By Myra Saturen
April 28, 2011
After a lyrical rendition of America the Beautiful by vocalist Meghan Keiper, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Jeff Focht, talked about the importance of the awards event. "These students have worked extremely hard to achieve academic greatness," he said. He also acknowledged the contributions of families, friends and professors to the awardees' accomplishments. Calling the students' dedication and commitment impressive, he wished the awardees as much success in their future endeavors as they have attained at NCC.
John Leiser, associate professor of biology, gave the convocation address. He told the students that they inspire him and other faculty members. "You put smiles on our faces," he said. But their efforts do not end with the ceremony, he told the awardees. He said that now the students have more homework to do - to live up to their awards by demonstrating their skills and knowledge and using these to inspire everyone they meet.
Zoe Gauthier, a biological science major with a 4.0 GPA, received the prestigious Trustee Leadership Award, in addition to other awards. In her speech, she recalled herself as a reserved and naïve person before coming to NCC. At the College, she became a confident, educated person, she said. "NCC provided me with a positive environment in which to grow. The College gave me opportunities to push beyond my self-imposed limits. I learned to express myself, to learn leadership and responsibility."
A leader and participant in many student activities, Gauthier urged students to take full advantage of all the opportunities offered by the College. "The more I learned about NCC, the more involved I became," she said. Saying that club participation gave her valuable experience in expressing her opinions openly, she said that "the only bad idea is the one untried." She thanked numerous faculty and staff members individually. She will continue her education next fall as a pre-medical student at Moravian College or West Chester University.
Other award recipients include:
Victor Beltran: Hites Family Foundation Higher Education Endowment Scholarship
Betty Druckenmiller: Lehigh and Northampton Associate for Young Children Award
Kristie Curry: Drs. Edward and Arnold R. Cook Award for Academic Excellence
David R. David: Klein Tools Award
Stephanie Edwards: Mathematics Award
Sarah Evans: Liberal Arts Award
Erica Ellison: Northampton County Bar Association Award
Ryan Foust: Funeral Service Education Student of the Year Award
Zoe Gauthier: Addison Wesley-Benjamin Award; Outstanding Academic Achievement in Chemistry Award
Lianne Henderson: The Wiley Award for Excellence in Psychology Award
Jennifer Jaman: Marketing Insight Award
Nicole January: Addison Wesley-Benjamin Award
Jason Jones: Klein Tools Award
Melissa Kowalski: Bethlehem Jr. Women's Club Nursing Award: From Nazareth
Jennifer Krumline: Pennsylvania Funeral Director's Award
Chris Lutz: Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter, American Institute of Architecture Award
Samantha Malone: Marconi Award for Radio/TV
Erpidia Mercado: Monroe County Association for the Education of Young Children Award
Kellie Meyers: Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter, American Institute of Architecture Award
Justin Ott: Electrical Contractors of the Lehigh Valley Award; Klein Tools Award
Jacqueline Raia: Institute of Management Accounting Award
Tammi Robinson: Criminal Justice Club Academic Achievement Award, Hites Family Foundation Higher Education Endowment Scholarship
Kimberly Salamone: Hites Family Foundation Higher Education Endowment Scholarship
Debbie Schaffner: Just Born Business Award
Rebecca Tomino: Purdon Memorial Award for Excellence in the Arts
Vanessa Williams: Excellence in Psychology Award
The ceremony concluded with closing remarks by NCC President Arthur Scott and the singing of the NCC song "Oh Northampton," composed by Professor Mario Acerra and sung by Meghan Keiper.