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April 2004

Release Date: April 29, 2004

ASU Presidential Award, Distinguished Student Awards Announced for 2004

Ervin Lowther, a senior biology major with a minor in chemistry, has been named recipient of Angelo State University's 2004 Presidential Award while four other ASU students have been selected for 2004 Distinguished Student Awards from their respective college or school.

Lowther of Rising Star will be recognized at ASU's May 15 commencement exercises along with the four Distinguished Student Award honorees representing each ASU college or school. The Distinguished Student Award recipients are: Paul Minzenmayer of Rowena, College of Business and Professional Studies; Jeffrey M. Bromfield of San Angelo, College of Liberal and Fine Arts; James Hitchcock of San Angelo, College of Sciences; and Molly Malone McCormick of Austin, School of Education.

The award recipients will be honored during a public reception at 1:30 p.m. Monday, May 3, in the University Center Theater in the Houston Harte University Center. ASU President James Hindman will present plaques to each of the winners and nominees.

Recipients are selected from nominees by each academic department and are chosen for the honors on the basis of outstanding academic performance and accomplishments in extracurricular and service activities. One student is selected from each college or school for the Distinguished Student Award. Finalists for those awards included Tamara Harris from education, Kevin R. McSpadden from English and Sarah Susan Stephens from chemistry and biochemistry.

Nominated by the Department of Biology, Lowther earned a 3.975 GPA in his undergraduate studies. He maintained an active research agenda that resulted in two presentations at the American Chemical Society National Meeting. He was elected to Who's Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities. He served as president of Alpha Chi National Honor Society and was an active member of the University Symposium Committee, Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society and American Chemical Society.

Lowther received several academic scholarships, including the Carr Academic Scholarship, Welch Research Scholarship and San Angelo Community Medical Center Auxiliary Scholarship. While at ASU he tutored college and high school students in the sciences, assisted with Science Days projects and served as a mentor for ASU's Joint Admission Medical Program (JAMP). In the fall Lowther will enter the Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine, where he has been awarded the Scholarship for Excellence in Academics.

Minzenmayer, nominated by the Department of Accounting, Economics and Finance, will receive the combined B.B.A./M.B.A in accounting with a minor in agronomy. He compiled a 3.977 undergraduate GPA while managing his own extensive farming and ranching enterprise in Rowena. He received both the Carr Academic Scholarship and the Wells Fargo Scholarship, earned membership in Alpha Chi National Honor Society and selection to Who's Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities. He received numerous honors at ASU in both business and agriculture. He is an active leader in church and community activities in Rowena. Minzenmayer plans to become a certified public accountant with a major firm while continuing to manage the financial operations of his farming and ranching business.

Bromfield, a psychology major with a biology minor, was nominated by the Department of Psychology and Sociology. A recipient of the Carr Academic Scholarship and a Carr Research Grant, Bromfield carries a 3.922 GPA. He's a member of Alpha Chi National Honor Society, Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society and Pi Gamma Mu National Honor Society in the Social Sciences. Bromfield has participated in the ASU Science Days program and provided tutoring for JAMP. He has served as a research assistant for a National Institute of Health grant through the Psychology Department and has co-authored a paper resulting from that research with a member of the psychology faculty. He is active in his church and does volunteer work at San Angelo Community Medical Center. He plans to pursue doctoral studies in cognition and neuroscience.

Jointly nominated by the Departments of Physics and Mathematics, Hitchcock will graduate with a double major in those disciplines and a 3.914 GPA. Recipient of a Carr Research Grant, he brought international recognition to ASU as one of only two students to represent the United States at the International Conference of Physics Students in 2003. He earned induction into Alpha Chi National Honor Society, Sigma Pi Sigma and Pi Mu Epsilon National Mathematics Honor Society. He served as vice president of the Society of Physics Students and participated in ASU Science Days projects as well as in activities of the Baptist Student Ministry. He also uses his musical and leadership talents in the service of his church. He plans to pursue a Ph.D. in Physics at Rice University or the University of Washington at St. Louis.

McCormick, nominated by the Department of Education, earned a perfect 4.0 GPA while pursuing her education degree and participating in varsity athletics. A graduate of Westlake High School in Austin, she received a Carr Scholarship and a Rao Scholarship. McCormick was inducted into Alpha Chi National Honor Society and Kappa Delta Pi Educational Honor Society. She's in Who's Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities and was nominated for Newsweek 2003 All Academic Team. She participated in the 2004 German Exchange Program, the Education Department's Helping One Student to Succeed program and at the Archeology Fair. She is involved in the Baptist Student Ministries, Christians in Action and various church projects. She plans to enter a master of education in guidance and counseling program and teach elementary school.