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April 2001

Release Date: April 30, 2001

Presidential Award, Distinguished Student Awards Announced at ASU

Graduating English and psychology senior Sabahat Jahan has been named recipient of the Presidential Award while four other students have been selected for 2001 Distinguished Student Awards at Angelo State University.

Jahan, originally from Dhaka, Bangladesh, will be honored at ASU's May commencement along with the Distinguished Student Award honorees. They are interdisciplinary child development and learning major Wendell R. Barker of Mineral Wells, history major Katie Marie Plum of Friendswood, applied physics major Stephen J. Raif of San Angelo and computer science major Thaddeus James Thompson, also of San Angelo.

Recipients are selected from nominees from each department and are chosen for the honors on the basis of outstanding academic performance and accomplishments in the university's total program. One student is selected from each college or school for the Distinguished Student Award.

Jahan has maintained a perfect 4.0 grade point average (GPA). She is the immediate past editor of the university's literary magazine, Oasis, and an active member of the International Students' Association. She was a member of the ASU Student Senate, University Center Program Council Speaker's Committee, ASU Food Service Committee, Minority Student Advisory Committee and ASU Health Services Committee. She has also volunteered for Christmas in April. She is a member of Alpha Chi, Psi Chi and Sigma Tau Delta as well as an All-American Scholar and Carr Scholarship recipient. She was nominated by the Department of English.

Barker received the Distinguished Student Award for the School of Education. He maintained a 3.90 GPA while studying education and minoring in mathematics. He is an active volunteer with the Adopt-a-Highway program, the San Angelo Independent School District and 4-H. He is a member of Alpha Chi and Kappa Delta Pi and was listed in Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges. He is currently doing his student teaching at Blackshear Elementary School in San Angelo. He was nominated by the School of Education.

Plum was nominated by the History Department for the Distinguished Student Award for the College of Liberal and Fine arts. The history major minored in English and maintained a 3.93 GPA. She is a member of the ASU Concert Chorale, the Baptist Student Ministry and the College Republicans. She has also worked on three independent research projects for family genealogies and land abstracting. She is a member Alpha Mu Gamma and Phi Alpha Theta and a recipient of Susan Miles Scholarship in History. She works part time in the Dr. Ralph R. Chase West Texas Collection.

Thompson received the Distinguished Service Award for the College of Business and Professional Studies. He minored in English, math and physics and maintained a 3.90 GPA. He is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery and the ASU Programming Team that participated in the 2000 South Central Programming Competition. He received a Carr Scholarship and the Edwin S. Mayer Computer Science Scholarship. He is a staff member of the ASU Help Desk and a founder of the True Light Martial Arts Club, offering free self-defense classes to ASU students.

Raif, with minors in computer science and math, is the College of Sciences Distinguished Student Award recipient. At ASU he completed 157 semester credit hours with a perfect 4.0 GPA. He is a member of the Society of Physics Students, Alpha Chi, Sigma Pi Sigma and Pi Mu Epsilon. The Carr Scholarship recipient has received several academic and research honors. He plays violin for the San Angelo Symphony Orchestra. He also is an actor and musician for the Angelo Civic Theater and a member of the Four Seasons String Quartet, which he also manages. He was nominated by the Physics Department.