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More of MTSU’s finest students celebrated their fall 2015 graduation and discussed their futures with President Sidney A. McPhee during a photo session early this month in the Cope Administration Building. The students graduated with honors Dec. 12 after years of dedicated study to earn the highest grade-point averages in their class: cum laude, which denotes a 3.5-3.74 GPA; magna cum laude, 3.75-3.89 GPA; and summa cum laude, 3.9-4.0 GPA.

photos by J. Intintoli, MTSU Creative and Visual Services

 

Bedford County Honor Graduates – Fall 2015

 

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President McPhee, center, joins two Bedford County residents, who graduated with honors during the university’s recent fall 2015 commencement ceremony, to discuss their future plans. Standing at left is Niki Lane Huff, a cum laude graduate who received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree, and at right is Ashleigh Nash, a summa cum laude graduate who received a Bachelor of Science in agribusiness degree. Both women are Bell Buckle, Tennessee, residents and Cascade High School alumnae.

Huff plans a career in women’s health and intends to earn a nurse practitioner’s degree in the near future. She is the daughter of Shannon and Laura Huff of Bell Buckle.

Nash, who minored in leadership and was an Experiential Learning Scholar while at MTSU, plans a career in agriculture. Her family members include her parents, Steve and Jeanne Nash, and her siblings, Savannah and Colin Nash, all of Bell Buckle.

Davidson County Honor Graduates – Fall 2015

 

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President McPhee, seated at left, joins four Davidson County residents, who graduated with honors during the university’s recent fall 2015 commencement ceremony, to discuss their future plans. Seated with McPhee is Yvonne Efenwumgbe Ejorh of Antioch, Tennessee, a cum laude graduate who received a Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry. Standing are, from left, Jasmine Stevenson of Nashville, a magna cum laude graduate who received a Bachelor of Science degree in global studies and cultural geography; Federico Gonzalez-Rivera of Antioch, a cum laude graduate who received a Bachelor of Science degree in interior design; and Lauren Heusinkveld of Nashville, a magna cum laude graduate who received a Bachelor of Science degree in biology.

Ejorh, a Martin Luther King Jr. Magnet High School alumna, minored in neuroscience and was a member of Golden Key International Honor Society, the National Society of Leadership and Success, and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars while at MTSU. She plans to earn a doctorate in biochemistry or neuroscience and go to medical school to become either a neurologist or neurosurgeon. Her long-term career goals include working with organizations like Doctors Without Borders to help with global health outreach. Her family members include her parents, Juliet and Dennis Ejorh; brother, Dennis Ejorh Jr.; and cousins, Nicholas Tudeme and Stephanie Atuah-Kyei, all of Nashville.

Stevenson, a Cane Ridge High School alumna, minored in business administration and was a member of Phi Kappa Phi, Golden Key and Omicron Delta Kappa honor societies and Pi Gamma Mu social science honor society, as well as president of the local chapter of Humans in Crisis and secretary of the Geography Club, while at MTSU. She plans to earn a doctorate in occupational therapy and work in that field. Her family members include her mother, Pamela Toran, and grandmother, Annie Toran, both of Nashville.

Gonzalez-Rivera, an alumnus of McGavock Comprehensive High School, minored in Spanish and was the recipient of the College of Behavioral and Health Sciences Academic Award and the National Society of Leadership and Success Honors Award while at MTSU. He will be attending graduate school at MTSU to earn a Master of Arts in Teaching degree in foreign languages and literature and plans to continue working as a freelance designer. His family members include his parents, Isabel Rivera and Federico Gonzalez-Sanchez of Antioch; his friends, Alma Bolaños of Nashville and Caroline Bizot of New Orleans; and his mentor, Carol Cubillo of Hendersonville, Tennessee.

