2004 President's Medalists
President Dale T. Knobel recognized
six graduating Denison University seniors as this year's "President's
Medalists" during the University's annual spring Academic Awards
Convocation. The six students, whose interests range from track and
field to medical mission trips to Honduras, were honored today (Friday,
April 16) during the convocation which also recognizes faculty members
for their outstanding contributions to the academic life of the
University.The President's Medals were established in 1985 as
Denison's highest and most prestigious student honor, recognizing
students who have demonstrated not only intellectual achievement, but
also have made some other significant contribution to the community in
such areas as global awareness, athletic fitness, leadership and campus
The President's Medal winners for 2004 are:
- Melanie Bailey Cluss, daughter of Cynthia Ekas of Southwood Drive, Uniontown, Pa., and Steve Cluss of McGuire Drive, Winchester, Va., a 2000 graduate of Laurel Highlands Senior High School majoring in physics;
- Erin Lyn Copple, daughter of Chris and Bob Copple of Cardinal Drive, Bryan, Ohio, a 1999 graduate of Bryan High School majoring in communication;
- Jonathan Scott Ellison, son of Dr. Mary Pat Borgess and Dr. E. Christopher Ellison of Retreat Lane, Powell, Ohio, a 2000 graduate of Olentangy High School majoring in biology;
- Nathaniel Harold Emmerson, son of Debbie and Bruce Emmerson of Crestview Drive, Brockport, N.Y., a 2001 graduate of Brockport High School majoring in Latin;
- Julie Ann Hufnagel, daughter of Michele and Alan Hufnagel of Earhart Road, Ann Arbor,
Mich. a 2000 graduate of Marian High School (Bloomfield Hills) majoring
in biology; and
- Vanessa Alyn Miller, daughter of Charles E. Miller of Country Club Drive, Newark, Ohio, and Jodi N. Miller of North 10th Street, Newark, Ohio, a 2000 graduate of Newark High School double majoring in communication and mathematics.
This year's six President's Medalists, five of whom were also named to Phi Beta Kappa, were presented by Professor Todd H. Feil, chair elect of the faculty. Five of the medalists were named to the 2004 edition of Who's Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities and four also were named as Dean's Distinguished Leadership Award winners earlier this month.
Also recognized at the ceremonies were: all students who garnered national awards, students inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, students named as Dean's Distinguished Leadership Award winners, and the 85 students who completed research projects.
The Denison Chamber Singers, under the direction of Stephen Caracciolo, and Timothy Fields, organist, provided special music for the ceremonies.