May 3, 2018
Mars Hill University acknowledged the achievements of its graduating seniors during Senior Convocation on May 1, 2018. The university holds Senior Convocation near the end of each semester to recognize graduating students for academic honors.
The invocation was given by Adrianna Enoch of Kernersville, North Carolina. Student speakers were Brandon Rice of Asheville, North Carolina, representing the traditional student population, and Nichole Wells of Weaverville, North Carolina, representing the Adult and Graduate Studies graduates. Sydney Bryant of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, presented special music, singing the world premiere of “Look Down Fair Moon” by Mars Hill music professor Alan Theisen, who accompanied her on piano. Kendall Ramsey of Crouse, North Carolina, also performed a musical selection on the baritone saxophone.
Fourteen seniors who are members of Alpha Chi National Honor Society were recognized. They are:
Alpha Chi is open to students in the top ten percent (based on grade point average) of the junior and senior classes.
The highest academic honor at Mars Hill University is selection as a University Marshal. To be selected as one of the university marshals, a student must have completed 3-5 full-time semesters at Mars Hill and have the highest grade point averages among the rising junior and senior classes. University marshals assist with commencement ceremonies, convocations, and other academic events. Marshals for the upcoming 2018-19 academic year were presented at Senior Convocation. They are:
Musical theatre major Allison Jordan of Crofton, Maryland, received the Joe Chris and Donna N. Robertson Award. The award recognizes a graduating senior in the fine arts with a strong commitment to his or her chosen field, promise in the fine arts, and demonstrated service to the arts, Mars Hill University, and the community. It is given in memory of Joe Chris Robertson, who taught at Mars Hill for four decades (1951-1991) and was chair of the music department, and in honor of Donna N. Robertson, former college organist and retired associate professor of music.
Special recognition also was given to two student athletes for their outstanding performance in the classroom. Lauren Hochstetler of Sarasota, Florida, is an Academic All-American athlete for NCAA Division II volleyball, as chosen by the College Sports Information Directors of America. She is the first volleyball player in Mars Hill history to earn a First Team Academic All-America selection. She also was the South Atlantic Conference Scholar Athlete for volleyball.
James “Gil” Gilreath of Kannapolis, North Carolina, earned All-Academic honors from the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches of America.