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2017 Chambliss Academic Achievement Awards

April 24, 2017

KUTZTOWN, Pa. - Kutztown University presented the 2017 Chambliss Academic Achievement Awards on Friday, April 21.  

GOLD MEDALS 

Brittany LarkinBrittany Larkin, from Cranberry Township, Pa., has been awarded the Gold Chambliss Student Academic Achievement Award for her successfully completed research projects. Larkin, a Special Education/Visual Impairment major graduating in May, has conducted original research on Cortical Visual Impairment. Last year, she presented her research, titled "Effective Practices for Working with Students Who Have Cortical Visual Impairments," at The National Council for Exceptional Children Conference.

Larkin has served as a student with the Pennsylvania Association for Educational and Rehabilitation and the National Division on Visual Impairments. Her research and articles have been published in Visual Impairment and Deaf-Blind Quarterly, an invitation-only publication on visual impairment studies.

Locally, Larkin has done presentations on vision loss for the Lion Club chapter, helped organize a Dine in the Dark event at the Vision Resource Center in Reading and even volunteered to tutor underclassmen in Kutztown University's vision program. Larkin has been named to the Dean's List every semester since 2014.

Margariete Malenda

Margariete Malenda, a graduating senior from Fleetwood, Pa., has been awarded a Gold Chambliss Student Academic Achievement Award from Kutztown University.  Malenda is a geology major minoring in chemistry. She received the award for her successfully completed research projects and outstanding service to the Kutztown University community.

Malenda's road through KU is extraordinary as she has completed five different projects at six locations in the U.S., resulting in seven research presentations at international conferences in Vancouver, San Francisco, Denver, and Baltimore. She has co-authored two full-peer reviewed scientific journal articles with a third currently in the review process. 

Malenda is a member of the Physics Society, Geology Club, International Students Organization and a founding member of the Geophysical Society. In addition to her philanthropic service activities, she is currently planning an education outreach program for the Girl Scouts of America. Malenda has been named to the Dean's List every semester of attendance and was named a Dean's Star Scholar in spring of 2016 and was the Kutztown University Foundation Endowment Recipient for Conference Travel in the fall of 2016. 

Malenda has received a number of grants throughout her four years, including the Pennsylvania State Employees Credit Union Scholarship, Pennsylvania Committee of Professional Geologist 1st Place Essay Winner and Kutztown University Undergraduate Research Grant. 

Malenda's future goal is finding water resources for poor villages in third world countries.

Emma Osle

Emma Osle, a graduating senior from Sinking Spring, Pa., has been awarded a Gold Chambliss Student Academic Achievement Award from Kutztown University. Osle is a studio art and art history double major. She received the award in the categories of original artwork of high quality, successfully completed research projects, artistic performances of high quality and outstanding service to the Kutztown University community.

During her time at KU, Osle has been a volunteer for the Marlin and Regina Miller Art Gallery, worked as a research assistant under Dr. Daniel Haxall, been a tutor and founded the Art History Club, of which she is the president.
In addition to her work at Kutztown, Osle has also interned and had her artwork featured in museums across southeastern Pennsylvania. Particularly, Osle's artwork was selected in a contest to be installed in the atrium at the State System of Higher Education offices in Harrisburg.

Over the past year, she has conducted research on contemporary artist Teresita Fernandez, which she presented at conferences in both Memphis, Tenn. And Montreal, Quebec.
Osle also volunteers her time directing the color guard unit at Wilson High School, her alma mater. She is a member of the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps.
Osle has consistently achieved dean's list recognition, received KU's Marguerite Bierman Scholarship for Women Studying the Fine Arts, the Sharadin Day Award for Distinguished Achievement and the State System of Higher Education Board of Governors Scholarship.

In the future, she hopes to earn a year-long internship at a major museum and one day continue her education and pursue her doctoral degree.

SILVER MEDALS


Nathaniel Benjamin

Nathaniel Benjamin, of Zionsville, Pa., has been awarded a Silver Chambliss Student Academic Achievement Award from Kutztown University. Benjamin is a mathematics and secondary mathematics education major graduating in May. He received the award for his successfully completed research projects.

