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College of Fine Arts Honors Outstanding Graduates during Convocation of Scholars


JONESBORO -- Nine students in the College of Fine Arts at Arkansas State University were recognized recently 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 Samantha Cole of Jonesboro, a senior in the BFA theatre program, design technology emphasis. 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 Hayley Denton of Harrisburg, BFA, art, studio art emphasis; Steven Adair of Jonesboro, BFA, art, art education emphasis; Whitney Stephenson of Germantown, Tenn., BFA, graphic design; and Abdullah Raslan of Saudi Arabia, BS, digital media and design.

Graduating senior awards in the Department of Music were presented to Rebecka Morrison of Harrisburg, BM, vocal performance; Jarrett Tedder of Paragould, BME, instrumental music education; and Kari Rickman of Bono, BME, vocal music education.

The Department of Theatre award recipients were Josue Pollnow of Spain, BA, theatre, and Samantha Cole of Jonesboro, BFA, theatre, design technology 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 ASU.

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