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2012 Annual Honors and Awards Convocation Celebrates Academic Excellence

April 18, 2012

Each year, Cheyney University of Pennsylvania sets aside a date on the academic calendar to recognize the achievement of undergraduate students and their faculty for the spring and fall semesters of the preceding calendar year. On April 12, 2012  more than 400 students were recognized at the Annual Honors and Awards Convocation in a celebration of the accomplishments and ongoing academic excellence of Cheyney University students and faculty. The intent of the Honors and Awards Convocation is to recognize the culmination of these efforts by honoring those students who continue the Cheyney University tradition of academic excellence. 
 
Fifteen students were honored with the President’s Award for Academic Excellence. This award is granted to students who perform with the highest academic caliber, maintain a full course load during the semester of nomination, and receive a semester grade point average of a 4.0 for two consecutive semesters, the spring and fall semesters of 2011. The honorees were Makeya Adger, Maurice Allen, Kenneth Allen, Patricia Bell, Moraita Bryan, Whitney Davis, Adrese Hicks, Peter Hughes, Nicole Jackson, Tanisha Moore, Danielle Perry, Ryan Robert, Christopher Stewart, Ticia Watson and Jonathon Wormley.
 
The Provost’s Award for Leadership is given to students who are nominated by a member of the faculty or staff who meet the academic requirements and have demonstrated outstanding leadership qualities. Nicole Jackson was the 2012 award honoree. She was a recipient of the BEAMS scholarship during her freshman year at Cheyney University and in April, 2009 she was named Cheyney's Student of the Month for successfully completing the summer bridge program in 2008, and for maintaining a 4.0 GPA throughout the course of her freshman year. Nicole is a member of the Keystone Honors Academy, and was awarded a full Keystone Scholarship in 2010. During the course of her studies, she has participated in 2 prestigious internships. She focused on analyzing myofiber regeneration in a research laboratory at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia,one of the nation's top five ranked children's hospitals,and completed an internship at the West Chester University Equine Toxicology and Research Laboratory. Nicole has already been accepted into several graduate programs and plans to pursue a Ph.D. in Pharmacology and Toxicology at the University of Louisville (KY). Her ultimate goal is to work as a biomedical toxicologist for the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
 
Saber Alaoui, was given an honorable mention for the Provost Award. He was nominated for strong academic performance, his involvements in multiple organizations and projects, and for his willingness to provide community service. 

Every year the University nominates one graduating senior for the Ali-Zaidi Award for Academic Excellence. This year’s nominee was Ticia Watson.  A member of the Keystone Honors Academy, Ticia has completed three research internships. In the summer of 2011, she was an undergraduate researcher at the Center of Integrative Study of Animal Behavior at Indiana University in Bloomington, IN. This project merged her interests in psychology and the health sciences, and she worked with a renowned research team within the department of Psychology and Brain Sciences. In the summer of 2010 she was involved in a research project at the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences at Mississippi State University, and the year prior, she conducted research at the University of Georgia in the area of biochemistry.   Additionally, she continually seeks out the means to further develop her skills and professional experiences, and she has pursued grants and scholarships so that she may attend several national conferences.
 
As a member of the campus chapter of the National Council of Negro Women, she regularly participates in community service. She serves as a mentor for girls of low socio economic status, and she has worked with students in middle and high school, and she served as a volunteer with the Salvation Army to serve meals to the needy.   Additionally, Ticia is a peer tutor in several subject areas including psychology, statistics, and Spanish. Because of these accomplishments, she was selected to receive a full scholarship to study abroad during the summer of 2011.
 
Dr. Ivan Banks, the Provost, presided over the event organized by the Keystone Honors Academy. Participants included Dr. Bernadette Carter, Dean of Arts and Sciences, Dr. Larnell Flannagan, Dean of Education and Continuing Studies, Dr. Lut Nero, Dean of the University Library, Dr. Tara Kent, Dean of the Keystone Honors Academy, and Dr. Suzanne Phillips, Vice President for Student Affairs. 
 
Choir members Janina Jones, Shaniqua Love and Douglas Carson sang a moving rendition of “I Been Prayin’” by Mervyn Warren under the direction of Professor Marques L. A. Garrett.
 
It is the mission of Cheyney University to provide a nurturing, intellectually challenging, and socially enriching environment. 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. True to its historic legacy, Cheyney is proud to continue its role in the development of excellent educators and professionals through the nineteenth, twentieth, and twenty-first centuries.