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Seniors Earn Academic, Service, Leadership Awards

April 07, 2014

Awards for both students and faculty were presented at the annual Senior Dinner for the 2014 graduating class.

Several Alma College seniors have received honors for academic and campus leadership achievement. In addition, seniors announced the 2014 recipients of the Outstanding Faculty Awards. The awards were presented at the college’s Senior Dinner April 2.

Kylie Babcock, with President Jeff AbernathyKylie Babcock, with President Jeff Abernathy

Outstanding Senior Leadership Award

Kylie Babcock of Kentwood received the 2014 Outstanding Senior Leadership Award. Students are nominated for the award by campus organizations, and a committee selects finalists. The winner is chosen by a vote of the senior class.

A student ministry coordinator with the Alma College Chapel, Babcock interacted with community members and local pastors to coordinate worship experiences and service opportunities. She also helped organize a Fair Trade Sale through SERRV International.

Hilary Miller, with President AbernathyHilary Miller, with President Abernathy

Outstanding Commitment to Service Award

Hilary Miller of Yale received the Outstanding Commitment to Service Award. Each year a senior is recognized for demonstrating an active commitment to volunteerism, service learning and community service.

An Alternative Break leader and participant for four years at Alma, Miller also engaged in service through the Alma College Chapel, the social fraternity Phi Sigma Sigma, the national service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega and her local church.

Also recognized was the Zeta Upsilon Chapter of Alpha Xi Delta with the Student Organization Commitment to Service Award in recognition of the social fraternity’s successful Plaid Dash event, which raised $2,000 for Autism Speaks.

Jacob Poliskey, with President AbernathyJacob Poliskey, with President Abernathy

Outstanding Senior Awards

Alyssa Ball of Edmore and Jacob Poliskey of Midland received Outstanding Senior Awards, given annually to the graduating seniors with the highest grade point averages.

From left: Joe Beckmann, Greg Baleja, Will Nichols.From left: Joe Beckmann, Greg Baleja, Will Nichols.

Faculty Receive Recognition at Honors Day

Alma College seniors recognized Will Nichols, Joe Beckmann and Greg Baleja with Outstanding Faculty Awards. The recipients are chosen by a vote of the senior class, with one recognized in each of the college’s academic divisions.

Nichols, professor of music and director of choirs, was the recipient for the humanities division.

Beckmann, professor of biochemistry, was the recipient for the natural sciences division.

Baleja, professor of business administration, was the recipient for the social sciences division.