Heusinkveld, a Cedarcreek Schoolhouse Academy alumna, minored in chemistry and psychology and was the recipient of the Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society’s Grant-in-Aid of Research, the Undergraduate Research Experience and Creative Activity Silver Scholar Grant, the Mary C. Dunn Freshman Biology Scholarship, John A. Patten Biology Scholarship and Elliott Dawson/Bioventures Biotechnology Scholarship while at MTSU. She plans to become a physician. Her family members include her parents, Regan Logan and David Heusinkveld, and her grandmother, Sandra Irvine, all of Nashville.

 

Rutherford County Honor Graduates – Fall 2015

 

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President McPhee, seated at left, joins four Murfreesboro residents, who graduated with honors during the university’s recent fall 2015 commencement ceremony, to discuss their future plans. Seated with McPhee is Austin Burleyson, a cum laude graduate who received a Bachelor of Science degree in biology. Standing are, from left, Austin Black, a magna cum laude graduate who received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree; TeShena Woods, a magna cum laude graduate who received a Bachelor of Social Work degree; and Kimberly Kokoski, a cum laude graduate who received a Bachelor of Social Work degree.

Burleyson, a David Lipscomb High School alumnus, minored in chemistry and plans a career in the healthcare industry. He is married to Yanjin Burleyson of Murfreesboro.

Black, a Blackman High School alumnus, minored in economics and finance and was a member of Beta Gamma Sigma business honor society while at MTSU. The Eagle Scout plans a career in marketing or human resources and also hopes to expand his photographic work into a business. His family members include his parents, Beth Black and John and Libby Black, and his grandmother, Wanda Copley, all of Murfreesboro; and his sister, Chelsea Black of Chicago.

Woods, also a Blackman High alumna, minored in child development and family studies and was a member of Phi Alpha social work honor society, the National Association of Black Social Workers and the National Society of Leadership and Success while at MTSU. She plans to attend graduate school at MTSU. Her family members include her son, K.J. Green, and her parents, Keith Sneed and the late Chenay Woods, all of Murfreesboro.

Kokosksi, an alumna of Keystone High School in LaGrange, Ohio, was a member of the Phi Kappa Phi and Phi Alpha honor societies and the Social Work Forum while at MTSU. She plans to work with children to help improve schools and communities. Her family members include her parents, Sue Kokoski of LaGrange, Ohio, and Steve Kokoski of Elyria, Ohio; sisters, Bethany Kokoski of Franklin, Tennessee, and Mackenzie Kokoski of LaGrange, Ohio; her grandparents, Clark and Shirley Ekleberry of Ocala, Florida, and Doris Kokoski of Elyria, Ohio; and her boyfriend, Brett Kastor of Valley City, Ohio.

 

Williamson County Honor Graduates – Fall 2015

 

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President McPhee, center, joins two Williamson County residents, who graduated with honors during the university’s recent fall 2015 commencement ceremony, to discuss their future plans. Standing at left is John Burton of Spring Hill, Tennessee, a summa cum laude graduate with a four-year 4.0 GPA who received a Bachelor of Science degree in biology, and at right is Makenzie Ruberto of Brentwood, Tennessee, a magna cum laude graduate who received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.

Burton, holder of a General Education Development diploma, minored in chemistry and mathematics and was a four-year member of the Dean’s List while at MTSU. He plans to become a medical doctor. His family members include his parents, Rachel and Peter Burton of Spring Hill, and his brother, Stanton Burton of Brooklyn, New York.

Ruberto, a Brentwood High School alumna, minored in health and was a member of the Dean’s List while at MTSU. She’s been hired into the Nurse Residency Program at Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s Surgical Intensive Care Unit and plans to become a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist Her family members include her husband, Anthony Ruberto, who received his Bachelor of Business Administration degree in management from MTSU this semester, and her parents, Mark and Deah Hayden, all of Brentwood.

