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College of Fine Arts Recognizes Outstanding Graduates during Convocation


JONESBORO – Ten students in the College of Fine Arts at Arkansas State University were recognized during Convocation of Scholars as the most outstanding graduates of their respective degree programs, according to Dr. Don Bowyer, dean of the college.

The Chancellor’s Scholar award was presented to Clinton Curtis of Trumann, a December graduate in the BME instrumental music education program.  The Chancellor’s Scholar is the graduating senior in each college who has the highest overall grade point average.

In the Department of Art, the graduating senior awards were presented to Anthony Griego of Harrisburg, BFA, art (studio art emphasis); Michale Riggs of Cash, BFA, art (art education emphasis); and Kristi Wenneker of Roland, BFA, graphic design.

Graduating senior awards in the Department of Music were presented to Clinton J. Fortune of Cherokee Village, BA, music; Yuta Nishimura of Kanagawa, Japan, BM, keyboard performance; Craig Young of Cassopolis, Michigan, BM, vocal performance; Clinton Curtis of Trumann, BME, instrumental music education; and Kate Smith of Wynne, BME, vocal music education.

The Department of Theatre award recipients were Matthew Currie of Cabot, BFA, theatre (design technology emphasis), and Jordan Phillips of El Dorado, BFA, theatre (acting emphasis).

Each award is based on academic achievement and contributions to the respective department.  All students participated extensively in College of Fine Art activities and won many honors while pursuing their degrees at A-State.

Ten faculty members who have 30 or more years of experience in the College of Fine Arts were recognized.  They are Dr. William Allen, Dr. Neale Bartee, Joe Bonner, Roger Carlisle, Ken Hatch, William Rowe, Dr. Dan Ross, Sandra Seay, Bob Simpson, and Curtis Steele.  Two faculty members with at least 25 years of service are Dr. Paul Hickman and John Salvest.

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