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Celebrating Successes: Honors Convocation 2024

By April 22, 2024Academics

On Thursday, April 18 the College hosted its annual Honors Convocation and Honors Societies Induction ceremonies. Held in recognition of the academic accomplishments of our students and faculty during the academic year, the event recognized 6 members of our faculty and 20 students.

Full-Time Faculty Awards

Outstanding Faculty Member of the Year Award
Valery Amborski, ‘14, Associate Professor of Animation

Faculty Achievement
Adam Weekley, Associate Professor of Fine Art

Part-Time Faculty Awards

Digital Media Arts
Scott Mawhiney, Game Design

Fine Arts & Design
Teal Postula, Interior Design

Aaron Blackmon, Music

Student Awards

Digital Media Arts

Outstanding Student in Animation
Kareem Donmore, 24

Outstanding Student in Digital Filmmaking
Jacob Brzykcy, ‘24

Outstanding Student in Game Design
K’Lonta Brunson, ‘25

Fine Arts & Design

Outstanding Student in Fine Arts
Destiny Caceres, ‘24

Outstanding Student in Graphic Design
Julia Gibas, ‘24

Outstanding Student in Interior Design
Alyssa Kita, ‘24

Outstanding Student in Photography
Angie Sundell, ‘24

Health Sciences

Outstanding Student in Occupational Therapy Assistant
Samantha Page, ‘24

Outstanding Student in Physical Therapist Assistant
Rebecca Jewell, ‘24

Humanities & Social Sciences

Outstanding Student in Digital Media and Communications
Lucas Mendes, ‘24

Outstanding Student in Psychology
Alannah Frazier, ‘24


Outstanding Student in Music Industry
Milissa Williams, ‘25

Natural Sciences & Professional Studies

Outstanding Student in Business
Marcus Robertson, ‘24

Outstanding Student in Computer Software Development
Sebastian Baco, ‘24

Phi Theta Kappa

ΦΘΚ or sometimes PTK, is the international honor society of two-year colleges and academic programs. The purpose of Phi Theta Kappa shall be to recognize and encourage scholarship among two-year college students. To achieve this purpose, Phi Theta Kappa shall provide opportunity for the development of leadership and service, for an intellectual climate for exchange of ideas and ideals, for lively fellowship for scholars, and for stimulation of interest in continuing academic excellence.

Fall 2023 Inductees
– Callie Craik, ‘24
– Andrew Schulz, ‘24

Current Members
– Nathan Farszmil, ‘26
– Hiram Givens, ‘25
– Matthew Helminski, ‘25
– Amanda Lepkowski, ‘24
– Shannon Lichon, ‘25
– Denis McCarthy, ‘26
– Adriana Pearsall, ‘26

Delta Epsilon Sigma

ΔΕΣ is a national scholastic honor society that was established in 1939 for students of Catholic universities and colleges in the United States. The society was founded at Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa in 1939 by Father Fitzgerald. To be eligible, undergraduate students must have completed at least fifty percent of the credit requirements for their baccalaureate degree and rank no lower than the highest twenty percent of their class in scholarship. Villa Maria College’s chapter is Epsilon Eta.

Fall 2024 Inductees

– K’lonta Brunson, ‘25
– Nickolas Ellis, ‘25
– Daniella Herman, ‘25
– Natalie Reilly, ‘25
– Peyton Schwab, ‘25

Current Member

– Sophia Cacioppo, ‘24

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