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2018 SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS

After much deliberation on the part of the Pi Gamma Mu Awards Committee, the committee's chairperson, Dr. Clara Small, recommended 12 students and 4 alternates to receive Pi Gamma Mu Scholarships to the Board of Trustees.  Two of the top twelve applicants declined their awards so the first two alternates were provided scholarships in their place.  The Board of Trustees awarded the scholarships to the following lifetime members of Pi Gamma Mu:


Steven J. Casement
Steven J. Casement was awarded the $2,000 Carroll Parish Scholarship. The International Board of Trustees funded the Carroll Parish Scholarship to memorialize Carroll Parish, the late chancellor of Pi Gamma Mu's Western Region. Casement earned a B.A. degree in History from Le Moyne College, where he joined the New York Sigma Chapter of Pi Gamma Mu in 2016. Casement is currently attending graduate school at Pennsylvania State University, studying in the Department of History with a focus in Early Modern History. Casement has interned for the Le Moyne College Archives, published his research paper "Southern Slavery and Antebellum Law: Modifications Suited to the State and Master Class" and has traveled abroad to Germany, among many other achievements during his time as an undergraduate student. Upon completion of his graduate education, Casement plans to become a University Professor. Dr. Jeffrey Chin is the Faculty Chapter Sponsor of the New York Sigma Chapter.

Michelle Critchfield
Michelle Critchfield was selected to receive the Effie B. Urquhart Scholarship of $2,000.  The Effie B. Urquhart Scholarship is funded by the Board of Trustees to memorialize Effie B. Urquhart, Pi Gamma Mu's late national executive secretary. Critchfield was a double major in Psychology and History and graduated with a B.A. from Baker University. In the fall of 2015, Critchfield traveled abroad to Grantham, England, where she took the opportunity to advance her research on identity structures between the British Isles and France. Critchfield joined the Kansas Eta Chapter of Pi Gamma Mu at Baker University in 2016.  She is currently a traveling chapter consultant for Alpha Chi Omega Fraternity, Inc.  Her future career goals include serving as an educator in the field of history.  Dr. Tim Buzzell is the Faculty Chapter Sponsor of the Kansas Eta Chapter. Critchfield was selected by the Board of Trustees to receive the Effie B. Urquhart Scholarship but regretfully declined the scholarship. Another applicant was selected to receive a scholarship.

Jelena Jevtic
Jelena Jevtic was selected to receive the Gordon Mercer Scholarship of $1,000. The International Board of Trustees established this scholarship to honor Dr. Gordon E. Mercer, Pi Gamma Mu's 13th International President. Jevtic is an international student from Serbia, a fact which has prompted her to seek a career in International Affairs. Jevtic graduated from Bluefield State College with a B.A. in Social Sciences and a concentration in Political Science. Jevtic was initiated into the West Virginia Theta Chapter at Bluefield State College in 2016, where she served as chapter president from 2016-2017. Dr. Amanda Matoushek is the Faculty Chapter Sponsor of the West Virginia Theta Chapter. Jevtic was selected by the Board of Trustees to receive the Gordon Mercer Scholarship but regretfully declined the scholarship. Another applicant was selected to receive a scholarship.

Paola Montalvo Ayala
The recipient of the Marvel Stockwell Scholarship of $2,000 is Paola Montalvo Ayala. The International Board of Trustees funded this scholarship to memorialize Marvel Stockwell, late Pi Gamma Mu international first vice president. Ayala joined Pi Gamma Mu in 2016 through the Georgia Lambda Chapter at Georgia State University, where she served as chapter president. Ayala also represented the Georgia Lambda Chapter when she presented her social science research at Pi Gamma Mu's International Triennial Convention in 2017. Ayala graduated in 2018 with a Bachelor's in Social Work and a minor in Planning and Economics Development. Ayala is currently working toward a Master's in Social Work at the George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in Saint Louis. Her graduate work, along with the help of Pi Gamma Mu, will help further Ayala's career goal of engaging in direct practice and advocacy to alleviate the plight of individuals experiencing homelessness in the United States. Dr. Glenwood Ross is the Faculty Chapter Sponsor of the Georgia Lambda Chapter.
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Jessica J. Rundell
Jessica J. Rundell received the Dan Quigley Scholarship of $1,000. The International Board of Trustees funded this scholarship to memorialize Atty. Dan Quigley, Pi Gamma Mu's late legal counsel. This scholarship is awarded specifically to students in their first year of law school. Rundell is currently pursuing a Juris Doctorate at Northeastern University, preparing for a career in Public Health Law. Rundell graduated from Le Moyne College with a B.A. in political science. Graduating as a member of the Integral Honors Program, Rundell received the highest degree offered at Le Moyne College. The New York Sigma Chapter at Le Moyne College is where Rundell joined Pi Gamma Mu in 2015. In the summer of 2017, Rundell served as a Tutor-Counselor for the HEOP-AHANA Program at Le Moyne College, working with thirty young minority students, an experience which allowed her to face many of the problems associated with gender inequality. With her continuing education, Rundell hopes to address these issues in an active way. Dr. Jeffrey Chin is the Faculty Chapter Sponsor of the New York Sigma Chapter.
The following were awarded $1,000 Pi Gamma Mu Scholarships:

