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MSU at Prestonsburg
Academic Honors and Awards Recipients
Spring 2012


Department of Art & Design

Outstanding Undergraduate in Art and Design
Emily Baldridge
, daughter of Kathy Prater, is a senior art major from Paintsville, KY. She is president of the Art Education Club, is a member of the National Art Education Association, and is co-founder of two art pilot programs designed to bring art to the community: “Extra Art” with the Rowan Co. Arts Center, and “Discovery Art” with the Bluegrass Discovery Academy (alternative middle and high school in Rowan Co.). She exhibited artwork in the Sophomore exhibit in 2010, the Mt. Sterling juried exhibit in 2011, and the Senior Exhibit in 2012. Emily had her artwork published in the INSCAPE art and literary magazine in 2011 & 2012.

Outstanding Junior – J.E. Duncan Award in Art and Design
Caitlin Slover
, daughter of Matthew and Julie Slover, is a junior art major from Butler, Ky. Caitlin received the Freshman Art Leadership Scholarship, is on the Dean’s List, and is in the Teacher Education program. She has worked with middle and high school students at the Rowan County Bluegrass Discovery Academy. She played a major role in organizing and contributing to the Empty Bowls fundraiser that the Ceramics Guild participated in this year. Caitlin attended the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts conference in Seattle, and as the Ceramics Guild president, she organized all of the fundraising for the NCECA field trip.

Department of Communication, Media & Leadership Studies

Outstanding Undergraduate Student
Christopher Tyler Mullins
truly is an exceptional student here at MSU. He is a recipient of the Commonwealth Scholarship and has maintained a 4.0 GPA his entire time here at MSU. In addition to producing student radio programs for our department’s student radio program, he performs with the Mountain Music Ambassadors from MSU’s Kentucky Center for Traditional Music. Tyler also plays bluegrass music professionally and tours with bluegrass legend Larry Sparks. He has performed across the United States as well is in Japan and China. Tyler graduated as his high school valedictorian from his school in Warsaw, Kentucky. He has also received the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Work Ethics Award and the Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizens Certificate.

Department of English

Outstanding Undergraduate in English
Christine Bur
ton is the daughter of John and Pamela Burton of Johnson County. She is earning an Area of Concentration in English Bachelor's Degree. She has served as secretary, treasurer and president of Tau Omega Epsilon, the English Education honor. She is currently working under Mrs. Kathryn Mincey as an undergraduate regional fellow, collecting and analyzing data from MSU's service region in relation to 8-12 education. She has presented at the Kentucky Conference for Teachers of English and is currently working on an article with Caitlin Lacey based on the data about the transition to national standards in teaching English/reading. She has been on the Dean's List for all four years of college and is preparing for her clinical semester.

Department of International & Interdisciplinary Studies

Outstanding Student of French
Kayla Sheppard
is a senior majoring in French and minoring in Art History from Lovely, Kentucky. She has studied abroad and lived in France from 2009-2011. She is a member of the French National Honor Society of Pi Delta Phi and the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. During her enrollment at MSU, she has maintained status on the Dean’s List and has worked as an Undergraduate Research Fellow in the Department of Art and Design. After graduating from MSU, she plans to attend the University of Kentucky to obtain her Master’s degree in French.

Department of Sociology, Social Work & Criminology

Outstanding Undergraduate in Criminology
Ashley McCown
, daughter of Richard and Tracy McCown and fiancé of Justin Fugate, has roots in Menifee and Floyd Counties in Eastern Kentucky. Ashley first attended the University of Kentucky but quickly found that she did not like ‘being a number’ and decided to join the MSU community when she realized she would be much more than a number as a member of this tight-knit community. During her three years here at MSU, Ashley has discovered and nurtured her knowledge in Sociology, Psychology, and Criminology. Ashley is a member of Psi Chi, Phi Kappa Phi and an alumna of the University of Kentucky chapter of Ceres Fraternity. Ashley has accomplished several of her dreams at MSU, including maintaining a 4.0 in all of her Sociology and Criminology classes. She will graduate this May with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, an area of concentration in Criminology and a minor in Psychology. After graduation, Ashley plans on pursuing a career in a field where she can make a difference in someone’s life, whether it is through social work, counseling, or helping those who just need help finding a better place in their lives while working on obtaining her Substance Abuse Counseling certificate and pursuing either Law School or a Doctorate in Criminology.

Department of Applied Engineering &Technology

Outstanding Master of Science Engineering Technology Student & Outstanding Graduate Thesis Research Student
Jared D. May
from Paintsville, KY pursuing a MS in Engineering Technology

Department of Biology & Chemistry

Outstanding Pre-Physician Assistant Student
Kayla R. Reed
from Salyersville, KY pursuing a BS in Biology

Department of Earth & Space Science

Outstanding Geology Student
Adam R. Layne
from Dema, KY pursuing a BS in Earth Systems Science – Geology

Department of Health, Wellness & Human Performance

Outstanding Health Promotion Student
Caitlyn A. Long
from Paintsville, KY pursuing a BA in Health Promotion and has been accepted to the Morehead State University Masters of Arts Program in Wellness Promotion

Department of Imaging Sciences

Outstanding Computed Tomography/Magnetic Resonance Student & Outstanding Department of Imaging Sciences Student
Jordan E. Kestner
from Van Lear, KY pursuing a BS in Imaging Sciences

Pinnacle Honor Society
Pinnacle is a nationally recognized honor society for Non-Traditional Students. Pinnacle issues charters to accredited colleges and universities, which in turn, select outstanding adult and other non-traditional seniors and "rising seniors" for recognition at the local and national level. Morehead State University has been a Pinnacle chartered institution since 1991. To be considered for induction into Pinnacle, students must meet criteria that include junior or senior status, 25 years of age or older, possession of a 3.0 or higher cumulative G.P.A., involvement in at least 3 campus or community activities while a student, 17 demonstrated leadership, persistence and future promise, and the maintenance of the highest of ethical standards. Students can only be selected for membership following a thorough screening by a campus selection committee comprised of MSU non-traditional students, faculty, and staff.

* Roberta Kaye Durham, who resides in Hager Hill with her husband, is pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing, which she will complete in May 2012.

* Bryan Lafferty, who resides in Prestonsburg with his wife and three daughters, is a senior pursuing a Bachelor of University Studies degree, which he plans to complete in May 2012.

*Maria Dee Wright, who resides in Boons Camp with her husband and family, is a senior pursuing a degree in Elementary Education, P-5, which she plans to complete in 2013.