Honors Day spotlights excellence

Honors Day spotlights excellence

Posted on Friday, April 30, 2021

Professors Dr. John Tures and Jeff Lukken give awards

A new award made its debut at this year’s virtual Honors Day. 

“The Pillar Awards are designed to celebrate the accomplishments of students who support the college mission and core values,” said Ryan Cook, Associate Dean of Campus Life. “The honors are given in these categories – Diversity and Inclusion, Service, Excellence and Civility.” 

The inaugural winners were Anna Robinson – Diversity and Inclusion (celebrates differences, encourages education, promotes social justice and/or serves as an inclusive leader)Nicolas DeJesus – Civility (exhibits respect, courtesy, good citizenship, emotional intelligence, orderly behavior, empathy for others and/or kindnessPorter Law – Excellence (recognizes extraordinary performance, surpassing ordinary standards of quality, and/or persistent commitment. Can reflect performance in the classroom, in research, in athletic competition, student leadership and much more); and Philip Maeser – Service (gives selfless contribution of time and energy to others and the public good, community improvement and/or partnering with others to promote community engagement, can reflect individual contributions, as well as contributions as part of a larger group). 

The most prestigious honor given to a student by the college is the Waights G. Henry Jr. Leadership Award. It is based on excellence in scholarship, service and leadership. This year’s winner is Trevor McLemore ’21 and he will be delivering a brief address at commencement on behalf of the graduating class. 

A four-year member of the tennis team, he won the coach’s award for his exceptional leadership abilities and his devout work ethic.  His research has been published in the journal Citations, he presented at the National Conference of Undergraduate Research in 2019 and he received the 2020 John R. Hines, Jr. Award in Basic Research.   

Trevor, a native of Fortson, Georgia, has served on the Leadership Council of the LaGrange College Baptist Campus Ministry; has been a member of the Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Society; has been President of the Honor Council and the Tri-Beta Biological Honor Society; and has been Captain of the Presidential Student Ambassadors.    

In the community, Trevor has volunteered with Keep LaGrange Beautiful, Special Olympics and Discovery Cottage.  He also created the LaGrange College Campus Circle where he has been a part of building relationships with and addressing the needs of the community.   

He will graduate in May with two degrees: the Bachelor of Science in Biology and the Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing and Entrepreneurship.  He has earned the highest GPA of any graduating senior. 

Coral Chanel Douglas ’20, last year’s Henry award winner, also will speak during the May 15 ceremony.  

Douglas earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a concentration in Marketing and Entrepreneurship, and Bachelor of Music degree in Composition and Music Technology. 

She held many leadership roles on campus including a Wilkinson Family Servant Scholar, president of Delta Mu Delta Business Honor Society, Vice President for the Society of Music Composition and President of the Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Honor Society.  

She was recognized with the John R. Hines Undergraduate Research Award in Art, served as a LaGrange College Presidential Scholar, appeared many times on the Vice President for Academic Affairs List of Distinction and was published in the research journal Citations.  

Three members of the faculty were honored with teaching awards. Cindi Bearden, Associate Professor of Accountancy, received the John R. Hines Jr. Undergraduate Research Faculty Award; Austin Wieland earned the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry Exemplary Teacher Award; and Dr. Justin Thurman was presented the Vulcan Teaching Excellence Award. 

For a full list of those recognized during Honor’s Day, visit 

Dr. Christi Hu, Director of Undergraduate Research and Associate Professor of Psychological Science, said she was pleased with the success of Wednesday’s virtual undergraduate research poster session. 

“We had more than 40 people registered to attend the session,” she said. “That includes the student authors and faculty.” 

The presentation included 32 projects covering Art, Theater, Music, English, History, Math, Biology, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology and Nonprofit Leadership.  

The event will remain live here through 5 p.m. today. 

Campus notes  

Commencement reminder: Tickets will be required to attend. All graduates will receive five tickets for guests (four if the rain plan is initiated), and tickets can be picked up from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday in Room 210 in Smith Hall, and immediately following rehearsal May 14 at the stadium.  In the event of threatening weather conditions, the ceremony at Callaway Stadium could be delayed or changed to the LaGrange High School Gymnasium, 516 North Greenwood St.  If the location is changed, there will be two separate ceremonies, with the Class of 2020 at 10 a.m. and the Class of 2021 at 1:30 p.m. Each graduate will already have received four tickets for guests to use at the rain location. Notification to implement the rain plan will be posted on the LaGrange College website and students will be notified by 7 a.m. Commencement day. 


