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Family and Consumer Sciences annual awards ceremony

Students in a row with awards

2015 outstanding seniors: Kristina Pinakidis (left), Haley Hoesly, Jessica Votava, Moriah Gramm, and Emily Pilguy

The Department of Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) holds an annual awards ceremony to recognize students and faculty for their achievements. The department is very fortunate to have many scholarships to award students based on their academic achievements.

This year the department provided scholarships for the 2015–2016 academic year to 32 deserving students. Thanks to the support of a very generous donor, the department was able to offer its first Freshman Recruitment and Retention Scholarship this year as well. This scholarship is awarded to an incoming freshman and can be renewed for three additional years if the recipient remains in good academic standing.

In addition to student scholarships, the department recognizes two faculty members for the achievements in teaching and research. This year, the Phyllis Memken Outstanding Teaching Award was presented to Bill Anderson, an associate professor in the human development and family resources sequence. The Outstanding Researcher award was presented to Julie Schumacher, an assistant professor in the food, nutrition, and dietetic sequence.

Every year, each sequence nominates a senior who stands out among their peers based on their academic achievement, service to the department and university, extracurricular activities, volunteerism, and service to their community. This year’s top seniors were Haley Hoesly, apparel, merchandising, and design; Emily Pilguy, FCS teacher education; Moriah Gramm, food, nutrition, and dietetics; Jessica Votava, human development and family resources; and Kristina Pinakidis, interior and environmental design.

Thanks to all the friends and family members who came out to support our students at this year’s ceremony.