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Hastings College recognizes scholarship, service at Honors Convocation

(Hastings, Neb.) – As the 2012-13 academic year at Hastings College draws to a close, the community gathered for its annual Honors Convocation. Students, faculty and friends of the College alike were honored for their achievements throughout the year. 


Robert Nedderman, Director of Libraries and Professor of Library Sciences, received the Distinguished Senior Faculty Award. He has served on the Hastings College faculty since 1990. 


The J. Kent and Normalee Stadler Faculty Achievement  Award was given to Dr. Moses Dogbevia, Associate Professor of Chemistry, while Barb Sunderman, Associate Professor of Teacher, received the Vondrak Outstanding Advisor Award.


The Rev. Dr. William Nottage-Tacey, the Senior Pastor/Head of Staff at First Presbyterian Church in Hastings, Neb., received the President’s Award for outstanding and meritorious service to Hastings College. The 1972 Hastings College alumnus is an honorary member of the College’s Board of Trustees.


Dr. Jeri Thompson, Associate Professor of Psychology, and Dr. Rob Babcock, Professor of history, were selected by a vote of the students to present the 2013-14 Artist Lecture Series Invited Faculty Lectures on the subject of their choice.


The members of Alpha Chi, the academic honorary, selected Dr. Carter Aikin as the Alpha Chi Outstanding Honorary Member. Dr. Aikin serves as Director of the Center for Vocation, Faith & Service and Assistant Professor of Religion and Philosophy.


Students receiving recognition are listed below, separated by state and city.




Dr. Clement Bridenhagen Scholarship – Jacqueline Lemmer



Dorothy Reed Steen Armstrong Scholarship – Danielle Thyfault


Beaver City

Birchler/Rininger Scholarship – Logan Ellis



Most Promising Art Student – Lindsey Pfender



The Outstanding Senior in Mathematics and Computer Science – Emily Lovejoy



The Reverend Kenneth and Alice Locke Family Scholarship – Ryan Garder

Carroll G. Patterson Scholarship for the Outstanding Junior in Mathematics and Computer Science – Ryan Garder


Broken Bow

Einspahr Accounting Excellence Award – Todd Stithem



The Art and Eunice Langvardt Scholarship in English – Elizabeth Case



Dr. Denny Storer Political Science Award – Sierra Walker


Grand Island

Virginia Holyoke-McKeag Memorial Scholarship – Jennifer Zarek

Dr. Lorrie E. Bryant Psi Chi Scholarship – Emily Meyer



Alpha Chi Outstanding First-Year Students – Kelli Poplau

Dr. Harry R. James Physics Award – Brendon Bramman

Duane Freeman Scholarship – Jacob Hamburger

Frederick H. Mattes Chemistry Achievement Award – Kelli Poplau

The Stephen Lingwall Senior English Award – Laura Bonnett-Murphy

Outstanding Achievement in Art – Jeremy Hansen



The Reverend Joseph Kyle Memorial Scholarship – Trey Geisenhagen



Dr. Sara Jane Gardner Phi Alpha Theta Memorial Scholarship – Kaitlyn Karr



Dorothy Reed Steen Armstrong Scholarship – Jessica Bliven



Outstanding Student Association Executive Council Member – Ellie Clinch

Pi Kappa Delta Speaker of the Year – Trevor Brass

Outstanding Business Economics Senior – Jake Marvin

Udlock-Wachob Memorial Christian Education Scholarship – Adam Neely



The Clara Altman Award for Foreign Languages – Madeleine Michalek

Outstanding Senior Theatre Student – Elizabeth Wilkins

Evans-Storer Lecture in Political Science – Ethan Bennett

The Stephen Lingwall Senior English Award – Elizabeth Wilkins

Madgett Physics Scholarship – Conner Thomas


West Point

Kevin Heineman Outstanding First Year Student – Aaron Pierce


Wood River

Louise C. Walter Merit Award Scholarship – Hannah Luebs




Alpha Chi Outstanding Sophomores – Theresa Droege



Alice and Jack Marvel Endowed Scholarship – Jocelyn Delgado



Alpha Chi Outstanding Sophomore – Alex Eisele

Alpha Chi Outstanding First-Year Student – Ian Tyler Tuttle

Dr. Harry R. James Physics Award – Ian Tyler Tuttle


Fort Collins

Louise C. Walter Merit Award Scholarship – Tyler Mogilefsky


Fort Morgan

Dr. Harry R. James Physics Award – Justin Pflug


Highlands Ranch

Madgett Physics Scholarship – Michael O'Neal

Student Education Association Outstanding Senior – Dylann Barbee



Madgett Physics Scholarship – Ellie Meisinger

Madgett Physics Scholarship – Eric Anttila



The Wendell V. Showalter Scholarship in Biology – Zach Heard



Arnold A. Alberts Outstanding Chemist Award – Shelby Follett



Dr. Denny Storer Political Science Award – Riley Johnson



Dr. Sara Jane Gardner Memorial Scholarship in English/History – Emma Parrish

The Outstanding Senior in Music – Deann Duncan Nicolaus



Alpha Psi Omega Dr. Hal Shiffler Award – Tyler Donovan



Mabel Gray Newburn Communication Scholarship – Nicole Sherrill




Student Education Association Outstanding Senior – Malori Wright


New Mexico


Outstanding Student Association Senator – Grant Hunter


Founded in 1882, Hastings College is a private, four-year liberal arts institution located in Hastings, Nebraska, that focuses on student academic and extracurricular achievement. With 64 majors in 32 areas of study and 12 pre-professional programs, Hastings College has been named among “America’s Best National Liberal Arts Colleges” by U.S. News & World Report, a “Best in the Midwest” by The Princeton Review and a “Best Buy in College Education” by Barron’s. Visit for more.

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