Awards and Honors
Dean's List and Honors
Dean’s List: Dean’s List is awarded each fall and spring to any full-time matriculated student who receives a semester average of at least 3.650 on the basis of at least 12 credits for which the student receives letter grades and quality points. A student who has an incomplete grade during a semester will not be eligible for the inclusion on the Dean’s List.
Students enrolled for fewer than 12 graded credits each semester are considered part-time students for the purposes of Dean’s List recognition. Appointment to the Dean’s List is made when
- A minimum total of 12graded credits are completed within one academic year (Fall, Winter, Spring); and
- Grades in the courses across these combined semesters result in a grade point average of 3.650 or higher.
Dean’s List status for part-time students is recorded on the most recently completed semester during which all cumulative criteria were met. Once awarded, the calculation for additional recognition begins anew.
Delphi: Delphi is the College honor society. Students who, upon completion of 86 or more total credits, 60 of which have to be graded credits of academic work at Cedar Crest, have a cumulative grade-point average of 3.800 will be recognized as members of Delphi.
Honor Societies: Cedar Crest sponsors chapters of the following national or international honor societies:
- Alpha Kappa Delta (international – sociology)
- Alpha Psi Omega (national – theatre)
- Beta Beta Beta (national – biology)
- Delta Delta Epsilon (international – forensic science)
- Delta Mu Delta (international – business)
- Gamma Sigma Epsilon (national – chemistry)
- Kappa Delta Pi (national – education)
- Kappa Mu Epsilon (national – mathematics)
- Lambda Pi Eta (national – communication)
- Nu Delta Alpha (national – dance)
- Phi Alpha (national – social work)
- Phi Alpha Theta (international – history)
- Pi Kappa Delta (national – forensic speech)
- Psi Chi (national – psychology)
- Sigma Tau Delta (national – English)
- Sigma Theta Tau (international – nursing)
- Theta Alpha Kappa (national – religion and theology)
Graduation with Honors: A student is considered for graduation honors if the student’s cumulative average at Cedar Crest is 3.550 or better and includes at least 60 graded Cedar Crest (excluding courses taken on a pass/fail basis) credits. The awarding of honors is based on all graded work done at Cedar Crest (including dual degree programs) and graded work completed at other LVAIC institutions as a matriculated Cedar Crest student and is for undergraduate students only.
Students with a cumulative average of 3.550 or above at the end of four years graduate cum laude; those with an average of 3.650 or above graduate magna cum laude; those with an average of 3.800 or above graduate summa cum laude. Students should consult the registrar’s office to determine their status.
Prizes and Awards
Alumnae Prize: Given by the Alumnae Association to the member of the graduating class who throughout her college life has shown outstanding qualities of cooperation and responsibility and has contributed unselfish service to the College.
Reuben J. Butz Prize: Given in memory of Dr. Reuben J. Butz, for many years a member of the Board of Trustees, by his daughters, Mary Butz Leister ‘26 and Ruth Butz Dent ‘37, to the student in the senior class who has exerted the best influence in her college life and association.
Frank M. Cressman Prize: Given by Dr. Frank M. Cressman, Life Trustee, to the senior who, having begun her college work at Cedar Crest and having done most of it here, has attained the highest average during the four years, including credits and grades earned at other institutions under such programs as the Washington Semester and Junior Year Abroad.
Ferrara Johnson Leadership Prize: Given to the graduating senior who has actively participated in leadership activities on and/or off campus, executed her duties as an active participate in a club or organization and in community service with excellence, and has been dedicated to improving the skills of herself and the membership through attendance at leadership and/or professional workshops.
Mary L. Romig Prize: Given to the student whose personal characteristics best exemplify those that were the hallmark of Mary L. Romig: cheerfulness, concern for others and initiative.
Freshman Valedictory Award: Given by the Alumnae Association to the freshman, returning as a sophomore, who has earned the highest academic average during her freshman year.
Howard Agar Memorial Prize: Given to a senior in any discipline who has demonstrated significant ability in the studio arts.
Ruth Rebecca Ayres Junior Award: Given in memory of Ruth Rebecca Ayers '39, to the rising senior who, in her three years at Cedar Crest, has made the most significant contributions to the arts.
Nellie Manges Scholar Athlete Award: This award, named for Dean of Student Emertis Nellie M. Manges, is presented to the student-athlete who graduates with the highest grade-point average and has competed in at least three seasons of competition with one year being her senior year.
Beta Beta Beta Award: Given by the Theta Psi Chapter of Beta Beta Beta to the senior concentrating in biology who has achieved academic excellence and has made substantial contributions to Tri Beta and the department of biological sciences.
Donald E. Morel Award in Nuclear Medicine Technology: Given to the student who has achieved academic excellence in the clinical year.
