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College of Humanities and Social Sciences Honors Outstanding Graduates during Convocation


JONESBORO -- The most outstanding graduating students of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Arkansas State University were honored as recipients of college and departmental awards for 2014-15 during the annual Convocation of Scholars banquet, according to Dr. Lauri Umansky, dean of the college.

The Chancellor’s Scholar award was presented to Amber Gómez of Jonesboro, who is graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Education (BSE) degree in world languages and cultures.   The Chancellor’s Scholar is the graduating student with the highest cumulative grade point average in the college.

The degree program award recipients are listed by academic department:

Criminology, Sociology, and Geography

Receiving awards as outstanding students in the Department of Criminology, Sociology, and Geography and their degree programs were Walter Kincade of Maynard, Bachelor of Arts (BA), criminology, and Sara Sanders of Germantown, Tennessee, BA, sociology.

English and Philosophy

In the Department of English and Philosophy, those cited and their respective programs were Kathryn Nicole Stidham of Paragould, BSE, English; Eric Swafford of West Memphis, BA, English; Amber Sanders of Jonesboro, BA, philosophy; and Danell Hetrick of Batesville and Leslie Malland of Mount Pleasant, Master of Arts (MA), English.


History Department recognitions went to Mark Reider of Cabot, BSE, social science; Sarah Vangilder of Rector, BA, history; and Thomas Henry of Blytheville, recipient of the Dr. John Galloway Award for most outstanding student in the MA in history program.

Political Science

The Political Science Department’s outstanding students included Amber Sanders of Jonesboro, BA, political science; Brandon Frye of West Monroe, Louisiana, MA, political science; Cole Pace of Jonesboro, Master of Public Administration (MPA); and Emily Still of Paragould, MPA online program.

World Languages and Cultures

In the Department of World Languages and Cultures, those honored and their programs were Samantha Harrison of Rison, BA, world languages and cultures, with emphasis in Spanish, and Amber Gómez of Jonesboro, BSE, world languages and cultures, with emphasis in Spanish.

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