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UT Tyler Students Inducted into Alpha Chi Honor Society Chapter

November 17, 2011

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One hundred ten students at The University of Texas at Tyler were inducted into the Alpha Chi Honor Society Texas Alpha Xi Chapter for the 2011-12 academic year.

Outstanding faculty awards, which recognize teaching excellence and compassion for students, also were presented to the following:

Dr. James Newsom, College of Arts and Sciences, liberal arts; Suzanne Pundt, College of Arts and Sciences, sciences and mathematics; Veronda Willis, College of Business and Technology; Dr. Priscilla Gilpin, College of Education and Psychology; Dr. Leonard Brown, College of Engineering and Computer Science; and Dr. James Schwane, College of Nursing and Health Sciences.

Alpha Chi is a coeducational society honoring university students for academic excellence. To qualify, students must be at least a junior with a minimum of 24 semester hours and minimum grade point average of 3.5. Graduate students must have a minimum of 15 hours with at least a 3.5. All students also must rank in the top 10 percent of their college.

Student inductees are listed by hometown.

ARLINGTON – Amanda Weaver.

ARP – Julie Swinney.

ATHENS – Denise McDonald.

AUSTIN – Haley Wilkie. 

BEDFORD – Ashley Stewart.

BIG SANDY – Jenna Rushing.

BROWNSBORO – Jodi Padgett.

BUFFALO – De’Anne Sterling.

BULLARD – Stacey Thompson and Chasity Wages.

CELINA – Cynthia Cronin.

CHANDLER – Ryan Reece.

COAHOMA – Jephunah Smith.

CYPRESS – Heather Lott.


DALLAS – Kazeem Aruna and Oliaku Idigo.

DIANA – Jessica Hyde.

EASTLAND – Stephanie Hughes.

ELKHART – Melissa Wilson.

GARLAND – Rebecca Brand.

GILMER – Kanon Gourault.

GRAND SALINE – Whitney Rogers.

HAWKINS – Matthew Amyx.

HENDERSON – Staci Curry, Lindsey Osteen, Randy Taylor, Mary Davis and Joe Marshall.


HOUSTON – Karen Dekay, Sarah Coburn, Felicia Mirghassemi and Christopher Powell.

JACKSONVILLE – Margaret Moody, Jennifer Sachse and Brittany Roberts.

JOINERVILLE – Charlie Wood.

KERENS – Christopher Whorton.

KILGORE – Jessica Barber and Angelica Snelson.

KINGWOOD – Eric Jensen.

LEWISVILLE – Rebecca King.

LINDALE – Charesa Alphin, Courtney Moore and Samuel Goldsmith.

LONGVIEW – Barbara Crane, Cody Patterson, Shawn Shoulders, Joe Ford and Shamika Bell.

LUFKIN – Samuel Kaemmerling and Olegario Madera.

MABANK – Rachel Escanlar.

MARTIN’S MILL – Amanda Escanlar.

MINEOLA – Matthew Roach.

MURCHISON – Brittany Slaughter.

NACOGDOCHES – Douglas Vardeman.

NECHES – Jennilee Todd.

NEW SUMMERFIELD – Charlotte Snodgrass.

ORANGE GROVE – Emily Knackstedt.

OVERTON – Kerri Parker.

PALESTINE – Lisa Covington, Carey McKinney, Gregory Parker and Wesley Campos.

PARIS – Raven Dangerfield.

PLANO – Manuel Castillo, Gloria Salume and Stephanie She.

POWDERLY – Michelle Herman.

PRICE – Crystal Bearden.

SHELBYVILLE – Heather Swearengen.

SILSBEE – Brittany Crysel.

SPRING – Matthew Reeder.

TYLER – Maribel Kennedy, Shehzad Batliwala, Nathan Burgess, Rema Burghul, John Cushing, David Flanders, Samuel Flanders, Amber Garland, Autumn Ladd, Shalanda Stokes, Kendra Bircher, Rheuben Bundy, Hien Nguyen, Gerald Taylor, William Wood, Karen Ybarra, Karen Bender and Irving Olmedo.

WHITE OAK – Travis Blankenship.

WHITEHOUSE – Gena Garrison, Karla Haney, and April Walker.

KANSAS – Ryan Foster.

LOUISIANA – Rachel Howell, Linda Langer, Donna Hood, Amelia Barrington and Rita Pard.

OHIO – Na’Keisha Jones.

OREGON – Michelle Jenck.

UTAH – Ruth Robbins.

INDIA – Spandana Chava.

MOLDOVA – Ianina Meibri.

NIGERIA – Israel Orji.

VENEZUELA – Ricardo Alvarez Uzcategui.

One of the 15 campuses of the UT System, UT Tyler offers excellence in teaching, research, artistic performance and community service. More than 80 undergraduate and graduate degree programs are available at UT Tyler, which has an enrollment of almost 7,000 high-ability students at its campuses in Tyler, Longview and Palestine. 

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