Forty-four University of Arkansas - Fort Smith students were the guests of Chancellor Paul B. Beran and First Lady Janice Beran at a dinner on April 22 as recipients of the university's Academic Excellence Awards which honor top students from throughout the UAFS campus.
Faculty in UAFS academic programs identified qualified students and submitted nominees' names for the awards, which are designed to recognize students who have exemplified outstanding academic achievement in their programs of study.
Recipients of this year's awards and the programs they represent are:
Alma: William Moon, Marketing; Trevor Stewart, Music Education (Instrumental); Jessica Weisenfels, English; Janna Wilson, Graphic Design.
Charleston: Nathan Ashley, Mathematics with Teacher Licensure.
Colt: Christy Jackson, Bachelor of Applied Science.
Diamond City: Gage Rice, Mathematics.
Edmond, Okla.: Alice Tholen, Mechanical Engineering.
Fort Smith: Ina Balentine, Accounting; Sayuri Barnett, Biology with Life/Earth Science Teacher Licensure; Eric Bates, Organizational Leadership; Matt Dillman, Business Administration; Troyce Edwards, Computer Graphic Technology; Mark Elmore, Criminal Justice; Lizeth Garvey, Spanish with Teacher Licensure; Corey Hamilton, History with Social Studies Teacher Licensure; Judy Harrington, Administrative Professional and Office Technology; David Holland, Music; Sarah Munguia, Middle Childhood Education (Math/Science); Eric Predmore, History; Gabriel Quezada, Electrical Engineering; Ryan Starkey, Judith Anne Wrappe Art Award.
Greenwood: Ryan Freeman, Radiography; Nelson Rozell, General Technology - Automotive; Christopher Wise, English with Teacher Licensure.
Heavener, Okla.: Kirsten Binns, Music Education (Vocal); Tim Wiles, Surgical Technology.
Huntsville: Rachel Goff, Biology.
Lamar: Corey Woodard, Media Communication.
Lavaca: Jennifer Smith, Nursing (ADN).
Lincoln: Zach Turner, Nursing (BSN).
Longview, Texas: Stuart Campbell, Theatre.
Roland, Okla.: Heather Wheeler, Early Childhood Education.
Sallisaw, Okla.: Robert Wells, Chemistry.
Searcy: Breanna Harris, Psychology.
Spiro, Okla.: Jessica Ivy, Imaging Sciences.
Springdale: Gabrielle Turner, Dental Hygiene.
Van Buren: Amber Breazzeal, Rhetoric and Writing; Alyssa Hayes, Middle Childhood Education (Language Arts/Social Studies); Sarah Beth McCollough, Spanish; Theresa Soucy, Workforce Leadership; Hung Tran, Information Technology; Mark Trumble, Electronics Technology; Chelsea Young, Animation Technology.
A separate event, called the NUMAS, is held to recognize students who are involved in student organizations on the UAFS campus. Those awards will be announced at a later date.