 

Wilson County Honor Graduates – Fall 2015

 

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President McPhee, seated at left, joins four Wilson County residents, who graduated with honors during the university’s recent fall 2015 commencement ceremony, to discuss their future plans. Seated with McPhee is Brayden Jackson of Mt. Juliet, a magna cum laude graduate who received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. Standing are, from left, Stephanie Whitmore of Mt. Juliet, a cum laude graduate who received a Bachelor of Science degree in advertising/public relations; Linda Bean of Lebanon, a summa cum laude graduate with a four-year 4.0 GPA who received a Bachelor of Science degree in interdisciplinary studies for grades 4-8; and Kayla Williamson of Lebanon, a summa cum laude graduate who received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in accounting.

Jackson, a Wilson Central High School alumna who minored in education and French, plans to become a middle- or high school teacher. She is the daughter of Jennifer and Dale Jackson.

Whitmore, a Mt. Juliet High alumna, minored in entrepreneurship and sociology and was a Tennessee Scholar and recipient of the School of Journalism’s Internship Scholarship Award and John Seigenthaler Journalism Award for Outstanding Senior in Advertising while at MTSU. She plans to join the U.S. Air Force. Her family members include her parents, Pat and Ted Whitmore, and sister, Kristina Whitmore, all of Mt. Juliet, and her brother, Teddy Whitmore of Abilene, Texas.

Bean, an alumna of Brandon (Mississippi) High School, was a member of the Phi Kappa Phi and Golden Key International honor societies while at MTSU. She plans to teach fourth through eighth grades in Tennessee. She is married to David Bean of Lebanon and is the daughter of Vera and the late Tommie L. Stringer of Florence, Mississippi.

Williams, a Lebanon High alumna, minored in business administration and was a member of the Phi Kappa Phi and Beta Gamma Sigma honor societies while at MTSU. She plans to earn a master’s degree and her Certified Public Accountant license and ultimately open her own tax or public accountancy practice. She currently works for Bane & Associates in Lebanon. Her family members include her parents, Dawn and Dwayne Grissom and Danny and Christy Williams, all of Lebanon.

You can see full news coverage of MTSU’s fall 2015 commencement, including photos and videos, here.

 

Summer 2015

More of MTSU’s finest students celebrated their summer 2015 graduation and discussed their futures with President Sidney A. McPhee during an August photo session in the Cope Administration Building. The students graduated with honors Aug. 8 after years of dedicated study to earn the highest grade-point averages in their class: cum laude, which denotes a 3.5-3.74 GPA; magna cum laude, 3.75-3.89 GPA; and summa cum laude, 3.9-4.0 GPA.

photos by J. Intintoli, MTSU Creative and Visual Services

 

Cheatham County Honor Graduate – Summer 2015

 

Cheatham County native Jessica Jade Cummings, seated at right, an organizational communication major who graduated with honors during the university’s summer 2015 commencement ceremony, joins MTSU President McPhee to discuss her future plans. Cummings, a Cheatham County High School alumna who now lives in Murfreesboro, received her Bachelor of Science degree in organizational communication and minored in psychology as a cum laude graduate. She plans to work with orphan advocacy and awareness and is the daughter of Jennifer Cummings and sister of Josh Cummings, both of Ashland City, Tennessee.

 

Rutherford County Honor Graduates – Summer 2015

 

President McPhee, seated at left, joins two Rutherford County residents who graduated with highest honors and with dual degrees during the university’s summer 2015 commencement ceremony to discuss their future plans. Seated with McPhee is Biven Alexander of Murfreesboro, a summa cum laude graduate who received a Bachelor of Science degree in industrial/organizational psychology and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish. Standing is Dalton Lauderback, also of Murfreesboro and a summa cum laude graduate who received a Bachelor of Science degree in global studies and a Bachelor of Arts in political science.

Alexander, a Riverdale High School alumna, was the winner of the Larry W. Morris Outstanding Senior in Psychology Award as well as the Willard K. Kerr Award of Excellence during her time at MTSU. She also won the Outstanding Senior in Industrial/Organizational Psychology Award and is working toward a position in human resources. Her parents are David and Becky Alexander of Murfreesboro.

