Muhlenberg Students, Faculty, Staff Honored at 2022 Honors Convocation

The ceremony celebrated academic achievement, community engagement, original research and commitment to the College.

 Thursday, June 2, 2022 03:31 PM

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Faculty and staff process into Muhlenberg's beautiful Egner Chapel at the start of the 2022 Honors Convocation.

The Muhlenberg College Honors Convocation is a formal academic ceremony designed to honor and celebrate leadership and scholarly excellence and achievement in the College community. This year's program was held at  2:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 1, in Egner Chapel.

Faculty were named recipients of The Class of 1932 Research ProfessorshipThe Crossett Family FellowshipThe Donald B. Hoffman Research Fellowship, The Robert C. Williams Faculty AwardThe Daniel J. and Carol Shiner Wilson GrantThe Ruth and Joel Spira Prize for Distinguished TeachingThe Award for the Outstanding Advisor to First-Year Students and The Faculty Rising Scholars Awards.

Staff were honored with The Chairman’s Award, the Hamre Prize and the Student Government Award. The address was provided by Ranajoy Ray-Chaudhuri, associate professor of economics.


The American Chemical Society Prize, Lehigh Valley Section
Vanshika Kumar '22

The Leslie R. Anders Memorial Prize
Michael Albdewi '22 

The Dr. Edwin R. Baldrige Memorial Award
Chloe Selover '22

The Dr. Charles S. Bednar Award in Political Science
Carl Capizzi '23

The Harry A. Benfer Memorial Scholarship
Truman Becker '23

The Dr. Robert A. Boyer Prize
Abigail Wesolek '22

The Rev. Dr. H. H. Bruning Gift Fund Prize
Aya Kanan '23

The Lucille Cafouros Award in Anthropology
Aya Kanan '23

The Lucille Cafouros Award in Sociology
Caya Greenspan-Layman '22

The Elizabeth A. Carlson Memorial Prize in Dance
Arianna Tilley '22

The Citizen Exchange Council Award in Russian Studies
Michael Albdewi '22

The Franklin H. Claire ’59 Memorial Award for Excellence in Marketing
Connor Baker '22

The Class of 1969 Graduate Study Award
Claire Fennelly '22

The Class of 1969 Music Award
Abigail Sherman '22

The Corona D’alloro Prize in Italian Studies
Frances Bixby '22

The Tara Demarzo Dedication Award
Grace Oddo

The Jeanette Eichenwald Interfaith Award
Nour Yousry '23

The Russell B. Everett Romance Language Award
Annabella Capaccio '22

The Lillian and Anthony Fiddler Memorial Award in Music
Katelyn Hughes '22

The William A. Flamish Memorial Award in Neuroscience
Marielle Avola '22

The William M. French Award in Education
Morgan Zissman '23

The Dr. George A. Frounfelker Award
April Bastian '22
Matthew Merlo '22

The Russell Fulford Award
Francois D'Elia '23

The Futter Prize for Achievements in Language Studies
Giulia Gerschel '23

The Carl E. Grothehen Jr. Memorial Award for Excellence in Psychology
Tajarie Wright '22

The Dr. John A. W. Haas Award
Peyton Sloan '23

The Susan E. Halamay Journalism Award
Katherine Dickey '22

The George H. Hambrecht Law School Award
Carl Capizzi '23

The Frederick E. Hanson Scholarship Award
Serena Hertzog '23

The James W. and Barbara H. Herrick Award
Auroni Hashim '22
Sophie Sarnitsky '22

The Morris S. Hoats Award
Morgan Bishop '22

The Wayne Kenneth Hollabaugh P’88 and Linda J. King Hollabaugh P’88 Award
Maereg Gebretekle '22

The Huebner Global Education and Awareness Award
Thomas Kelly '24

The Carol E. Hutchinson Memorial Prize in Research in Psychology
Sarah Cehelyk '22
Madeleine Kemo '22

The Hyman-Goodman Award
Jodie Goldberg '23

The Louis J. Jacobs Premedical Prize
Michael Albdewi '22
Natalie David '22

The Dr. Victor L. Johnson Scholarship
Eva Vaquera '23

The Keith M. Keenly Microbiology Award
Christina Xu '22

The Miriam E. Koehler Award for Excellence in Mathematics
Charles Ohanian '24

The Carol Emhardt Kuntzleman Memorial Award
Noemi Di Cori '23
Amy Tomko '23

The Ralph A. and Mary A. Lichtenwalner Memorial Prize
Benjamin Chen '22 

The Alphonse C. Lova Memorial Award in Chemistry
Sebastian Leyes Porello '23

The Seena Marcus Art Award
Brianna Butchey '23

The Dr. Anthony J. Marino Jr. Award in Computing Science
Benedict Kohler '23 

The Professor Roberta Meek Africana Studies Award 
Mustafa Hall '23

The Wesley S. Mitman Mathematical Prize
Adeeb Saed '22

The Noel R. and Edith J. Moyer Award in Philosophy
Hallie Hoffman '22

The Clifford R. Moyer Memorial Prize in Physics
Alexander Gardner ‘22

The Muhlenberg Goodwill Prize
Maxwell Seeber

The Robert W. and Edythe M. Mull Award for Excellence in Mathematics
Jack Younes ‘23

