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FHU Presents Academic Awards to Students

Henderson, Tennessee - May 03, 2017

Freed-Hardeman University recognized several students for academic excellence during chapel April 24, 2017. Representatives of the various colleges and departments presented awards to outstanding students in their disciplines. The faculty of the various departments selected the honorees.


Dr. Jason Brashier, dean of the College of Business, presented awards to the following graduating seniors: Cassie Sikes, management major from York, Nebraska, Jim Edmonds Student Achievement Award; Bradford Durham, finance major from Roanoke, Virginia, ACBSP Student Leadership Award; Kristen Fuller, West Palm Beach, Florida, Distinguished Graduate in Accounting; Daniel Wilson, Harvest, Alabama, Distinguished Graduate in Finance; Shelby Coleman, Roseville, California, Distinguished Graduate in Management; and Cole Corder, Huntsville, Alabama, Distinguished Graduating in Marketing.

Dr. Mike Johnson, chairman of the mathematics and computer science department, recognized the following students: Sarah Reynolds, Saltillo, Tennessee, Outstanding Graduate in Mathematics; Jesse Lloyd, Benoni, Guateng, South Africa, Outstanding Graduate in Computer Science; Jordan Harbison, freshman physical science and pre-engineering major from Parrish, Alabama, Outstanding Student in the Calculus Sequence; and Sidney Harmon, sophomore computer science major from Florence, Alabama, Rookie Programmer.

Three biology students received awards from Dr. Brian Butterfield, chairman of the biology department: Rachel Grodi, senior biology and environmental science major from Rio, Wisconsin, Outstanding Research Student; Kennedi VanRavestein, Roanoke, Virginia, Outstanding Exercise Science Graduate; and Leslie Dent, senior biology major from Steele, Missouri Outstanding Biology Graduate.

Dr. Margaret Payne, chair of the Department of Communication and Literature, presented awards to these students: Carlie Littrell, senior English and secondary education major from Waynesboro, Tennessee, Outstanding English Student; Kara Jones, senior communication and public relations major from Nashville, Tennessee, Outstanding Public Relations Student; Rachel Westbrooks, junior communication major from Spring Hill, Tennessee, Outstanding Public Relations Student; and Alyssa Blakeney, senior communication and public relations major from Jonesboro, Arkansas, Outstanding Journalism Student.

Dr. Chris White presented awards to the following nursing graduates: Rylie Clairday, ­­­­­­­­Hermitage, Tennessee, Spirit of Job Award; Michael Yates, Selmer, Tennessee, Servant’s Heart Award; and Megan Yates, Selmer, Tennessee, Nightingale Award.

The chair of the behavioral sciences department, Lisa Beene, recognized these outstanding graduates: Ashley Skeen, Steele, Missouri, Outstanding Graduate in Criminal Justice; Rachel Butler, Jackson, Tennessee, Outstanding Graduate in Family Studies; Brandon Thurman, Bolivar, Tennessee, Outstanding Graduate in Psychology; and Kayla Burney, Ashland City, Tennessee, Outstanding Graduate in Social Work.

Dr. Billy Smith, dean of the College of Biblical Studies, presented awards to two senior Bible majors. Nathan Diller, Pueblo, Colorado, received the Baker Book House Award, and Noah Icenhour, Springfield, Ohio, received the Jack P. Lewis Award.

Several additional students were recognized for their work in their departmental majors. Jim Barr, coordinator of the chemistry program, presented the Outstanding Chemistry Graduate to Andrew Johnson from Huron, Tennessee. Dr. Greg Massey, chairman of the history, philosophy and political studies department, presented Robbie Santiago, a history and education major from Yadkinville, North Carolina, the Jodie Novodoff Award for Outstanding History Student. Rhonda Thompson, Spanish program coordinator, presented the Outstanding Spanish Student of the Year to Skylar Johnston from Little River, Kansas.