b'p reSIDentSA wArD forA cADemIce xcellence f All2020 r ecIpIentSThe Presidents Award for Academic Excellence is presented to a high-performing graduating student in each of VSUs six collegesHarley Langdale Jr. College of Business Administration, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Science and Mathematics, College of Nursing and Health Sciences, College of the Arts, and James L. and Dorothy H. Dewar College of Education and Human Services.J AmeSl. & D orotHyH. D ewAr c ollege ofH umAnItIeS& S ocIAlS cIenceSc ollege ofe DucAtIon& H umAnS ervIceSc Alebc HrIStIAnr egISterA mAnDAf IelDSp ArKerofof Homerville, Georgia, is the Hahira, Georgia, is the recipientrecipient of the Spring 2023 of the Spring 2023 PresidentsPresidents Award for Academic Award for Academic ExcellenceExcellence for the College of for the James L. and Dorothy H.Humanities and Social Sciences Dewar College of Education andat Valdosta State University. He Human Services at Valdosta Stategraduates summa cum laude University. She graduates summawith a Bachelor of Science in cum laude with a Bachelor ofOrganizational Leadership and an Honors College Certificate. Science in Education in Communication Disorders. It is an honor to be named a top graduate of the College of Being named a top graduate of my college is an unbelievableHumanities and Social Sciences, he shared. Valdosta State feeling, she shared. I am a non-traditional student, so myhas been home for the last four years. VSU has granted me educational path is somewhat different from most of myopportunities I never imagined before. I have met some of the classmates. There were so many times I doubted myself andbest professors and friends here. At VSU, you are truly more wondered if going back to college was the right choice for me.than just a number. Thank you for everything, VSU.There were many late nights of studying and sacrifices my family and I had to make for me to pursue a degree.As a student at VSU, Register was a member of the Blazin Brigade, the Student Government Association, the Honors Student I am a single mother of an 8-year-old son, and it wasntAssociation and Honors College, as well as Baptist Collegiate always easy for me to want to put in the work. My son was myMinistries, where he led the Freshman Leadership Team.motivation, though, and for him I wanted to be the best. This recognition shows that my blood, sweat, and many, many tearsRegisters commitment to academic, leadership, research, and paid off, and my son can see that doing well gets rewarded. Imservice excellence resulted in him earning the VSU Burning truly honored to be given this award. Bright Award and repeated Deans List recognitions and being named a Zell Miller Scholar and an Honors Scholar. He was As a student at VSU, Parker was a member of the Nationalinvited to present his 2019-2020 research, An Investigative Student Speech Language Hearing Association, where sheLook into the Brutality of the Lynching of Mary Turner, devoted quite a few experiential learning hours to communityat the Georgia Collegiate Honors Conference and the VSU outreach and community service initiatives.Undergraduate Research Symposium. Parkers commitment to academic, leadership, and serviceHis 2021-2023 research, Biden Wins the Peach State: An excellence resulted in her earning repeated Deans ListAnalysis of the 2020 Biden Vote Across the Counties of Georgia, recognitions and the Sallie Hutchinson Scholarship.earned the Best Social Science Paper Award at the Georgia Collegiate Honors Conference and second place in the Best Social Parker plans to continue her education after graduation, pursue aScience Poster competition at VSUs Undergraduate Research Master of Education in Communication Disorders, also at VSU,Symposium. His paper was also accepted for publication in and become a speech language pathologist. She wants to workVSUs Fall 2023 Omnino, an undergraduate research journal. in early intervention services, helping children from birth to age 3 with swallowing, language, and speech disorders.Register plans to pursue a sales and human resource management career after graduation. Her supportive family includes son Zachary Parker and parents Marshall and Nancy Fields. His supportive family includes parents Fred and Liane Register 24 |VALDOSTA STATE UNIVERSITY and sister Carrie Register.'