Lauderback, also a Riverdale alumnus, minored in German and psychology while at MTSU. He currently is a real estate agent and plans a career with the Peace Corps. His parents are George and Tina Lauderback of Smyrna, Tennessee.

 

Sullivan County Honor Graduate – Summer 2015

 

Sullivan County native Adria N. Arnold, seated at right, a business administration major who graduated with honors during MTSU’s summer 2015 commencement ceremony, joins President McPhee to discuss her future plans. Arnold, a Dobyns-Bennett High School alumna from Kingsport, Tennessee, received her Bachelor of Business Administration degree and is a cum laude graduate. Her minors were economics and finance, and she is the wife of Donnie Shannon and daughter of Jerry and Elaine Arnold, all of Kingsport.

 

Wilson County Honor Graduates – Summer 2015

 

President McPhee, seated at left, joins two Williamson County residents who graduated with honors during the university’s summer 2015 commencement ceremony to discuss their future plans. Seated with McPhee is Taye Nelson of Franklin, a cum laude graduate who received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in economics. Standing is Jacob Benjamin Lax of Spring Hill, a summa cum laude graduate who received a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology.

Nelson, a Centennial High School alumnus who minored in business administration, plans to attend graduate school to earn his MBA degree and continue a career in the entertainment industry. He is the son of Tammy Woods of Franklin.

Lax, a Middle College High School alumnus, minored in psychology and received the College of Liberal Arts’ Senior Honor Award as well as the Marian Clark Scholarship. He plans to earn his master’s degree in sociology at MTSU. He is the son of Michael Lax, also of Spring Hill.

 

Wilson County Honor Graduates – Summer 2015

 

Wilson County native Crystal Chevalier-Lowe, seated at right, an accounting major who graduated with honors during the university’s summer 2015 commencement ceremony, joins President McPhee to discuss her future plans. Lowe, a Watertown, Tennessee, resident and Lebanon High School alumna, received her Bachelor of Business Administration degree and minored in business administration. She is a lifetime member of Beta Gamma Sigma honor society and graduated cum laude from MTSU. Chevalier-Lowe plans to pursue the Certified Fraud Examiner designation and a career in the fraud field. She’s the daughter of Shery and Joe Martin and the niece of Bruce and Sue Bolton and Tim and Deena Dowd, all of Watertown.

Wilson County native Catlyn Marie Taylor, seated at right, an speech language pathology and audiology major who graduated with highest honors during the university’s summer 2015 commencement ceremony, joins President McPhee to discuss her future plans. Taylor, a Mt. Juliet, Tennessee, resident and Mt. Juliet High School alumna, received her Bachelor of Science degree and minored in psychology. She graduated summa cum laude from MTSU and is a member of Phi Kappa Phi national honor society, as well as the recipient of the Outstanding Speech Language Pathology and Audiology Major Award. She plans to attend graduate school and become a pediatric speech-language pathologist with the goal of working with children with autism and opening a private practice. She’s the daughter of Tom and Chris Taylor of Mt. Juliet and the sister of Trey and Candace Taylor of Cincinnati, Ohio.

You can see full news coverage of MTSU’s summer 2015 commencement, including photos and videos, here.

 

Spring 2015

MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee sat down with several students in the Cope Administration Building recently to discuss their plans after their May 9 graduation with honors from the university. The students graduated with honors after years of dedicated study to earn the highest grade-point averages in their class: cum laude, which denotes a 3.5-3.74 GPA; magna cum laude, 3.75-3.89 GPA; and summa cum laude, 3.9-4.0 GPA.

photos by Andy Heidt, MTSU Creative and Visual Services

 

Cumberland County Honor Graduate – Spring 2015

 

Cumberland County native Joseph Ryan Mosqueda, seated at right, a genetics and biotechnology major who graduated with honors during the university's spring 2015 commencement ceremonies, joins MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee to discuss his future plans. Mosqueda, a Crossville, Tennessee, resident and 2010 alumnus of Cumberland County High School, received his Bachelor of Science degree in biology. He was selected as the Peter I. Carl Outstanding Senior in Biology for 2014-15 and is an Honors College Graduate with Distinction in the University Honors College as well as a member of the Omicron Delta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi honor societies. Mosqueda, a magna cum laude graduate and alumnus of the Institute of Leadership Excellence, is the son of Sabine Smid and the brother of Sarah and Mary Mosqueda and Emelia, Natalya and Hannah Smid, all of Cumberland County. He plans to pursue a doctorate in molecular biology as a Chancellor’s Graduate Fellow at Washington University in St. Louis, the nation’s fifth ranked genetics program.

