Top awards given at Honors Convocation

Seniors Megan Robinson (Roachdale, Ind.) and Derek Bast (Charlestown, Ind.), along with professors Kate Johnson and Ellen Altermatt, led a list of award recipients at Hanover College's 78th annual Honors Convocation. The event took place Thursday, April 11, in Fitzgibbon Recital Hall in the Lynn Center for Fine Arts.

Robinson, who majors in sociology and is a member of the Business Scholars Program, earned the Henry C. Long Citation for Scholarship and General Excellence as the outstanding senior female.

Bast, a biology major and chemistry minor, earned the John Finley Crowe Citation for Scholarship and General Excellence as the outstanding senior male. He also received a Scholarship-Leadership Award.

Serving as professor of philosophy since 1993, Johnson earned the Arthur and Ilene Baynham Outstanding Teaching Award, established by the College in 1969. A ballot of currently enrolled students and alumni from the past two graduating classes selects the award recipient. To be eligible, a faculty member must be in at least the fourth year of teaching at the College. The winner receives a bronze medallion and a cash prize.

Johnson also earned the award in 1999. She teaches in the areas of feminist philosophy, history of philosophy and contemporary continental philosophy. Johnson completed her master’s and doctorate at Boston College (Mass.) and her bachelor’s degree at College of the Holy Cross (Mass.).

Altermatt, who serves as associate professor of psychology, earned the Daryl R. Karns Award for Scholarly and Creative Activity. The award, established in 2011, re-named in honor of the biology professor who died in 2011, recognizes sustained scholarly or creative achievement. Faculty members nominate colleagues for the award, which are sent to three judges at liberal arts colleges similar to Hanover. The winner receives a bronze medallion and a cash prize.

Since arriving at Hanover in 2003, Altermatt has taught Basic Principles of Psychology, Childhood and Adolescence, Adulthood and Aging with Laboratory, Psychology of the Family, Psychology of Gender, Advanced Research and Research Seminar. Her own research focuses on understanding how everyday interactions with parents, teachers and peers shape children’s achievement-related behaviors and beliefs. Altermatt completed her master’s and doctorate at the University of Illinois, and her bachelor’s degree from Millersville University (Pa.).