The bulk of his research has been a part of his Honors Thesis, which he has been conducting since spring 2015. For his project, he created his own three-valued logic system that generalized the standard Boolean operations of AND and OR. This research earned Benjamin a second place finish at the Department of Mathematics' Mugridge Symposium, an annual celebration of undergraduate research.

During his time at Kutztown University, Benjamin has maintained a perfect 4.0 grade point average, served as president and vice president of Kappa Mu Epsilon National Mathematics Honor Society and been inducted into both the Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society and the Delta Phi Alpha National German Honor Society.

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Adam Cooper, of Palmyra, Pa., has been awarded a Silver Chambliss Student Academic Achievement Award from Kutztown University. Cooper graduated from Kutztown in December 2016 with a double major in Environmental Science and Geology. He received the award for his successfully completed research projects. 

Cooper's research centered on the documentation of environmental change in the region of Greenbackville, Va. He researched the formation of salt marshes in the area. Over the past three years, he has presented his findings at conferences in both Denver and Baltimore for the Geological Society of America, as well as at the Restore America's Estuaries National Summit.

Cooper is a dean's list scholar, a four-time National Science Foundation STEM Scholarship recipient, a co-author on 8 published professional abstracts and is a College of Liberal Arts and Science STAR Student.


Chelsea Johnson

Chelsea Johnson, of Lititz, Pa., has been awarded a Silver Chambliss Student Academic Achievement Award from Kutztown University. Johnson graduated in December 2016 as a biology major with a focus in organismal biology and ecology. Johnson received the award for her successfully completed research projects.

Johnson's research examined the physical health of migrating flocks of predatory birds along the Kittatinny Ridge in Pennsylvania. For her research, she developed her own body condition index based on body mass and wing measurements and compare these measurements to over 37 years of data records.

She has presented this research for Hawk Mountain, the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Ecological Society of America and both the North American Ornithologist Conference, located in Washington, D.C., and its international conference.
Johnson has been recognized by the Commonwealth of Pa. University Biologists, Beta Beta Beta National Honor Society and the Eagle Hill Institute and has been named to the Dean's List at both Kutztown and Slippery Rock Universities.

In the future, Johnson hopes to continue to study avian ecology and conservation at the graduate level.


Jordan Morgan

Jordan Morgan, of Philadelphia, Pa., has been awarded a Silver Chambliss Student Academic Achievement Award from Kutztown University. Morgan graduated in December 2016 as a leisure and sport studies major. He received the award for his noteworthy achievements in athletics. While a member of Kutztown University's football team, Jordan won the Gene Upshaw Award, as the top Division II lineman in the nation.

He has twice been named to the All-America First Team and is the first offensive lineman in conference history to be named the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Eastern Division Offensive Athlete of the Year.

Jordan participated in the NFL Combine in Indianapolis this past march and has a chance to be selected in the NFL Draft. If selected, Jordan will be only one of three players in Kutztown University history to go through the NFL draft.


Trevor Arnold

Trevor Arnold, of Tamaqua, Pa., has been awarded a Copper Chambliss Student Academic Achievement Award from Kutztown University. Arnold is graduating this spring with a degree in communication studies. He received the award for his successfully completed research projects.

This past year, Arnold completed a full research study on the stereotypical gender portrayals used in Instagram clothing ads. He presented his findings at the 2016 Eastern Communication Association convention in Baltimore, Md.

As the result of his achievements with this research, and other projects like it, Arnold has received the AT&T Communication Scholarship, a Board of Governors Tuition Waiver and a research grant through the university.

Arnold will be attending a master's program in the fall with the goal of eventually being a university professor.

COPPER MEDALS


Emma Billig

Emma Billig, of Kutztown, Pa., has been awarded a Copper Chambliss Student Academic Achievement Award from Kutztown University. Billig is graduating in May with a degree in communication studies. She received the award for her outstanding service to the Kutztown University community.

