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    Each year, the university’s staff and faculty honor top performing students with awards to recognize their academic and student life achievements.

    Hootie Solt Community Service Award: Given to the student who has demonstrated the spirit of giving, embodied by Judith “Hootie” Solt through his or her involvement in the community.

    Dr. Gene Burns Alumni Award: Given to the individual whose activities have enhanced the reputation of the university.

    Governor Christopher Del Sesto & Dr. Anthony Kemalian Trustee Awards: Given to the two students (one male and one female) who have the greatest contribution in service to the community.

    The John J. Bowen Experiential Education Leadership Award: Given to a graduating senior for outstanding work and contributions to industry as a student, as well as demonstration of leadership, both on and off-campus. 

    Academic Performance Award: Awarded to the graduating student from each college who has achieved the highest academic average and is recommended by the faculty.

    Exceptional Academic Excellence: A designation given to all bachelor’s degree graduates with a 4.0 cumulative GPA.

    Alpha Beta Kappa: An honors society designation which is presented to all bachelor’s degree graduates with a cumulative GPA of 3.9 and higher.

    Honors Program: Graduates of the university’s Honors Program will receive special Honors designation on their diploma and an honor stole to wear at commencement.

    Apprenti Cuisinier Awards: Presented in recognition of achievement to graduating sophomores in five areas – classical cookery, international cookery, garde manger, classical pastry and dining room service.

    Vollrath Award: Nominees must be enrolled as full time culinary arts or pastry arts, must have a minimum GPA of 2.75, must have two years documented “back of the house” culinary experience and must be currently working in the culinary field a minimum of 25 hours per week.

    2013 Awards Recipients:

    Hootie Solt Community Service Award: Kasey Layton

    Dr. Gene Burns Alumni Award: Josephine Merille

    Governor Christopher Del Sesto & Dr. Anthony Kemalian Trustee Awards: Benjamin Blodgett; Mikiayla Dames

    Academic Performance Award: Bethany Sutherland (Business); Britanny Ho and Destiny Antommarchi (Culinary Arts); Ashlee Joseph (Hospitality)

    Alpha Beta Kappa: Christine Anastasi, Destiny Antommarchi, Mikiayla Dames, Sparkle George, Britanny Ho, Ashlee Joseph*, Ashley Kelly, Kasey Layton*, Christian Melone, Paige Moffat, Shanelle Rodney, Bethany Sutherland*, Istvan Zolcsak

    (*) denotes those who also received Exceptional Academic Excellence

    Apprenti Cuisinier Awards: Gabriela Ruiz (classical cookery); Carter Huffman (international cookery); Miranda Mash (garde manger); Marissa Mueller and Rihanna Abdul (classical pastry); Tomas Diaz (dining room service);

    Vollrath Award: Andreas Zafiris

    Student Awards Questionnaire 2014