78th Annual Honors DayRecipientHometown
The Henry C. Long for Scholarship and General ExcellenceMegan RobinsonRoachdale, Ind.
The John Finley Crowe Citation for Scholarship and General ExcellenceDerek BastCharlestown, Ind.
The Arthur and Ilene Baynham Outstanding Teaching AwardKate Johnson (philosophy)
The Daryl R. Karns Award for Scholarly and Creative ActivityEllen Altermatt (psychology)
The Frank S. Luttmer Award for the Study of History through International ExperienceMersadi’s CurtsingerOrleans, Ind.
The Aubra Jade Hiland Award for Creative WritingMary BeringerLoveland, Ohio
The Robert R. and Clara J. Beach Award in SociologyMegan RobinsonRoachdale, Ind.
The Robert E. Bowers History AwardSarah LoveNashville, Ind.
The Enos Pray Biology AwardKurtis WilsonGranger, Ind.
The Dorothy S. Bucks Award in EnglishKatherine KnowlesBelleville, Ill.
The John Livingston Lowes Award in EnglishCat BrassellBloomington, Ind.
The Distinguished Award in Cultural AnthropologyHannah BowenLaGrange, Ind.
Katrina EasleyMartinsville, Ind.
The Distinguished Award in Art HistoryEmily BumgardnerRockville, Ind.
Amanda WaltzRockville, Ind.
The Distinguished Award in Studio ArtKaitlin KnappFishers, Ind.
The Distinguished Award in CommunicationLauren SchultzErlanger, Ky.
The Distinguished Award in Computer ScienceMatt LoriaNoblesville, Ind.
The Business Scholar Program Award for Academic ExcellenceSarah BrockerCarmel, Ind.
Lauren SchultzErlanger, Ky.
The Hilda M. Cordrey AwardsSarah Bates-ScottIndianapolis
Clarissa AkersLexington, Ind.
The Distinguished Award in Elementary EducationMackenzie DyeNew Castle, Ind.
The Distinguished Award in Secondary EducationMatt ReynoldsGreenfield, Ind.
The Distinguished Award in EconomicsEliza BuiHanoi, Vietnam
The Distinguished Award in Environmental ScienceAlex LantzIndianapolis
The Distinguished Award in FrenchKayla SnablHuntington, Ind.
The Distinguished Award in GeologyTim McBrideCincinnati
Tanner ParkerGreencastle, Ind.
Brandon SwihartLinton, Ind.
Caleb WilliamsBirdseye, Ind.
The Distinguished Award in Health and Movement StudiesRebekah BallardLexington, Ky.
The Distinguished Award in Political ScienceAlex PeckCarmel, Ind.
Spencer HadleyValparaiso, Ind.
The Distinguished Award in Kinesiology and Integrative PhysiologyMatt WeberCenterville, Ohio
The Distinguished Award in PhilosophyColin CobbReelsville, Ind.
The Distinguished Award in PsychologyRachel WalcottJeffersonville, Ind.
The Distinguished Award in SpanishRachel SiegCorydon, Ind.
Distinguished Award in TheatreKayla SnablHuntington, Ind.
Distinguished Award in TheologyWilliam BiggsNorth Vernon, Ind.
The John B. Goodrich Prize in OratorySarah BrockerCarmel, Ind.
The Morse Mathematical AwardEliza BuiHanoi, Vietnam
The Dr. John E. Yarnelle Mathematics PrizeMonica LamirandNoblesville, Ind.
Alec HamakerNoblesville, Ind.
Megan MeyerOldenburg, Ind.
Chen WangRenshou, China
The A. Glenn Mower, Jr. Pre-Law AwardSarah LoveNashville, Ind.
The Keith and Gwen White Award for Graduate Study in ChemistryHolly WatsonTipton, Ind.
The Alpha Lambda Delta AwardSarah BrockerCarmel, Ind.
Lauren SchultzErlanger, Ky.
The Fleming Award in PhysicsEvanna SehrBedford, Ind.
The Darryl L. Steinert Award in PhysicsYuding AiChengdu, China
Alec HamakerNoblesville, Ind.
The Ned Guthrie Chemistry AwardAlex BruecknerCincinnati
Erin HancockAmelia, Ohio
Felicia NguyenIndianapolis
The George A. and Sara O. Zirkle Award in PsychologyJordan MartellGlendale, Ky.
The M. L. Greiner Art Purchase AwardAmanda WaltzRockville, Ind.
The Charles and Dorothy Lynn English PrizeLogan WellsScottsburg, Ind.
The Aastik Pokhrel Internship AwardHan ZawMandalay, Myanmar
The Philip R. Taylor Award for Student PublishingEvanna SehrBedford, Ind.
The Dennis Kovener AwardBess MantzSan Pedro, Calif.
Gamma Sigma Pi Honor SocietySara Bates-ScottIndianapolis
Katrina EasleyMartinsville, Ind.
Matt LoriaNoblesville, Ind.
Austin MannPortland, Ind.
Jessica MillsGas City, Ind.
Tyler SauerteigArcadia, Ind.
Rachel WalcottJeffersonville, Ind.
Amanda WaltzRockville, Ind.
Logan WellsScottsburg, Ind.
Mais AlwanLouisville, Ky.
Lindsay BeasleyBatavia, Ohio
Nicole BellAshley, Ohio
Nick BrunnerNorth Vernon, Ind.
Alexandria ForwardTrafalgar, Ind.
Gara GainesHermitage, Tenn.
Alec HamakerNoblesville, Ind.
Alison HanleinLouisville, Ky.
Mariah HutchinsonSellersburg, Ind.
Megan InsleyWorthington, Ohio
Kendra JohnsonCarmel, Ind.
Kayla KempFort Wayne, Ind.
Monica LamirandNoblesville, Ind.
Lauren McClearyWest Lafayette, Ind.
Chelsea McCurdyRichmond, Ind.
Megan MeyerOldenburg, Ind.
Hannah PalmerWilmore, Ky.
Kathryn SharitsRichmond, Ind.
Hannah WehmeyerFishers, Ind.
Teresa WiczynskiColumbus, Ind.

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