HAYS, Kan. -- Jordan Voss, Colby, was named
today as the recipient of the Torch Award as the outstanding graduating senior
from the Class of 2014 at Fort Hays State University.
He will receive a Bachelor of Science in chemistry
with Magna Cum Laude honors at Commencement, which begins at 10 a.m. Saturday,
May 17, in Gross Memorial Coliseum.
The announcement of the Torch Award came today
at the annual Graduate and Faculty Luncheon, sponsored by the FHSU Alumni
Association. The Pilot Award for outstanding faculty member and the Navigator
Award for outstanding faculty advisor were also announced. All three recipients
will sit on the platform and be recognized at Commencement.
Dr. Cheryl Duffy, professor of English, was the
Pilot Award Recipient, and Karrie Simpson Voth, professor of art and design,
was the recipient of the Navigator Award.
Dr. Marcy Aycock, a 1984 graduate of FHSU and
president of the FHSU Alumni Association, introduced Voss, a 2010 graduate of
Colby High School, who was selected from 49 nominees.
Aycock quoted one faculty member who said, in
support of Voss's nomination, "As a student in my classes, Jordan's native
intelligence combined with his creativity and fine communication skills to
bring him right to the top and keep him there throughout."
This faculty member continued, said Aycock,
"One reason why I feel Jordan is the perfect choice for the Torch Award is
that he possesses all the attributes needed to be a role model for younger
students: intelligence, dependability and initiative."
Another faculty member wrote, "The best
predictor of future performance is past performance. I expect great things from
Jordan and that he will be a Torch awardee that Fort Hays will be proud of."
Voss has served as a coordinator of chemistry
magic shows for local area youth, volunteers at Hays Medical Center, and has
participated in clinical observation at the Mayo Clinic and Hays Medical Center.
As a recipient of a K-INBRE Star Trainee research grant, he has initiated a
research project that is designed to understand the role of a particular
chemical in the development and progression of cancer and other related
He has served as president of the National
Society of Collegiate Scholars and the American Medical Student Association
Premedical Club and has also been inducted into the Fort Hays Honor Society and
Phi Kappa Phi. He has also served as Chemistry Club treasurer and as a chemistry
lab assistant and tutor.
Aycock also introduced the Pilot Award winner.
"Dr. Duffy is one of the most passionate teachers I've had in all my years
of schooling," said one student quoted by Aycock. "She loves the
subject and uses her extensive knowledge and enthusiasm to inspire every
student in class."
The student, said Aycock, continued, "She
takes the time to get to know each student individually in order to serve his
or her needs. Every lesson is unique as she is constantly finding new ways to
present information in order to keep students engaged at all times."
Duffy was a leader in bringing the principles of
service learning to Fort Hays State and was recognized for this work by being
named the Kansas Service-Learning Faculty Member of the Year in 2003.
Carolyn Campbell, a Wheat Ridge, Colo., senior who
serves as campus relations director for the Student Government Association,
presented the Navigator Award to Simpson Voth.
The award was created in 1998 to recognize an
outstanding academic advisor based on how closely he or she adheres to the
university goals for academic advising. Candidates are nominated, interviewed
and selected by graduating seniors.
Campbell quoted from one student's nomination of
Simpson Voth: "My advisor helps students above and beyond the call of
duty. I encourage those making the selection to consider this advisor as an
asset to this university and to countless advisees."
"It is evident that this year's recipient
has a true interest in student success, and is accessible and available,"
said Campbell. "She is inspired by students, serves as their advocate and
works to connect with each of them on an individual level."
Association instituted the Torch and Pilot awards in 1974 to emphasize the
importance of excellence in teaching and learning. They are presented every
year at the Graduate and Faculty Luncheon in advance of Commencement.
The Torch Award candidates are nominated by members of the
faculty on the basis of classroom excellence, participation in professional
organizations, and involvement in student or civic activities. The Pilot Award
is given on the basis of classroom excellence, ongoing research and service
activities. Candidates are nominated by graduating seniors. Nominations for the Navigator Award are also made by graduating seniors
in a process conducted by the Student Government Association.
The Alumni Association, established in
1916, is dedicated to identifying and serving the needs of more than 57,000
graduates living throughout the United States and 70 foreign countries. For more information, contact the Alumni
Association at 785-628-4430 or firstname.lastname@example.org.