Cumberland County native Joseph Ryan Mosqueda, seated at right, a genetics and biotechnology major who graduated with honors during the university’s spring 2015 commencement ceremonies, joins McPhee to discuss his future plans. Mosqueda, a Crossville, Tennessee, resident and 2010 alumnus of Cumberland County High School, received his Bachelor of Science degree in biology. He was selected as the Peter I. Carl Outstanding Senior in Biology for 2014-15 and is an Honors College Graduate with Distinction in the University Honors College as well as a member of the Omicron Delta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi honor societies. Mosqueda, a magna cum laude graduate and alumnus of the Institute of Leadership Excellence, is the son of Sabine Smid and the brother of Sarah and Mary Mosqueda and Emelia, Natalya and Hannah Smid, all of Cumberland County. He plans to pursue a doctorate in molecular biology as a Chancellor’s Graduate Fellow at Washington University in St. Louis, the nation’s fifth ranked genetics program.

 

Hamilton County Honor Graduate – Spring 2015

 

Hamilton County native Haley Cothran, seated at right, an organizational communications major who graduated with honors during MTSU’s spring 2015 commencement ceremonies, joins MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee to discuss her future plans. Cothran, a Soddy-Daisy, Tennessee, native and 2011 alumna of Soddy-Daisy High School, received her Bachelor of Science in organizational communications. Cothran, a magna cum laude graduate, attended MTSU on a golf scholarship and was recognized at the university’s athletics awards programs for earning a 4.0 GPA her freshman, junior and senior years at MTSU. She also was the recipient of the Outstanding Academic Award in Organizational Communication. Cothran is the daughter of Todd and Diane Cothran of Soddy-Daisy and plans to work in public relations.

Hamilton County native Haley Cothran, seated at right, an organizational communications major who graduated with honors during MTSU’s spring 2015 commencement ceremonies, joins McPhee to discuss her future plans. Cothran, a Soddy-Daisy, Tennessee, native and 2011 alumna of Soddy-Daisy High School, received her Bachelor of Science in organizational communications. Cothran, a magna cum laude graduate, attended MTSU on a golf scholarship and was recognized at the university’s athletics awards programs for earning a 4.0 GPA her freshman, junior and senior years at MTSU. She also was the recipient of the Outstanding Academic Award in Organizational Communication. Cothran is the daughter of Todd and Diane Cothran of Soddy-Daisy and plans to work in public relations.

 

Marshall County Honor Graduate – Spring 2015

 

Marshall County native Cheyenne Plott, right, a dual Spanish and organizational communications major who graduated with highest honors during MTSU’s spring 2015 commencement ceremonies, joins MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee to discuss her future plans. Plott, a Lewisburg, Tennessee, native, is a 2011 alumna of Marshall County High School. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and a Bachelor Science degree in organizational communications and also is a graduate of the University Honors College and a member of Phi Kappa Phi honor society. The recipient of the College of Liberal Arts’ Outstanding Student in Spanish Award, Plott, a summa cum laude graduate of MTSU, is the daughter of Julie Plott and the late Marty Plott and the sister of Laramie Plott, all of Lewisburg. She plans to continue her education and pursue a career in the nonprofit sector.

