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Honoring Achievement: Academic, Leadership, and Athletics
Celebration of Excellence

At the close of Muskingum University’s spring 2024 semester, three annual ceremonies were held to honor outstanding achievements in the realms of academics, campus leadership, and athletics.

On April 12, the Celebration of Excellence was held in Brown Chapel to recognize exceptional academic success. Dr. Keith Eberly, the 2023 recipient of Muskingum’s Faculty Service Award delivered the keynote address.

President Susan Hasseler honored the Class of 2024 co-valedictorians: Gregory Bikowski ’24, Spencer Jarrett ’24, Hunter Loy ’24, Jayda Rausch ’24, and Emmah Stoneburner ’24.

Provost Jennifer Dugan recognized the Class of 2024 members of the Summer Muskie Research Fellows, the John and Annie Glenn Public Service Fellows, the David and Karin Kratoville Innovation Fellows, and the Otto and Fran Walter Humanitarian Fellows. Division Chairs Dr. Robert Sharp of Arts and Humanities, Dr. Paul Szalay of Natural, Applied and Health Sciences, and Dr. Sandra Schroer of Business, Education, and Social Sciences presented the Academic Department Awards.

The ceremony also recognized the President’s List Scholars (3.90 or higher full-time GPA), Dean’s List Scholars (3.60-3.89 full-time GPA), and Academic Merit Scholars (3.60 or above part-time GPA).

The varsity athletic teams and Greek organizations who achieved the top combined GPAs were announced: Women’s Basketball with a 3.56 combined GPA, Baseball with a 3.21 combined GPA, Theta Phi Alpha with a 3.49 combined GPA, and Phi Mu Alpha with a 3.46 combined GPA.

The 2024 faculty honors were also announced. Assistant Professor of Theatre Cassie King received the William Oxley Thompson Award for Excellence in Teaching, Assistant Professor of Public Health Kristen DeBois received the William Rainey Harper Award for Outstanding Scholarship, and Professor of Psychology Dinah Meyer received the Cora I. Orr Faculty Service Award.

Click to watch the Celebration of Excellence Ceremony and view the program.

The Magnus Leadership Awards Ceremony was held on April 17. The ceremony recognized leadership of individual students, student organizations, and educators whose efforts help create a dynamic and engaged campus atmosphere. Dr. Henry Stanford, Associate Director of Applied Leadership, delivered the opening remarks.

Magnus Awards

The following students were honored: Hailey Wilson ’24, Muskie of the Year Award and Greek Member of the Year Award; Ryan Miller ’24, Student Leader of the Year Award; Quentin Temple ’26, Emerging Leader Award; Remington McClung ’24, Unsung Student Hero Award; Jill Laposky ’24, Muskie Impact Service Award; Tesia Jones ’25, Student Committed to Diversity and Inclusion Award; Katelyn Turner ’24, Recreation Staff Member of the Year; Kylie Deer ’24, West Hill Resident Assistant of the Year; and Harley Smith ’25, East Hill Resident Assistant of the Year.

Associate Professor of Business Laura Geiger was recognized as the Student Organization Advisor of the Year, Area Coordinator Stephen McGrath as the Staff Member of the Year, and Area Coordinator Ronald Oliver as the Unsung Staff Hero.

The Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) was named the Outstanding Student Organization of the Year, with SAAC’s Hoops For Hunger, Headlocks for Hunger, and The Golden Fork recognized as the Campus Program of the Year. The Outstanding Fraternity or Sorority Award went to the Sisterhood of FAD.

On April 26, the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) hosted the Golden Hook Awards to celebrate the accomplishments of Muskie student-athletes and teams. Athletic Department Award honorees were also announced that evening. Visit to view the list of honorees and photos from the event.

Golden Hook Awards

Congratulations to all!

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