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Eleven Student-Athletes Recognized at Honors Convocation

May 7, 2012

EASTON, Pa. - Eleven student-athletes were among the more than 120 Lafayette students recognized for academic excellence at the annual All-College Honors Convocation on April 29 at the Williams Center for the Arts.

Senior Imogen Cain earned the Thomas G. Yohe Memorial Prize in Studio Art for displaying creativity in drawing and illustration. Cain, who is a diver for the Leopards and an Art major, is also an EXCEL Scholar.

The Africana Studies Scholastic Award, which is awarded to a student selected by Africana studies program faculty who has demonstrated academic excellence and potential for future leadership in American society, went to senior Brandon Ellis. Ellis, an Economics major, is an Academic All-Patriot League and two-time First Team All-Patriot League honoree as a cornerback for the Lafayette football team.

Sophomore Jonathan Ho, an infielder on the baseball team, received the Chemical Rubber Company Freshman Achievement Award as the most outstanding first-year student in general chemistry. Ho is a Chemical Engineering major.

The Women's Field Athlete of the Meet at both the Indoor and Outdoor Patriot League Track and Field Championships this season, Joelle Neilson was recognized as the senior who best exemplifies the ideals behind the engineering studies major and who has demonstrated leadership in the engineering studies program with the Charles L. Best Memorial Prize in A.B. Engineering.

Matthew Scheps (men's tennis) and Michael Thompson (men's track and field) each earned a Carroll Phillips Bassett Prize as two of six senior students deemed most outstanding by the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Scheps also merited the Moles Award given to a student in engineering whose academic achievement and enthusiastic application shows outstanding promise of personal development leading to a career in construction engineering and management.

The Lawrence J. Conover '24 Electrical Engineering Prize, presented each year to a senior in electrical engineering upon recommendation of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, was awarded to Cory Schutz. Schutz is a co-captain and owns top-10 times in three breaststroke events for the swimming and diving team.

Kelly Senters, an EXCEL scholar from the track and field team, received the James F. Bryant '40 Excellence Award as a junior student who meets standards of excellence, as did James F. Bryant, by demonstrating high academic achievement, lettering in at least one varsity sport and showing noticeable and noteworthy evidence of community service. Senters is double-majoring in Government & Law and International Affairs.

Senior Erika Stasakova, who recently broke the Lafayette record and earned First Team All-Patriot League laurels in the 3000-meter steeplechase, was among four students to earn the Frank Kline Baker Spanish & Latin American Civilization Award as students who attain the greatest proficiency in the study of Spanish and Latin American civilization. Stasakova majors in International Affairs and Spanish.

EXCEL Scholar Jaclyn White was one of two students to claim the James L. Dyson Geology Award presented annually to students majoring in geology who, by academic achievements and character, exemplify the ideals by which James L. Dyson lived and worked. White is a junior who earned Second Team All-Patriot League honors as a member of the Patriot League Champion field hockey team.

Rose Willey, an Academic All-Patriot League honoree in cross country, earned a Eugene P. Chase Phi Beta Kappa Prize, presented to sophomores who have demonstrated scholarship as first-year students. Willey is a Marquis Scholar and a Mathematics-Economics major.

The complete listing of students recognized at the Honors Convocation is available here.