In the spotlight
URBANA UNIVERSITY, Urbana
Nick Marsh, a student at Urbana University, has been chosen to speak at the 13th Annual Undergraduate Conference at Purdue University-Calumet this weekend.
The Annual Undergraduate Conference began in 1993 and included papers on literature, composition and linguistics; it has since expanded to include papers on communications, history, religion, philosophy, political science and others. Marsh will be among six students presenting in the religion category. His paper, "The Religion of Baseball," asserts that baseball (and sports in general) serve as a form of civil religion in the secular society of America.
Marsh, a senior from Youngstown, is a 2000 graduate of Cardinal Mooney High School. He played baseball and basketball for Urbana University.
WESTMINSTER COLLEGE, New Wilmington, Pa.
Benjamin Nelson, a senior business administration and history major, recently received the Edward Trust Entrepreneurship Scholarship. To qualify for this scholarship, students must submit a written business plan and present an oral presentation before a panel of judges. Nelson is a son of Thomas and Kathie Nelson, Poland, and a graduate of Poland Seminary High School.
Ashley Linnelli of Canfield was honored recently as one of Westminster College's "Top 10 Freshmen." Ashley, a daughter of Greg and Andrea Linnelli, is an elementary education major and a graduate of Canfield High School.
"This award recognizes first-year students who have shown potential leadership ability," said Dr. Andrea Grove, assistant professor of political science. "We received nominations from the faculty, and the student members of Mortar Board and Omicron Delta Kappa make the final 10 choices."
Students in the Free Enterprise team recently received special recognition in a Chicago regional business competition. The 12-member Westminster team was honored for business ethics and was first runner-up in the overall competition. Team members include senior Jennifer Wilms, daughter of Judith and Edwin Wilms of Columbiana, and Lindsay Lutes, daughter of H. and Linda Lutes of Grove City, Pa.
Twenty-six students were recently inducted into Kappa Delta Pi, an international education honor society. Among them: Megan Davis, daughter of Lynn and Edwin W. Davis of New Castle; Amy Watson, daughter of David and Brenda Watson of Hermitage; Meghan Kennedy, a daughter of William and Virginia Kennedy of Struthers; and Jenna Diorio, daughter of Gary and Anna Marie Diorio of Poland.
Kappa Delta Pi membership is restricted to the top 20 percent of those students seeking teacher certification. Eligibility includes that the student must be at least a second-semester sophomore who is in a program leading to teacher certification and has evidence of service to children and the profession.
ASHLAND UNIVERSITY, Ashland
Sara Perry, a graduate of Joseph Badger High School, has been inducted into Omicron Delta Epsilon economics honorary. The ODE honors junior and senior economics majors with accumulative grade point averages of at least 3.25. Perry also has become a member of Delta Mu Delta, which recognizes and rewards superior scholastic achievement in business administration students. Students must be in the top 25 percent of their class and have at least a 3.5 GPA. Perry is the daughter of Daniel and Beverly Perry of Cortland.
SLIPPERY ROCK UNIVERSITY,Slippery Rock, Pa.
At the 2005 national convention of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation & amp; Dance in Chicago, Melinda Planey, a student at Slippery Rock University, won the Student Literary Award. Her manuscript, A Dancer's Body: Instrument or Enemy, deals with "the role of society and dance education in the development of body image in the dancer." The NDA Student Literary Award is presented through an annual competition to encourage and recognize high quality scholarship and professional writing on dance and dance education by collegiate students of dance. Melinda is from Youngstown.
BALDWIN WALLACE COLLEGE, Berea
Jessica Banks, a graduate of Boardman High School, has been awarded the Outstanding Sophomore Award by the Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory Women's Committee. Jessica is a student at the Baldwin-Wallace College Conservatory with a double major in music education and flute. She is the daughter of Ellen-Wakeford Banks and Michael Banks of Boardman.
jJennifer Dickey of North Lima, a daughter of David and Dawn Dickey, was named an Outstanding Senior at the annual Honor's Day ceremony at Baldwin-Wallace College.
The awards are given to students who participated in a variety of activities and have contributed to the college.
Dickey, a 2001 graduate from South Range High School, is a senior English major with a psychology minor. She has served as a volunteer coordinator for the Office of Community Outreach on campus, is a Student Ambassador and is a student intern at the Explorations/Study Abroad Office. Additionally, she is a member of the Alpha Phi Fraternity, the Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society and the Dayton C. Miller Honor Society. Following graduation, she will be teaching English in China, outside of Hong Kong, for10 months.