Honors Day Recognizes Community of Scholars
Marcus Hong Earns 2007 Barlow Trophy
Alma College senior Marcus Hong of Charlotte, N.C., is the 2007 winner of the Barlow Trophy, Alma’s most prestigious award for a graduating senior.
Presented at Alma’s annual Honors Convocation on Thursday, April 5, the Barlow Trophy recognizes academic achievement for a graduating senior in the top 10 percent of the class as well as contributions to campus and community.
Established in 1949 by Dr. Joel Barlow, a 1929 honors graduate at Alma College, the award is determined by a vote of Alma’s Student Congress and faculty members.
Hong earned a 3.96 grade point average while pursuing double majors in English and religious studies. He has served as a student ministry coordinator and bandleader at the Alma College Chapel. He also is a resident assistant; head English writer for the Pine River Anthology, the College’s annual published literature and arts magazine; and campus president of the Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honorary.
His other campus activities have included serving as a Student Congress representative, member of the Alma College Choir and “Scots on the Rocks” vocal group, student member of the president’s Strategy and Planning Committee, founding member of the Barnabas Society, member of the Sigma Tau Delta National English Honorary, promotions manager for WQAC radio station, and participant in alternative break mission trips to rural Appalachia and Washington, D.C.
A graduate of Skyline high School in Salt Lake City, Utah, Hong is the son of Young and Marjan Hong of Charlotte, N.C.
Erin Bernethy of Linwood, daughter of William and Kathleen Bernethy, and Melissa Hanson of Manistee, daughter of Diane Hanson of Manistee and Alan Hanson of Traverse City, were the other Barlow nominees.
Mollie Smith Named Outstanding Senior Leader
Mollie Smith of Grand Haven received the 2007 Outstanding Senior Leadership Award, sponsored by the Alma Leadership Alliance. Smith was elected from the Senior Leadership Award winners by a vote of the senior class. The other finalists were Danielle Creguer, Hilary Miller, Kristen Minter, Megan Stevenson and Amanda Zielinski.
The Alma Leadership Alliance is a student organization committed to bridging the transition between student and alumni status. Nominated by campus organizations and selected by a committee of students, faculty and administrators, seniors receive Senior Leadership Awards for involvement in various areas of campus life leadership.
Trisha MacConnell Named Outstanding Senior
Trisha MacConnell of San Jose, Calif., received the Outstanding Senior Award given annually to the graduating senior with the highest grade point average.
Outstanding Faculty, Junior Faculty Recognized
Alma College seniors recognized Nicholas Dixon, Ed Lorenz and Tim Sipka with Outstanding Faculty Awards at the annual Honors Convocation on Thursday, April 5. In addition, Laura von Wallmenich was named Outstanding Junior Faculty.
The Outstanding Faculty Awards are chosen by a vote of the senior class members. The Outstanding Junior Faculty Award is chosen by the president with the advice of the faculty personnel committee and the provost.
Dixon, professor and chair of the philosophy department, was the recipient for the humanities division. Lorenz, chair of the history department, was the recipient for the social sciences division. Sipka, associate professor of mathematics, was the recipient of the natural sciences division. Von Wallmenich is an assistant professor of English.
Posted: Tue, April 10th, 2007 at 10:11AM