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Sacramento State News - California State University, Sacramento

May 11, 2007

Outstanding students recognized with Deans’ Awards

Photo: Carey Shaw, Karen Goodwin, Jacquelyn Etter, Nicholas Gaines, Teresa Hyer, Allison Williams and Robin Harrington are all smiles after receiving the annual Deans Awards for outstanding achievement.
Carey Shaw, Karen Goodwin, Jacquelyn Etter, Nicholas Gaines, Teresa Hyer, Allison Williams and Robin Harrington are all smiles after receiving the annual Deans Awards for outstanding achievement.

Seven students were recently honored with Deans’ Awards for their exemplary work in the classroom.

The students, one from each of Sacramento State’s colleges, were honored for outstanding achievement with the annual awards, given during an April 26 dinner. One of the recipients will receive further honors with the President’s Medallion from President Alexander Gonzalez during commencement ceremonies May 25-26.

This is the third year for the Deans’ Awards, which recognize the colleges’ top students not only for their academic achievements, but also for their contributions to the community. This year’s recipients are:

Carey Shaw, College of Arts and Letters: The first member of her family to complete college, Shaw is a skilled artist whose creative work extends beyond the studio and into the community. She shows an acute awareness of environmental issues, creating her own paint using natural pigments extracted from spices, herbs and vegetables. Shaw also has led discussions with fellow students about using natural resources wisely, and organized monthly art displays at the Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op. On campus, Shaw has organized a show in the Witt Gallery and was one of the lead coordinators of this year’s final show by graduating seniors.

Allison L. Williams, College of Business Administration: Williams’ community service began early and has been extensive. It includes involvement with Sutter Memorial Hospital, Make-A-Wish Foundation, St. John’s Shelter for Women and Children, Habitat for Humanity and Beta Alpha Psi. She worked full time to pay for her college education. In addition to her scholarships and awards, Williams served as the CEO for her International Collegiate Business Strategy Competition team. Williams received the Attorney General’s Award for superior performance while employed at the Department of Justice and has begun her career with PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Robin L. Harrington, College of Education: Harrington describes herself as a life-long learner who served her country in the Air Force and, for the past 21 years, served the state as a correctional peace officer. As a graduate of the Bachelor of Vocational Education Program, Harrington knows the value of reading, teaching and training seasoned learners. Achieving a lot of firsts in her life, it was only natural that Harington progressed into the Master of Arts in Education: Workforce Development Advocacy, which is the first of its kind for Sacramento State.

Jacquelyn N. Etter, College of Engineering and Computer Science: Graduating with a major in Mechanical Engineering Technology and a minor in Spanish, Etter is passionate about using her abilities to better society. She has helped her classmates with difficult work and is active in the Society of Women Engineers, Engineers Without Borders and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. She has participated in community programs and actively promoted the College to young women through the Engineering Awareness and Shadow Day programs. Etter was one of two students accepted for an internship as a Technical Scholar at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in 2006.

Nicholas S. Gaines, College of Health and Human Services: At ease leading others or speaking in front of groups, Gaines continued to seek leadership positions, serving as chair of the freshman Sting Team and president of Alpha Phi Sigma, the National Criminal Justice Honor Society. Originally, Gaines wanted to be a physician, but changed his mind after witnessing law enforcement’s role in the criminal justice system. He worked as a student assistant with the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Gaines also volunteered with the Sacramento County Probation Department and Neighborhood Accountability Board, working with at-risk young people. After graduation, he will enter Sacramento State’s Criminal Justice Graduate Program.

Karen N. Goodwin, College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics: Goodwin majored in chemistry, minored in physics and completed a certificate in Scientific Instrument Development. Beginning her studies at Humboldt State, Goodwin returned after a long period of time to American River College and then transferred to Sacramento State as a single mother of three children. She received the HyperCube Scholar Award, given to an outstanding student in physical chemistry. Goodwin also received an award from Iota Pi, the National Honor Society for Women in Chemistry, as an outstanding student who returned to school after a significant absence. Her love of teaching is demonstrated by her extensive work as a tutor in areas such as MESA, the Disabled Students Program, and the Beacon Peer-Assisted Tutoring Program.

Teresa L. Hyer, College of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies: Hyer began working at the age of 13 to help her single father raise her two sisters. When her father was injured five years later, Hyer worked two jobs to meet family expenses. After high school graduation, Hyer enlisted in the Air Force to support her family, leaving the service 10 years later. When she was passed over for promotions in the civilian sector, Hyer, then a single mother of two children, decided to get a college degree. She and her new husband moved to California where Hyer entered Sierra College. Transferring to Sacramento State in 2005, Hyer is graduating with summa cum laude honors. After graduate school in North Carolina, Hyer hopes to work as a family counselor and an advisor for at-risk youth. For media assistance, contact the Sacramento State Public Affairs office at (916) 278-6156.


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