Nov. 21, 2003
By Bethany Miller
All college students enjoy acknowledgment of their hard work in academics. The King-Chavez-Parks and Templeton student scholars who excel in their studies, with at least a 3.3 accumulative grade-point average, find such recognition in an academic achievement award given annually by the President's Office for University Diversity. This year was the second for the academic achievement award.
"[The office] began the award because we have so many scholastic students working very hard," said Assistant to the President Erek Perry, who ignited ideas of the award. "We wanted to take time to publicly recognize the students to indicate to them and to the community that academic excellence matters at Ohio University."
A formal annual award ceremony, held Sept. 28 this year, presented the academic achievement awards to the students. At the ceremony, the deans of the colleges presented the 79 award recipients with medallions, a visual way to recognize their academic excellence, Perry said.
"Coming together to celebrate our hours of studying, homework and preparing we do to get the good grades is nice," said Templeton academic achievement award recipient Cara Lewis, a senior journalism major.
"Everyone likes getting recognized for doing something good," said Templeton award recipient Chris Tomazic, a sophomore music composition major. "It's nice for someone to say 'We appreciate your hard work.'"
The King-Chavez-Parks Award and Templeton Programs provide valuable educational opportunities designed to enrich intellectual experiences of talented students from underrepresented populations.
Bethany Miller is a student writer with University Communications and Marketing.