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Briar Cliff students honored for academic excellence at convocation

Briar Cliff's Class of 2017 valedictorian, Kevin McMahon, is honored and congratulated by Dr. Hamid Shirvani, president of Briar Cliff University. McMahon was one of several students, faculty and staff to be honored May 11 at the annual convocation ceremony.

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SIOUX CITY, Iowa — Briar Cliff University recognized students, faculty and staff for their leadership, values and academic excellence on May 12 at the annual Honors Convocation ceremony, held in the Chapel of Our Lady of Grace on campus.

Undergraduate & Graduate Student Academic Honors

Honors awarded to students were: Distinguished Senior Alumni Award – Emma Bruns, Sibley, Iowa; Distinguished Graduate Student Award – Jordan Huffman, Sgt. Bluff, Iowa. Distinguished Behavior Analysis Graduate Student Award – Randle Francesca, Sioux City, Iowa; Distinguished Management Graduate Student Award – Tara Geddes, Hinton, Iowa; Distinguished Nursing Graduate Student Award – Ashley Pollema, Le Mars, Iowa; Distinguished Physical Therapy Graduate Student Award – Cassandra Feske, Flandreau, S.D.; Distinguished Kinesiology and Human Performance Graduate Student Award – Elise Strutt, Sioux City, Iowa.

Class of 2017 Student Honors

Also recognized at BCU’s Honors Convocation were valedictorian Kevin McMahon, Sioux City, Iowa and salutatorian, Mariah Morrisette, Sioux City, Iowa.

All-University Honors

Nic Nelson, athletic director, received the Paul and Frances Duff Pursuit of Excellence Award. This award was established in 1984 by Katarina P. Flanagan of Peabody, Mass., to recognize outstanding service to Briar Cliff University by a member of the faculty, staff or administration. 

Michael Crowley, associate professor of mass communications and chair of general education, received the Spiritus Franciscanus Award. This award is presented to the faculty, staff, administrator, or student who imitates and reflects the values and lives of Saint Francis and Saint Clare.

Department Awards

Students honored for achievements in their academic majors were [listed alphabetically according to major/award title]: accounting – Samuel Sneed, Malvern, Iowa; art – Michael Frizzell, Sioux City, Iowa;  Dorothy Collins Art Scholar – Charlotte Allston, Chester, Md.; biochemistry – Ashley VanCleave, Mapleton, Iowa; biology – Sydney Beals, State Center, Iowa; business administration – Brianna Eaton, Sgt. Bluff, Iowa; chemistry – Cierra Boyer, Anthon, Iowa; computer science – Joshua Belling, Omaha, Neb.; criminal justice – Tyler Wright, Tucson, Ariz.; elementary education – Andrew Tibbetts, Bakersfield, Calif.; English – Jaclyn Reinsch, Glenwood, Iowa; graphic design – Shelby Puhl, Le Mars, Iowa; history – Leland Slawson, Otego, N.Y.; human resource management – Nelly Ruiz, Sioux City, Iowa; kinesiology and human performance – Hannah Macke, Carroll, Iowa; marketing – Katelin Langel, Le Mars, Iowa; mass communication – Megan Glover, Sioux City, Iowa; mathematics – Austin Lefler, Lawton, Iowa; music – Brandy Trucke, Bronson, Iowa; nursing – Stephanie Franco, Sioux City, Iowa; psychology – Shelby Potter, Lansing, Kan.; secondary education – Anne Steffens, Moville, Iowa; Sister Loyola Service Award – Claire Dufur, Delano, Minn.; Sister Muriel Ford Social Justice Award – Elizabeth Sumerix, Twin Lake, Mich.; sociology – Marquel Harlan, Winnebago, Neb.; Spanish – Emily Janda, Omaha, Neb.; sports management – Samuel Burki, Ponca, Neb., theology – Calee Ewing, Sioux City, Iowa; writing – Melanie Krieps Mergen, Algona, Iowa.

Honors Program Graduates

Recognized for graduating from the Honors Program were: Emma Bruns, Sibley, Iowa and Melanie Krieps Mergen, Algona, Iowa.



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