Students, Faculty Honored for Academic Excellence at Convocation

By Purnell T. Cropper | April 12, 2013

On Saturday, April 6, the University celebrated the academic achievement of students and faculty at the 2013 Honors Convocation in the Kuch Center Gymnasium. Undergraduate and graduate students and their families were on hand as Arcadia recognized Distinguished Dean’s and Dean’s Honor Lists students, and inducted students into national honor societies Phi Kappa Phi and Alpha Epsilon Lambda.

More than 60 students also received special awards from varying Colleges and Schools, University-wide awards such as the President’s Prize and the Provost’s Prize, and were recognized for induction into the Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.

Sophia Japhet, a senior Health Administration major with a minor in Public Health, delivered the student address, likening her educational career and all that she has accomplished at Arcadia to the exhilarating feeling of completing a long-distance run. Chief Operating Officer Nicolette DeVille Christensen, Ph.D., and Chair of the Board of Trustees Margaret Wright Steele ’80 also offered remarks.

“Today, we celebrate one of the highest distinctions of an Arcadia education—excellence in academic achievement,” said Dr. Christensen. “It is a privilege to honor all of the students and faculty members for their scholastic accomplishments.”

Eleonora Bartoli, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Psychology, received the Lindback Distinguished Teaching Award, while Physical Therapy faculty member Angela Tate, Ph.D., garnered the Adjunct Professor Award. Davide Tanasi, Ph.D., Adjunct Professor of Classical Studies at Arcadia’s Mediterranean Center for Arts and Sciences, was awarded The College of Global Studies’ first Award for Teaching Excellence.

Provost Steve O. Michael, Ph.D., noted that this year marked the 77th time in the University’s history of holding a celebration to proclaim student academic honors. Initially called Scholarship Day, the first such ceremony occurred on campus in 1936.