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Natural & Applied Sciences Department — 2017 EU graduation awards

May 24, 2017 | Paul K. Logsdon


SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The Department of Natural & Applied 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.

The Department of Natural & Applied Sciences is one of the largest on campus, offering 12 majors to prepare students for careers ranging from education to the environment, including chemistry, computers, pre-engineering and healthcare. A cadaver lab was added in 2016, enhancing the educational experience for pre-med students.

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The following awards were presented:

Outstanding Graduate in the Department of Natural and Applied Sciences

  • Cheyenne Stienbarger from Springfield, Mo.

Outstanding Graduates in Applied Mathematics

  • Sarah Elam from Springfield, Mo.
  • Jeremy Sparks from Springfield, Mo.

Outstanding Graduate in Biology

  • Morgan Kensinger from Conway, Mo.

Outstanding Graduate in Biological Chemistry

  • Brittany Miller from Springfield, Mo.

Outstanding Graduate in Chemistry

  • Katherine Crank from Bowie, Md.

Outstanding Graduate in Computer Information Systems

  • Luke Forslund from Spencer, Iowa.

Outstanding Graduate in Computer Science

  • Richard Amsler from Quincy, Ill.

Outstanding Graduate in Environmental Science

  • Austin Van Wyk from Springfield, Mo.

Outstanding Graduate in Health Care/Nursing

  • Mackenzie Hitchcock from Bolivar, Mo.

Outstanding Graduate in Mathematics

  • Kevin Grimes from Spencer, Iowa.

Outstanding Graduate in Mathematics Education

  • Brittany Knowlton from San Jose, Calif.

Outstanding Graduate in Pre-Medicine

  • Olivia McCarty from Owasso, Okla.

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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