Academic Awards


The Academic Awards this year were a great success as staff and faculty honored nearly 40 individual students for their achievements.

There was outstanding representation of students from the Schools of Arts and Sciences, Business, Education and Social Work, Healthcare Professions and Catholic Studies. 

As stated by Newman President Dr. Kathleen Jagger, the Academic Awards allows us to “reflect on and honor students for a joyous year of academic achievements.”

School of Arts and Sciences awards

  • Burbage Award – Brenden Schwartz  
  • Creative Initiative Award – Matthew Clark
  • Fine Arts Achievement Award – Allison Williams
  • Freshman History Prize – Isabel Porres
  • Humanities Achievement Award – Alondra Torres-Hernandez
  • Joyce Suellentrop Prize for Distinguished Scholarship in History – Joseph Shubert
  • Randall Austin Award – Shawn Whiteker 
  • Outstanding Calculus Student Award – Nathan Klaus
  • Outstanding Math Student Award – Jordan Ashworth
  • Outstanding Senior Chemistry Student Award – Madison Shay
  • Sister Margaret Knoeber Undergraduate Chemistry Award – Joshua Dessenberger 
  • The Claudine Axman Award – Marie Moore 
  • The Steve Palubicki Award – L. Charles Morrison
  • The Surendra P. Singh Outstanding Freshman in Biology Award – Alexia Gamboa 

School of Business & Technology awards

  • Outstanding Business Data Analytics Student Award – Kayla Garvert
  • Outstanding Accounting Student Award – Justin Johnson
  • Outstanding Bachelor of Business Administration Student Award – ​​Ian Lecki
  • Outstanding Management Information Systems Student Award – Brayden Prockish
  • Outstanding MBA Student Award – Hayden VonFeldt
  • Outstanding Nontraditional Student Award – Tanya Potter 
  • Robbi and Larry Heck Outstanding Social Science Student Award – Paige Roubideaux

School of Education and Social Work awards

  • Outstanding Intern Award: Wichita – Nolan Martin
  • Outstanding Intern Award: Arkansas City – Elizabeth Ochoa
  • Sister Susan Reeves Award – Miriam Solorzano 
  • Sister Sylvana Schulte Award – Eric Solis
  • Sister Vivian Miller Elementary Award – Makayla Hayes 
  • Outstanding Master of Science in Education – Patricia Lujan
  • Excellence in Mastery of Social Work: Wichita – Courtney Train
  • Excellence in Mastery of Social Work: Colorado Springs – Mark Searle 

School of Healthcare Professions Awards

  • Distinguished BSN Graduate Award – Amanda Zavala 
  • Radiology Technology Janie Ward Clinical Excellence Award: Ascension Via Christi St. Francis – Matthew Roth
  • Radiology Technology Janie Ward Clinical Excellence Award: Wesley Medical Center – Iveth De Loera-Gallegos
  • Radiology Technology Janie Ward Clinical Excellence Award: Ascension Via Christi St. Joseph – Kacie Austin
  • 2022 Outstanding OTA Student Award – Adison Wendt

School of Catholic Studies awards

  • Bishop Gerber Undergraduate Award for Excellence in Catholic Scholarship – Madeline Schnieders
  • Bishop Gerber Graduate Award for Excellence in Catholic Scholarship – Carey Boyzuck 

In addition to the distribution of awards, students of the following honors societies, St. Newman scholars and ASC Community Leadership Scholars were recognized during the 2022 Academic Awards:

Student Catherine Madison was awarded the 2022 St. Catherines Medal.
Student Catherine Madison was awarded the 2022 St. Catherines Medal.

Among the many titles presented to students, the 2022 Ablah Award nominees were also named: Kayla Garvert, Jacqueline Lari, Kelly Mai, Hannah Millershaski, Julia Myers, Patti Rolf, Paige Roubiddeaux, Margaret Sweeney, Allison (Williams) Tollefson, Matthew Clark, Tejay Cleland, McGrew Foley, Marcus Gonzalez, Daniel Knolla, Ian Lecki and Steven Nguyen.

Lastly, the most prestigious award of the evening, known as the St. Catherine’s Medal, was given to Catherine Madison, who was recognized for her contributions to the university and her surrounding community.

“I just think it was quite an honor to receive the biggest award you can get that’s also named after St. Catherine,” Madison said. “It’s a very big honor.”

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