In a collaboration with fellow Copper Chambliss Award recipient Kayla Fusselman, Emma helped to write and publish a book on the history of Kutztown University. The book was highlighted throughout the university's Sesquicentennial Celebration.

Billig's next project will be to write a children's book.

 

 

Emily Bogner

Emily Bogner, of Lancaster, Pa., has been awarded a Copper Chambliss Student Academic Achiev

ement Award from Kutztown University. Bogner graduated in December with a degree in geology. She received the award for her successfully completed research projects.

Bogner has played a key role in a number of important research projects during her time at KU. She has traveled to Utah to conduct studies on quicksand conditions that trapped pre-historic Utahraptors and methane-generated mud volcanoes.

She also spearheaded a project involving Triassic microbial mats. Bogner's research has contributed to a number of international academic journals and her work involving the methane-generated mud volcanoes was presented at the National Geological Society of America Meeting in Vancouver.


Alaina Curry

Alaina Curry, of York, Pa., has been awarded a Copper Chambliss Student Academic Achievement Award from Kutztown University. Curry is graduating this spring with a degree in biology/pre-med. She received the award for her noteworthy achievements in athletics.

Curry was honored as a Second Team All-America women's soccer forward this year by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. She has been a starting player for the Kutztown University women's soccer team for the past four years. She has played in more than 60 games, which is a tie for the fourth-most in school history.

Curry was an integral part of the team's success in both the Atlantic Regional Championship and it's first ever NCAA Final Four appearance this past fall.


Kayla Fusselman

Kayla Fusselman, of Kempton, Pa., has been awarded a Copper Chambliss Student Academic Achievement Award from Kutztown University. Fusselman is a graduating in May with a degree in art education. She received the award for her outstanding service to the Kutztown University community.

As a part of her Honors Thesis, Kayla collaborated with fellow Chambliss Award-winner Kayla Fusselman to publish a book on the history of Kutztown University.

The book was highlighted throughout the university's Sesquicentennial Celebration. She has received media coverage from numerous local outlets and even presented the book at an alumni event in Atlanta, Ga.

Her next project will be to write a children's book.

Jennica LeClerc

Jennica LeClerc, of West Chester, Pa., has been awarded a Copper Chambliss Student Academic Achievement Award from Kutztown University. LeClerc is graduating this spring with a degree in physics. She received the award for her successfully completed research projects.

This past summer, LeClerc was awarded a research assistant position at the College of William and Mary, sponsored by the National Science Foundation. While there, she also participated in research at the Jefferson National Accelerator Lab in Virginia where she experimented with the Standard Model, which uses physics theories to explain how the universe works on the smallest scale.

In the future LeClerc hopes to attend graduate school, and maybe one day work at a major particle accelerator facility.

Madalyn Slook

Madalyn Slook, of Harleysville, Pa., has been awarded a Copper Chambliss Student Academic Achievement Award from Kutztown University. Slook is graduating this spring with a degree in biology concentrating in organismal biology and ecology. She received the award for her successfully completed research projects.

Slook's research was primarily focused on the role of geographic provenance on the traits of swamp milkweed, seed germination, early plant growth and feeding preference of monarch butterfly larvae.

Academically, she has a 3.95 overall grade point average and has been on the dean's list every semester she has been enrolled at Kutztown University.

Slook plans to attend graduate school and continue her education after graduation.

Jiao Xu

Jiao Xu, of Suzhou, Jiangsu Province, China, has been awarded a Copper Chambliss Student Academic Achievement Award from Kutztown University. XU is graduating in May with a degree in mathematics. She received the award for her successfully completed research projects.

She has presented her research, which was mainly focused on probabilities, and her findings at the 2015 Fall Meeting of the East Pennsylvania and Delaware Section of the Mathematics Association of America and the Third Annual Larry Mugridge Symposium on Undergraduate Mathematics Research in spring 2016, where she won a gold medal.

Xu also received a Carole and Ray Neag Undergraduate Award for her research, a Department of Mathematics Scholarship and has been inducted into the Kappa Mu Epsilon National Honorary Mathematics Society.

After graduating, Xu plans to be an actuarial scientist.