Diane Doodnauth
Diane Doodnauth was inducted into Pi Gamma Mu in 2014 through the Connecticut Beta chapter at the University of Bridgeport. Doodnauth received a B.A. from the University of Bridgeport with a double major in International Political Economy & Diplomacy and Religion & Politics with a minor in Modern Language. During her undergraduate education at the University of Bridgeport, Doodnauth spent four weeks in Hanyang University pursuing her Study Abroad in Korea. Doodnauth also served as a national service volunteer working at the MYo AmeriCorps RYASAP, in Bridgeport CT. Doodnauth is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Global Development at Bridgeport University, an effort which she hopes will aid her in joining international organizations such as Human Rights Watch, or Amnesty, in order to aid in stopping human rights violations and the unfair treatment of women in developing countries. Dr. Beth Skott is the Faculty Chapter Sponsor of the Connecticut Beta Chapter.
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Troy Fort
Troy Fort is a member of the Kansas Alpha Chapter of Pi Gamma Mu at Southwestern College. Fort graduated from Southwestern College with a B.A. in Psychology and minors in Biology and Criminal Justice. Joining Pi Gamma Mu in 2016, Fort served as both the President and Treasurer of the Kansas Alpha Chapter while at Southwestern College. With a strong focus on psychological research in his undergraduate career, Fort interned in a Laboratory of Emotion and Psychophysiology at Oklahoma State University, and also conducted research for his senior thesis titled "Drinks Like a Fish: A New Perspective of the Effects of Ethanol on Associative Learning in Zebrafish." Fort's senior thesis sought to investigate how and to what extent ethanol disrupts the learning ability of zebrafish. Fort is currently enrolled in the Psychology Ph.D. program at Kansas State University, with an emphasis in behavioral neuroscience. Dr. Cheryl Rude is the Faculty Chapter Sponsor of the Kansas Alpha Chapter.

Megan Gilliam
Megan Gilliam was initiated into Pi Gamma Mu in 2017 at the Indiana Epsilon Chapter at Valparaiso University. Gilliam graduated from Valparaiso University with a B.A. and a double major in Sociology/Criminal Justice and English. During the spring semester of 2017, Gilliam served as a Pretrial and Probation Intern, an experience that led to a career goal of becoming a federal probation officer. In addition to interning with U.S. Probation, Gilliam also was a United States Marshals Intern and was a fellow for Valparaiso University's highly competitive Calling and Purpose in Society (CAPS) Program. Currently Gilliam is a Masters student in the School of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University. Gilliam's graduate work, along with the help of Pi Gamma Mu, will help further her drive to maintain public safety, provide resources to disenfranchised individuals, and ultimately reduce recidivism rates. Professor Niru Devaraj is the Faculty Chapter Sponsor of the Indiana Epsilon Chapter.

Rebecca Kopper
Joining in 2017, Rebecca Kopper is a member of the Kansas Theta Chapter at Newman University. Kopper graduated from Newman University with a B.S. in Psychology. In the spring of 2017 Kopper began work in mental health at Prairie View Inc. It was this experience that allowed her the opportunity to work with those struggling with depression, bipolar disorder, and other mental health diagnoses and has reassured her desire to become a clinical psychologist. As a practicing clinical psychologist, Kopper hopes to incorporate her passion for the justice system by providing services to members of law enforcement, first responders, and crime victims. Kopper also has career goals of developing proactive measures for police agencies to utilize in preventing PTSD and other effects. Kopper is currently pursuing the Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology at Adler University. Dr. Larry Heck is the Faculty Chapter Sponsor of the Kansas Theta Chapter.

