2017-18 Academic Awards

2018 academic honors convacation group

Each year the College of Arts & Sciences recognizes the exemplary work of students majoring and minoring in departments across the College. Not only do these students go beyond expectations to demonstrate their commitment to these disciplines, but many of them are also double and triple majors with multiple minors; they’re members of honor societies, they participate in student organizations that put into practice what they’ve learned through their coursework, and they give back to the greater Spokane community by volunteering with local nonprofits.

This year we collated these exceptional students’ reflections on impactful moments of their academic careers and how their areas of study have contributed to their personal and professional development. Their responses clearly exhibited each of the values a Jesuit institution strives to develop.

“Looking back, Classics has allowed me to expand my passion and explore different ways to view the world, history, culture, and language.”

“My international studies major has shown me the responsibility we have to be aware of and engage with our global community to create positive change in the world.”

“My environmental studies degree has taught me about our world views and how to recognize issues from their systemic root causes.”

We’re proud to highlight these students’ accomplishments here; we wish graduating seniors the best of luck as they progress to the next phase of their lives, and we look forward to seeing what continuing students achieve throughout the rest of their time at Gonzaga!

Congratulations to this year’s recipients

Portrait of Abigail Altamirano Sociology Major

Abigail Altamirano

The Women’s and Gender Studies Founders' Award for Excellence in Activism

Major in Sociology, Minor in Women's and Gender Studies and Criminal Justice

Portrait of Whitney Bolibol, Classical Civilizations Major

Whitney Bolibol

Fr. Fredric B. Schlatter, S.J. Classics Book Award

Major in Classical Civilizations and Asian Studies

Portrait of Colin Bonini Criminal Justice Major

Colin Bonini

Fr. William T. Costello, S.J. Outstanding Senior English Major Award

Major in English (writing concentration), Minor in Criminal Justice

Portrait of Allison Clapp Religious Studies and Philosophy Major

Allison Clapp

Flannery Award for Excellence in Religious Studies

Major in Religious Studies and Philosophy

Portrait of Hanna Clements Biochemistry Major

Hanna Clements

American Institute of Chemists Outstanding Senior Award

Major in Biochemistry

Portrait of Trent DeGiovanni Mathematics and Economics Major

Trent DeGiovanni

William & Elizabeth Carsrud Senior Mathematics Award

Major in Mathematics and Economics

Portrait of Gerald Deocariza, Psychology major

Gerald Deocariza

Commitment to Service Award

Major in Psychology, Minor in Sociology

Portrait of Katherine Drexelius, Biology major

Katherine Drexelius

Robert D. Prusch Award for Distinguished Service to the Department

Major in Biology (B.S), Minor in History, and Biology Research Concentration

Portrait of Connor Ffrench Mathematics and Political Science Major

Connor Ffrench

Jefferson Scholarship in Political Science

Major in Mathematics and Political Science

Portrait of Sidnee Grubb, Communication Studies major

Sidnee Grubb

Communication Studies Outstanding Student Award

Major in Communication Studies, Minor in Hogan Entrepreneurial Leadership Program and Promotions

Portrait of Weston Hart Economics and Political Science Major

Weston Hart

Jefferson Scholarship in Political Science

Major in Economics (B.A.) and Political Science

Portrait of Jessica Herron, Major in Biology and Philosophy, Minor in Writing

Jessica Herron

Jerry Kohls Excellence in Philosophy

Major in Biology and Philosophy, Minor in Writing

Portrait of Paige Hauter, Environmental Studies and Spanish major

Paige Hauter

Environmental Studies Environmental Stewardship Award

Major in Environmental Studies and Spanish

Portrait of Chad Hicks, Biochemistry major

Chad Hicks

American Institute of Chemists Outstanding Senior Award

Major in Biochemistry (B.S.)

Portrait of Nathan Huff, Psychology, Political Science major

Nathan Huff

Excellence in Research Award

Major in Psychology (research concentration) and Political Science, Minor in Philosophy

Portrait of Lauren Johnson, Political Science major

Lauren Johnson

Albert Mann Debate Award

Major in Political Science, Minor in Women and Gender Studies

Portrait of Lindsey Johnstone, Art major

Lindsey Johnstone

Senior Art Award

Major in Art, Minor in Psychology

Portrait of Brianna Kangas,  French major

Brianna Kangas

Martin P. Blum Scholarship Award in Recognition of Exemplary Academic Performance in French

Major in French

Portrait of Lydia Lopez, International Relations major

Lydia Lopez

Global Scholar Award

Major in International Relations, Minor in Criminal Justice and Entrepreneurial Leadership

Portrait of Nathan Nelson, Theatre Arts major

Nathan Patrick Nelson

Theatre and Dance Academic Excellence and Citizenship Award

Major in Theatre Arts with Education Certification, Minor in Interdisciplinary Arts

Portrait of Joe Panchesson, Trumpet Performance and Environmental Studies major

Joe Panchesson

Department of Music Gordon Merwin Scholarship Award

Major in Trumpet Performance and Environmental Studies, Minor in Jazz Performance

Portrait of Ali Rushevics Communication Studies and Philosophy Major

Ali Rushevics

Communication Studies Outstanding Student Award

Major in Communication Studies and Philosophy, Minor in Jazz Performance and Voice

Portrait of Analee Scott, Spanish, International Relations major

Analee Scott

Exemplary Academic Performance in Spanish

Major in Spanish and International Relations

Portrait of Joshua Simmons, Criminal Justice major

Joshua A. Simmons

Outstanding Senior Student Award in Criminal Justice

Major in Criminal Justice

Portrait of Abby Sorlie International Relations Major

Abby Sorlie

Exemplary Academic Performance in German

Major in International Relations, Minor in German and French

Portrait of Annie Stanger, Music Education major

Annie Stanger

Department of Music Gordon Merwin Scholarship Award

Major in Music Education

Portrait of Ashley Trunnell, Sociology and Environmental Studies major

Ashley Trunnell

Outstanding Senior Student Award in Sociology

Major in Sociology and Environmental Studies

Portrait of Adrian Ullrich Economics, History, International Relations Major

Adrian G. J. Ullrich

Phi Alpha Theta History Award

Major in Economics, History, and International Relations, Minor in Analytical Finance and Political Science

Portrait of Camille Walther, Major in Women's and Gender Studies, Minor in Political Science and Fine Arts, 2018 graduate

Camille Walther

The Women’s and Gender Studies Founders’ Award for Excellence in Academics

Major in Political Science and Fine Arts, Minor in Women's and Gender Studies

Portrait of Ben Weinhardt, Economics major

Ben Weinhardt

Sister Margaret Mary Conway Forensics Debate Award

Major in Economics (B.A.)

Portrait of Megan Zimbelman, Major in Biology, with Research Concentration, Minor in Entrepreneurial Leadership, 2018 graduate

Megan Zimbelman

Robert and Claire McDonald Award for Distinction in Biology

Major in Biology, with Research Concentration, Minor in Entrepreneurial Leadership