Rankin Awards honor four outstanding seniors

May 2 2007

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- Four members of the Indiana State University Class of 2007 will receive the Alan C. Rankin Memorial Distinguished Senior Awards during commencement exercises at 2 p.m. May 5 in Hulman Center.

The awards were established to recognize outstanding members of the senior class who have contributed to the betterment of campus life at ISU. Individuals selected to receive the awards must have a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.25 and have demonstrated dedicated membership and leadership ability in campus organizations, as well as in the community.

Named for ISU’s seventh president, Alan C. Rankin, who served from 1965-1975, the Rankin Awards are sponsored by the Student Alumni Association and the Office of Alumni Affairs.

Megan Anderson of Knox is an English major and creative writing minor, graduating with an honors diploma.

Active in ISU’s Hulman Memorial Union Board for the last three years, Anderson has served as chair of special events, vice president of internal affairs and president for the 2006-2007 school year in addition to participating in numerous activities sponsored by the organization. She has also been involved in Homecoming and Spring Week activities.

She has interned in the Office of Communications & Marketing for the past two years in addition to serving as a resident assistant in Cromwell and Jones halls. Anderson was part of the first group of ISU student bloggers, describing campus life for prospective students.

Anderson is a recipient of the Hazel Tesh Pfennig Memorial Scholarship, the highest award for English majors; and is a four-year alumni scholar.

Rachael Chase is a chemistry major and psychology minor who has been involved in research activities since the second semester of her freshman year, working under assistant professor Richard Fitch. An undergraduate research fellow, her examination of the toxicity of the Kentucky coffee bean led to numerous presentations of her work, including at the American Chemical Society National Meeting, the Indiana Academy of Sciences and the Kentuckiana Undergraduate Research Symposium.

Chase is currently serving as a research assistant for St. Ann’s Clinic, studying the long-term management of diabetes. Chase has served as a supplementary instructor for introductory classes in biology and chemistry, holding special study sessions.

With future plans of becoming a physician, Chase currently works as a volunteer for VistaCare Hospice, visiting patients. According to Chase, his time has given her insight on what physicians deal with every day.

In addition to her research, Chase is very involved in campus activities. She is a member of the Pre-Medical Association, the American Chemical Society - Student Affiliates, President's Scholars Association and Sycamore Singers. She was also a 2005 Indianapolis 500 princess.

Andrea Clifford is an athletic training major, graduating with an honors diploma. She has been active in the Student Council for Exceptional Children, serving as secretary and vice-president. A president's scholar, she has been involved in a number of non-profit organizations, honor societies, service projects, professional development committees and fundraising events to fulfill a personal need to give back to the campus and community.

She has served as an undergraduate research fellow for the Alliance for Excellence through Engagement and Experience, researching along with two other students how athletic training services are distributed in the Wabash Valley.

An athletic training student from Hillsdale, she has given more than 1500 hours of service to athletic teams in Vigo County.

Clifford has been active in the Student Athletic Training Association since 2003, currently serving as president; and is a representative to the Indiana Athletic Trainers Association. She represents ISU on a much greater level as one of 12 student senators to the Great Lakes Athletic Trainers Association. As a student senator, she represents student members from Indiana and five other states.

Brent Pulliam of Robinson, Ill. is a bachelor’s of Fine Arts degree in photography candidate who has excelled academically while overcoming challenges. At age 51, the returning non-traditional student logged more than 3,000 miles a month commuting back and forth to campus while caring for an aging parent.

His perseverance and dedication to earning his degree has paid off. His academic achievements have earned his membership in the Golden Key International Honour Society, induction into the honor society Phi Kappa Phi and mention for the past three years on the National Dean’s List.

Pulliam received two awards, the Hulman Memorial Student Union Purchase Awards and the Provost’s Purchase Award, at the 2007 ISU Juried Student Art Exhibition and was honored with the Mark S. Hanning Scholarship in Art in 2005.

He participated in a capstone art project in 2005, Through the Eyes of a Child - Homelessness, where he created a composite mural and accompanying graphic from paintings by 20 students from Robinson's Nuttall Middle School. The paintings referenced local and national homeless assistance organizations. The mural and graphic were displayed in ISU’s Cunningham Memorial Library from December 2005 to March 2006.

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Contact: Jill Shutt, Alumni Affairs, (812) 237-8327

Writer: Paula Meyer, ISU Communications & Marketing, (812) 237-3783 or pmeyer4@isugw.indstate.edu

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Four members of the Indiana State University Class of 2007 will receive the Alan C. Rankin Memorial Distinguished Senior Awards during commencement exercises at 2 p.m. May 5 in Hulman Center.

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