This past Friday, 4 April 2014, the Department of Religious Studies hosted its thirteenth Honors Day ceremony. Due to the weather, we had to move the ceremony from its usual venue on the 2nd floor balcony of Manly Hall to Alumni Hall–special thanks to them!
Our event began after the Arts & Sciences Honors Day Convocation in Moody Music Hall where Prof. Russell McCutcheon (Chair of REL) recognized Outstanding Student Jared Powell and Silverstein Scholar Maggie Paul (pictured above, left to right) on behalf of our 16 award winners this year.
Before the award presentation, students, their families, and the Department faculty ate lunch and mingled, allowing the students’ families to meet the folks their kids have been talking about all year.
Prof. Steven Ramey talking with Silverstein Scholar Maggie Paul (center) and her mother (left).
Our Silverstein Scholars and family (left to right) Allie Rash’s friend, REL majors Allie Rash, Caitlyn McMahan, and Liz Long are all smiles at this year’s Honors Day!
REL major and Silverstein Scholar Ben Flax pictured with his mother.
Now the moment you’ve been waiting for… Everyone gathered around the main lobby in Alumni Hall as Prof. Russell McCutcheon kicked off the ceremony with a few words, … but not before he was photobombed by Jared!
Pictured left to right: REL Major Mark Ortiz and his parents, Prof. Sarah Rollens, REL major and RSSA President Lexi Poston, and REL major Nicole Stewart (far right) with her friend.
Prof. Steve Jacobs announced the recipients of this year’s Silverstein Scholarship. Along with the scholarship, each student received a trophy highlighting some of their extracurricular accomplishments such as Miss Montana, 1st Place in Pairs Ice Dancing, Furst Place Speling Bee, and 8th Place among others.
REL major Anna Davis, our Arm Wrestling Champion, was first up to receive her award
REL major Sierra Loya earned an award for Near Perfect Attendance
REL major Liz Long
Judaic Studies minor Meagan Reif receives an award for the Most Evocative Powerpoint
REL major Caitlyn McMahan
REL major Nicole Stewart
REL major Brittany Brooks receiving her Snappiest Dresser award
REL major Mark Ortiz receives the Lounge Lizard award
REL major Allie Rash receiving the Socks and Sandals Style Award
REL major Maggie Paul
REL major Wesley Davidson, who got the Dance Marathon award, is pictured here with his fiancée Angela Clemente
Then Prof. Jacobs announced Jared Powell as this year’s Outstanding Student in the Academic Study of Religion. In addition to his award, Jared received the most controversial book in the field right now, Wendy Doniger’s The Hindus: An Alternative History, which was signed by the department faculty and staff.
Proud Powell parents were caught in photographic action!
After the main awards were distributed, the Department had a few others to give out. Prof. Eleanor Finnegan, faculty advisor to the Religious Studies Student Association, presented framed photos of each of the student officers to them. Needless to say, they came with some pretty awesome frames. Below is Ben Flax, Silverstein Scholar and RSSA Vice President, receiving his glitterific framed photo.
Prof. Eleanor Finnegan presents a photo of Ben dressed as “the Dude” from the Big Lebowski from one of the RSSA movie nights.
Then Prof. Steven Ramey presented a framed photo and pin to our instructors this year, Profs. Sarah Rollens and Mike Altman as a thank you for the work they’ve done, not only in the classroom but also with all of our Departmental and RSSA events.
All in all it was a fantastic ceremony. Thanks again to Alumni Hall for letting us use the main lobby as our venue. And a big thanks to Betty Dickey, Donna Martin, and Andie Alexander, without whom none of this would be possible.
And congrats again to all of our award winners! We look forward to seeing you all again this time next year! ‘Til then…