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Honors Convocation Award Descriptions

College of Arts & Sciences


English & Communication

Margaret Oberholtzer Lawrence Award for Excellence in English or Communication: presented to a senior who demonstrates excellence and extensive participation in activities that promote an interest in the discipline.

Henry Miller Award: presented by the Kappa Pi Chapter of Sigma Tau Delta to the graduating member who best exemplifies the character
and intellectual curiosity of an individual who had a love of literature,
an appreciation for education, and a question for every answer.

Alvernian Award for Writing Excellence: presented to a student who
has consistently produced exceptional copy for the Alvernian.

Alvernian Award for Layout Excellence: presented to a student who has taken a leadership role in designing and laying out issues of the Alvernian.

The Award for Excellence in Multimedia Production: presented to a graduating senior who demonstrates outstanding skills in the creation and design of multimedia production including text, video, graphics
and interactive content.

The Award for Excellence in Social Media Marketing: presented to a graduating senior who exemplifies outstanding social media marketing skills with social media platforms, mobile opportunities, content development, web analytics and multichannel integration.


Fine & Performing Arts

Alvernia University Chorus Award: presented to an outstanding graduating senior, recognized for overall commitment to the Alvernia University Chorus and achievement in the vocal arts.


Humanities

Outstanding Student in the Humanities: presented to a graduating senior who maintains a grade point average of 3.7 in his or her major, a cumulative grade point average of 3.3 overall, and demonstrates superior ability and leadership in the study of humanities.

High Achievement Award: presented to a senior who maintains a grade point average of 3.5 in a particular field of humanities, as well as a cumulative grade point average of 3.3.


Psychology & Counseling

Research Excellence: presented to a graduating senior who demonstrates exceptional skill in applied research and psychological content areas.

Clinical Excellence: presented to a senior who demonstrates exceptional skills in an internship placement.

Academic Excellence: presented to a senior who demonstrates the highest academic achievement.

Leadership Award: presented to a senior who demonstrates leadership ability.

Service Award: presented in recognition of a student’s outstanding achievement in the area of service. Students who achieve this award embrace the mission of Alvernia by serving in their community and embodying the ideal of “knowledge joined with love.”


Science & Mathematics

Sr. Alodia Award: presented to a graduating senior who demonstrates outstanding scholastic achievement, community service and dedication to the sciences.

American Chemical Society Award: presented by the Lehigh Valley Chapter of the American Chemical Society (ACS), this award recognizes a science student for outstanding achievement in
chemistry and community service.

Elaine Schalck Outstanding Lab Assistant Award: presented to a graduating senior lab assistant who demonstrates a high level of scholastic achievement, community and departmental service, and dedication to the science profession. Moreover the recipient of this award has shown on numerous occasions to go above and beyond
the call of duty of a lab assistant.

Outstanding Undergraduate Research Award: presented to a graduating senior who has completed an exceptional research project in the area of math or science research.

Outstanding Internship Award: presented to a graduating senior who has completed an internship experience, received an outstanding review from the agency’s supervisor, and submitted an excellent experiential portfolio.

College of Profesional Programs


Allied Health & Human Services

Paul J. Marr, MD Athletic Training Scholarship Award: presented to an outstanding athletic training student who has demonstrated academic achievement, while personifying exceptional qualities and characteristics of the profession.

Athletic Training Academic Excellence Award: presented to the senior student with the highest grade point average in the athletic training program.

Outstanding Behavioral Health Academic Award: presented to a senior behavioral health student in recognition of overall outstanding academic performance.

Outstanding Social Work Academic Award — Main Campus: presented to a graduating senior who demonstrates overall outstanding academic performance.

Outstanding Social Work Field Placement Award — Main Campus: presented to a graduating senior who has demonstrated outstanding dedication to the profession of social work through his or her field placement experience.

Dr. Phyllis Hay Research Award: presented for a senior research project that reflects social work’s value and commitment to the contribution of knowledge to the field of social work.

Healthcare Science Academic Excellence Award: presented to the senior student with the highest grade point average in the healthcare science program.


Business

ACBSP Student Leadership Award: presented to a business student who demonstrates outstanding leadership through his or her activities while at Alvernia University.

Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants Award: presented to a student who demonstrates excellence in accounting studies and professional development and desires to pursue a career in accounting.

Institute of Management Accountants — Reading Chapter Award: presented to a senior who demonstrates excellence in accounting studies and professional development.

Excellence in Marketing Award: presented to a student who demonstrates superior academic performance and potential for professional accomplishment in marketing.

Excellence in Sport Management Award: presented to a student who demonstrates superior academic performance and potential for professional accomplishment in sport management.

