May 14, 2004

Awards honor outstanding seniors

Seven students, one from each College, received Outstanding Senior Awards at the annual Honors Convocation on May 2. The awardees were selected from the 40 students recognized for Academic Achievement Awards at the ceremony.

They are: Suzanne Hollingsworth, College of Arts and Letters; David Huang, College of Business Administration; John McCormack, College of Education; Seitu Paul Barron, College of Engineering and Computer Science; Melissa Cody, College of Health and Human Services; Eliza Morris, College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics; and Connie McGough, College of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies.

Hollingsworth, an environmental studies major, was recognized for her internship work with the National Resources Defense Council that led to a senior thesis on the preservation of grizzly bears and their habitat in Yellowstone National Park and for her extra-curricular involvement with environmental organizations.

Finance major Huang was honored with recognized for exceptional class participation, service as a teaching and research assistant for the management department and for his help in mentoring fellow finance students.

McCormack, a vocational education major, was recognized for his teaching efforts at Placer High School and at American River College where he coordinates the Central Valley New Car Dealers network which links 30 high school programs to the College and provides students with equipment and training aids.

Mechanical engineering major Barron was recognized for his involvement in MESA and National Society of Black Engineers, where he served as president of the student chapter. He was also honored for his extra-curricular service with Valley High’s Junior Mentor Program, the TLC Soup Kitchen, and as president of the Emanuel CME Church Choir.

Cody, a speech pathology and audiology major, was honored for her volunteer work with the City of West Sacramento Parks and Recreation Department, the State of California Fair Political Practices Commission, the California State Teachers’ Retirement System and the Sacramento Scottish Rite Language Center.

Physics major Morris was recognized for her work as an intern at the prestigious National Institute of Standards and Technology and for being selected as one of only five women from the United States to intern at the CERN laboratory in Geneva, Switzerland. She was also honored for her service to the physics department.

And McGough, an anthropology major, was honored for her extracurricular activities as a volunteer for the California State Indian Museum at Sutter’s and for the California Rural Indian Health Board, the Urban Indian Health League, and the Native American Training Institute.

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