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Rocky Mountain College academic awards presented at April banquet

BILLINGS, April 18, 2016 – Rocky Mountain College students were honored on April 12, 2016, for their academic and civic accomplishments at the 2016 RMC Academic Awards Banquet.

Presented with the prestigious President’s Cup were Amanda Webb and Larry Whittaker. This award is presented by RMC President Bob Wilmouth to two graduating seniors, one female and one male, based on scholarship, leadership, and contributions to RMC and the greater community. Faculty makes the selection.

Winning the Dean’s Cup were Mallory Edgar and Benjamin Moerkerke. This award goes to the female and male seniors with the highest cumulative grade point average.

For the Ossie Abrams Faculty Excellence Awards, graduating seniors nominated teachers who “go beyond the call.” Four instructors receiving the highest number of nominations received the 2016 award: Sarah Brewer, associate professor of theatre arts; Jacquee Dundas, associate professor of English; Nicholas Pertuit, instructor of Health and Human Performance; and James Smith, business professor.

The following RMC students received their major’s departmental award for academic success:

  • Master of Educational Leadership: Rebecca Adsit
  • Master of Physician Assistant Studies: Jeannie Elkins
  • Accounting: Jesper Lindstrom
  • Business & Economics: Shane Walk
  • Art: Aileen Denny & Cassandra Wallace
  • Aviation Studies: Jerid McCabe
  • Biology: Christopher Prescott & Richard Hibbs
  • Chemistry: Richard Hibbs
  • Civic Engagement: Michaela Shifley
  • Communication Studies: Amanda Webb & Meredith Runkle
  • Computer Science: Derek Crew & Jakota Schatz
  • Education Elementary: Brianna Bauer
  • Education Secondary: Koree MacMurdie
  • English: Stephen Dow, Kaleb Price & Claire Garman 
  • Environmental Management and Policy: Aaron Timian
  • Environmental Science: Katy Anderson
  • Equestrian Studies: Cassandra Wallace
  • Geology: Jacob Lasater & Alethea Shaules
  • Health and Human Performance: Nicholas Howell & Mariah Stiffarm
  • History: Bryan Feigum
  • Mathematics: Justan Baker & Ruth Lowery
  • Music: Amelia Papa
  • Services for Academic Success: Patrick Wenzel & Zach Pietrocarlo
  • Speech and Debate: David Fejeran
  • Sociology: Michaela Shifley
  • Philosophy: Max Dubbe & Derek Shattenberg
  • Political Science: Meredith Runkle
  • Psychology: Evelyn Defferding
  • Theatre Arts: Christopher Carapucci & Gwendolyn Satterfield