TWU To Recognize Outstanding Students At Convocation
TWU To Recognize Outstanding Students At Honors Convocation
DENTON Seven Texas Woman's University students will be
recognized as outstanding students during Honors Convocation
ceremonies April 18 at 10 a.m. in the Margo Jones Performance
Hall, located near the intersection of Oakland Avenue and Sawyer
Cindy Seamans of Dallas will receive the Outstanding Doctoral
Student award. Carrie Hess of Lewisville and Shona Marscola of
Kaufman will receive the Outstanding Master's Student award.
Outstanding Senior awards will go to John Ada of Houston, Janet
Maffei of Allen, Sarah Kate Plank of Denton and Shelley Sheldon
Along with being a graduate student, wife and mother, Ms. Seamans
has spent most of her graduate studies career at Texas Woman's
University helping survivors of violence and trauma at a variety
of counseling agencies in the Dallas area. Ms. Seamans,
recipient of the TWU Outstanding Doctoral Student award, is a
doctoral candidate in counseling psychology who plans to graduate
this spring. She has a 3.85 grade-point-average.
Ms. Seamans recently accepted the position of clinical
coordinator of emergency shelter services at the Family Place in
Dallas, where she manages the delivery of clinical services to
women victims of domestic violence.
She also has served as a counselor at the Family Place and
helped pioneer a new psychology internship at the Dallas
Psychological Consortium, which consists of the counseling
centers at the University of Texas-Dallas, Southern Methodist
University and Galaxy Center in Garland. She was one of the first
two interns in the program, as well.
Ms. Seamans entered TWU's master of arts counseling psychology
program in 1992 and the doctoral program in 1994. Psychology is
her second profession, after a successful career in marketing and
Ms. Hess' superior management skills and hard work have
enabled her to accomplish much more than most students, her
instructors say. Ms. Hess, a spring 2002 master's degree
candidate in institutional administration, is one of two
Outstanding Master's Student award recipients. She earned a 3.9
grade-point-average for undergraduate work at TWU and currently
has a 4.0 GPA in her graduate courses.
Carrie has been an outstanding role model for our
students and definitely has leadership potential, said Dr.
Carolyn Bednar, chair of the Department of Nutrition and Food
Ms. Hess has participated as an officer, member and volunteer
in a number of campus and community organizations. She was
secretary of the TWU Student Dietetic Association, treasurer of
the Nutrition and Food Sciences Graduate Club and a member of the
Golden Key Honor Society. In the past few years, she volunteered
her time at Head Start, the Children's Advocacy Center of Dallas
and the St. Vincent de Paul House in Denton where she assisted in
distributing food and clothing to the underprivileged.
Scholarships she has received include the TDAF Celeste Rocap
Endowed Scholarship, the Doris McCarter Brownell Scholarship, the
Ann Brownell Sloane Scholarship and the Texas Cattlewomen's
Ms. Marscola is described as being an exceptional
occupational therapist, an asset to both her workplace and
profession, and an asset to Texas Woman's University as an
alumnus. Ms. Marscola, a resident of Kaufman who received her
master's degree in occupational therapy in December, is the
second Outstanding Master's Student award recipient. She
maintained a 3.65 grade-point-average.
Shona exemplified outstanding leadership in all
endeavors. She demonstrated exceptional motivational skills for
students, faculty and the community, said Dr. Joanna
Bertness Lipoma, one of her clinical instructors. Shona
demonstrates mature insight and interpersonal skills that promote
an immediate comfort level for all who work with her.
As a student, Ms. Marscola organized a cancer support group at
the Dallas Veterans' Affairs hospital, was a speaker for the
Progressive Supranuclear Palsy Support Group, coordinated student
volunteers for the 2001 Vanderkooi Lecture and served as
president of the TWU Student Occupational Therapy Association.
She currently works in the spinal cord injury unit at the Dallas
Ms. Marscola wants to further her knowledge about patient/pet
therapy and is in the process of earning certification for pet
therapy with dogs.
Mr. Ada is described by faculty as an excellent
student, caring with his patients and as someone who will make an
outstanding addition to the nursing profession. Mr. Ada, a
nursing student in Houston, was named Outstanding Junior Clinical
Student last year at Texas Woman's University. This year, he is
one of four students receiving the Outstanding Senior Award.
Mr. Ada already holds a bachelor of arts degree in psychology
from the University of Massachusetts, where he graduated cum
laude. He has maintained a 4.0 grade-point-average while working
on his bachelor of science degree in nursing at TWU. He has been
on the dean's list and has been invited to join the Beta Beta
chapter of Sigma Theta Tau in Houston.
Mrs. Maffei of Allen radiates competence and
self-confidence, according to her instructors. She received her
bachelor of science degree in human biology, graduating summa cum
laude with a 4.0 GPA, in December and is another of the
Outstanding Senior Award recipients.
Mrs. Maffei was recognized twice at TWU by Phi Kappa Phi for
Outstanding Academic Achievement (1999 and 2001) and she received
the Meritorious Service Award (2001) from the Golden Key Honor
Society. During her education at TWU, she also served as
sophomore recognition director and treasurer for Golden Key. Mrs.
Maffei also has volunteered her time to organizations such as the
Greater Lewisville Habitat for Humanity and Parkland Memorial
Sarah Kate Plank
Ms. Plank has been described as one of those rare
finds. The Denton resident is completing her bachelor of
science degree in dietetics and institutional administration and
has maintained a 4.0 GPA.
Aside from being named an Outstanding Senior, Ms. Plank has
been named to the dean's list, honor roll and national dean's
list during her academic career. She has received the Slipper
Club Scholarship from Texas Scottish Rite Hospital, the Dorothy
MacRae Hyaman Memorial Scholarship from the American Dietetic
Association Foundation, the Doris Carter Brownwell Scholarship
and the Thelma Van Trease Hook Scholarship, both from Texas
Mrs. Sheldon works hard, organizes well, achieves
balance in her work and life and exudes enthusiasm in all she
does, her instructors say. Mrs. Sheldon, a Lewisville resident
and bachelor of business administration student with a cumulative
3.79 GPA and a 4.0 GPA in her work at TWU, is the final
She serves as vice-president of coordination for the TWU
student chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management
(SHRM), was social service officer for the Golden Key Honor
Society, served as president of the SHRM chapter at TWU, is a
certified Students In Free Enterprise scholar and has been named
to the national dean's list. Mrs. Sheldon has received the Jim
Wilkins Student Scholarship and Dallas Human Resource Association
Drew Young Student Scholarship, among other honors.
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