, Professors of Mathematics. It is presented to the mathematics student with the greatest academic potential. The student must have completed 18 s.h. of work in mathematics by or during the second semester of his/her junior year. It consists of $100.00 in cash and a certificate of recognition.

The Clark Award in Accounting was established in 1990 by Lynn G. Clark to honor Samuel J. Clark, Director of Institutional Computing at Methodist University and a previous Registrar and Director of Extension Services. He came to the University as an Instructor of Accounting, and this award is given yearly to the most outstanding junior or senior Accounting major. The award is given based on a vote of the faculty of the Accounting Department. It consists of a $100 United States Savings Bond.

The Clark Memorial Science Service Award was established in 1984 by the Biology faculty to honor Dr. Fred E. Clark, Dean of Academic Affairs and Professor of Biology. It is given to the student making the greatest contribution to the Science Department programs and activities.

The Walter B. Clark Maximum Effort Award was established in 1995 to honor Mr. Walter B. Clark, founder of Mid-South Insurance Company and is presented to a graduating Reeves School of Business student at Awards Day. It is given to an individual who has demonstrated maximum effort in overcoming hardship, commitment, work ethic, and is likely to be successful in the future. Nominations are open to students and faculty. The advisor for the nominated student should substantiate the award criteria. The award consists of a $100 honorarium and a plaque of recognition.

The Joe Cannata Memorial Award is given in memory of former Methodist College student Joe Cannata. The recipient is a senior Sociology major selected by the Sociology faculty in recognition of academic achievement and service in advancement of the discipline.

The Robert S. Christian English Achievement Award was established in 2002 by the English Department faculty to honor Dr. Robert S. Christian for his many years of service to the department and to the University as a whole. The award is presented annually to the graduating senior English major deemed to be most worthy of receiving the award by members of the English Department faculty. Only graduating English majors with an overall GPA of 3.40 or higher in courses counting toward fulfillment of requirements for the major in English will be considered. Also, other distinguished contributions to the intellectual and cultural life of the department and of the University as a whole will be evaluated. The award consists of an honorarium of $200 and a certificate.

The Yolanda M. Cowley Award was established in 1971 to honor Dr. Cowley, Professor of Spanish. The award is presented to the Spanish student with the greatest academic potential. The student must have at least a minor in Spanish. Students whose native tongue is Spanish are not, as a rule, eligible. It consists of a $100.00 United States Government Bond and a certificate of recognition.

The CRC Press Freshman Chemistry Achievement Award is sponsored by CRC Press LLC to a student who is currently enrolled in the General Chemistry course on the basis of outstanding academic achievement in chemistry. The award consists of a complimentary copy of the CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics and a commemorative scroll to be mounted on the inside cover of the book.

The Cumberland Oratorio Singers Choral Award is given annually by the Cumberland Oratorio Singers to a member of the Methodist University Concert Choir whom the conductor feels most nearly embodies the characteristics of an ideal choral singer. It is an award of $100 and an engraved plaque.

The David G. Wilson Community Service Award was established in 2002 by Joseph F. Doll to honor David G. Wilson, the first Executive-in-Residence of the Reeves School of Business. The award is presented to a student in the Reeves School of Business who has shown by action an outstanding level of service to their non-University community. The award consists of a $100.00 honorarium, a framed certificate, and a memorial plaque, to be located in the Reeves School of Business, bearing the award winner’s name.

The Samuel R. Edwards Award was established by the faculty in 1990 to honor Mr. Edwards who served simultaneously as first Registrar, Admissions Director, Director of Financial Aid, and Instructor of Physical Education. The award will consist of an engraved plaque presented at the December graduation to a graduating Evening University student in recognition of his/her academic excellence, spiritual development, and community service.

The Marie C. Fox Philosophy Award was established by the first professor of Philosophy at Methodist University, is presented to the philosophy student who has exhibited outstanding analytic ability, philosophical perspective, and creative potential. The honorarium is a $50.00 United States Government Bond or the cash equivalent.

The Willis C. Gates Music Award for Excellence in Performance was established by the music faculty in 1979 to honor Dr. Gates, one of the original faculty members of Methodist University and the first Chair of the Department of Music. The award is presented to the student deemed by the music faculty the finest performing artist of the academic year. The student’s name is inscribed on a plaque that is on permanent display at the University and is presented with a smaller plaque commemorating the award.

The Gautam Award in Business Administration was established in 1978 by John Junius Grandefeld (1975) to honor Dr. Sid Gautam and is given to the student manifesting the same dedicated interest and creativity in the field of finance and investments as Dr. Gautam in his teaching. The recipient must be majoring in Business Administration/Economics, be a rising junior or senior with a 3.2 or better GPA, and have demonstrated an interest in pursuing a career in finance and investment. The award is a $100.00 United States Savings Bond or the cash equivalent.

