Outstanding Students, Faculty Member Honored During Chapel

Nine students were honored Tuesday as the outstanding graduates of their schools and several others received departmental awards as part of Palm Beach Atlantic University’s Honors Day ceremony. The outstanding graduates each receive special recognition during spring commencement on May 7.

The 2016 recipient of the Charles and Hazel Corts Award for Outstanding Teaching is Pam Sigafoose, assistant professor of education in the MacArthur School of Leadership at Palm Beach Atlantic University.

In addition, one faculty member received the Charles and Hazel Corts Award for Outstanding Teaching. This year’s recipient is Pam Sigafoose, assistant professor of education in the MacArthur School of Leadership.

The outstanding graduates are:

Carly Chapman of Zionsville, Indiana, is the outstanding graduate in the School of Arts and Sciences. Chapman will graduate with a medicinal and biological chemistry degree, including a concentration in biology. Chapman is a student in the Frederick M. Supper Honors Program, has been on either the Provost’s List or the President’s List each year, is listed in Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges and has served as a Presidential Ambassador. She worked as a research assistant in PBA’s Summer Undergraduate Research Program and helped to establish an ethnopharmacology laboratory. She also presented her research at two scientific conferences. A survivor of childhood bone cancer, Chapman has continued to serve as a spokesperson and volunteer for the Riley Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis, Indiana. She will pursue a Master of Healthcare Administration degree with the goal of working in a children’s hospital.

Theresa Butler of Mulberry, Florida, is the outstanding graduate in the Rinker School of Business. She is a marketing major, a member of the Palm Beach Atlantic softball team and a student in the Supper Honors Program. Butler is also a Presidential Ambassador and a peer tutor for micro- and macroeconomics. This year, she was named a recipient of the Women of Distinction Scholarship. After graduating from PBA, Butler plans on moving back to the Central Florida area to pursue a career in marketing. 

Laura Humphrey of Garland, Texas, is the outstanding graduate in the School of Communication and Media. Humphrey is majoring in theatre in the musical theatre track. She studied in the Supper Honors Program, was repeatedly on the Provost’s List and was a recipient of the Women of Distinction Scholarship. As president of Alpha Psi Omega Theatre Honor Society and vice president of the student body, Humphrey is a leader among her peers and represents PBA at theatre recruiting events. At her home church, she coordinates Vacation Bible School, and at her local church in Palm Beach County she sings on the worship team. After graduation, Humphrey intends to remain in West Palm Beach to pursue performance work.

Cody DeBoer of Mokena, Illinois, is the outstanding graduate in the School of Education and Behavioral Studies. A human performance and sport major, he has served as an intern in the human performance lab and volunteered in the Cancer-Related Fatigue program. As an American College of Sports Medicine-certified personal trainer, DeBoer is dedicated in his pursuit of learning new things about health and fitness and passionate about using this knowledge to help others. He plans to open="open" his own gym and, as a cancer exercise specialist, continue improving the lives of cancer patients and those with other chronic conditions.

Puerto Rico native Marion Brito is the outstanding graduate in the MacArthur School of Leadership. An organizational management major, Brito is dedicated to people and improving the quality of life of those in the community. She has spent time working to provide basic human needs — food, shelter and a safe environment for children and families. Also, she was nominated and selected as a finalist for the 2015 Athena Young Professional Leadership Award. She is a grant recipient from the JM Rubin Foundation as well as the McArthur School of Leadership. In December, Brito was inducted into Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges. She and her husband of 12 years are the parents of two boys. 

Emily Bryant of Chickasha, Oklahoma, is the outstanding graduate in the School of Ministry. At PBA, the ministry major worked as an intern for the women’s program at Faith Farm Ministries and also as a children’s Sunday school teacher at Faith Tabernacle. In 2013 she moved to Savannah, Georgia, with her husband, where she currently serves military wives as the first vice president of spiritual life for the Protestant Women of the Chapel at Hunter Army Airfield. An exceptional student, Bryant was on the President’s List, a member of Theta Alpha Kappa Honor Society and an Alpha Delta Phi chapter member. She also was named to Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges. Bryant hopes to continue with ministries similar to what she is doing now and be a light for Christ wherever the Army takes her family. 