Marshall County native Cheyenne Plott, right, a dual Spanish and organizational communications major who graduated with highest honors during MTSU’s spring 2015 commencement ceremonies, joins McPhee to discuss her future plans. Plott, a Lewisburg, Tennessee, native, is a 2011 alumna of Marshall County High School. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and a Bachelor Science degree in organizational communications and also is a graduate of the University Honors College and a member of Phi Kappa Phi honor society. The recipient of the College of Liberal Arts’ Outstanding Student in Spanish Award, Plott, a summa cum laude graduate of MTSU, is the daughter of Julie Plott and the late Marty Plott and the sister of Laramie Plott, all of Lewisburg. She plans to continue her education and pursue a career in the nonprofit sector.

 

Roane County Honor Graduate – Spring 2015

 

Roane County native Cody C. Thomas, seated at right, a nursing major who graduated with honors during MTSU’s spring 2015 commencement ceremonies, joins McPhee to discuss her future plans. Thomas, a Harriman, Tennessee, native and 2010 alumna of Harriman High School, received her Bachelor of Science in nursing and is a magna cum laude graduate. She is the daughter of Danny and Susan Thomas, the sister of Jessica Thomas and the aunt of Jayden and Grayson Howard, all of Harriman, and has been offered a position in the obstetrics department at Harton Regional Medical Center in Tullahoma, Tennessee.

Roane County native Cody C. Thomas, seated at right, a nursing major who graduated with honors during MTSU’s spring 2015 commencement ceremonies, joins McPhee to discuss her future plans. Thomas, a Harriman, Tennessee, native and 2010 alumna of Harriman High School, received her Bachelor of Science in nursing and is a magna cum laude graduate. She is the daughter of Danny and Susan Thomas, the sister of Jessica Thomas and the aunt of Jayden and Grayson Howard, all of Harriman, and has been offered a position in the obstetrics department at Harton Regional Medical Center in Tullahoma, Tennessee.

 

Rutherford County Honor Graduates – Spring 2015

 

In the photo above, McPhee, seated at left, joins five Rutherford County residents who graduated with highest honors during the university's spring 2015 commencement ceremonies to discuss their future plans. Seated with McPhee is Yerlyn Castro-Vargas of Murfreesboro, a summa cum laude graduate who received a Bachelor of Science degree in political science. Standing are, from left, Samuel Benjamin Black of Lascassas, a summa cum laude graduate who received a Bachelor of Science in criminal justice administration; Chase Zingale of Murfreesboro, who received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in marketing and graduated summa cum laude; Crystal LeAnn Scott of Murfreesboro, a summa cum laude graduate who received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in accounting; and Anna Chelsea Neal of Rockvale, a summa cum laude graduate who received a Bachelor of Science degree in biology.

In the photo above,  McPhee, seated at left, joins five Rutherford County residents who graduated with highest honors during the university’s spring 2015 commencement ceremonies to discuss their future plans. Seated with McPhee is Yerlyn Castro-Vargas of Murfreesboro, a summa cum laude graduate who received a Bachelor of Science degree in political science. Standing are, from left, Samuel Benjamin Black of Lascassas, a summa cum laude graduate who received a Bachelor of Science in criminal justice administration; Chase Zingale of Murfreesboro, who received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in marketing and graduated summa cum laude; Crystal LeAnn Scott of Murfreesboro, a summa cum laude graduate who received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in accounting; and Anna Chelsea Neal of Rockvale, a summa cum laude graduate who received a Bachelor of Science degree in biology.

Castro-Vargas, a native of Costa Rica, minored in international relations and criminal justice and received the College of Liberal Arts’ 2015 Senior Honor Award for political science as well as the Department of Political Science’s 2015 C.C. Sims Award. She is a member of the Pi Sigma Alpha political science, Alpha Phi Sigma criminal justice and Phi Kappa Phi honor societies and wants to work for the federal Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. She is working toward that goal by preparing for law school to become an immigration attorney and seeking employment at a local nongovernmental organization serving immigrants and refugees. Castro-Vargas lives in Murfreesboro with her husband and daughter, Marvin and Valerie M. Barrantes.

