2017 Student Recognition Awards for the College of Applied Science and Technology

April 26, 2017

Thirty-three students and two faculty members were honored this evening at the 2017 Student Recognition Awards for the College of Applied Science and Technology. The ceremony was held in the Jacobson Common Room in the Honors Complex. Every year at the end of spring semester, the College recognizes a select group of students and faculty members for their outstanding accomplishments during the academic year. The event is attended by faculty, students, and family members.

The College offers approximately 25 associate degree programs, 13 bachelor's degree programs, many minors and certificate programs, and a variety of professional development opportunities. Currently, over 3000 students are enrolled in the College, many of whom are working on multiple degrees while earning minors and certificates along the way.

Anthony Rinaldo wins Dean Robert C. Weyrick Scholarship Award

Anthony Rinaldo, a student in the Computer Information Systems (Networking Option, Microsoft Track) program, has won this year's Dean Robert C. Weyrick Distinguished Student Scholarship Award.anthony rinaldo and dean

[Photo: Anthony Rinaldo and Interim Dean Elizabeth Kennedy]

Established in 1989 and expanded in 1997, the Dean Robert C. Weyrick Endowment provides scholarship support for full-time students enrolled in Associate Degree technical programs in the College. A 1949 graduate of The University of Akron with a degree in Electrical Engineering, Robert C. Weyrick served as dean of the Community and Technical College (now the College of Applied Science and Technology) from 1974-1986. As dean, he recognized the importance of student scholarships and worked to increase private scholarship support. By establishing The Dean Robert C. Weyrick Scholarship, he provided his personal support for students in the College.

During Dean Weyrick's service as dean, the Distinguished Student Program was created to recognize and assist exceptionally talented students in associate degree programs. As a result, in 1997, Dean Weyrick expanded his scholarship program by establishing the Dean Robert C. Weyrick Distinguished Student Scholarship to assist students in this program.

Welty Scholarship Award Presented to Three Students

The following students in the Construction Engineering Technology Program were awarded this year's Welty Scholarship Award: Jordan Finch, Bryan Leach, and Joshua Leach.

The Jerry and Emily Scholarship in Construction Technology was established in 1995 by Jerry and Emily Welty in commemoration of the Welty Building Corporation's 50 years of service as a leader in the construction industry.

Jerry Welty, president of the Welty Building Corporation and a business and community leader, values personal honor, perseverance, enthusiasm, integrity and hard work, and the recipient must exemplify these qualities. The Jerry and Emily Welty Scholarship will be awarded annually to one or more students, enrolled in the Construction Engineering Technology Program, who have a commitment to academics.

Department of Business and Information Technology Awards

Outstanding Student Awards were presented to the following students:

  • Fredniqua Walker (Business Management Technology, Associate Degree)
  • Kevin Daugherty (Business Management Technology, Bachelor's Degree)
  • Brian Spangler (Computer Information Systems, Associate Degree)
  • Faryl O'Neil (Computer Information Systems, Bachelor's Degree)
  • Emma Irwin (Hospitality Management Technology)

Outstanding Business and Information Technology Student Award: Emma Irwin

Kan Wang wins Charles T. Salem Scholarship Award

Kan Wang, a student in the Electronic Engineering Technology program, has won the 2017 Charles "Charlie" T. Salem Scholarship Award.

Charles T. "Charlie" Salem was one of The University of Akron's most beloved faculty members. His personal charm and rapport with students complemented his skill as an educator. Charlie was a poet, a composer, and a performer who made music an integral part of his classes and his life. Family, friends, faculty colleagues, and students were saddened by his untimely accidental death in October 1990.

This scholarship is established as a perpetual tribute to the contributions of Charlie Salem to The University of Akron Community and Technical College (now the College of Applied Science and Technology).

Aubrey Tobin wins Associate Degree Achievement Award

Aubrey Tobin is this years recipient of the Graduating Associate Degree Student Outstanding Scholastic Achievement Award. She will graduate this spring with an Associate of Applied Science degree in Land Surveying.

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[Photo: Aubrey Tobin and Interim Dean Elizabeth Kennedy]

To earn this prestigious award, a graduating student with an associate degree must have a grade point average higher than a 3.75 and must take a majority of his or her credits at The University of Akron. Aubrey has earned a perfect 4.0 Grade Point Average.

John Strasser wins Bachelor's Degree Achievement Award

John Strasser is this year's recipient of the Graduating Bachelor's Degree Student Outstanding Scholastic Achievement Award. He will graduate this spring with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Systems, Networking Track.

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[Photo: John Strasser and his family]

To earn this award, a graduating bachelor's degree student must have a grade point average higher than a 3.75 and must take a majority of classes from the University of Akron. John has earned nearly a perfect 4.0 Grade Point Average.

Department of Applied General and Technical Studies Awards

Outstanding Student Awards were presented to the following students:

  • Adela Pearcy (English Program)
  • Rikki Horrigan (Mathematics Program)
  • Katie Whyte (Social Sciences Program)

Outstanding Applied General and Technical Studies Student Award: Joseph Malysa

Stanley Smith wins Outstanding Full-time Faculty Teaching Award

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[Photo: Stanley Smith and department colleague Dr. Stacy Willett]

Mr. Stanley H. Smith has won this year's Outstanding Full-time Faculty Teaching Award. He teaches in the Department of Disaster Science and Emergency Services.

Frank Singletary wins Outstanding Part-time Faculty Teaching Award

frank singletary with dean

[Photo: Frank Singletary and Interim Dean Elizabeth Kennedy]

Mr, Frank R. Singletary has won the Outstanding Part-time Faculty Teaching Award. He teaches in the Department of Business and Information Technology.

Department of Disaster Science and Emergency Services Awards

Outstanding Student Awards were presented to the following students:

  • Heather Costa (Emergency Management and Homeland Security)
  • Kari Devore (Fire Protection Technology)

Outstanding Disaster Science and Emergency Service Award: Heather Costa

Department of Science and Engineering Technology Awards

Outstanding Student Awards were presented to the following students:

  • James Perna (Automated Manufacturing Engineering Technology, Associate Program)
  • Cedric Zollet (Manufacturing Engineering Technology, Bachelor Program)
  • Kyle Gump (Construction Engineering Technology, Bachelor Program)
  • Rebekah Merckle (Construction Engineering Technology, Associate Program)
  • Owen Barnhill (Electronic Engineering Technology, Bachelor Program)
  • Jared Harrison (Electronic Engineering Technology, Associate Program)
  • Branson West (Mechanical Engineering Technology, Bachelor Program)
  • Michael Ames (Mechanical Engineering Technology, Associate Program)
  • Travis Caldwell (Surveying and Mapping Technology, Bachelor Program)
  • Mikaela Corbett (Land Surveying, Associate Program)
  • Jacob Durda (Geographic and Land Information Systems, Associate Program)
  • Sarah Johnson (General Technology, Chemistry; Mechanical Engineering Technology)
  • Thomas McGrath (General Technology, Physics; Mechanical Engineering Technology)

Robert C. Weyrick Outstanding Student Award in the Bachelor Program: Carter Saiben (Mechanical Engineering Technology)

Robert C. Weyrick Outstanding Student Award in the Associate Program: James Gally (Land Surveying Technology)