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2019 Student Recognition Awards for the College of Applied Science and Technology

April 30, 2019

Thirty-four students and two faculty members were honored this evening at the 2019 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 associate and bachelor's degree programs, minors and certificates, and a variety of professional development opportunities. Currently, approximately 3000 students are enrolled in the College, many of whom are working on multiple degrees while earning minors and certificates along the way.


Natasha Wenger wins Dean Robert C. Weyrick Scholarship Award

Natasha Wenger, a student in the Emergency Medical Services (EMT/Paramedic) program in the Department of Disaster Science and Emergency Services, has won this year's Dean Robert C. Weyrick Distinguished Student Scholarship Award.

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.

Department of Business and Information Technology Awards

Outstanding Business and Information Technology Student Award: Andrea Ramirez

Andrea Ramirez and Dean Kennedy

[Photo: Dean Elizabeth Kennedy and Andrea Ramirez]

The following students received the Department's Overall Associate and Bachelor's Degree Awards:

  • Anna Fike and Hunter Witeof (Overall Associate Degree Student)
  • Andrea Ramirez (Overall Bachelor Degree Student)

Outstanding Student Awards also were presented to the following students in the Business Management Technology, CIS, Hospitality Management, and Marketing and Sales Technology:

  • Anna Fike (Business Management Technology, Associate Degree)
  • Valerie Mauck (Business Management Technology, Bachelor's Degree)
  • Hunter Witeof (Computer Information Systems, Associate Degree)
  • Andrea Ramirez (Computer Information Systems, Bachelor's Degree)
  • Christopher Alkire and Marrissa Blough(Hospitality Management Technology)
  • Keighan Goulden (Marketing and Sales Technology)
Department of Applied General and Technical Studies Awards

Outstanding Applied General and Technical Studies Student Award: McKinleyk Whipkey

McKinley Whipkey and Dean Kennedy

[Photo: Dean Elizabeth Kennedy and McKinley Whipkey]

Outstanding Student Awards were presented to the following students in the English, Mathematics, and Social Sciences areas:

  • Tzviah Dank (English Program)
  • Jack Wolf (Mathematics Program)
  • Kristen Moran (Social Sciences Program)
Edmond Davis and Brandon Hochbein win Charles T. Salem Scholarship Award

For the first time, two students received the 2019 Charles "Charlie" T. Salem Scholarship Award: Edmond Davis, a student in the CIS Networking program in the Department of Business and Information Technology, and Brandon Hochbein, a student in the Emergency Management and Homeland Security program in the Department of Disaster Science and Emergency Services.

Dean Kennedy and Brandon Hochbein

[Photo: Dean Elizabeth Kennedy and Brandon Hochbein]

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).

Department of Disaster Science and Emergency Services Awards

Outstanding Student Awards were presented to the following students:

  • Garrett Blevins (Emergency Management and Homeland Security)
  • Steven West (Fire Protection Technology)

Garrett Blevins

[Photo: Dean Elizabeth Kennedy, Garrett Blevins, and Department Faculty Stanley Smith, Dr. Robert Schwartz, and Dr. Stacy Willett]

Claudia Judele wins Bachelor's Degree Achievement Award

Claudia Judele is this year's recipient of the Graduating Bachelor's Degree Student Outstanding Scholastic Achievement Award. She will graduate this spring with a Bachelor of Science degree in Emergency Management and Homeland Security.

Dean Elizabeth Kennedy and Claudia Judele

[Photo: Dean Elizabeth Kennedy and Claudia Judele]

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.

Alex Cerino wins Associate Degree Achievement Award

Alex Cerino is this year's recipient of the Graduating Associate Degree Student Outstanding Scholastic Achievement Award. He will graduate this spring with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology.

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.

Dr. Nicole Hunka wins Outstanding Full-time Faculty Teaching Award

Dr. Nicole Hunka has won this year's Outstanding Full-time Faculty Teaching Award. She teaches Social Sciences courses in the Department of Applied General and Technical Studies.

Dr. Georgia Pinis wins Outstanding Part-time Faculty Teaching Award

Dr. Georgia Pinis has won the Outstanding Part-time Faculty Teaching Award. She teaches courses in the Bachelor of Organizational Supervision degree in the Department of Business and Information Technology.

Department of Engineering and Science Technology Awards

Robert C. Weyrick Outstanding Student Award in the Bachelor Program: Jacob Sanner (Construction Engineering Technology)

Jacob Sanner and Dean Kennedy

[Photo: Dean Elizabeth Kennedy and Jacob Sanner]

Robert C. Weyrick Outstanding Student Award in the Associate Program: Daniel Mundy (Mechanical Engineering Technology)

Daniel Mundy and Dean Kennedy

[Photo: Dean Elizabeth Kennedy and Daniel Mundy]

Outstanding Student Awards were presented to the following students:

  • Cedric Zollet (Automated Manufacturing Engineering Technology, Associate Program)
  • Christie Norton (Manufacturing Engineering Technology, Bachelor Program)
  • Jacob Sanner (Construction Engineering Technology, Bachelor Program)
  • Cristian Garcia-Soto (Construction Engineering Technology, Associate Program)
  • Sean Coleman (Corrosion Engineering Technology, Associate Program)
  • Mark Kovshovik (Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technology, Bachelor Program)
  • Nicholas Tamburrino (Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technology, Associate Program)
  • Alex Cerino (Mechanical Engineering Technology, Bachelor Program)
  • Daniel Mundy (Mechanical Engineering Technology, Associate Program)
  • Drew Maglio (Surveying and Mapping Technology, Bachelor Program)
  • Craig Zacharyasz (Land Surveying, Associate Program)
  • Claudia Judele (Geographic and Land Information Systems, Certificate Program)
2018-2019 CAST Dean's Team

The College organized its first Dean's Team during the 2018-2019 academic year. Dean's Team students serve as ambassadors for the College of Applied Science and Technology. The following students were recognized for their service on the CAST Dean's Team:

  • Tommy Alvarado (Mechanical Engineering Technology)
  • Casey Crawford (Emergency Management and Homeland Security)
  • Emma Harrison (Emergency Medical Services, Fire/Medic)
  • Sylwester Robakowski (Mechanical Engineering Technology)
  • Megan Vocatura (Emergency Management and Homeland Security)