The Novartis Endowed Science Scholars Program Award
Hannah Morris ‘23
Emma Muller ‘22
Adeeb Saed ‘22

The Dr. Robert S. Ochner Award
Giovanni Merrifield ‘23

The Arthur C. Peters Memorial Prize
Isabella van der Weide ‘23

Phi Sigma Iota Award in French
Katelyn Hughes ‘22

Phi Sigma Iota Award in Spanish
Annabella Capaccio ‘22 

The President’s Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement and Promise for Postgraduate Study
Serena Hertzog ‘23
Lauren Washco ‘24
Riley Wexler ‘24

The Dr. John J. Reed Scholarship
Rebecca Clark ‘23

The D. Irvin and Marjorie M. Reitz Scholarship
Melanie McCoy ‘22

The Todd L. Romig Memorial Prize
Max May ‘23

The Martin A. Rosoff Clu Memorial Award
Hadas Seltzer ‘24

The Dr. Dominic J. Salines Memorial Award
Cassandra Salib ‘22 

The Senior Scholar Athletes of the Year Award
Abigail Dalton ‘22
Maxwell Seeber ‘22

The Dr. John V. Shankweiler Prize
Sydney Baron ‘22

The Paul C. Sherr Essay Prize
Grace Gault ‘22

The Dr. John and Ethel Shintay Scholarship
Molli Mamiye ‘23
Abbey Robuck ‘24

The Dr. Robert E. Shoemaker Graduate Fellowship
Sarah Cehelyk ‘22

The Stanley D. Sloyer Award in Music
Sarah Zulewski ‘22

The Dr. Harold L. Stenger Jr. Fellowship for Graduate Study in Literature
Aevyn Barnett ‘22
Yonbue Goodall-Tanco ‘22

The Sojourner Truth Award
Cydney Wilson ‘23

The Dr. William Wackernagel Award for Excellence in German
Willem Birgel ‘22

The Paul M. White ’27 Business Award
Alexandra Chirinkin ‘23
Tova Granowitz ‘23
Jacob Newman ‘23
Peyton Sloan ‘23

The Woman’s Auxiliary of Muhlenberg College Scholarship in Honor of The Rev. George F. Eichorn Jr.
Catherine Duncan ‘23

The Woman’s Auxiliary of Muhlenberg College Music Scholarship for a Junior
Emma Roppo ‘23

The Ann E. Wonsiewicz Scholars in Education Award
Katelyn Hughes ‘22
Aidan Sewell ‘24
Morgan Zissman ‘23 

The Rev. Dr. Arvids Ziedonis Jr. Fellowship for Graduate Studies Related to Foreign Language, Literatures, Cultures or Theology
Armando Jimenez-Carbarin


The J. William Fulbright Program
Marc Szechter '22, Semi-Finalist

The Marshall Scholarship
Kevan Shah ‘22, Finalist

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship
Alison Bashford
Brittney Gelb

The Stephen A. Schwarzman Scholarship
Kevan Shah ‘22, Winner


The Community Engagement Award
Jeffrey Varrone '22

The Dean of Students Award
Patrick Carmody '23 

The Greek Leader of the Year Award
Joel Hark '22

The Dr. Priscilla E. Howard Tutor Award
Shelly Zaid-Kunz '22

The President’s Award
Black Student Association
Bianca Bolt ‘23 and Hailey Petrus ‘23

The Resident Advisor of the Year Award
Michaela Morgan ‘23

The Student Activities Award
Connor Baker ‘22

The Student Government Achievement Award
Jaunice Vega ‘22

The Student Government Award
Randall Smith, Assistant Professor of Dance

The Student Leader of the Year Award
Adam Marcus ‘22

The Kurt M. Thiede Prize
Shivani Iyer ‘23

About Muhlenberg College
Founded in 1848, Muhlenberg is a highly selective, private, four-year residential, liberal arts college offering baccalaureate and graduate programs. With an enrollment of approximately 2,200 students, Muhlenberg College is dedicated to shaping creative, compassionate, collaborative leaders through rigorous academic programs in the arts, humanities, natural sciences and social sciences; selected preprofessional programs, including accounting, business, education and public health; and progressive workforce-focused post-baccalaureate certificates and master’s degrees. Located in Allentown, Pennsylvania, approximately 90 miles west of New York City, Muhlenberg is a member of the Centennial Conference, competing in 22 varsity sports. Muhlenberg is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.