Excellence in Management Award: presented to a student who demonstrates superior academic performance and potential for professional accomplishment in management.

The Jennie J. Palkon, née Lis and John S. Palkon Scholarship in Business: given to a current full-time junior studying one of Alvernia University’s seven business majors who demonstrates exemplary academic achievement as well as service and leadership participation.


Criminal Justice

Academic Excellence Award: presented to a graduating senior with the highest grade point average in criminal justice, who holds true to the mission of the major, stipulated by the faculty of the department.

Internship Award: presented to a graduating senior who demonstrates outstanding accomplishment in a criminal justice internship.

Saint Michael the Archangel Award: presented to a graduating senior in criminal justice for overall dedication, a quality of the Patron Saint of Law Enforcement.

Sister Pacelli Award: presented to a graduating senior in criminal justice for dedication to the core Franciscan values of service, humility, peacemaking, contemplation and collegiality.


Education

Outstanding Undergraduate Education Major: presented to a graduating senior who earns the highest grade point average and demonstrates the greatest accomplishment in the education department.

Emma Yoh Award and Memorial Scholarship: based on the five core Franciscan values, this is awarded each year in recognition of an outstanding student majoring in education who demonstrates professionalism in teaching on a consistent basis and exhibits these values within the dispositions necessary for the teaching profession.


Nursing

Outstanding Clinical Performance Award: presented to a graduating nursing student who has consistently demonstrated the highest standards of clinical nursing performance.

Nursing Leadership Award: presented to a graduating nursing student who has demonstrated leadership among peers in service to the community and the profession while maintaining high standards of academic and clinical performance.

Spirit of St. Francis Award: presented to a graduating nursing student whose performance through the undergraduate program has best fulfilled the Alvernia University Motto: “To Learn, To Love, To Serve.”

Excellence in Community Health Nursing Award: presented to a graduating nursing student in recognition of outstanding performance of nursing care within community settings.

Leaders in Learning Award: presented to a graduating nursing student who demonstrates outstanding academic and clinical performance, exemplifies the qualities of a Franciscan scholar, and whose service to the university, community, and profession has earned the respect of peers and the faculty.

Nursing Excellence Award: presented by the Upsilon Zeta Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society to a graduating senior (traditional pre-licensure program) who best exemplifies the qualities of professional nursing while consistently maintaining high academic achievement.

The Jennie J. Palkon, née Lis and John S. Palkon Scholarship in Nursing: given to a current full-time junior studying nursing who demonstrates exemplary academic achievement as well as compassionate care, service and leadership.

Christine E. Ruth Wadzinske Schwartzkopf Scholarship: awarded to a caring and compassionate junior or senior nursing student from the area of Berks County.


Occupational Therapy

Health Science Academic Excellence Award: presented to one student in the five-year combined Bachelor of Science in Health Science and Master of Science in Occupational Therapy program for academic excellence at the completion of the undergraduate phase of studies.

Health Science Clinical Excellence Award: presented to an undergraduate occupational therapy student in recognition of outstanding performance during clinical placements.

Health Science Service Award: presented to one student in the five-year combined Bachelor of Science in Health Science and Master of Science in Occupational Therapy program for service to the university, community and profession.

Master of Science in Occupational Therapy Award of Excellence: presented to one student at the completion of the five-year combined Bachelor of Science in Health Science and Master of Science in Occupational Therapy program for academic excellence and commitment to Franciscan values.


School of Graduate & Adult Education


Adult Education

Criminal Justice Academic Excellence Award: presented to a graduating student with the highest grade point average in criminal justice, who holds true to the mission of the major.

Outstanding Behavioral Health Academic Award: presented to a senior behavioral health student in recognition of overall outstanding academic performance.

Outstanding Social Work Academic Award: presented to a graduating student who demonstrates overall outstanding academic performance.

Leaders in Learning Award: presented to a graduating RN to BSN student who has demonstrated outstanding academic performance and whose scholarship impacts nursing practice.

Spirit of Saint Francis Award: presented to a graduating RN to BSN student whose academic and clinical performance exemplifies Alvernia University’s Motto: “To Learn, To Love, To Serve.”


Graduate

Ph.D. Leadership Award: presented to a Ph.D. student who demonstrates leadership and superior academic performance.

Master in Business Administration Award of Excellence: presented to a graduating student for commitment to academic excellence and Franciscan ideals.

Master of Arts in Community Counseling Award of Excellence: presented to a graduate for commitment to academic excellence and Franciscan ideals.

Master of Arts in Community Counseling Clinical Advancement Award: presented to a graduate in recognition of commitment to clinical advancement in counseling.

