USAO inducts 15 students into honor society

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Fifteen students at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma were honored recently for their academic achievements and community and campus activities as they were initiated into Hypatia, USAO’s only campus-wide honor society.

The students were inducted during an awards luncheon attended by faculty, staff and family members Dec. 5.

USAO President John Feaver shared opening remarks at the gathering. New members were initiated by Hypatia officers that included President Molly Tracy, a political science major from Middletown, R.I., Vice President Paige Pulliam, a senior biology major from Newcastle and Secretary Kelsea Mallette, an senior art major from Spencer.

Faculty sponsors for Hypatia include committee chair, Dr. Nancy Warden, professor of mathematics; Dr. Nancy Hector, associate professor of education and coordinator of field-based experiences; Dr. Dex Marble, vice president of academic affairs; Layne Thrift, assistant professor of art and director of the university’s Nesbitt Gallery; and Dr. James Vaughn, assistant professor of psychology.

The Hypatia Honor Society was founded in 1923 to honor students for their high academic achievements, character and integrity and service to the university and their community. The honor society was named after Hypatia, the famous Greek female mathematician.

A faculty committee selects students for Hypatia. It is not possible for any student to apply for membership in the honor society.

Additionally, every student inducted into Hypatia is a multiple trimester member of the USAO Honor Roll and/or the Regents Honor Roll.

One of the features of the annual initiation luncheon is the signing of the Hypatia member book, a book that contains the signatures of every member of the elite honor society since its inception more than 90 years ago.

These initiates were honored:

Rachel Bennett is a senior from Oklahoma City pursuing a double major in history and physics. Bennett serves as vice president of the Inter-Tribal Heritage club.

Kiefer Burkhard is a junior English major from Edmond. Burkhard is a member of the USAO Concert Band and a member of the Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society.

Christopher Collins is a senior from Fort Towson pursuing a double major in political science and economics. Collins is president of the USAO Student Government Association. He is also a member of the President’s Leadership Council. His other USAO activities include serving as a leader for Freshman Orientation and membership in the USAO Ambassadors and Young Democrats.

Shauntel Cornaby is a senior from Mustang pursuing a double major in fine arts and mathematics. Cornaby is a member of the USAO Math/Technology/Science Club and works as an on-campus mathematics tutor. She is a volunteer children’s teacher at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

Sara Gibbs is a senior biology major with a pre-med emphasis from Claremore. She serves as president of the USAO Student Activities Board. Gibbs is a Resident Assistant at the Lawson Court Apartments and a member of the Biology and Associated Sciences Club. She also serves as a Senior Ward Senator on the Student Government.

Emily Harrison is a senior speech pathology major from Lindsay. She has performed as a featured vocalist and keyboardist with the USAO Show Band and as a singer in the Concert Choir. Harrison is active in several on-campus organizations, including the Baptist Christian Ministry. Her future plans include attending graduate school in speech pathology.

Johanna Jamarik is a senior early childhood education major from Vinita. Jamarik is member of the USAO Teacher Education Committee, representing the Early Childhood teacher candidates. She works in both the USAO Child Development Center and the Communication and Marketing Department. Jamarik volunteers in the USAO Theatre/Arts department in the set design and construction areas.

Zachary Quintero is a senior economics major from Yukon. Qunitero is a Regents Baccalaureate Scholar and will have the Research Endorsement when he completes his degree. His research was published in the Oklahoma Academy Town Hall’s 2012 Resource Document. Quintero volunteers with the Oklahoma City Police League’s juvenile crime prevention program. He is also the event coordinator and organizer (in cooperation with Yukon Police Department) for “Yukon National Night Out,” a community crime prevention event and “Heroes and Helpers,” an underprivileged youth outreach event.

Krayton Rodgers is a junior English major from Chickasha.

Katie Sears is a junior biology major from Moore. Sears is member of the Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society. Her other USAO activities include serving as secretary of the Biology and Associated Sciences Club, serving as secretary of the Women in Technology and Science Club, and serving as treasurer for the Beta Beta Beta Honor Society for the Sciences. She also works as an on-campus tutor for biology, physics, statistics and chemistry.

Dian Sultzbach is a senior biology major from Oklahoma City. Her activities include membership in the Biology and Associated Sciences Club, Women and Technology & Science Club and Drovers against Cancer.  She also participates in the University Musicians.

Emily Tomberlin is a senior speech language pathology major from Moore. Tomberlin serves as secretary for the USAO National Student Speech Language Hearing Association.

Carla Wasson is a senior economics major from Chickasha. Wasson teaches Sunday School at Epworth United Methodist Church. She is a member of the Chickasha Public Library Board. She is the Committee Chairperson for the Cub Scouts Pack 4296 and is a merit badge counselor and committee member for Boy Scout Troup 301.

Eva Wilcox is a junior deaf education major from Norman. Wilcox is member of the USAO Drama Club and the Student Government Association. She serves as chairman of the Food Services committee. She volunteers at the Chickasha Animal Shelter.

Kaitlyn Worner is a senior mathematics major from Moore. Worner serves as President of the USAO Math/Technology/Science Club. She is a member of the University Musicians and plays both clarinet and saxophone in the USAO Showband.