Release Date: April 21, 2008
ASU Presidential Award, Distinguished Student Awards Announced for 2008
Morgan Henry Lynch has been named recipient of Angelo State University’s 2008 Presidential Award while four other ASU undergraduate students have been selected for 2008 Distinguished Student Awards from their respective colleges.
Lynch, of San Antonio, will be recognized at ASU’s May 10 commencement exercises along with the four Distinguished Student Award honorees representing each ASU college. The Distinguished Student Award recipients are: Jessica Dingus, College of Business; Amanda Jean Kure, College of Education; Caitlin Stern, College of Liberal and Fine Arts; and Matthew W. Jackson, College of Sciences. The other nominee was Josh Hammerquist, College of Sciences.
ASU’s Academic Excellence Committee will host a public reception at 1:30 p.m. Monday, April 28, in the Houston Harte University Center Theater (UC 110/111) to honor the nominees and recipients. ASU President Joseph Rallo will present plaques to each recipient and nominee.
A double major in physics and mathematics, Lynch was nominated by the Department of Physics. He is the recipient of numerous scholarships, including the Carr Academic Scholarship, Dr. Merrill Everhart Scholarship and the Rao/Vincent Scholarship. Lynch will graduate magna cum laude. His academic accomplishments include induction into the Alpha Chi National Honor Society, Pi Mu Epsilon Mathematics Honor Society, Sigma Pi Sigma Physics Honor Society and Alpha Lambda Delta Freshman Honor Society.
Lynch held numerous leadership positions, including president of the ASU chapter of the Society of Physics Students (SPS), student leader of the SPS Peer Pressure Team and council member for the national SPS organization. A recipient of a Carr Research Scholarship, his research presentations won an Outstanding Student Poster Award from the Texas Section of the American Physical Society and an Outstanding Student Presentation Award from the Texas Section of the American Association of Physics Teachers. Those successes led to summer internships at the University of North Texas and Vanderbilt University.
Lynch’s strong record of extracurricular and community service activities earned him selection to Who’s Who Among American Universities and Colleges. He also represented ASU at several mathematics contests and tutored in the Mathematics Department. He plans to enter the graduate program at State University of New York-Stony Brook and pursue a doctoral degree in theoretical physics in preparation for a career in academia.
A Brownfield native, Dingus was nominated by the Department of Accounting, Economics and Finance and is set to graduate through the integrated B.B.A./M.B.A. program in accounting. She is a transfer from Mary Hardin-Baylor University and will graduate magna cum laude. The recipient of a Graduate Excellence Scholarship, Dingus was inducted into the Alpha Chi National Honor Society, Sigma Iota Epsilon and Gamma Beta Phi and selected for Who’s Who Among American Universities and Colleges. She also participated in the ASU Study Abroad program in Lueneburg, Germany, and tutored ASU students in accounting and statistics. Her community service activities include teaching UIL accounting at Grape Creek High School and volunteering for the Sonrisas Therapeutic Riding program. She has accepted a position as staff auditor with the RSM McGladrey accounting firm in Dallas.
Kure, of San Angelo, was nominated by the Department of Teacher Education, where she is majoring in interdisciplinary child development and learning. She will graduate magna cum laude. The recipient of a Carr Academic Scholarship and the Olson Buttery Academic Memorial Scholarship, she was inducted into the Alpha Chi National Honor Society, Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society and Alpha Lambda Delta Freshman Honor Society. Kure served as president of Kappa Delta Pi, mentored students through the Helping One Student to Succeed program, participated in the ASU Reading Council and presented a paper at the 2007 ASU Literary Conference. These activities, along with volunteer work at Angel Food Ministries and Parkside Community Church, earned her selection to Who’s Who Among American Universities and Colleges. Her future plans include a career as an elementary school teacher and graduate study to earn certification as a reading specialist.
Stern, nominated by the English Department, is an English major and psychology minor from San Antonio. The recipient of a Carr Academic Scholarship and the English Department Berchman T. Carville Academic Scholarship, she will graduate cum laude. For her academic accomplishments, Stern earned membership in the Alpha Chi National Honor Society and Sigma Tau Delta National English Honor Society and selection to Who’s Who Among American Universities and Colleges. An active member of Sigma Tau Delta, she served as treasurer and participated in multiple service activities. She has also worked as a peer tutor in the ASU Writing Center and as a volunteer copy editor for the Ram Page. She will enter Angelo State’s M.A. program in English and plans to pursue a career in creative writing.
Jackson, nominated by the Biology Department, is a biology major from Artesia, N.M. The recipient of a Carr Academic Scholarship, Carr Research Scholarship, Honors Scholarship, Student Endowment Scholarship and Head of the River Ranch Scholarship, he will graduate summa cum laude and with Highest University Honors from the ASU Honors Program. He was inducted into the Alpha Chi National Honor Society, Beta Beta Beta (Tri-Beta) Biological Honor Society and Alpha Lambda Delta Freshman Honor Society. His numerous leadership positions include representative, treasure and vice-president of Tri-Beta, vice-president of the Honors Student Association, Honors Program emissary and Honors Program mentor. He also garnered the Academic Excellence Award and the Outstanding Service Award from the Honors Program, the JCT Award from Tri-Beta and selection to Who’s Who Among American Universities and Colleges. He will enter medical school at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio to prepare for a career as a physician.