Students, faculty honored at Academic Honors Convocation

AU senior Melan Ali White receives the Department of English Award from Provost Dr. Amiel Jarstfer during the recent Academic Honors Convocation.

04/21/2021 ASHLAND, Ohio -- Ashland University recently held its annual Academic Honors Convocation and Academic Mentor Recognition to recognize the achievements of many of its students and faculty from academic programs across campus.

The academic honors awards were presented to the students by the dean or representative from each college. The purpose of the convocation is to celebrate academic achievement, promote community, and recognize outstanding sophomores, juniors and seniors.  The criteria for awards are scholarly achievement, completion of at least 30 credit hours over two semesters at AU, and a GPA of 3.25 or above.


Following the honors awards, the recipients of this year's Mentor Award were recognized. The mentors are nominated by senior undergraduate and graduate students, and then ranked by the Academic Affairs Committee of the Board of Trustees. Student mentees were invited to join their mentor for this recognition.


Listed below are the recipients of the academic and mentor awards:


Ashland University’s Edward and Louaine Taylor Excellence in Teaching Award: Dr. Nicholas Johnson, associate professor of Chemistry


Ashland University’s Excellence in Scholarship Award: Dr. Chris Chartier, associate professor of Psychology


Ashland University Mentor Award Recipients:

Dr. Allyson Drinkard, assistant professor of Criminal Justice

Dr. Marc Hedrick, professional instructor of Criminal Justice and Sociology

Dr. David McCoy, associate professor of Journalism and Digital Media

Shawn Orr, professional instructor of Communication Studies

Dr. Dan Fox, associate professor of Law

Dr. Victoria Kaskey, associate professor of Accounting

Dr. Jason Stevens, visiting assistant professor of History & Political Science

Rebecca Parillo, director of Study Abroad programs


College of Arts and Sciences


Department of Art:

Junior Award: Mariel Leatherman

Senior Award: Joellen Badertscher


Department of Biology/Toxicology:

Sophomore Award: Allison Kesner

Junior Award: Joshua Davis II

Senior Award: Kassandra Blackburn


Department of Chemistry/Geology/Physics:

Sophomore Award: Omar Ajwa

Junior Award: Mya Lockwood

Senior Award: Jazmyn Batista


Department of Communication Studies:

Sophomore Award: Shila Hartzel

Junior Award: Jalyn Allen

Senior Award: Rachel Miller


Department of Computer Science:

    Sophomore Award: Kane Feldhake

Junior Award: John-Tyler Sprankle

Senior Award: Josiah Moore


Department of Criminal Justice:

    Sophomore Award: Jasmine Anderson

Junior Award: Brianna Fourman

Senior Award: Alexandra DiPaolo


Department of English:

    Sophomore Award: Michael Clark

Junior Award: Madeline Worcester

Senior Award: Melan White


Department of Foreign Languages:

Junior Award: Tyler Easton

Senior Award: Emily Ramseyer


Department of History:

    Sophomore Award: Ellie Richardson

Junior Award: Ashli Lucio

Senior Award: Faith Elert


Department of Journalism and Digital Media:

Junior Award: Carrie Smith

Senior Award: Isabella Pacinelli


Department of Mathematics: 

    Sophomore Award: Abigail Locke

Junior Award: Hannah Smigel

Senior Award: Emily Schordock


Department of Music:

    Sophomore Award: Lila Wolfe

Junior Award: Jenna Niedermier

Senior Award: Jedidiah McFadden


Department of Philosophy:

    Sophomore Award: Joshua Stickney

Junior Award: Lexi Weyer

Senior Award: Mikayla Gypton


Department of Political Science:

    Sophomore Award: Elijah McKay

Junior Award: Lexi Weyer

Senior Award: Joshua Jasmin


Department of Psychology:

    Sophomore Award: Sarah Fisher

Junior Award: Erin Sievers

Senior Award: Agatha Loucks


Department of Religion:

Junior Award: Tiffany Sims

Senior Award: Alec Dunlap


Department of Social Work:

Junior Award: Taylor Burnison

Senior Award: Sierra Carraway


Department of Theatre:

Junior Award: Sydney Genter

Senior Award: Macy Campbell


College of Business & Economics


Department of Accounting/Management Information Systems

    Sophomore Award: McKenna Shaw

Junior Award: Jenna Hoffer

Senior Award: Jonathan Wurm


Department of Economics/Finance:

    Sophomore Award: Nicholas Ponzi

Junior Award: Mark Blitz

Senior Award: Molly Gregory


Department of Management/International Business/Entrepreneurship/Supply Chain Management:

    Sophomore Award: Jack Sanders

Junior Award: Mary Grace Haney

Senior Award: Michael Flemming


Department of Marketing/Hospitality Management/Fashion Merchandising/Sport Management:

    Sophomore Award: Alexandra Harrod

Junior Award: Alexis Fisher

Senior Award: Kevin Huber


College of Education


Department of Teacher Education: 

    Middle Grades Education:

    Sophomore Award: Alyssa Crytzer

Junior Award: Brianna Behnke

Senior Award: Emily Ramseyer

    Early Childhood Education:

Sophomore Award: Lauren Stotzer

Junior Award: Jae Weaver

Senior Award: Yudan Xiao

    Intervention Specialist Early Childhood:

        Sophomore Award: Sarah Drees

Junior Award: Sarah Snyder

Senior Award: Elizabeth Hohler

    Intervention Specialist:

Sophomore Award: Morgan Mauller

Junior Award: Hallie Heidemann

Senior Award: Emily Peiffer


College of Nursing & Health Sciences


Department of Nursing:

Sophomore Award: Bethany Kula

Junior Award:Sarah Zusman

Senior Award: Carrie Sanders


Department of Health Sciences:

    Sophomore Award: Cincere Freeman-Jones

Junior Award: Connor Stuart

Senior Award: Abigail Butler


Ashland University is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University (www.ashland.eduoffers each of its student constituencies The Ashland Promise, including “teaching students how to think, not what to think”. Committed to affordability, the University now offers incoming residential freshman the Tuition Relief Scholarship, as well as a variety of new forms of financial assistance for both new and continuing students. ###