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Motlow Students to Receive Awards during Honors Symposium in Smyrna

April 2, 2013

Students who have completed the Motlow College Honors Program at Smyrna Center and/or achieved exceptional work in honors classes this academic year at the center will be guests of honor and will make presentations during an Honors Symposium on April 4, according to Nathan Sweeton, program coordinator and an assistant professor of English at the college.

Motlow College President MaryLou Apple will welcome students and guests to the symposium, which will begin at 11 a.m. at Razz's Restaurant in Smyrna. Cheryl Hyland, director of Motlow's Smyrna Center, and Dawn Copeland, assistant vice president for academic affairs, are on the guest list, as are many family members of the honorees.

Honors graduates to be recognized are Hassan Alwan, Jyliane Blakeman, Bridget Carlson, Dawn Gondolfi, Lori Wheeler and Kayla Smith. These students have completed 18 to 21 hours of credit in honors classes.

In addition, Carlson and Wheeler will receive awards for outstanding academic achievement in honors classes. Carlson's award is for achievement in honors speech, and she will present work completed during the class.

Wheeler, who will be recognized for outstanding achievement in honors literature, will share a presentation about the relationships among fairy tales and ancient myths that she created for her honors class in Greek mythology.

Awards for academic achievement will be presented also to Lydia Lozano, Khristin Walsh and Isaac Reed. Lozano will present a paper that she wrote for honors history, and Walsh will read a paper she wrote for honors psychology about the lasting psychological effects of child molestation. Reed will showcase some of the writing he completed during his honors composition class.

"The Honors Program is a fun way for students to think outside the box while also receiving college credit," Sweeton said. "The student learning outcomes are the same for honors and non-honors classes, but the honors faculty design the courses to meet those outcomes in fun, peculiar, odd, unusual, and ultimately satisfying ways."

Sweeton said Provost Bonny Copenhaver and other members of the honors faculty at Smyrna Center will participate in awards presentations. Honors faculty are Heather Koller, an assistant professor of history; Emily Seal, a speech and theater instructor; Bryan Thomas, a psychology instructor; and Nick Bush, an instructor of English.

Honors courses offered at Smyrna Center the past year are fantasy fiction, history of love and marriage, Greek mythology, film studies, English composition I and II, American history II, speech, theater appreciation, general psychology, British literature, and world literature II.