April 18, 2011
Northwestern Foundation Release
Six Northwestern Oklahoma State University seniors receiving the Outstanding Senior Award are among the award recipients at this year’s Spring Reunion Day Awards Ceremony April 30 at 5:15 p.m. in the Student Center Ranger Room on the Alva campus.
A committee selected Chrystal Benson, Crystal Herber, Vince Lauderdale, Xin Xin Liu, Kasya Spade and Grayson Starbuck as 2011 Outstanding Seniors.
To apply, December 2010 or May 2011 graduating seniors had to have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.5, have completed at least 60 credit hours at Northwestern, be involved in campus and/or community activities, show promise of future achievement and never have been subject to academic or disciplinary action. The award, sponsored by the Northwestern Foundation and Student Government Association, includes a plaque and a $100 savings bond.
Benson, of Alva, will graduate in May with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology and a minor in chemistry. She is cofounder of the Medical Sciences Club, which she currently serves as president. She is also a Student Government Association senator, chair of the SGA Election Committee, Northwestern Scholar Ambassador and a member of the President’s Leadership Class of 2007, the Red and Black Scroll Honor Society, Chemistry Club and Biology Club. A recipient of a number of scholarships, she has been listed on the President’s Honor Roll and Vice President’s Honor Roll.
Herber, of Shattuck, graduated summa cum laude in December with a Bachelor of Science degree in mass communication. While at Northwestern, she served as editor of the Northwestern News, vice president of the Society of Professional Journalists, vice president of Phi Delta Music Society and section leader of NWOSU Choirs. She was active in university choirs and band as well as campus media. She has earned a number of top honors in writing, design, photography and art from the Society of Professional Journalists, Oklahoma Collegiate Press Association, the Best of Northwestern Media Contest and the Northwestern Art Show.
Lauderdale, of Woodward, will graduate in May with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology and a minor in chemistry. He has served the students of Northwestern as Student Government Association senator and currently serves as president. He is a Northwestern Scholar Ambassador and a member of the President’s Leadership Class of 2007, NWOSU Pre-Med Club, Red and Black Scroll Honor Society, and Chemistry Club. He has been listed on the President’s Honor Roll and received first place at Ranger Research Day in 2010.
Xin Xin Liu
Liu, of Xi’an, China, will graduate in May with a Bachelor of Science degree in mass communication. She has served as president of the Oklahoma Broadcast Education Association and Society of Professional Journalists at Northwestern as well as president of the International Student Association. A Northwestern Scholar Ambassador, Liu’s work in campus media for NWTV 7 News, Rangerpulse.com and KNSU Ranger Radio has been recognized with Society of Professional Journalists, Oklahoma Broadcast Education Association and Best of Northwestern Media awards.
Spade, of Helena, graduated summa cum laude in December with a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology and is currently pursuing her Master of Counseling at Northwestern. As an undergraduate, she was a member of Chi Alpha, Aggie Club and Psi Chi. She served as president and vice president of the Psychology Club and reporter for the Red and Black Scroll Honor Society. A recipient of the Randy Murrow Scholarship and Chesapeake Scholarship, she was listed on the President’s Honor Roll.
Starbuck, of Alva, will graduate in May with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology and a minor in health and physical education. He has been active in the BSU Worship Band, Chemistry Club and intramural softball, football and dodge ball. A member of the President’s Leadership Class of 2008 and the Chesapeake Leadership Class, he has been listed on the President’s Honor Roll and was named runner up in Northwestern’s Got Talent. He was recently accepted into the University of Oklahoma Allied Health and Science Center doctorate in physical therapy program.
Other Award Recipients
Starbuck and Courtney Strzinek will be awarded the T.C. Carter Award, presented to the graduating seniors with the highest grade point average.
Other Northwestern students and faculty to be recognized include: Lauderdale receiving the John F. Kennedy Award, Ann Marie Emmons receiving the Dr. Joe Dollins Merit Award, Tylee Record receiving the John Ted Meier Student Teaching Award, Russell K. Leisher and Strzinek receiving the Psychology Student of the Year Award, Stephanie Hines receiving the Sabin and Pearl Percefull Scholarship Award, and Dr. Fred Jungman receiving the John Sheffield Teacher of the Year Award.