Susan Bealor of Tampa, Florida, is the outstanding graduate in the School of Music and Fine Arts. A graphic design major and cross-cultural studies minor, she has served as a resident assistant for two years at Flagler Towers residence hall.  She has been a graphic designer of campus posters for the School of Music and Fine Arts as well as an intern at Forte Interactive.  She has been on mission trips to Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic and Belize, and she has been a Summit Ministries Camp volunteer for three summers. After graduation, she plans to participate in World Race South America, a year-long missions and ministry event that will take her to 13 different countries where she will work alongside local churches and also plant churches in new areas.  

Korey Bricker of Ocala, Florida, is the outstanding graduate in the School of Nursing. While at PBA, she served on a mission trip to Peru and had the opportunity to serve as a women’s ministry intern at her home church, acquiring nearly 400 hours of community service. She is the first nursing student in nine years to complete the Frederick M. Suppers Honors Program. She has been a member of the President’s Lyceum and was inducted to nursing’s honor society Sigma Theta Tau. In addition to her academic excellence, Bricker has served as a senior admissions consultant in the PBA Admissions office for two years and as a resident assistant for three years. For the past six months, she has been working as a nurse extern in the neonatal intensive care unit at Wellington Regional Medical Center. After graduation, she hopes to work at Palm Beach Children’s Hospital in the pediatric intensive care unit while beginning the Doctor of Nursing Practice program at PBA.  

Angela Wagoner of Winter Garden, Florida, is the outstanding graduate for the Orlando Campus. A psychology major, Wagoner has demonstrated a commitment to excellence in the classroom, as evidenced by her stellar academic accomplishments and the regular accolades she receives from her professors. In addition, she has helped to facilitate the success of other students by serving as a writing coach in the campus writing center. After graduation, Wagoner plans to pursue her graduate degree in counselor education at PBA’s Orlando campus.

Recognized at Honors Chapel on Tuesday were the outstanding graduates for the 2016 spring semester. They are (back row, from left) Cody DeBoer, Marion Brito, Laura Humphrey, Carly Chapman, (front row, from left) Angie Wagoner, Theresa Butler, Korey Bricker and Susan Bealor. Not pictured is Emily Bryant.

Other award recipients on Honors Day included:

School of Arts and Sciences
Catherine Wiersma, Outstanding Graduate-Biology
Hannah Menendez, Outstanding Graduate-English
Jordyn Marlin, Outstanding Graduate-History
Michael Leonard, Outstanding Graduate-Mathematics
Jessica Martin, Outstanding Graduate-Medicinal and Biological Chemistry
Matthew Karr, Outstanding Graduate-Philosophy
Candace Evans, Outstanding Graduate-Political Science

Rinker School of Business
Bryah Hagen, Outstanding Graduate-Accounting
Taylor Buchanan, Outstanding Graduate-Finance
Alicia Fowski, Outstanding Graduate-International Business
Megan Sorber, Outstanding Graduate-Management
Sarah Dias, Outstanding Graduate-Marketing

School of Communication and Media
Brent Primus, Outstanding Graduate-Cinema-Television
Kalie Hoke, Outstanding Graduate-Communication
Karina Langer, Outstanding Graduate-Public Relations
Zachary Hollis, Outstanding Graduate-Theatre

School of Education and Behavioral Studies
Grace Postorino, Outstanding Graduate- Elementary Education
Andrea Echlund, Outstanding Graduate-Psychology

School of Ministry
Sam Fowler, Outstanding Graduate-Biblical and Theological Studies
Lindsay Boes, Outstanding Graduate-Cross-Cultural Studies
Emily Bryant, Outstanding Graduate-Ministry Leadership Studies

School of Music and Fine Arts
Hope Koleczek, Outstanding Graduate-Dance
Christina Bodensiek, Outstanding Graduate-Music

Honors Program
Rachel Sakrisson, PBA Freshman Honors Award
Lindsey Johnson, Frederick M. Supper Honors Program

Center for Writing Excellence
Justin Archer, Outstanding Freshman Writing Award

Interdisciplinary Research Conference Awards
Morgan Belle, Reana De Pass, Trinity Livingston and Dr. Tom Chesnes, Outstanding Research Conference Poster
Jordyn Marlin, Outstanding Presentation, Liberal Arts/Social Sciences Track
Paul Jackson, Outstanding Presentation, Science/Health Care Track