Master of Arts in Community Counseling Professional Counseling Award: presented to a graduate in recognition of dedication to ethical and professional counseling practice.

Masters in Leadership for Sustainable Communities Award: presented for outstanding academic excellence and Franciscan ideals.

Master of Education Award of Excellence: presented to a graduate for commitment to academic excellence and Franciscan ideals.

MSN Leaders in Learning Award: presented to a graduating MSN student who has demonstrated outstanding academic performance and whose scholarship impacts nursing practice.

Univeristy Awards


Student Awards

Graduation Award for Excellence in Service: presented by the Holleran Center to graduating seniors who have completed at least 300 hours of service to the community as Alvernia students.

Holleran Center Community Engagement Award: presented to graduating seniors who have completed 500 hours of service to the community as Alvernia students.

Holleran Center Outstanding Service Award: presented to the graduating senior who has completed the most hours in service to the community. The recipient of this award will receive a monetary award made to a charity of his or her choice.

Newman Civic Fellow Award: Newman Civic Fellows are nationally recognized by Campus Compact as inspiring college student-leaders who have demonstrated an investment in finding solutions for challenges facing communities throughout the country. Through service, research and advocacy, these Newman Civic Fellows are making the most of their college experiences to better understand themselves, the root causes of social issues, and effective mechanisms for creating lasting change.

The Fromm Interfaith Scholarship: Established by Michael and Susan Fromm to encourage interfaith understanding and dialogue among Alvernia’s students and to foster this important work in the greater community.

The O’Pake Graduate Fellowship in Leadership: Named in honor of former State Senator and Alvernia Trustee Michael O’Pake, this award is given to one or two students in graduate leadership education programs who have demonstrated excellence in their studies and who are actively engaged in research related to leadership studies. Fellows receive a stipend to support research activities related to their academic program.

The O’Pake Undergraduate Leadership Award: This $500 award, named in honor of former State Senator and Alvernia Trustee Michael O’Pake, is presented to two undergraduate students who have displayed growth as campus leaders by participating in positions of leadership on campus and have inspired others through their leadership talents.

Outstanding Scholar Athlete Award: Two student athletes, one male and one female, are recognized annually for maintaining the highest grade point average after four years as Alvernia athletes.

St. Ignatius of Loyola Award: The Saint Ignatius Award is bestowed upon military students who have exemplified selfless service, high moral courage and character, and a commitment to intellectual excellence without expectation of material reward or public recognition.

Senior Scholar Award: The Senior Scholar Award is a $10,000 scholarship toward Alvernia senior year tuition presented to one student. The recipient must maintain a 3.7 GPA, submit a letter describing his or her goals, a résumé, a reference letter from a faculty member and a reference letter from a community member. Finalists are interviewed by the faculty Honors and Awards Committee and the Academic Standards Committee to determine the recipient.

The Franciscan Peace and Justice Award: The Franciscan Peace and Justice Award is given to a graduating senior who demonstrates a spirit of service and leadership in academic and co-curricular activities; promotes diversity and respect for all people; is dedicated to engagement in the community, especially with the poor and marginalized; and is actively committed to building a global community rooted in the values of social justice and peace.


Faculty Awards

Lindback Foundation Award: The Lindback Foundation Award for excellence in teaching is awarded to a full-time tenured faculty member with at least 10 years of full-time teaching at Alvernia.
Factors considered include excellent performance in teaching,
service and scholarship/research.

Sister Mary Donatilla Faculty Award: The Sister Mary Donatilla Faculty Award is awarded to a full-time faculty member who has given long service to the university in teaching, advising, service and support. The Honors and Awards Committee selects the recipient.

Teaching Excellence Award: This award recognizes excellence and/or innovation in teaching among faculty at Alvernia. The awardee, nominated by students and/or alumni, must be a full-time faculty member with at least two complete years of service at the university. It is recommended that the recipient share his or her teaching expertise with other faculty members formally through a faculty workshop, or informally through mentorship of junior faculty members.

Saint Bernardine Faculty Award: The Saint Bernardine Faculty Award for excellence in part-time teaching is presented to an adjunct instructor.

Faculty Award for Exemplary Service-Learning: The Holleran Center for Community Engagement’s Faculty Award for Exemplary Service-Learning is given to a full-time faculty member who demonstrates excellence for incorporating service-learning pedagogy into his or her curriculum. The recipient uses service-learning practices as an innovative teaching tool to engage students in civic learning while creating opportunities for community benefits. This faculty member helps build institutional commitments to service-learning and civic engagement by fostering reciprocal community partnerships and enhancing Alvernia’s contributions to the public good.




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