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MSU at West Liberty
Academic Honors and Awards Recipients
Spring 2012


Department of Communication, Media & Leadership Studies

Outstanding News Center Student
David Ray Gillum
is a 22-year-old senior from Sandy Hook, Ky. He has worked with NewsCenter for the past two years. During his tenure at NewsCenter, he has worked as a Reporter, Sports Anchor, Lead News Anchor, and is currently the News Director. He is actively involved as with Morehead State Public Radio and is a frequent host of the midday news. Gillum is currently the President of his fraternity, Sigma Phi Epsilon, and is also the President of the Greek Honors Organization Order of Omega. He plans on interning with WKYT-TV in Lexington this summer with the goal of beginning his career as a reporter there.

Department of Sociology, Social Work & Criminology

Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Sociology
Nakita Oakley
officially declared Sociology as her major in 2011 after three years of searching for an area of study that she could genuinely call fulfilling. Nakita, the daughter of Stephen and Teresa Oakley of West Liberty, is a 2007 graduate of Morgan County High School. Nakita’s original plan was to become a nurse or teacher but soon found herself exploring traditional music, art and sociology. Nakita states that one of the major factors that led her into the field of Sociology was the level of caring and kindness that her instructors in the department displayed in 2008 when she survived a nearly fatal car accident. She would like to give a special thanks to Connie Hardesty and Raymond Hall for always being extremely supportive, helpful, and understanding. Nakita looks forward to graduating this December and hopes to continue her education in order to become a criminal defense attorney in the future.

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.

* Amanda Pack Adkins, who resides in West Liberty with her husband, son and daughter, is pursuing a Bachelor of Social Work, which she will complete in May 2012.

* Ezra Dike, who is originally from Syracuse, NY, now resides in Menifee County, KY. Ezra is a senior pursing a Bachelor of Business degree with an Economics option and he plans to complete his BBA in August 2012.