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Pott College Newsletter

Summer Stories

Nearly 2,000 students named to USI Dean's List for Spring 2021 Semester 

USI Provost, Dr. Mohammed Khayum, announced a total of 1,966 undergraduate students to the Dean's List.

Student Achievements

Meghan McCrary Named 2021 Presidential Medalist

Meghan McCrary, Biology, earned the Presidential Medal. The President’s Medal is the highest honor presented to a student and is awarded each year to a member of the graduating class.

Pott College Distinguished Graduate Named 

 Julia Kurz, Mechanical Engineering major and Math minor, was named the 2021 Pott College Distinguished Graduate.

2021 Pott College Academic Achievement Award Recipients:

Pott College Distinguished Graduate- Julia Kurz


Academic Achievement Award in Biology- Kennedy Stoll


Outstanding Achievement in Biochemistry- Justin Butts

Outstanding Achievement in Chemistry- Shelby Braselton


Distinguished Graduate of Engineering- Julia Kurz

Outstanding Graduate in Mechanical Engineering- Julia Kurz

Outstanding Graduate in Electrical Engineering- Joseph Bem

Outstanding Graduate in Electrical Engineering- Mitchell Rea

Outstanding Graduate in Civil Engineering- Samantha Palamarchuk 

Outstanding Graduate in Engineering- Daisy Valdez-Perez

Outstanding Graduate in Advanced Manufacturing- Jackson Ashby

Outstanding Graduate in Industrial Supervision- Jerrod Moorman

Geology & Physics

Academic Achievement Award in Biophysics- David Wahl

Academic Achievement Award in Geology- Connor Rose

Academic Achievement Award in Physics- Austin Mitchell

Geology Recognition Award- Alfonso Aldana

Kinesiology & Sport

Outstanding Exercise Science Student Award- Kathryn Hergenrother

Outstanding Kinesiology Student Award- Jennifer Comastri

Outstanding Sport Management Student Award- Katherine Risewick

Outstanding Graduate Sport Management Student Award- Bobby Huggins

Mathematical Sciences

Academic  Achievement Award in Mathematics- Austin Mitchell

Academic Achievement Award in Mathematical Teaching- Justin Park

Academic Achievement Award in Statistics- Molly Jillson

Teacher Education

Outstanding Early Childhood Education Student Award- Brittany Smith

Outstanding Elementary Education Student Award- Daniela Gatica-Gonzalez

Outstanding Graduate Student in Education Award- Andria Reed

Outstanding Secondary Education Student Award- Justin Park

Outstanding Special Education Student Award- Shaelie Nichols

 2021 Pott College Student Campus Community Excellence Awards:

Pott College Student Campus Community Excellence in Leadership Award-Mackenzie Hupp

Pott College Student Campus Community Excellence in Dedication Award-Alex Loepker

Pott College Student Campus Community Excellence in Service Award-American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)

Pott College Student Advisory Board Scholarship Recipient-Madelyn Sturgeon

Faculty Achievements

2021 Pott College Faculty Excellence Awards 

Pott College Excellence in Teaching Award-Dr. Moriah Smothers, Teacher Education

Pott College Excellence in Scholarship Award-Dr. Jeff Thomas, Teacher Education

Pott College Excellence in Service Award- Dr. Rebecca Sparks-Thissen, Biology

Pott College Staff Award-Mr. Chris Hogue, Chemistry

Faculty Promotions 

Dr. Shelly Blunt, Professor of Chemistry

Dr. Clarissa Willis, Professor of Teacher Education

Dr. Alex Champagne, Associate Professor of Biology

Dr. Christos Deligkaris, Associate Professor of Physics

Dr. Joy Howard, Associate Professor of Teacher Education

Dr. Kyle Mara, Associate Professor of Biology

Congratulations to these faculty members on their retirement. USI and Pott College will miss you!

Mrs. Kristy Dedmond, Advising

“People say that time flies when you are having fun, and I cannot believe I have been working at USI for 27 years. I have a lot of great memories of my experiences at the University and I have definitely made some life-long friendships that I will cherish.”

Mrs. Nancy Martin, Teacher Education

“USI has been and continues to be a great place to work, learn, and grow!”

Ms. Teresa Branson, Teacher Education

“There are so many best parts of working at USI, but number one has always been the students!  However, the staff in Teacher Education has made the journey so much fun.”

Mrs. Terry Martin, Pott College Administrative Associate

Faculty Spotlight:


Congratulations to Dr. Clarissa Willis on releasing her first book, Critter Invasion, published by Young Dragons Press!

Featured Alumni

Ally Robbeloth '19 

Ally Robbeloth came to USI after falling in love with the campus. USI allowed her to step out of her comfort zone and take leadership roles that she now uses in her actuarial carreer.


Cameron Brown '12

Now, Brown will begin working as the Director of Clinical Microbiology at Ben Taub Hospital, as well as beginning his academic appointment as an assistant professor in the Department of Pathology and Immunology at Baylor College of Medicine.

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