The Ohio State University at Newark

Students Recognized for Academic Achievement at Ohio State Newark

NEWARK, OH, April 25, 2018 — As the academic year comes to an end, The Ohio State University at Newark’s top undergraduate students were recognized at the annual Salute to Undergraduate Achievement Dinner on Monday, April 23, 2018. The Dean’s Award, John T. Mount Academic Excellence Award, Robert Barnes Academic Excellence Award and several awards based on academic disciplines were presented.

2018 Dean’s Award
Students with a GPA of 3.8 or higher are invited to apply for the Dean’s Award. In addition to academic excellence, recipients of the Dean’s Award demonstrate consistent engagement and leadership in the academic and cultural life of the campus.

This year’s recipients are: Anastasia Alkhimovitch and Jonah Conley of Blacklick; Christopher Dahman, Joseph Ricci and Sarah White of Columbus; Mustafa Alsaeedi of Galloway; Maddie Swan, Patricia A. Lawwell-Werner, and John Taylor of Granville; Joshua Flickinger of Junction City; Tom Crook of Lancaster; Michael Fleisher, Parker Lehmann and Sarah Napper of New Albany; and Kimberly Lemon of Pataskala.

The Robert Barnes Academic Excellence Award

The Robert Barnes Academic Excellence Award is presented each year to an outstanding senior at Ohio State who is completing his or her undergraduate degree requirements on the Newark campus and has a distinguished record of both academic achievement and leadership. The award includes a monetary gift and a plaque.

This year’s recipient is Kimberly Lemon.

“Winning the Barnes Award has really helped me to realize how much I have done over my academic career at Ohio State Newark. It's a great feeling to have the English faculty support my academic accomplishments and to be recognized by campus leadership,” said Lemon. “I've always focused on what's ahead, so it's nice to look back and reflect on my journey. I truly appreciate everything the faculty have done for me and all the opportunities this campus has given me to further my academic career and personal growth.”

Lemon forged connections and relationships over her time, and has had many supporters in the English academic area at Ohio State Newark. It was, in fact, two English professors that led her down the path of the English major.

“I was a criminology major at first and then a psychology major, but neither of those seemed to fit. I had a bad experience with English my junior and senior years of high school that put me off of what had previously been my favorite subject,” she said. “I then took classes with Dr. Keller and Dr. Hughes for my general education credits, and they reminded me of everything I loved about English studies.”

As part of the professional writing minor, Lemon embarked on an internship at the Licking County Library. As she is about to earn a bachelor’s degree, she is using her knowledge learned at Ohio State Newark to continue her master’s degree in library and information science.

“I have never worked at a library before but always loved the atmosphere of them, and from what little I did know I was intrigued to potentially pursue a library science degree and a career as a librarian,” said Lemon. “Once I had the chance to actually work in a library, I knew pretty quickly that this was what I wanted to do.”

The Ohio State Newark English faculty also unanimously nominated Lemon as the Newark campus representative for Ohio State’s Denney Award, for which she was named runner-up against multiple candidates. The Denney Award is named in honor of Joseph Villiers Denney, who was a distinguished teacher, scholar and administrator at Ohio State during the early part of the twentieth century. This award is recognizes the most outstanding senior English major scheduled to graduate during the current academic year.

Academic Area Awards

Several discipline-specific awards were also presented at the Salute to Undergraduate Achievement Dinner. The awards and recipients are:
• Harding Ganz Prize (history): Franchesica Kidd of Newark
• Richard Shiels Prize (history): Colette Oberlin of Centerburg
• English Studies Community Citizenship Award: John Wetzel of Johnstown
• English Studies Essay Award: Shelby Royal of Blacklick and Kyle Smith of Newark
• Ruth Scott-Sara Staats Outstanding Psychology Student Award: Charles Cayton of Thornville
• Dr. Paul E. Panek Memorial Scholarship (psychology): Andy Hawthorn of Baltimore
• Lillabelle Holt Undergraduate Education Award: Sonya Schmid of Newark
• Classics Latin Junior Prize: Shane Donaghy of Reynoldsburg
• Classics Latin Senior Prize: Brenna Hubschman of Dublin
• Classics Award: Charlie Stanislav of New Albany

Pictured: Kimberly Lemon (middle) with Mr. and Mrs. Robert Barnes.

The Ohio State University at Newark offers an academic environment that’s inclusive of diversity, challenging but supportive with world-renowned professors and access to Ohio State’s more than 200 majors. It’s where learning comes to life. Research, study abroad and service learning opportunities prepare students for their careers in ways they never expected.