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Monday, April 25, 2011

Steven Geiss to Receive President's Medal

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Honors Scholar Steven Geiss will receive the President's Medal, the highest award given to a USI graduate, at the Spring 2011 Commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 8, at Roberts Stadium. Geiss will graduate summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology.

An Evansville resident and graduate of Reitz Memorial High School, Geiss holds the Edward F. Harrison Presidential Scholarship, a prestigious four-year scholarship. He was named to each semester's Honors List since his freshman year in 2007, maintaining a 4.0 grade point average throughout his college career. A faculty member in the Pott College of Science and Engineering refers to Geiss as a student who, as an active and interested participant in the classroom, asked pertinent questions and enhanced the classroom experience for all students.

His involvement in student life is as impressive as his excellence in academic work. Student life programs at USI exist to complement the academic curriculum. Involvement is a key tool in developing the whole student, and Geiss played an integral role in developing the full collegiate experience for himself and his fellow students. He has held offices and positions of responsibility with Student Ambassadors, College Mentors for Kids, AMIGO orientation leaders, the Honors Program, Pre-Professional Health Club, and Camp Eagle. He was a presenter in the Endeavor Undergraduate Research and Creative Works Symposium and a conference assistant in the Department of Housing and Residence Life. He worked in the microbiology lab and served on the University Core Curriculum Committee. This spring semester he studied in the United Kingdom at Harlaxton College and discovered a love for traveling and experiencing new people and places.

While working with professionals in Student Affairs, Geiss managed challenging situations with integrity, professionalism, and maturity. A mentor in Student Life identifies him as a hard-working, productive student leader who is one of the most motivated, determined, intelligent, and well-rounded students at the University.

The list of awards Geiss has amassed is notable. He received the Top Student Leader Award from the vice president of Student Affairs, the Sherrianne Standley University Service Scholarship, and the Achievement Award for Excellence in cellular and molecular biology. He was named an Emerging Leader of the Year at USI and served on the Homecoming court. He participated on soccer and bowling intramural teams.

Recognized as one who offers great promise, Geiss will study medicine at the Indiana University School of Medicine in the fall. His career goal is to return to the Evansville area to practice medicine and raise a family after spending time helping the medically underserved in another country.

Other finalists for the President's Medal were Katharine Funke, Sonali Gandhi, Sunny Huang, and Lauren Raikes. The Student Affairs Committee of the Faculty Senate selects the President's medal recipient. The Geiss interview was conducted via Skype because he was studying abroad during the spring semester. It was the first time a finalist interview was conducted on the Internet.

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