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TWU to recognize outstanding students


DENTON — Texas Woman’s University will recognize artistry and academic excellence during Honors Convocation ceremonies Thursday, April 21.

Convocation begins at 10 a.m. in the Margo Jones Performance Hall, located at Oakland and Sawyer streets on TWU’s Denton campus.

Kayla Hamilton of Texarkana, Texas, will receive the Pauline Bishop Leman Memorial Award for outstanding artistic achievement. Outstanding Senior awards, which are based on academic excellence and involvement in extracurricular activities, will go to Sarah Godding of Houston and Rebecca Basham of Sherman.

The university also honors a master’s and a doctoral student for excellence in scholarship and service. Joy Christiansen of Denton will receive this year’s Outstanding Master’s Student award, and Nadine Barrett of Denton is this year’s Outstanding Doctoral Student.

Kayla Hamilton
Hamilton is in the process of completing her bachelor of arts degree in choreography and performance. She has been a member of DanceWorks, TWU’s repertory company, since 2002. She also is a member of The International Folk Dance Company and performs dances from Venezuela, Mexico and Spain. Hamilton’s choreography has been produced in the TWU Dancemakers Concert Series as well as by “The Moving Spirit Dance Collective” in Baltimore, Md. She received an Excellence in Performance Award from TWU in 2003-04. She also was awarded a performance merit scholarship to attend Bates Dance Festival, an internationally renowned dance intensive.

Sarah Godding
Godding, a nursing major, carries a 3.955 grade point average and is a member of the TWU Honors Scholar Program. The Golden Key Honour Society recognized her for outstanding academic achievement from 2002-2004, and she also received recognition from Phi Kappa Phi in fall 2004. She was inducted into both Phi Kappa Phi and Sigma Theta Tau, the international nursing honor society, this spring.

She has participated in numerous health fairs with Houston hospitals, performing depression screenings, providing information about diabetes and raising money for research. Her own research, currently in progress, is titled “Bariatric Surgery Among Morbidly Obese Adolescents.”

Godding has been involved in Helping Hands and TWU’s Habitat for Humanity chapter, and currently serves as a volunteer at Ronald McDonald House. She organized a used eyeglasses donation drive in 2004, and was honored as Humanitarian Cum Laude by the Carpe Diem Foundation Inc. in 2002.

Rebecca Basham

Basham holds a 3.75 GPA and will graduate in May with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry/pre-med.
She has been named to both the TWU and the National Dean’s lists, as well as to Who’s Who Among College Students. She is president of both the American Medical Student Association and the Baptist Student Ministry on TWU’s campus. She is a member of the Gamma Beta Phi, Kappa Epsilon Mu and Athenian honor societies. She is active in church and in the community, where she serves as a tutor and mentor to students. Basham also volunteers in animal shelters and kitchens for the homeless.

Joy Christiansen

Christiansen will graduate in May with a Master of Fine Arts degree in photography.

She was the recipient of the 2005 Freestyle/Society for Photographic Education Crystal Apple Award, which brings a $5,000 award as well as national recognition. She was a 2004 National Graduate Seminar Fellow for The Photography Institute at Columbia University, New York. She has been a member of the SPE since 1999 and the Texas Photographic Society since 2003. She served as president of the Photographic Artist Coalition, a student-run organization, in 2002-03.

Christiansen has worked as a gallery assistant in TWU’s Fine Arts Gallery and as both a graduate assistant and graduate teaching assistant in the photography department. She served as exhibition coordinator for the Joyce Elaine Grant Exhibition at TWU in 2003-04.

Nadine Barrett
Barrett , a sociology major, holds a 4.0 GPA. She will receive her doctorate in August and will then begin a prestigious two-year post-doctoral fellowship at Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
She was the recipient of the 2004-05 Robert B. Toulouse Federated Outstanding Doctoral Student Scholarship Award, which recognizes one outstanding doctoral student among the federated universities of North Texas. The Federation includes TWU, the University of North Texas and Texas A&M University-Commerce. She also was the recipient of the University of Texas-Permian Basin’s ABD Minority Scholars Fellowship this year.
Barrett was named to Who’s Who Among Students in America’s Universities and Colleges in 2004, and has been a member of Alpha Kappa Delta, the international sociology honors society, since 1999. She also is a member of the American Sociological Association, the National Women’s Studies Association and the Association of Black Sociologists.


For Further Information Contact:

Karen Treat
Senior Copywriter
Tel: (940) 898-3456
e-mail: ktreat@twu.edu

Page last updated January 22, 2009

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