Black, a 2012 alumnus of the Middle Tennessee Christian School, minored in agriculture and received the 2014 R.B.J. Campbelle Jr. Criminal Justice Scholarship at MTSU. He plans to attend law school at Belmont University to become an attorney. His family includes his parents, Tim and Melinda Black of Lascassas, and his grandparents, Sam and Frances Black of Murfreesboro and Linda and Buddy Brown of Lascassas.

Zingale, a 2010 alumnus of Siegel High School, minored in business administration and was named the Outstanding Marketing Senior for his top grade-point average. He also is a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma honor society. He is the son of Michelle and Chuck Zingale and the brother of Reid and Alex Zingale, all of Murfreesboro.

Scott, a Baroda, Michigan, native who lives in Murfreesboro, received her Bachelor of Business Administration degree in accounting and minored in business administration and is a member of the Gamma Beta Phi and Phi Kappa Phi honor societies. She is the daughter of Samuel and the late Rita Scott of Bridgman, Michigan, and the granddaughter of Shirley and the late Samuel Scott of Baroda and Robert and Nancy Curtis of New Johnsonville, Tennessee. Her sisters are Shannon, Kathryn and Kaleigh Scott, all of Stevensville, Michigan, and her fiancé, William Taylor, and her daughter, Carmen, live in Murfreesboro. Scott is interning this summer in the Internal Audit Department of the Nashville-based health care company HCA and plans to return to MTSU this fall to earn her master’s degree and her designation as a certified public accountant.

Neal, a 2011 alumna of the Daniel 1 Academy, minored in agriculture and is a graduate of the MTSU University Honors College who successfully defended her honors thesis on honeybees last fall. She plans to obtain employment as a staff zoologist at a zoo or a museum curator. Her parents, Willie H. Neal Jr. and A. Cornelia D. Neal, and her brother, J. Ethan Neal, all live in Rockvale.

You can see full news coverage of MTSU’s spring 2015 commencement, including photos and videos, here.

 

Fall 2014

MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee sat down with several students in the Cope Administration Building recently to discuss their plans after their Dec. 13 graduation with honors from the university. The students graduated with honors after years of dedicated study to earn the highest grade-point averages in their class: cum laude, which denotes a 3.5-3.74 GPA; magna cum laude, 3.75-3.89 GPA; and summa cum laude, 3.9-4.0 GPA.

photos by J. Intintoli, MTSU Creative and Visual Services

 

Hamilton County Honor Graduates – Fall 2014

 

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In the photo above, McPhee, seated at left, joins a trio of fall 2014 Hamilton County honor graduates to discuss their future plans. Seated with McPhee is Jalisa Jones of Chattanooga, a criminal justice major; standing are Carly Duffy, left, of Chattanooga, a genetics and biotechnology major, and Kaitlin Pitre of Soddy-Daisy, an interdisciplinary studies/elementary education major.

Jones, a cum laude graduate who received her Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice, is a 2011 alumna of Notre Dame High School and also was a member of Gamma Beta Phi honor society, the Scholars Academy, the National Society of Leadership and Success, and Collegiate 100 Black Women of MTSU during her college career. She is the daughter of Lisa and Michael Jones Sr. of Chattanooga and plans to become a defense attorney.

Duffy, a magna cum laude graduate who received her Bachelor of Science degree in genetics and biotechnology, is also a 2011 graduate of Notre Dame and was a member of the Phi Kappa Phi and Omicron Delta Kappa honor societies, as well as the National Society of Leadership and Success and the recipient of the Eliot Dawson Bioventures/Biotechnology Scholarship, during her college career. She is the daughter of Claudia and Terence Duffy and the sister of Julianne Duffy and the late Luke Duffy, all of Chattanooga. She plans to attend graduate school to earn a doctorate for a career in laboratory research.

Pitre, a summa cum laude graduate who received her Bachelor of Science degree in interdisciplinary studies/elementary education, is a 2011 alumna of Soddy-Daisy High School. She is the daughter of Ann and Mark Pitre and the sister of Mark Pitre, all of Soddy-Daisy, and will begin her studies for a master’s degree in literacy this spring. She also will serve as a graduate assistant in MTSU’s Department of Elementary and Special Education.