The Outstanding Health Care Administration Student Award was established in 1995 by the Sandhills Healthcare Executives Forum, a local affiliate of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE). The award is presented annually to a Health Care Administration graduating senior for scholastic achievement, service to the community, and for active membership in the ACHE. The award consists of a $250.00 honorarium, a plaque, and the individual’s name will be permanently inscribed on a memorial plaque.

The Iota Tau Alpha (Mu Chapter) – “We heal those contending for the prize”
The purpose of the Iota Tau Alpha national honor society is to function as an honor and professional society for students in athletic training education programs. The activities of Iota Tau Alpha are designed to stimulate interest, scholarly attainment, and investigation in athletic training education. To be eligible for membership, a student must be in his or her second semester of the Methodist University athletic training education program and have obtained at least a 3.3 GPA in athletic training courses and a 3.0 GPA overall.

The Wenda D. Johnson Physical Education Major of the Year Award was established in 2006 and is presented to the student who demonstrates the enviable traits that mirror her career and life. The recipient each year will be the student who demonstrates high academic performance, professionalism at all times, and service to the community.

The Coach Larry Kirchner Gold Medal Award was established in 2006 by Dr. Mary Kirchner, her husband, Charles, and her four sons to honor her father, Lawrence Wayne Kirchner (1937 – 2002), for his lifelong contributions to inner-city athletic programs. Coach K. coached several Detroit area baseball players who went on to play professional baseball, as well as countless young men who benefited from his example of generosity and sportsmanship. This award is given to the most outstanding junior or senior in the Sport Management program, as determined by the Sport Management faculty. The award consists of a $100 honorarium, a certificate, and a memorial plaque, located in the Reeves School of Business and inscribed with the recipient’s name.

The Ronald P. Kirchner Award in Resort Management was established in 2006 by Dr. Mary Kirchner to honor her uncle, Ronald Paul Kirchner (1936 – 2004), for his contributions to the resort industry. Mr. Kirchner was a founder and owner of the Hartland Glen Golf Club and maintained an interest in golf and resorts throughout his life. This award is given to the most outstanding junior or senior in the Resort and Club Management program, as determined by the Resort and Club Management faculty. The award consists of a $100 honorarium, a certificate, and a memorial plaque, located in the Reeves School of Business and inscribed with the recipient’s name.

The Pauline Longest Education Award is presented to a senior member of the Student Education Association who has contributed to the work of the chapter and has demonstrated outstanding potential as a teacher. Established in 1974 as the Student Education Award, it was renamed in 1978 to honor the original advisor to the chapter and consists of a fifty-dollar honorarium and a certificate of recognition.

The Longleaf Press Writing Award was established in 2003 and is presented annually to a graduating senior Writing major who, in the opinion of the Writing and English faculty, has demonstrated the greatest potential as a writer and/or editor and has a cumulative GPA of at least 3.4 in all Writing courses completed. The award consists of an honorarium of $200 and a certificate.

The Dr. William P. Lowdermilk Student Achievement Award was established in 1995 by the Fayetteville Rotary Club to honor Reverend Lowdermilk for both his service to Rotary International and his 32 year service to Methodist University from 1963-1995. Nominations for the annual award come from students, faculty, and staff, based on set criteria including meeting the “Four-Way Test” of Rotary. The student is selected by representatives from the University and the Fayetteville Rotary Club. A $2,000 award is made to the student from a fund of the college at the Annual Lowdermilk Rotary Night held on the campus in March. The student’s name is inscribed on a plaque that is on permanent display at the University and the student is presented with a smaller plaque commemorating the award.

The Mass Communications Outstanding Major of the Year Award is presented each spring to a Mass Communications senior. The recipient is selected on the basis of his/her academic achievement and his/her participation in extracurricular activities within the Communications program and throughout the University and community. The winner will receive a certificate and a check for $100. His/her name will also be engraved upon a departmental plaque that includes the names of winners from previous years.

The Military Officer’s Association of America Award, which was established in 1979, is presented by the Cape Fear Chapter of the Military Officer’s Association of America to honor a basic or advanced cadet with an excellent academic performance (a GPA of 3.0 or better) and excellent ratings in leadership positions. The cadet must have participated extensively in ROTC and must have excellent potential for service to the community and nation. The award consists of a certificate of recognition and the inscription of the recipient’s name on a permanent wall plaque.

The George and Lillian Miller Award, established by Methodist University’s first Dean of Women who was also a member of the History Department, is presented to the history student with the greatest academic potential. The student must have completed 18 s.h. of work in history by or during the second semester of his/her junior year. The honorarium is a fifty-dollar United States Government Bond or the cash equivalent.

The Ott-Cooper Science Award was established in 1971 by Mrs. Pauline Longest to honor the first and second Chairmen of the Science and Mathematics Division, Drs. Charles N. Ott and William C. Cooper. It is presented to a senior science major for scholastic achievement, interest, participation in Science Department activities and potential for success in a science-related career; consists of $100.00 and a certificate of recognition.

The Peer Tutor Merit Award was established by Academic Services to proudly acknowledge the Methodist University Peer Tutors. In order to become a tutor, students must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher in the subject(s) to be tutored.