J. Robert Halma Prize: Given in memory of J. Robert (“Bob”) Halma, Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences for 37 years. Professor Halma was a noted and respected expert on the natural history and geology of the Lehigh Valley and the Pocono Mountains, as well as an accomplished artist and illustrator. This award is given to the senior whose academic work and community engagement best reflect Professor Halma's ideals of scientific scholarship and stewardship of the environment.
Kent Fitzgerald Prize in Neuroscience: Given in honor of Kent Fitzgerald, the second director of Cedar Crest College's Neuroscience program in the Department of Biological Sciences. This award is given to the senior majoring in Neuroscience whose academic excellence and commitment to campus life, including community service, best reflect Dr. Fitzgerald's ideals.
Noble/Baird Scientific Award: Given to the senior who demonstrates outstanding accomplishment and shows promise for a career in medicine.
Institute of Internal Auditors Award: Given by the Institute of Internal Auditors to the senior who has shown outstanding achievement in accounting and auditing.
Institute of Management Accountants Award: Given by the Lehigh Valley Chapter of the National Association of Accountants to a senior who has achieved excellence in accounting.
Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants Award: Given by the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants to the senior who has achieved excellence in accounting.
Sally Turner Weigel Award: Given by her family in memory of Sally Turner Weigel, Class of 1954, to the senior business administration major who has the highest grade-point average and who has done most of her work at Cedar Crest College.
Christina M. Snopek Prize: Given in memory of Christina M. Snopek, Class of 1995, by family and friends, to two senior members of the continuing education program who have done most of their work at Cedar Crest College and who are business administration majors with an interest in banking or finance or who are interested in pursuing a master’s degree in business.
American Chemical Society Award: Given by the Lehigh Valley Section of the American Chemical Society to the senior who has attained the highest average in chemistry.
Communication Award: Given by the Communication Program to the senior who has achieved distinction in Communication.
The Crestiad Award: Given by the Communication Program to the senior who has made the greatest contribution to advancing The Crestiad by dedicating her time and energy to improving and maintaining the integrity of the student-run campus newspaper.
Edward B. Deery Award: Given by colleagues and friends in memory of Dr. Edward B. Deery, professor of education and chairman of the education department 1958-1970, to the senior in elementary education who has indicated the greatest promise of success as an elementary school teacher.
Howard Klopp Award: "Shining Apple Award" To be presented each year during American Education Week to an outstanding teacher in Lehigh or Northampton County.
Delta Kappa Gamma: Given by the Delta Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International to the senior who has done outstanding work in the field of education.
Anne Biddle Pullinger Award: Given in memory of Anne Biddle Pullinger, Class of 1929, by her nephew, E. Ellsworth McMeen III, to the senior in secondary education who has indicated the greatest promise of success as a secondary school teacher.
The Samuels Ethics Award: Given to a sophomore student who best personifies the characteristics of honor and integrity, character, moral responsibility, innate goodness and kindness.
The Outstanding Forensic Science Senior Award: The award is presented to the outstanding senior in the Forensic Science program. The award is based on excellence in academics, active participation in the Forensic Science Student Organization and professional involvement.
Department of History, Literature, and Languages
Holstrom History Merit Prize: Awarded by the history department to the senior who has shown outstanding ability, interest and enthusiasm in the study of history.
Helen S. Weinberger Prize: Given in memory of Helen S. Weinberger, Class of 1924, to the senior history major who has received the highest academic average in the junior and senior years.
Margaret M. Bryant Prize: Given by the Department of History, Literature, and Languages to the senior going on to graduate school in the field of humanities who has achieved distinction in scholarship and shows great promise.
The Humanities Prize: Given by the Department of History, Literature, and Languages to the senior who has demonstrated outstanding and imaginative performance in the humanities.
The Senior Essay Prize in English: Given by the English Program to the senior English major who submits the best essay written for a class in the major.
Mathematical and Information Sciences
Paul V. Kunkel Award: Given in memory of Paul V. Kunkel, member and chairman of the mathematics department from 1935 to 1967, to an outstanding senior.
Lillian S. Brunner Award: Given by the Department of Nursing, through the Lillian S. Brunner Endowment Fund, to the senior nursing major who has demonstrated general excellence in nursing.
Lillian Brunner Master of Science in Nursing Award: is presented to the graduating student in the Master of Science in Nursing program who has exemplified the highest standards of graduate level scholarship through exceptional writing, scholarly discourse and the translation of current best evidence into nursing practice.
Haff Award: Given by the Haff Hospital Nurses Association in memory of Dr. Donald Haff and in honor of Dorothea Wilker Haff, Class of 1934 to the member of the junior class with the highest academic average in nursing.
