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ASU Presidential, Distinguished Student Awards Announced for 2010

April 28, 2010

Bobby Logan Hancock has been named recipient of Angelo State University’s 2010 Presidential Award as the top graduate in his class, while five other ASU undergraduate students have been selected for 2010 Distinguished Student Awards from their respective colleges.

Hancock, of Brownfield, will be recognized at ASU’s May 15 commencement exercises along with the five Distinguished Student Award honorees representing each ASU college. The Distinguished Student Award recipients are: Christopher D. Stegall, College of Business; Dwenette Stevenson, College of Education; Joshua Tindell, College of Liberal and Fine Arts; Lindsey Thigpen, College of Nursing and Allied Health; and Henry Schreiner III, College of Sciences. Other nominees were Barrett Bowlin and Kaci Pruser from the College of Sciences, Doug Evans and Karen Yerger from the College of Nursing and Allied Health, Derek Jones and Micah McDowell from the College of Liberal and Fine Arts, and Caleb Hall from the College of Education.

ASU’s Academic Excellence Committee will host a public reception at 1:30 p.m. Monday, May 3, in the Eldon Black Recital Hall in the Carr Education-Fine Arts Building to honor the nominees and recipients. Each will be presented a plaque by ASU President Joseph C. Rallo.

A physics major and mathematics/Earth science minor, Hancock was nominated by the Department of Physics. He is the recipient of numerous scholarships, including a Carr Academic Scholarship, a Carr Special Academic Scholarship for Physics, a Merrill W. Everhart Scholarship and a National Society of Physics Students Outstanding Leadership Scholarship. His academic accomplishments were recognized by induction into the Alpha Chi National Honor Society, Sigma Pi Sigma Physics Honor Society and Pi Mu Epsilon Mathematics Honor Society.

Hancock has held elected offices in both the local and national Society of Physics Students (SPS), serving as president of the ASU chapter and as a member of the SPS National Council. He also excelled in undergraduate research, earning a Carr Research Scholarship and presenting his research findings at the Joint Meeting of Texas Sections of American Physical Society, American Association of Physics Teachers and Society of Physics Students. He received a Texas A&M University Summer Research Grant and completed an internship with the National Society of Physics Students.

Also an active participant in campus activities, Logan was a member of the SPS “Peer Pressure Team” outreach group, ASU Student Organization President’s Council and the American Geophysical Union. He plans to pursue a Ph.D. in physics in preparation for a career in university teaching and research.

A Killeen native, Stegall was nominated by the Department of Management and Marketing. He is a marketing major with a minor in professional business writing, and will graduate with High University Honors having completed the ASU Honors Program curriculum. He received a Carr Academic Scholarship, a Carr Honors Scholarship, the E. L. Barnes Scholarship, an Alvin and Patricia New Honors Scholarship and the S.K. Stringer Scholarship. His academic achievements earned him membership in the Alpha Chi National Honor Society and selection to Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities. He served as president of the Delta Sigma Pi Professional Business Fraternity and was active in the Honors Student Association and Young Democrats. He also participated in the Honors Program Community Leadership Program, serving as a student member of the San Angelo Chamber of Commerce board of directors. He interned at the AT&T Center and is considering a career in marketing or law.

Stevenson, of Sweetwater, is an interdisciplinary child development and learning major and was nominated by the Department of Teacher Education. She earned induction into the Alpha Chi National Honor Society and selection to Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges. She served as president of the ASU chapter of the Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education, presented a paper at the Kappa Delta Pi National Convention and participated actively in the Non-Traditional Student Association. She currently serves on the board of the Sweetwater Soccer Association and as a volunteer for the West Texas Children’s Advocacy Center. She plans to enter ASU’s Master of Education in Guidance and Counseling program and pursue a career in education.

Nominated by the Department of English, Tindell is an English major with a history minor from San Angelo. He received a Carr Academic Scholarship, a Carr Honors Scholarship, an Alvin and Patricia New Honors Scholarship and the Department of English Berchman T. Carville Academic Scholarship, and will graduate with Highest University Honors having completed the ASU Honors Program curriculum. He was inducted into the Alpha Chi National Honor Society, Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society, Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society and Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education. His academic performance and campus activities merited his selection to Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges. He also served as an Honors Program mentor and a student member of the Rebuilding Together board of directors through the Honors Program Community Leadership Program. He actively participated in the Honors Student Association, Chi Alpha and the Student Affiliates of the National Council of Teachers of English. His poetry appears in Oasis, ASU’s literary magazine, and he has presented his work at the Texas Council of Teachers of English Language Arts Conference. He will enter ASU’s Master of Arts program in English and plans to teach at the secondary level before returning to pursue a Ph.D. and a career in university teaching.

Thigpen, of Menard, was nominated by the Department of Nursing. She received her associate’s degree in nursing from ASU in 2009 and is a student in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) program. She received a Carr Academic Scholarship, a Houston Livestock Show Scholarship and a San Angelo Livestock Show and Rodeo Scholarship. She also earned selection to the Alpha Chi National Honor Society and the National Scholars Honor Society. She was an active member of the Student Nurses Association, an intramural sports participant and an ASU cheerleader. She is currently employed as a registered nurse in the Renal Medical-Surgical Unit at Providence Hospital in Waco and plans to pursue graduate studies in the fall to prepare for a career as a family nurse practitioner.

Nominated by the Department of Mathematics, Schreiner is a physics major with a mathematics/Earth science minor, and a December 2009 summa cum laude graduate of ASU. A San Angelo native, he received numerous scholarships, including a Carr Academic Scholarship, a Merrill W. Everhart Scholarship and the RAO/Pollard Scholarship. His academic performance merited induction into the Alpha Chi National Honor Society, Sigma Pi Sigma Physics Honor Society, Pi Mu Epsilon Mathematics Honor Society, the American Physical Society and the Texas Academy of Sciences. He served as president of Sigma Pi Sigma and was active in the Society of Physics Students, the Mathematical Association of America and the Geologic Exhibition Organization at ASU. A Carr Research Fellow, Henry pioneered the use of GIS software in geology at Angelo State. He participated in a summer physics research program at Northwestern University and has delivered award-winning presentations at conferences of the American Physical Society, the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, the Texas Academy of Sciences and Mathfest 2009. He is named as author or co-author of six research abstracts. He is employed by ASU’s Information Technology Department and will enter graduate school in the fall to begin pursuit of a doctoral degree and a career in university teaching and research.

Bowlin was nominated by the Department of Biology. A Snyder native, he is a biology major with minors in chemistry and business, and a member of the Joint Admission Medical Program (JAMP).

Pruser, of Ballinger, was nominated by the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. She is a biochemistry major with a biology minor.

Nominated by the Department of Nursing, Evans is a B.S.N. student from Big Spring.

Yerger was nominated by the Department of Nursing. She is a B.S.N. student from Biloxi, Miss.

Jones, of San Angelo, was nominated by the Department of Government. He is a government major with a minor in English.

McDowell was nominated by the Department of History. She is a history major with a minor in English from Robert Lee.

Hall was nominated by the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. A Bangs native, he is a mathematics major with a minor in kinesiology.