The Digital Creative Media and Film program will host its 2020-21 virtual showcase at 6 p.m. May 8 and will spotlight the Capstone class of 2021. It will premiere live on the “West Side Productions at LaGrange College” YouTube channel. 


The Senior Exhibition continues at Lamar Dodd Art Center through Thursday, featuring the works of Tuesday Gardner, Ashleigh Hall, Katherine Juskus, Aly Lord, Autumn Patrick, Christine Alexis Williams and Alexis Westrick. Open to faculty, staff, students and family only until Thursday. Family and close friends may attend from noon until 2 p.m. May 15. Reservations are required. For a tour, call 706-880-8211. Masks and social distancing are required. Visit here to see examples of the students’ art. 


Political Science majors Nia Johnson, Tia Braxton, Thomas Bird and Madison Demkowski presented to the Council of Undergraduate Research’s “Posters on the Hill virtual conference. Their poster was COVID-19 Pandemic Politics, Economics and Policies on Death Rates in 2020.  Fellow researchers include Jacob Jeffords, Andrue Davis, Kristina Calixto, Jake Thrailkill, Olivia Hanners and Jalen Morgan. 

The ringing of the Chapel Bell is a new tradition offered only to graduating seniors to celebrate a first full-time, post-graduation job offer or admission to grad school. Congratulations to these students on their accomplishments: Philip Maeser (Biology) accepted into the Dental College of Georgia in AugustaBailey Welborn (Nursing), registered IMCU nurse at Piedmont Hospital in Newnan;  Haley Coleman (Nursing), registered nurse at AdventHealth Tampa in Tampa, Florida; and Joseph Monda (Nursing), registered nurse at Wellstar West Georgia in LaGrange. 

Cultural Enrichment events    

Check LC Connect for Virtual CE events and instructions. For in-person events, all COVID guidelines apply.     


Local Professional Interview Series: The Rev. Allen Pruett 

Rev. Pruitt is rector at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in LaGrange.  


Lessons in Leadership: Leading Through Challenges 

Tad Goetcheus, COO and President of HRP Associates Inc. in Greenville, South Carolina, will discuss the leadership principles he has developed during his career. 



Seniors Kirby Webb and Natalie Glass recorded their first collegiate hits for the LaGrange College softball team during senior day last week. The Panthers (3-11, 2-10) honored their seniors Glass, Rebekah Hobson, Haley Coleman, Webb, Jordyn Gurley, Hailey Jones, Ivy Grant and Brittany Todd between the two games. 


After going 6-for-6 batting and recording two RBIs in three games last week, sophomore infielder Reagan Gunter of the LaGrange College softball team earned USA South Rookie of the Week recognition from the conference office Monday. 



The Panthers (17-7, 9-1 USA South) clinched one of the two playoff berths in the upcoming USA South West Division Tournament by beating Brevard 17-8 and 19-2 at home last Sunday. Sophomore Joe Ruth hit two home runs in the first game and freshman Jared Aldridge was 3-for-3 in the second game. 


Beach Volleyball 

The Panthers split two matches at the Strack Beach Volleyball Courts last Friday. LC beat Huntingdon 2-1 after losing 3-0 to Lincoln Memorial. Emily Boswell and Carmen Hamilton won the clinching match against Huntingdon. 



Men’s Lacrosse 

The Panthers (0-7, 0-4 USA South) ended their season with a 12-5 loss to Huntingdon at Callaway Stadium last Sunday. Junior Jack Bryan had three goals and sophomore Isaac Bohrer had 22 saves for LC. 



LC finished sixth at the USA South Tournament in Rocky Mount, N.C. Senior Cameron Starr tied for 19th to lead the Panthers. 


Sophomore Reagan Gunter was the USA South Rookie of the Week for the week ending April 25 after going 6-for-6 in three games. LC (3-13, 2-12 USA South) ended its season with 10-0 and 5-4 losses at Covenant on Tuesday. Senior Rebekah Hobson was 2-for-3, including a double in the second game. 


Today (Friday)  

Baseball at Piedmont, 7 p.m. 


Baseball at Piedmont (doubleheader), 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. 

Video of the Week 

LaGrange College students step up to encourage their peers to get the COVID-19 vaccination, including Biology major Lillian DeGennero, musician Jackson Lamb, drama student Carlie Jones, musical theare performer Erielle Robinson, artist DJ Kelly and Panther basketball star Camrin Lyons. 

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Last updated: 04/30/2021