News Release

Behavioral & Social Sciences Department — 2017 EU graduation awards

May 24, 2017 | Paul K. Logsdon


SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The Department of Behavioral & Social Sciences at Evangel University has announced its 2017 graduation awards. The awards were given during the Baccalaureate service on Thursday, May 4, in the Robert H. Spence Chapel auditorium.

Generally speaking, students in the Behavioral and Social Sciences Department live out their calling in service to others, finding commonality under the banner of the “helping professions.” Majors offered include criminal justice, government, history, psychology, social sciences and social work.

The military science (ROTC) program is also included in this department.

2-2017-Grads, Psychology

Dr. Grant Jones (left) with the 2017 psychology graduates, following the baccalaureate ceremony at Evangel University. // PHOTO BY: Paul K. Logsdon (CLICK TO ENLARGE)

The following undergraduate awards were presented:

Outstanding Graduate in Criminal Justice

  • Maria Zabicki from Glendale Hights, Ill.

Outstanding Graduate in Government

  • Joshua Cresse from Kirbyville, Texas.

Outstanding Graduate in History

  • Zachary Copeland from Battlefield, Mo.

Outstanding Graduate in International Studies

  • Amber Edwards from Blue Springs, Mo.

Outstanding Graduate in Legal Studies

  • Hans Schalembier from Porterville, Calif.

Outstanding Graduates in Psychology

  • Emily Hurst from Springfield, Mo.
  • Rebecca Lashway from Deer Lodge, Mont.
  • Meghan Wilson from O’Fallon, Ill.

Outstanding Graduate in Public Administration

  • Rachel Girdler from Crestwood, Ky.

Outstanding Graduate in Social Science

  • Hunter Targosh from Burdett, N.Y.

Outstanding Graduate in Social Science Education

  • Jessica Carrick from Sarcoxie, Mo.

Outstanding Graduate in Social Work

  • Damaris Attanasio from Lincoln, Neb.

Outstanding Research Graduate in Psychology

  • Cassidy Gillihan from Sterling, Ill.

The Ryan Parke Hartje Award for Outstanding Students in the Behavioral Sciences

  • Rachel Girdler from Crestwood, Ky.
  • Taylor Orr from Davison, Mich.

The Kendrick-Karmarkovic-Holsinger Award for Outstanding Achievement in Social Science

  • Zachary Copleand from Battlefield, Mo.

The Jean Martin Award for Outstanding Service to the Social Science Department

  • Chelsea Fletcher from Wheeling, W.Va.

The Class of 2017

Evangel University and its seminary saw a total of 509 degrees conferred this spring in two graduation ceremonies.

The 59th Annual Commencement ceremony for Evangel University was held on Friday, May 5, 2017, at 9:30 a.m. in the James River Church auditorium in Ozark, Mo.

The speaker was Evangel alumnus Hal Donaldson, co-founder and president of Convoy of Hope, a faith-based, non-profit organization that leads humanitarian initiatives across the United States and around the world.

Nearly 4,000 family and friends from around the world celebrated 456 Evangel graduates earning 361 bachelors’, 58 master’s and 37 associate’s degrees, 32 of which were from EU’s James River Leadership Campus.

In addition, the 44th Annual Commencement for the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary was held on Saturday, May 6, at 10 a.m. in the Robert H. Spence Chapel auditorium. Three 2017 graduates shared their stories as a part of the ceremony.

There were 53 degrees conferred by AGTS, of which 33 are master’s and 20 are doctoral degrees.

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