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College of Liberal Arts and Communication Recognizes Outstanding Grads


JONESBORO -- The most outstanding graduating students from the College of Liberal Arts and Communication at Arkansas State University were honored as recipients of achievement awards for 2016-17 during the annual Convocation of Scholars reception, according to Dr. Carl Cates, dean.

The Chancellor’s Scholar award was presented to John Williams of Paragould, a double major who is graduating with Bachelor of Arts degrees in both communication studies and philosophy.   The Chancellor’s Scholar is the graduating student with the highest cumulative grade point average in the college.

Kaylee Lewis of Poplar Bluff, Mo., a sociology major, received the 4.0 Scholar Award.  In the event of a tie, the Chancellor's Scholar is the student who has completed the most credit hours.

The award recipients and their respective degree programs are (by academic department):


Jennifer Hannah of Jonesboro, Bachelor of Science (BS), strategic communication; Arnelle Jones of Osceola, Bachelor of Arts (BA), communication studies.

Criminology, Sociology, and Geography

Justin Sims of Little Rock, BA, criminology; Kaylee Lewis of Poplar Bluff, Mo., BA, sociology; Chris Hankins of Pocahontas, Master of Arts (MA), criminal justice; and James Luht of Dover, MA, sociology.

English, Philosophy and World Languages

Hannah Todd of Mountain Home and Kara White of Searcy, Bachelor of Science in Education (BSE), English; Kendall Doggett of White Hall, BSE, Spanish; Gracie Bain of Searcy, BA, English, and BA, philosophy (double major); Rhegan Wright of Paragould, BA, Spanish; Brennah Hutchison of Jonesboro and Stephen Turner of Jonesboro, MA, English; and Callison Hopkins of Memphis, MSE, English.


Shelby Atkeison of Benton, BSE, social science; Katy Smith of DeQueen, BA, history; and Elizabeth Johnson of Seal Beach, Calif., MA, history, and recipient of the Dr. John Galloway Award.


Kirsten Pieri-May of Paragould, BS, multimedia journalism; Keandre Gross of Memphis, BS, creative media production; and Lauren Michelle Davis of Jonesboro, BS, photojournalism.

Political Science

Robert Hunter of Bono and Charlotte Fernimen of Hardy, BA, political science; Catherine Harthorn of St. Paul, Minn., MA, political science; Cecelie Cochran of Memphis, Master of Public Administration (MPA); and Molly Alexander of Riverview, Fla., MPA, online program.

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