Phi Alpha is a national honor society for social work majors chartered in 1962. The Methodist University Eta Rho Chapter was approved March, 1998. Eligible students must be admitted to the Social Work Program, completed a minimum of 9 s.h. of social work courses, achieved an overall GPA of 3.0 and a GPA of 3.25 in required social work courses.

The Plyler Award in the School of Arts and Humanities, established as the Plyler Humanities Award in 1988 by Dr. Lorenzo Plyler and his family in memory of the late Elizabeth (Betty) Plyler, consists of $100.00 presented to a graduating senior in the School of Arts and Humanities chosen by the Chairs of the Departments within the School of Arts and Humanities.

The Plyler-Knott Award in Religion, established and now funded by Lynn Moore Carraway, Michael Safley, James Malloy, and William Presnell, honors Drs. Lorenzo Plyler and Garland Knott, Professors of Religion. It is given to the outstanding religion student and consists of a $100.00 United States Government Bond and a certificate of recognition. The winner must plan to enter a religious vocation and have successfully completed 12 s.h. of religion.

The J. Elaine Porter French Award, established in 1990 by Mr. Fred Epeley, friend and colleague of Mrs. Porter, is presented to the French student with the greatest academic potential. The student must have at least a minor in French. Students whose native tongue is French are not, as a rule, eligible. It consists of a $100.00 United States Government Bond and a certificate of recognition.

The Methodist University President’s Award is presented to the cadet who has displayed the highest level of leadership and military excellence since entering ROTC.

The Publisher’s Award was established in 1983 to honor a student demonstrating superior achievement in collegiate journalism. Mr. Charles Broadwell, publisher of the Fayetteville Observer, provides the award and permanent plaque.

The Pulliam Award, established in 1994 to honor Bruce R. Pulliam, Associate Professor of Social Science. The fifty-dollar honorarium is presented to the graduating History major with the highest GPA in History.

The Charles M. Reeves, Jr. Outstanding Scholar Award was established in 1993 to honor Mr. Charles M. Reeves, Jr. The award is presented to an outstanding senior at Award’s Day. The recipient must have 106 s.h. for the academic semester ending in December and should be involved in extracurricular activity, preferably in the business areas. The award consists of a $100 honorarium and a certificate of recognition.

The Outstanding Justice Studies Graduate Award is presented to the outstanding justice studies graduate in recognition of outstanding leadership, service and academic achievement. The award recipient is chosen by the justice studies faculty.

The Outstanding Justice Studies Service Award is presented to the outstanding justice studies student in recognition of outstanding loyalty and service to the justice studies program. The award recipient is chosen by the justice studies faculty.

The Outstanding Legal Studies Student Award was established in 2007 to recognize an outstanding student in the field of Legal Studies. The student must have completed the minor in Legal Studies and have a demonstrated record of campus leadership and academic excellence. The award recipient is chosen by the Legal Studies faculty.

The Outstanding Occupational Environmental Management Student Award was established in 2007 to recognize an outstanding student in the field of Occupational Environmental Management. The student must be majoring in Occupational Environmental Management and have a demonstrated record of campus leadership and academic excellence. The award recipient is chosen by the Occupational Environmental Management faculty.

The Outstanding Political Science Student Award was established by the Department of Government Studies in 2002 to recognize a student who has exhibited outstanding leadership, service, and academic achievement. The student must be majoring in Political Science and selected by Department faculty. The award usually consists of a $100 honorarium and a certificate of recognition. The student’s name will be inscribed on a plaque permanently displayed in the Trustees’ Building.

The Outstanding Social Work Student and Senior Awards were established by the Social Work Department, to honor top students as selected by the Social Work faculty, in recognition of leadership, service and academic achievement.

The Student Webmaster Award is presented annually to the student who has made the greatest impact on the University’s Web site. Criteria include either excellence in creativity and design for areas of the site or non-technical contributions, such as service to the Webmaster or the Web Committee. The award consists of a $50 honorarium and a certificate of recognition.

The Lura S. Tally Award for Leadership Excellence was established in 1999 to recognize a student who has exhibited outstanding leadership. The recipient must be minoring in Leadership Studies and have a demonstrated record of leadership excellence. The student is selected by Leadership Program faculty and representatives from the Advisory Board of the Tally Center. The award usually consists of a $500.00 honorarium and a certificate of recognition. The student’s name will be inscribed on a plaque that is on permanent display in the Trustees’ Building.

The Wall Street Journal Award is presented to a rising junior with a 3.2 or better G.P.A. in the Reeves School of Business. The award consists of a year subscription to The Wall Street Journal and a certificate of recognition presented at the Outlook Symposium.

The Lucius Stacy Weaver Award, established in 1964 by the family of Dr. L. Stacy Weaver to honor Methodist University’s first President, is an engraved plaque presented to an outstanding member of each graduating class for academic excellence, spiritual development, leadership, and service.

 

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