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Honors Ball Ceremony Recognizes Outstanding Students, Faculty, and Staff

May 01, 2013

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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – University students, faculty, and staff were recognized for their academic and professional accomplishments during an Honors Ball held April 27 in the Performing Arts Center.

The elegant red carpet affair was hosted by the Honors Program. During the ceremony, 14 students were presented with their Honors Program graduate medallions. The students received the medallions for completing 21 honors hours and a “Project of Excellence” senior thesis. Students must also maintain at least a 3.25 cumulative grade point average.

The top two student award winners were: 

  • Rising Star Student Leader Award: Alexandra Harrel, an interdisciplinary studies major
  • Outstanding Student Leader Award: Nick Hunt, a marine biology major

The top three faculty and staff winners were:

  • Outstanding Mentor Award: Dr. Manuela Gardner, Professional Assistant Professor in the Department of Life Sciences
  • Outstanding Faculty Award: Dr. Michael Wetz, Assistant Professor of Marine Biology
  • Outstanding Service to Honors Award: Steven Schwerin, Program Coordinator for the First-Year Learning Communities


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