Kristin Michelle Cox '07
B.A., psychology and music; Traverse City, Mich.
"Kristin, you superbly manifest the synergy that can exist between the up and downhill at Denison. Your uphill life has centered on psychology where your teachers marvel at your ability to do 'everything well and with a positive energy and optimism that make [you] unique and truly delightful' to have in class. Commenting on your contributions as a TA in an upper level research class the instructor notes, 'Kristin's superb interpersonal skills and technical savvy saved the day on numerous occasions and were deeply valued by the students.' You have also established a most impressive research record for an undergraduate. According to your research advisor, 'Kristin has been the driving force behind two studies, one on vision and one on hearing [and] is deservedly the first author of the manuscript for each study, one of which has already been submitted for publication in a major journal.'
"Later this spring you will present your experiments on vision and hearing, encompassed in your just completed honors project, at the annual conferences of two national societies. One suspects that your fascination with auditory processes has something to do with the 'stunningly beautiful voice' which you have cultivated in your downhill life. You bring to your study of music the same impeccable work ethic that defines your approach to psychology, becoming, in the words of your voice teacher, 'the most lauded music major of the past ten years.' As the lead soprano in every Singer's Theater production since your arrival at Denison, you are constantly being rescued from pirates or wicked step-sisters while trilling thrilling tunes.
"Your musical talent has also enriched the larger community. For the past two years you have served as a soloist and cantor as well as the assistant director of both the children and adult choirs at St. Edward's. Your commitment to service finds additional expression in your two years spent as a dedicated tutor for America Reads. Working with elementary students in Newark and Utica you have made a significant difference in those young lives.
"As witnessed by your Distinguished Leadership Award, your election to Phi Beta Kappa, and membership in numerous honoraries your impact at Denison has been profound. As you leave to pursue a Ph.D. in psychology at the College of William and Mary, we know that you will be a resounding success and bring honor to your alma mater."
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