Ana Barrios will earn a bachelor’s degree in sociology at the University of San Diego later this month, but, on Tuesday, she got a taste of what that celebration will feel like. Barrios’ name was called multiple times at the annual USD Undergraduate Honors Convocation and each time, she had a very personal cheering section.
“I’m humbled. It’s overwhelming to be recognized among fellow students and I’m blessed to have members of my family here for this,” Barrios said. Ana’s mother, Ofelia; father, Gabino; sister Julieta, who is a USD sophomore, and Gabino’s parents, Juan and Delfina, were all present to share in the joyous occasion.
Barrios (pictured, fourth from left) a McNair Scholar, earned a USD Student Affairs award for Outstanding Contribution to the Entire Campus through Involvement and the Chet Pagni Outstanding Student Service Award. She was also feted by the Department of Sociology for the Spirit of Public Sociology Award, a College of Arts and Sciences departmental award and her name is one of 84 USD students whose names will be included in the 2010 “Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities” publication. Barrios will leave USD soon after graduation to begin training in Chicago for a two-year stint in the Teach for America program.
The one-hour program recognized top students from the Honors Program, Honor Societies, College of Arts and Sciences, School of Business Administration, School of Leadership and Education Sciences, University Ministry, Student Affairs, and special university awards for students and two faculty members.
Another multiple winner at Honors Convocation was Krishelle Hardson-Hurley. A senior double major in mathematics and Spanish and co-director of the Brothers and Sisters United student organization, Hardson-Hurley earned departmental honors in math and Spanish, recognition from Phi Beta Kappa (National Liberal Arts and Sciences Honor Society) and the “Who’s Who Among Students and in American Colleges and Universities.” She also received the Outstanding Service Award in Mathematics and Outstanding Single Subject Credential Student in SOLES’ Learning and Teaching Program. She was one of 45 members of USD’s Honors Program presented with a special gold stole that will be worn at the May 23 Undergraduate Commencement.
“I’m very happy to be recognized in a public setting because students do work very hard and put in a lot of hours,” she said. “A lot of time, effort and dedication go into giving back to the university as much as they’ve given us.”
Hardson-Hurley, the first USD Noyes Scholar, given by the Noyes Foundation, has spent the spring semester doing student teaching in math at a local high school. She said she is excited to embark on a master’s degree program in SOLES this fall.
Other top student winners announced included Marie Harding (Honors Program’s Anne Catherine Swanke Award), Jennifer Kuckertz (Community Service-Learning Scholar Award), Stephanie Roadarmel (2010 Student Employee of the Year), Crystal Peterson (Outstanding Service in Student Government), Jessica Kahl (Outstanding Contribution to Residential Life), Carl Johnson (Outstanding Service in Official University-Sponsored Student Activities), Danielle Nemmers (Outstanding Contribution to the Entire Campus through Involvement), Sarah Miralles (Outstanding Contribution to Multicultural Awareness and Understanding) and Nicole Kathol (St. Catherine Medal).
Two College of Arts and Sciences faculty members, Roger Pace and Florence Gillman, received top awards. Pace, faculty member since 1987 and a professor in Communication Studies, won the Patrick F. Drinan Award for Distinguished Service. Gillman, a USD faculty member since 1986 and a Theology and Religious Studies professor, is the recipient of the Davies Award for Teaching Excellence.
— Ryan T. Blystone