The Nightingale Award: Established to recognize the graduating nursing senior who demonstrates scholarship, outstanding clinical performance and commitment to the nursing profession.
Olga Ripic Award: Given in memory of Olga Ripic (a graduate of Allentown School of Nursing), by her husband, to the graduating senior nursing student who has demonstrated both scholarship and leadership over the two years of nursing education at Cedar Crest.
Cecilia C. Ryan Memorial Award: Given by family, colleagues and friends in memory of Cecilia C. Ryan, Class of 1926, a member of the Cedar Crest faculty for 45 years, to the senior R.N. student in the nursing program with the highest cumulative average.
Theta Rho Award: Given by the Theta Rho Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International, Honor Society of Nursing, to the graduating senior who has demonstrated exceptional abilities in the areas of nursing scholarship, leadership and research.
Anne O. Winkler Award: Given by colleagues and friends in honor of Dr. Anne O. Winkler, Professor of nursing and first chairman of the nursing department (1974-1986), to the senior who has demonstrated outstanding achievement in nursing theory and practice and has displayed leadership potential while in the nursing program.
Allen Center for Nutrition Award: Given to a graduating senior who has achieved academic excellence and is a highly motivated self-starter.
Alice Mansur Award: Given in memory of Alice Mansur Packard, founder of the Greek Play at Cedar Crest, by friends and family to the winner of the annual Prose/Poetry Oral Interpretation Contest.
Alpha Psi Omega Award: The Alpha Psi Omega Award is given by Alpha Psi Omega, the national theatre honorary chapter Iota Gamma, the performing arts department and The Friends of Cedar Crest Performing Arts to a member of the graduating senior class who has demonstrated excellence in the performing arts.
Buskin Award: The Buskin Award is given by The Buskin Society, the performing arts department and The Friends of Cedar Crest Performing Arts to the graduating member of the senior class who has done the most outstanding work in technical theatre or stage managing.
Beverly S. Logan Prize: Given by family and friends in memory of Beverly S. Logan ’81, who died at the age of 33 of breast cancer, to a senior preparing for graduation in the coming year who has made the greatest contribution to advancing the cause of music at Cedar Crest College by example, performance or initiative, and who, most importantly, is a multidimensional achiever.
Linda Fechnay Baas Award: The Linda Fechnay Baas Award is given in memory of Linda Fechnay Baas, founding director of the Forensics Speech Team. The award is given to a forensic speech student who best exemplifies Linda's spirit of good will, optimism and unconditional support for the forensics team and its members through participation, peer coaching and dedication to excellence in speech.
The Carol Welton Kelly Dance Award for Movement Studies: Given in memory of Carol Welton Kelly, the first director of the dance program at Cedar Crest College, to an outstanding senior dance student who exhibited promise in human movement exploration from mastering the physical technique to scholarly research in dance and is committed to human movement possibilities though theory and practice.
Wilbur Hollman Award: Given in memory of Wilbur Hollman, professor of Music 1943 - 1983, to the Senior Cedar Crest Applied Music student in piano or voice who has demonstrated outstanding performing abilities.
Dr. Florence L. Denmark Award: Given to the graduating senior psychology major who has distinguished herself in campus and departmental extracurricular activities and who has made outstanding contributions to the psychology department and to the College.
Ellis Honig Memorial Award: Established in honor of the late Dr. Ellis Honig who taught in Cedar Crest College’s Department of Psychology for nearly 30 years. This award is given to a graduating senior in recognition of outstanding service contributions to the department and community, such as: organizing psychology club activities, participating in interdisciplinary campus events or programs, serving in a leadership capacity in on- or off-campus practicum experiences, providing service to a community organization, mentoring others, and/or actively serving as a role model for positive social change.
Senior Academic Excellence Award: This award is given to the graduating psychology major student who has completed at least 60 academic credits at Cedar Crest College, and has an outstanding cumulative grade point average and impressive academic record. Selection for this award is made by the Psychology Department on the basis of GPA and academic related achievements, such as internships, research projects, or other outstanding professional contributions.
Virginia Staudt Sexton Award: Given by Dr. Virginia Staudt Sexton, professor of psychology at St. John’s University, to the senior psychology major who has done outstanding work.
Fogel Prize: Established by Miss Minnie G. Fogel, Class of 1891, in memory of her parents, the Reverend Dr. Edwin J. and Jennie E. Fogel, to be given to the member of the senior class who in her entire college curriculum has been outstanding in study and religious influence.
Prize in Religion: Given by the Penn Northeast Conference of the United Church of Christ to the student who has received the highest grades in the study of religion.
Lecie G. Machell Prize in Social Work: Given to the senior social work major who has demonstrated outstanding achievement both in the classroom and in field work experience.