outstanding Sacramento State graduating seniors—one from each college—were
honored with the Dean’s Award during a dinner May 4. One of the recipients
will be honored by President Alexander Gonzalez with the President’s Medallion
during commencement ceremonies on May 19 and 20.
The Dean’s Awards are in their second year, recognizing the top student
from each college for academic achievement and contributions to their communities.
This year’s recipients are:
Garcia, College of Education: In addition to her child development
work on campus, Garcia has worked in both elementary and Head Start classrooms.
One faculty member said her written work was so outstanding that it should be
photocopied for future reference. She plans to enter the University’s
bilingual multicultural teaching credential program and hopes to teach children
from lower socioeconomic backgrounds in a California public school.
Fischang, College of Health and Human Services: Fischang was one of
only 10 applicants chosen to enter the doctoral program in audiology at San
Diego State. She has worked as a research assistant for one of her professors
and was selected as a teaching assistant. Her volunteer work began in high school
and continued on through her college career and include helping homeless women
and children, and organizing a conference that helped raised funds to provide
speech and hearing services to low-income families.
David Porter, College of Engineering and Computer Science:
The father of five began taking engineering courses on a part-time basis six
year ago while supporting his family as an automotive technician. In spite of
the competition for his time he is graduating with the highest grade point average
in his class. He also volunteers in the community, putting his technical skills
to use on community projects. He is active in Boy Scouts, his church and the
engineering honor society.
Carmelo Rios, College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics: Rios, a
chemistry major, has received several scholarships including being both an American
Chemical Scholar and a McNair Scholar. He was selected for a summer research
program at the National Center for Atmospheric Research and worked on research
projects in organic chemistry and analytical chemistry with two of his professors.
He has presented two talks at an American Chemical Society meeting and will
present two more talks at professional conferences. He has worked as both a
tutor and a teaching assistant.
Heidi Wynn Stevens, College of Business Administration: The
accountancy major has received five scholarships and awards since May 2004 including
the Dr. Guy A. West Scholarship. She is active in Beta Alpha Psi, the honor
society for financial information students and professionals, and she has held
several leadership positions in the organization. She has also been a member
of the Inter-Business Council. She has completed internships with Investor’s
Bank and Trust and PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Vollrath, College of Arts and Letters: Vollrath is an accomplished
harpsichordist. While holding a 4.0 GPA, she has been very active in the community
including being choir director for a local church, a volunteer judge for high
school debate tournaments, a Latin tutor and a student teacher for the University’s
piano pedagogy program. She received a Scholastic All American Debater Award
for academic excellence and service to her community. She will graduate with
a degree in piano performance and a minor in Latin.
A. Ward, College of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies:
When she receives her anthropology degree this month, Ward will be the first
in her family to complete a college degree. She has worked on archeological
field projects to generate research support and training opportunities for her
fellow students. As a McNair Scholar, she presented a research paper at last
year's national conference and to the Maidu Tribal Advisory Council. She plans
to use her studies to make more information available about the cultural histories
of Native Americans in California.