Tabor College acknowledges student success for 2017-18 year

Tabor College had its annual honors convocation May 10. The event acknowledged the academic success of students and faculty for the 2017-18 school year.

Roughly one third of the student body received awards for their achievements around campus and in the classroom.

“It is always a delight to celebrate student academic achievement and this year is no exception,” Frank Johnson, vice president of academics, told the students. “It is my desire that students take these positive experiences and allow them to enrich their life journey as they give back to their communities and churches.”

Each year, one male and one female are nominated by students and faculty to receive the Hiebert Out­stand­­ing Student Merit Award. Honorees are chosen by a committee with representatives from the student body, the faculty and student development.

Recipients must hold a cumulative grade-point average of 3.3 and demonstrate leadership on campus. Recognition and monetary scholarship funds are endowed by the descendants of Kornelius Hiebert, who was the first chair of the Tabor College Board of Directors.

This year’s recipient was Allison Nickel of Centen­nial, Colo.

One faculty member is selected to receive the Clarence R. Hiebert Excel­lence in Teaching Award. The award is given annually to the faculty member who best exemplifies the qualities of excellent teaching at Tabor College.

This year’s recipient is Lara Vanderhoof, assistant professor of social work.

One of the nominations for Vanderhoof read: “Lara does a fantastic job with prospective students and is always willing to help when needed. I appreciate the integration of Christ and faith into tough topics to teach our students how to create change in a hostile world.”

Other recognitions included NAIA All-Ameri­can Scholar Athletes, Dean’s Scholars and academic awards given by department chairs.