Seniors Cara Hoskins and Immanuel Umoren headlined Hanover College’s student academic award recipients, while professors Darrin Rubino and Paul Battles received the top faculty awards, during the College's 81st-annual Honors Convocation. The traditional event, featuring the Class of 2018 and faculty in full academic regalia, was held Thursday, April 12, in Fitzgibbon Recital Hall, Lynn Center for Fine Arts.

Pictured (l-r): Darrin Rubino, Immanuel Umoren, President Lake Lambert, Cara Hoskins and Paul Battles

Hoskins, a communication major, earned the Henry C. Long Citation for Scholarship and General Excellence as the outstanding senior female. She also received the Distinguished Award in Communication.

A member of the Business Scholars Program, Hoskins has served many roles during her four years on campus, including: residence hall director, lead tutor at the Ken and Kendal Gladish Teaching and Learning Center, president of the Student Broadcasting Association, president of Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society and scholarship chair for Alpha Delta Pi sorority. She also has been active as co-founder and vice president of Circle K, a campus volunteer organization, fundraising chair for Earthwide Outreach by Students and a marketing intern for the Ronald McDonald House Charities.

Umoren, an international studies and communication major, was presented with the John Finley Crowe Citation for Scholarship and General Excellence as the outstanding senior male. He also earned the M. Anwarul Haq International Studies Award and the John B. Goodrich Prize in Oratory.

During his time on campus, Umoren was elected to serve two terms as president of Hanover’s Student Senate and served for two years as a student representative on the College’s Board of Trustees, as well as one term as vice president of the Catholic Students Organization. He has also worked as a peer advisor and an ambassador for international student recruitment.

Rubino, a professor of biology, earned the Arthur and Ilene Baynham Outstanding Teaching Award. Established by the College in 1969, the honoree is selected by a ballot of currently enrolled students and alumni from the past two graduating classes. 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.

A member the Hanover faculty since 2002, Rubino's areas of focus include botany, plant taxonomy, ecology, research methods and tree-ring analysis. He joins Larry Thorton, professor of history, and George Curtis, former professor of history, as three-time recipients of the honor. He also earned the Baynham Award in 2007 and 2012.

Battles, a professor of English, received the Daryl R. Karns Award for Scholarly and Creative Activity. The award, named for 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.

Battles, who joined the College’s faculty in 1999, teaches courses in early and medieval literature, linguistics, literary theory, and fantasy and science fiction. His research interests include Old- and Middle-English poetry, genre, intertextuality and Germanic myth.

81st-annual Honors DayRecipient
The Henry C. Long for Scholarship and General ExcellenceCara Hoskins
The John Finley Crowe Citation for Scholarship and General ExcellenceImmanuel Umoren
The Arthur and Ilene Baynham Outstanding Teaching AwardDarrin Rubino
The Daryl R. Karns Award for Scholarly and Creative ActivityPaul Battles
The Alpha Lambda Delta AwardElizabeth Nellis
The Algernon Sydney Sullivan AwardJoshua Hill
The Mary Mildred Sullivan AwardTynisha Little
The Dennis Kovener AwardColleen Beasley
The Distinguished Award in AnthropologyGianna Bennett
Bryn Wigney
The Distinguished Award in Art HistoryAsumi Oba
The Distinguished Award in Art & DesignCarley Gancher
The M. L. Greiner Art Purchase AwardCarley Gancher
The Enos Pray Biology AwardJessica Schonegg
The Distinguished Award in BiochemistryWill Bridgeman
Gerald R. Johnson ’69 Business Scholars Program Academic Excellence AwardJoe Rector
Betsy Milligan Johnson ’70 Business Scholars Program Achievement AwardScarlett Hartlage
The Business Scholars Program Award Business Analytics Achievement AwardJoseph Korjenek
The Ned Guthrie Chemistry AwardAlana Feeley
The Keith and Gwen White Award for Graduate Study in ChemistryTaylor Lineberry
The Distinguished Award in CommunicationCara Hoskins
The John B. Goodrich Prize in OratoryImmanuel Umoren
The Distinguished Award in Computer ScienceSakib Hague
The Distinguished Award in EconomicsMichael Dumaine
Mikhaila Hamilton
The Distinguished Award in Elementary EducationAllie Brooks
The Distinguished Award in Secondary EducationZach Bosell
The Distinguished Award in Special EducationNatalie Williamson
The Hilda M. Cordrey AwardsBaily Garey (1st Place)
Madison Grimes (2nd Place)
The Dorothy S. Bucks Award in EnglishAnna Kemple
The John Livingston Lowes Award in EnglishEmma Jones
The Charles and Dorothy Lynn English PrizeAlex Kitchel
The Aubra Jade Hiland Award for Creative WritingEmma Jones
The Eli Mace Essay PrizeWill Werner-Wilson
The Philip R. Taylor Award for Student PublishingTheresa Wynn
The Distinguished Award in Environmental ScienceLex Helms
The Distinguished Award in FrenchDoug Seals
The Distinguished Award in GeologyJosh Ford
The Robert E. Bowers History AwardAlex Kitchel
Natalie Williamson
The Frank S. Luttmer Award for the Study of History through International ExperienceMeghan Lanter
The M. Anwarul Haq International Studies AwardImmanuel Umoren
The Distinguished Award in Kinesiology and Integrative PhysiologyGriffin Green
Caroline Miller
The Morse Mathematical AwardMikhaila Hamilton
The Dr. John E. Yarnelle Mathematics PrizeKenny Jarnagin
Teal Burnett
The Distinguished Award in MusicAbigail Rinck
The Distinguished Award in PhilosophyKaren Annese-Granger
The Richard L. Conklin Award in PhysicsAndrew Knecht
The Fleming Physics AwardSakib Haque
The Darryl L. Steinert Award in PhysicsOliver Hollaert
Marissa Childs
The Distinguished Award in Political ScienceDoug Seals
The A. Glenn Mower, Jr. Pre-Law AwardNatalie Williamson
The Distinguished Award in PsychologyMallory Fogus
The George A. and Sara O. Zirkle Award in PsychologyElizabeth Nellis
The Robert R. and Clara J. Beach Award in SociologyJennifer Gilly
The Distinguished Award in SpanishThomas Doering
Bryn Wigney
Distinguished Award in TheatreAnna Kemple
Distinguished Award in TheologyFalyn Moncrief