The Dreeben School of Education at the University of the Incarnate Word hosted its annual Honors Convocation on April 18 in the Luella Bennack Music Center-Concert Hall. Ann David, Ph.D., assistant professor in Teacher Education, served as master of ceremonies for this year's awards ceremony.
Inci Yilmazli Trout, president of the Doctoral Student Association, delivered the invocation followed by welcoming remarks from Denise Staudt, Ed.D., dean of the Dreeben School of Education. More than 20 high-achieving students received awards for academic excellence and mission-centered service.
Alexandria Alonzo (left) received the Amy Freeman Lee Scholastic Achievement and Service Recognition Award presented by Denise Staudt, Ed.D., dean of the Dreeben School of Education. The Amy Freeman Lee Scholastic Achievement and Service Recognition Award is one of the most prestigious awards presented by the University of the Incarnate Word. Alexandria graduated in December as an Interdisciplinary Studies Major who received her certificate to teach elementary school. While on campus, she was a member of the University of the Incarnate Word softball team. Alex has received several recognitions for academic and athletic accomplishments, where she served the UIW and San Antonio community. Specifically, she coordinated many school supply drives to ensure that students in under-resourced schools—some of which are where she did her education fieldwork—had supplies.
Elizabeth Loffler (left), received the Saint Catherine Medal for Student Achievement Certificate of Recognition presented by Denise Staudt, Ed.D., dean of the Dreeben School of Education. Elizabeth has volunteered her educational expertise at Grace Point Baptist Church, leading lock-ins, teaching vacation bible school, and leading crafts on Sunday mornings. The St. Catherine Medal is given to students who have exceptional academic standing in higher education. The candidates are in the top 10% of their graduating class and have an outstanding record of leadership and service at the University, in the community, and within their faith tradition.
Graduate Studies, Master’s Program
In the front row, from left, are Mission Support Award winner Rosi Cortez, Outstanding International Student Award winner Sunghee Yea and Community Service Award winner Louisette Zurita. In the back row, from left, are Scholarship Award winner Julien Brown-Latham, Professional Practice Award winner Oscar Salazar and Child Advocacy Award winner Kathleen Allison Mulvey.
Graduate Studies, Doctoral Program
In the front row, from left, are Excellence in Inquiry Award winner Inci Yilmazli Trout, Mission Support Award winner Urshula Hernandez and International Student Leadership Award winner Reem Alsunayd. In the back row, from left, are Scholarship Award winner LeWayne Ballard and Community Service Award winner Deborah Poole.
Teacher Education Program
In the front row, from left, are Clinical Teaching-Secondary Award winner Rochelle Garcia and Clinical Teaching-Elementary Award winner Annalisa Mayhan. In the back row, from left, are Excellence in Teaching-Secondary Award winner Dorothy Hanson, Rising Star Award winner Emani Stewart and Excellence in Teaching-Elementary Award winner Sterling Davis. Photos unavailable for Clinical Teaching-MAT Award winner Frances Mejias and Excellence in Teaching-Secondary Award winner Martha Davila.
Jennifer Lingsch, President
Kelsey Martinez, Vice President
Alea Welch, Secretary
Miranda Gonzalez, Treasurer
Kearsten Pollok, President
Gracen Odendahl, Vice President
Sofia Hernandez, Secretary
Christopher Contreras, Treasurer
Luisafernanda Gutierrez, Social Media and Communications Manager
Brittany Hernandez, Event Director
Inci Yilmazli Trout, President
Marc Gilbert, Vice President
Alicja J. Sieczynska, Treasurer