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UMobile Graduates Receive Top Awards at 2012 Graduation and Honors Convocation

The University of Mobile’s top two student awards, the William K. Weaver Jr. Excellence Award and the Annie Boyd Parker Weaver Excellence Award, were presented to graduates Andrew Chandler Pouncey of Mobile and Kala Marc Holt of Millerville, Ala., during graduation ceremonies May 12.

Pouncey graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor of science in music, and Holt graduated summa cum laude from the honors program with thesis, earning a bachelor of arts in English and a bachelor of arts in humanities, while receiving the area award in humanities.

The awards are presented to the most outstanding graduating male and female seniors for exemplifying the mission of the University of Mobile. Selection is made by a secret vote of the faculty and is based on scholarship, Christian character, leadership and service.

Pouncey, who received the William K. Weaver Jr. Excellence Award, was cited as “a strongly committed individual” who “has displayed a strong and consistent Christian walk throughout his time at UMobile.”

He was awarded a Voices of Mobile scholarship and served as product manager, participated in the UMobile Symphonic Winds, Jazz Band and University Singers, and was involved in the community through his church, First Baptist Tillman’s Corner. He served as a student teacher at Faith Academy during spring semester 2012.

Holt, who received the Annie Boyd Parker Weaver Excellence Award, was a member of Alpha Chi and president of Sigma Tau Delta honor societies. She was accepted as one of 50 Intercollegiate Studies Institute Honors Fellows in the nation, and was in the charter class of the UMobile Bunker Hill Society.

She has organized and served on numerous national and international mission trips through the university; helped launch a church plant at Coastline Community Church in Daphne, Ala.; and co-authored and co-directed several plays presented by the English department.

Additionally, the university presented awards to members of the Class of 2012 during Honors Convocation on May 11 at Ram Hall on campus. The event was followed by a senior brunch.

Academic Achievement Awards were presented to the most outstanding student in each area of study. They are:

College of Arts and Sciences - Undergraduate: Tiffany Melaine Howard of Tibbie, Ala., bachelor of arts in psychology and bachelor of arts in history, President’s Scholastic Award, Area Award – History, Area Award – Psycholgy, summa cum laude, Honors Program graduate;

College of Arts and Sciences – Graduate: Latorie R. Horn of Mobile, master of arts in marriage and family counseling, honors;

School of Business – Undergraduate: Benjamin Robert Hedrick of Helena, Ala., bachelor of science in business administration, cum laude;

School of Business - Graduate : Richard J. Norred of Mobile, master of business administration, honors;

School of Christian Studies - Undergraduate: Zachary Levi Clark of Albertville, Ala., bachelor of arts in theology, summa cum laude;

School of Education - Undergraduate: Hannah Victoria Sheffield of Axis, Ala., bachelor of science in elementary education, bachelor of science in early childhood education, President’s Scholastic Award, summa cum laude;

School of Education - Graduate: Charles Brandon Baker of Clover, S.C., master of arts in alternative elementary education, honors;

School of Nursing - Undergraduate: Erin Michelle Mouton of Houston, Texas, bachelor of science in nursing, Area Award: Medical-Surgical Nursing, magna cum laude;

School of Nursing – Graduate: Anthony John Beck of Mobile, master of science in nursing, honors;

Center for Performing Arts: Christopher Mark Capasse of Lilburn, Ga., bachelor of science in music, magna cum laude;

Center for Adult Programs: Deanna D. Hickman of Saraland, Ala., bachelor of business administration, summa cum laude.

The President’s Scholastic Award for bachelor’s degree students earning a perfect 4.0 grade point average while at the University of Mobile was presented to, in addition to some listed above:

Kathryn Joy Allred of Clanton, Ala., bachelor of science in computer information systems, Area Award: Computer Information Systems, summa cum laude;

Victoria Ellen Buie of Dothan, Ala., bachelor of science in athletic training, summa cum laude;

Jenny Hendley Carney of Butler, Ala., bachelor of science in biology, Area Award: Biology, summa cum laude;

Kathy Phillips Dankovic of Spanish Fort, Ala., bachelor of science in elementary education, bachelor of science in early childhood education, magna cum laude;

Sarah Mae Decker of Magnolia, Texas, bachelor of arts in political science, Area Award: Political Science, summa cum laude;

Susan S. Hall of Fairhope, Ala., bachelor of science in elementary education, Area Award: Prospective Educators Program Elementary Education;

LaShawn Monique January of Bay Minette, Ala., master of business administration, bachelor of science in accounting;

Harthuya W. Jones of Mobile, Ala., bachelor of science in elementary education, magna cum laude;

George Peter Kamel of Boston, Mass., bachelor of science in communication, Area Award: Communication, summa cum laude;

Denise Nicole Thomas of Daphne, Ala., bachelor of science in nursing.

The University of Mobile is a Christian university located in Mobile, Ala., named in “America’s Best Christian Colleges” and “America’s 100 Best College Buys.” For more information about the University of Mobile, visit www.umobile.edu or call Enrollment Services at 251.442.2222 or 800.WIN.RAMS.

Andrew Pouncey receives award from University
of Mobile President Dr. Mark Foley

Kala Holt receives award from University of Mobile
President Dr. Mark Foley

University of Mobile Honors Convocation 2012 award recipients

University of Mobile Honors Convocation 2012

University of Mobile Class of 2012 chose as their senior gift to present the
school with a clock to be placed on campus between Weaver Hall and
J.L. Bedsole Library.

University of Mobile 2012 Graduation Brunch

University of Mobile 2012 Graduation Brunch

University of Mobile 2012 Graduation Brunch

University of Mobile 2012 Graduation Brunch

Dr. Tom Bilbo and Dr. Audrey Eubanks at University of Mobile 2012 Graduation
Brunch in Ram Hall.

University of Mobile 2012 Graduation Brunch

University of Mobile 2012 Graduation Brunch
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