 

Rutherford County Honor Graduates – Fall 2014

 

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In the photo above, McPhee, seated at left, joins nine fall 2014 Rutherford County honor graduates to discuss their future plans. Seated with McPhee is Zac Woodward of Murfreesboro, a music business major; standing are, from left, Amethyst McClellan of Murfreesboro, a nursing major; Amanda Gambill of Smyrna, a public relations major; Robert B. Allen II of Smyrna, a financial institutional management major; Shannon Hallavant of Murfreesboro, a mathematics education major; Jonathan Driver of Murfreesboro, a psychology major; Austin Hitt of Murfreesboro, a professional computer science major; Molly Devine of La Vergne, an English major; and Jessica Schwendimann of Murfreesboro, a sociology major. (MTSU photo by J. Intintoli)

Woodward, a cum laude graduate who received his Bachelor of Science degree in music business, is a 2010 alumna of Mt. Juliet High School and minored in media management. He is the son of Kris Wienk and Bob Lynch of Murfreesboro and plans a career as producer of a Nashville radio show.

McClellan, a magna cum laude graduate who received her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing, is a 2010 alumna of Riverdale High School and an Experiential Learning Scholar at MTSU. She is the daughter of Consuelo Motto of Murfreesboro and plans to obtain her nursing license and begin her career in health care, then earn a master’s degree in nursing.

Gambill, a summa cum laude graduate who received her Bachelor of Science degree in public relations, is a 2011 alumna of Smyrna High School. She minored in office management and women’s studies at MTSU. Her parents are Rita and Dave Gambill of Smyrna, and she plans to work in a public relations agency in Nashville.

Allen, a summa cum laude graduate who received his Bachelor of Business Administration degree in financial institutional management, is a 2011 alumnus of Smyrna High School. He is the son of Nichole and Robert Allen and the brother of Austin Allen, all of Smyrna, and plans a career in investment banking in Nashville.

Hallavant, a summa cum laude graduate who received her Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics education, is a 2010 alumna of Riverdale High School and the recipient of the Frances Stubblefield Calculus II Award and the Robert Noyce Teaching Scholarship during her MTSU career. Her husband, Buddy Hallavant; sister and brother-in-law, Rachel and Leo Davenport; and cousin, Brandy Herman, all live in Murfreesboro. She plans a career teaching mathematics at Stewarts Creek High School.

Driver, a magna cum laude graduate who received his Bachelor of Science degree in psychology, is a 1999 alumnus of Oakland High School and a Dean’s List honoree throughout his MTSU career. He also is a 2014 and 2014 recipient of the College of Behavioral and Health Sciences’ Certificate of Superior Academic Performance – Psychology and a graduate of the University Honors College. He is the son of Kathryn A. Driver of Murfreesboro and Jimmy C. Driver of Lebanon and plans to attend graduate school to earn a doctorate in clinical psychology.

Hitt, a summa cum laude graduate who received his Bachelor of Science degree in professional computer science, is an alumnus of Oakland High School and recipient of the Richard Detmer Award for Computer Science and the Excellence in Computer Science Award during his career at MTSU.

Devine, a cum laude graduate who received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English, is a 2010 alumna of Aaron Academy. She minored in history and information systems and served as treasurer of Phi Alpha Theta history honor society during her MTSU career. Her fiancé, Andrew Stophel, is a Smyrna resident, and her parents, Windi and Mike Devine, live in La Vergne. She plans a career as a librarian.

Schwendimann, a cum laude graduate who received her Bachelor of Science degree in sociology, is a 2010 alumna of Siegel High School and minored in psychology and child development/family studies during her MTSU career. Her parents, Renee and Alan Schwendimann, and brother, Will Schwendimann, all live in Murfreesboro. She plans a career as a licensed school counselor.

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