School of Arts and Communication

Dean's Award for Excellence

The SOAC Dean’s Award for Excellence, inaugurated in Spring 2015, is awarded each year to between five and ten extraordinary graduating students. Students selected for these awards have more than a high GPA or success in coursework. They deserve campus recognition for academic and creative endeavors that might not otherwise be celebrated.

The Dean’s Award honors students for exceptional, tangible accomplishments in the following areas:

  • Independent research, student/faculty research or creative project
  • A presentation or publication for a regional or national audience
  • Regional or national academic competitions
  • Superior performance in the performing arts
  • Superior artistic creation in the studio arts
  • Leadership or significant contribution to collaborative success in recognized curricular or co-curricular organizations

Process:

Faculty nominate students for the Dean’s Award via an on-line process. Final award decisions are made by the Dean, in consultation with area chairs and directors.  The award recipients are announced and honored at the annual SOAC Recognition Ceremony and receive a cash award.

Deadline: April 18, 2016 at 5 p.m.

PREVIOUS AWARD RECIPIENTS

2015-2016

Taylor Hardman ’16 (Studio Arts)
Sarah Henderson ’16 (Studio Arts)
Sarah Hubert ’16 (Theatre & minor in Music)
Samantha Lund ’16 (Communication)
Maxfield Marcus ’16 (Music Education)
Amanda Williams ’16 (Communication)

2014-2015

Amanda Brasgalla ’15 (Communication, Global Peacekeeping)
Taylor Cox ’15 (Art and Design, Studio Arts)
Mitchell Helton ’15 (Theatre, Acting/Directing)
Anne Herzog ’15 (Music, Vocal Performance)
Samuel Horn ’15 (Communication, Journalism)
Michael Plagerman ’15 (Music, Organ)
Amy Van Cleave ’15 (Music, Education)
Taylor Whatley ’15 (Music, Composition)