College of Liberal Arts and Communication Recognizes Outstanding Graduates during Convocation of Scholars

JONESBORO — The most outstanding graduating students from the College of Liberal Arts and Communication at Arkansas State University were honored as recipients of achievement awards for 2016-17 during the annual Convocation of Scholars reception, according to Dr. Carl Cates, dean.

The Chancellor’s Scholar award was presented to John Williams of Paragould, who is graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication studies.   The Chancellor’s Scholar is the graduating student with the highest cumulative gradepoint average in the college.

Kaylee Lewis of Poplar Bluff, Mo., a sociology major, received the 4.0 Scholar Award.  In the event of a tie, the Chancellor’s Scholar is the student who has completed the most credit hours.

The award recipients and their respective degree programs are (by academic department):


Jennifer Hannah of Jonesboro, Bachelor of Science (BS), strategic communication; Arnelle Jones of Osceola, Bachelor of Arts (BA), communication studies.

Criminology, Sociology, and Geography

Justin Sims of Little Rock, BA, criminology; Kaylee Lewis of Poplar Bluff, Mo., BA, sociology; Chris Hankins of Pocahontas, Master of Arts (MA), criminal justice; and James Luht of Dover, MA, sociology.

English, Philosophy and World Languages

Hannah Todd of Mountain Home and Kara White of Searcy, Bachelor of Science in Education (BSE), English; Kendall Doggett of White Hall, BSE, Spanish; Gracie Bain of Searcy, BA, English, and BA, philosophy (double major); Rhegan Wright of Paragould, BA, Spanish; Brennah Hutchison of Jonesboro and Stephen Turner of Jonesboro, MA, English; and Callison Hopkins of Memphis, MSE, English.


Shelby Atkeison of Benton, BSE, social science; Katy Smith of DeQueen, BA, history; and Elizabeth Johnson of Seal Beach, Calif., MA, history, and recipient of the Dr. John Galloway Award.


Kirsten Pieri-May of Paragould, BS, multimedia journalism; Keandre Gross of Memphis, BS, creative media production; and Lauren Michelle Davis of Jonesboro, BS, photojournalism.

Political Science

Robert Hunter of Bono and Charlotte Fernimen of Hardy, BA, political science; Catherine Harthorn of St. Paul, Minn., MA, political science; Cecelie Cochran of Memphis, Master of Public Administration (MPA); and Molly Alexander of Riverview, Fla., MPA, online program.

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