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NEWS: Rose-Hulman Commencement, 2011

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Students Recognized for Academics & Service

May 28, 2011

Six students were recognized for their academic accomplishments, while two professors were honored for their teaching and scholarly pursuits.  Finally, a staff member was featured for providing outstanding service to the students, faculty, staff members and alumni.

   Commencement Awards

Commencement Awards: Students, faculty and staff receiving awards at Rose-Hulman Institute of Techology's 133rd commencement were (front row, from left) Molly Gillam, Herman A. Moench Distinguished Senior Commendation; Michael Pridal-LoPiccolo, Heminway Medel; Eric Crockett, Heminway Medal; and Jonathan Strauser, Heminway Medal.  In the back row (from left) are Erin Reeves, Outstanding Graduate Thesis Award; Jim Mayhew, Dean's Outstanding Teacher Award; Kevin Hewerdine, President's Outstanding Service Award; Ed Wheeler, Board of Trustees' Outstanding Scholar Award; and LeMoyne Habimana-Griffin, John T. Royce Award.

Three graduating seniors were presented with the Heminway Medal which is given to an undergraduate who earned the highest grade point average. Recipients were Eric Crockett, a computer science and mathematics double major from Georgetown, Ind.; Michael Pridal-LoPiccolo, a computer science and mathematics double major from Columbia, Mo.; and Jonathon Strauser, a biomedical engineering major from Carmel, Ind.
LeMoyne Habimana-Griffin of Alexandria, Ind., was presented with the John Tuller Royse Award; Molly Gillam of Lafayette received the Herman Moench Distinguished Senior Commendation, and Erin Reeves of Waukegan, Ill., was named the recipient of the award for the most outstanding master's thesis.
Habimana-Griffin graduated summa cum laude and earned bachelor of science degrees in biomedical engineering and electrical engineering.  He received the award in recognition of his outstanding leadership, academic achievement and participation in extracurricular activities.  He has served as a student leader in the Blue Key National Honor Society, Alpha Chi Sigma National Professional Chemistry Fraternity and Residence Hall Association.  This first-generation college graduate also was a resident assistant for the past two years, served on the intramural council and is a member of the National Society of Black Engineers.  He plans to study for a combined MD/PhD degree at Washington University in St. Louis, where he will take the next step toward achieving his life's passion of working with terminally ill cancer patients.
Gillam graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor of science degree in applied biology, and plans to participate in a cancer research program at the University of Texas-Southwestern.  She has taught science at the Terre Haute Children's Museum, worked in a soup kitchen, given campus tours and organized a large campus concert.  Gillam was also the 2010 homecoming queen and served as a resident assistant for two years.
Reeves earned a master's degree in optical engineering for her work on "Photonic Asynchronous Delta-Sigma Modulation," with thesis advisor Azad Siahmakoun, professor of physics and optical engineering.