Stuart Marshall
Stuart Marshall joined Pi Gamma Mu in 2015 through the North Carolina Nu Chapter at St. Andrews University. Marshall graduated from St. Andrews University with a B.A. in Social Science with a concentration in History. As an undergraduate, Marshall conducted research on topics such as antebellum Southern history, Southeastern American Indian history, US military history, antebellum slavery, and various aspects of American culture and politics, however it was through work on his honors thesis, "The Legacy of Junaluska: Reexamining the North Carolina Cherokee in the Civil War" that compelled Marshall to continue his research with graduate studies. Marshall has also had experience in archival work, collections management, exhibit design and construction, historic site interpretation, and archaeology. Marshall is currently in his second year of graduate school at the University of North Carolina- Greensboro. After his graduate education, Marshall has career goals of conducting research, writing, and teaching in the field of History. Dr. David Herr is the Faculty Chapter Sponsor of the North Carolina Nu Chapter.

Christopher Rogers
Christopher Rogers was inducted in 2017 into the Texas Zeta Chapter at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. Rogers graduated from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor with a B.A. in Psychology. In his undergraduate career, Rogers volunteered for the Belton Juvenile Services Program. This is where he found a passion for mentoring high-risk high school students and helping them reach academic goals. After graduate school in counseling psychology, Rogers has a career goal of owning his own private practice and counseling adults, teenagers, and youth of all ethnicities. He hopes to impact the lives of those around him and aid with any problems an individual may be going through personally, whether that is family-related, physically, spiritually, mentally, or in the work environment. Rogers currently attends graduate school at Western Michigan University.  Dr. Janet Adamski is the Faculty Chapter Sponsor of the Texas Zeta Chapter.

Nicole Tanana
Initiated to Pi Gamma Mu in 2016, Nicole Tanana is a member of the Pennsylvania Alpha Eta Chapter at Marywood University. Tanana graduated from Marywood University with a B.A. and double major in History & Political Science (Pre-Law) and Applied Philosophy, with a minor in Business. Some of Tanana's undergraduate experiences include interning for the Honorable Margaret Bisignani Moyle of Lackawanna County Court of Common Pleas, interning for Munley Law, and interning for Congressman Matt Cartwright. At an early age, Tanana wanted to attend law school and it was through a personal experience that Tanana found her passion for estate law. As a current third-semester law student at Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law, Tanana is beginning pro bono work at an estate planning clinic. In this clinic, Tanana interviews clients from underserved communities and draft wills, powers of attorney, and living wills. Dr. Adam Shprintzen is the Faculty Chapter Sponsor of the Pennsylvania Alpha Eta Chapter.
    

Jerlecia Thompson
Jerlecia Thompson was initiated into Pi Gamma Mu at the Kansas Alpha Chapter at Southwestern College in 2016, where she served as Vice-President of the chapter. Thompson graduated from Southwestern College with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Business Administration. Serving an internship at Camp Ramapo in 2017, Thompson gained valuable experience in working with children who face obstacles to learning including children with special needs. At Camp Ramapo Thompson helped young people learn to align their behaviors with their aspirations. This experience at Camp Ramapo fostered Thompson's passion for working with children, mental health, and human psychology. Currently Thompson is pursuing an Education Specialist degree in School Psychology at Oklahoma State University. With her graduate education Thompson hopes to one day have the ability to make a positive impact on children who have diverse social, emotional, and behavioral characteristics and backgrounds. Dr. Cheryl Rude is the Faculty Chapter Sponsor of the Kansas Alpha Chapter.

Veronica Ung-Kono
Veronica Ung-Kono joined Pi Gamma Mu in 2016 through the New York Sigma Chapter at Le Moyne College. Ung-Kono graduated from Le Moyne College with a B.A. and double major in Communications and Political Science (International Relations). While an undergraduate, Ung-Kono founded the Odyssey at Le Moyne College, a journal focused on political engagement and social justice.  She also worked as a lobbyist for Capitol Hill Days and served as a communication and political affairs intern for The Borgen Project. Ung-Kono is currently pursuing a joint degree program for a Juris Doctorate and Masters in Environmental Law and Policy at Vermont Law School. Ung-Kono is preparing for a career in environmental law and policy. She seeks to create change in the numerous areas that have affected her in her personal life including women's reproductive rights, immigration, climate change, and international poverty. Dr. Jeffrey Chin is the Faculty Chapter Sponsor of the New York Sigma Chapter.



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