Cheyney University Honors Academic Achievers
April 11, 2014
Monica Effi (right) received the Provost Award for Leadership and was named Top Student in the Graduating Class at the 2014 Honors Convocation.
Dr. Phyllis Worthy Dawkins, the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Cheyney University, presided over the University's annual Honors and Awards Convocation on Thursday, April 10, as the campus community, family and friends watched more than 350 students receive accolades for making academics a priority. "This evening is special to me," Dr. Dawkins said, "because it recognizes the many ways that our faculty and students continue the Cheyney University legacy of academic excellence."
Dr. Michelle R. Howard-Vital, President of the University, told the honorees, "never underestimate your abilities and the power of your inner strength" and encouraged them to surround themselves with people who also want to work hard and achieve their goals.
The formal academic convocation, organized and sponsored by the Keystone Honors Academy, recognized those who had received Dean’s List distinction for achieving a 3.5 grade point average or higher for the semester; Academic Excellence distinction for receiving between a 3.25 and a 3.49 grade point average; the President’s Award for those students who maintain a 4.0 for two consecutive semesters (Kenneth Allen, Patricia Bell, Niseeah Branch, Donnise Burrell, Jamal Byrd, Darren Hicks, Julianne Lewis, Danielle London, and Blaze Wasserleben); the Provost’s Award in which the recipient, Monica Effi, a senior, Biology and Chemistry Major with a minor in French, was nominated by a faculty or staff member; membership in the Keystone Honors Academy; membership in numerous national honors societies; and several other departmental awards.
"Cheyney is a student-centered University committed to cultivating students into twenty-first century leaders who are prepared for the challenges awaiting them in the global marketplace," business major Leonard Brown, a Keystone Honors Academy (KHA) scholar who picked up several awards himself before the night was done, told the crowd.
The night also included performances by the University band and concert choir, and a special performance by junior Chris Beard who played a piano piece which he dedicated to his mother who was in the audience.
A reception followed with plenty of picture-taking, hugs and pats on the back. Congratulations to all.