April 30, 2015
LIVONIA, Mich. – Ten Madonna University students graduating from the College of Arts and Humanities were recently presented with the Ernest I. Nolan Awards for Excellence in the Humanities recognizing their academic achievement.
Madonna faculty and advisors selected award recipients based on the students’ accomplishments, overall academic achievement, and demonstrated excellence in their major. Students graduating from the College of Arts and Humanities with honors, high honors and highest honors, also were recognized at the event.
The following award recipients are pictured in the attached photo, L-R:
Graduate Nolan Award honorees:
- Laurie Kay Aren (Westland), Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry
- Frank Harrison (Southfield), Master of Arts in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)
Undergraduate Nolan Award honorees:
- Lisa Thomson-Baker (Dearborn), Visual Arts Education
- Rachael Kallis (Howell), Sign Language Studies
- Kathryn Rand (Farmington Hills), Fine Arts
- Hannah Glodich (Plymouth), Graphic Design
- Karleigh Creighton (Farmington Hills), Journalism & Public Relations
- Christopher Ryan Merbler (Canton), Broadcast & Cinema Arts
- Gwendolyn Higgins (Grand Rapids), Communication Studies
- Laura Rea (Livonia), English
Madonna University president Sister Rose Marie Kujawa, congratulated the students as well as their families and assured them they will be truly well-prepared for the future. She also encouraged them to remember the Madonna University value of service to others as they enter life after college.
Kathleen Edelmayer, dean of the College of Arts and Humanities, encouraged students to be true to themselves and to embrace love, laughter and life. “It’s love and laughter that really help us get through life,” she said.
She said that in addition to the knowledge and experience needed for their careers, their Madonna education also gives them compassion for and a willingness to serve others. “We give you those foundations – they will help you build your dreams,” she said.
The award is named after Madonna University’s provost and vice president of academic affairs and professor of English. It was created in 1995 to recognize the academic achievements of students in the Humanities and is given to a select number of graduating seniors as a testament to their outstanding performance in the field of fine arts. This year’s awards were presented to students April 28, in Madonna University’s Kresge Hall, followed by a reception.