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2016-2017 Frances B. Huston Award Winners

Each student awarded a Frances B. Huston medallion is a leader in service at Eastern and/or in the community and has achieved academic excellence by maintaining at least a 3.75 GPA in the previous four quarters. These are the nominations, written by a faculty member, for the Huston Award recipients from CALE for 2016-17:

Art: Jennifer Acevedo

Jennifer Acevedo has been an invaluable source of support for both her peers and faculty in the Art Department. This year she assisted in managing the studio areas of photography and digital art. She really made a difference - helping digital and photography students print their work, keeping inventory on materials and arranging scheduled access to equipment during weekends. She was the student coordinator of Collision Course, a recent exhibition at the EWU Downtown Student Gallery. She organized groups of student volunteers for events such as Printing Matters: A Symposium on Printmaking and RALLY, two community art events held at Terrain in Spokane. Aside from her leadership, her art is also remarkable. Her work challenges social, racial and political constructs. Her process is collaborative in that she often utilizes the unique skills of her peers - taking on the role of art director to produce work. She and two of her fellow BFA students were asked to participate in Saturate, a citywide art event organized by Spokane Arts. Her work was chosen to represent EWU in Explorations XV, the biannual exhibition at the Chase Gallery that features student work from regional art programs. Overall Jennifer Acevedo demonstrates incredible growth and strength in leadership and scholarship.

Education: Jordan Farris

It is not often that students distinguish themselves above their peers in both academic excellence and leadership. Jordan Farris has these qualities in spades! During her time in the education program, Jordan took four different classes from me. She received a 4.0 in each of those courses as she has in all of her Huston qualifying quarters. A perfect GPA is impressive, but I think it is important to explain her academic achievements more completely. Two of the courses, science and social studies methods, are incredibly challenging and occur during the most stressful and taxing quarter of the program. Most students struggle greatly to understand let alone successfully plan for inquiry-based instruction. Jordan excelled in these classes; even her first attempts demonstrated a great depth of understanding. Jordan is a calm, thoughtful, and genuine leader. In class with her peers, she regularly took the lead in projects-successfully bringing the best out of each member and producing high quality products. She was often sought out by her peers when they needed guidance. As a teacher, Jordan leads her students by allowing her enthusiasm for learning to shine. At the same time, she is able to balance the leader's role of remaining compassionate and assertive at the same time. For these reasons is it my great honor to award Jordan Farris the Francis B Huston Award.

English: Julianna Crame

Julianna Crame is a member of Eastern Washington University's Honor Program.  Julianna has been the recipient of the Killin Honors Program Scholarship for the past three years and, at graduation, will be awarded the Ad Maxima Valorem Honors Program Designation, which is the highest honors designation.  She has presented papers at the National Council on Undergraduate Research, held at the University of Memphis (April 2017) and at EWU's Spring Symposium (May 2017).  Since September of 2015, Julianna has worked as an International Peer Adviser, managing groups of Japanese exchange students who are studying abroad at EWU.  In this role, she assists in English as a Second Language courses three hours a week,  teaches English to Japanese students outside of class in social situations, interprets for students in various situations, and heads several committees of Japanese exchange students to organize Culture Night, a campus-wide event.  As the President of Eagle Pride, from September 2015-June 2016, Julianna organized and planned club participation in campus events such as the homecoming parade and intermission at the EWU Annual Drag Show, often organizing activities with other clubs to build connections within the EWU community.

Modern Languages & Literatures: Hayden Griffith

On behalf of the Spanish Program in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, I am pleased to recommend Hayden Griffith as the recipient of the Frances B. Huston Award. As a student, Mr. Griffith has distinguished himself with a 4.0 in his Spanish Major, a 3.95 in his Political Science Minor, and a 3.89 overall grade point average. His name is also on the Dean's List (2012-present) and the President's List (2017). Hayden has exceptional intellectual curiosity, which led him to spend the summer and fall of 2015 studying abroad in Spain. This experience increased his cultural awareness and sensitivity to other cultures. He was named Top of Class while studying abroad.  Hayden demonstrates thorough learning of his area of study not only through his grades, but also through his contributions to his campus community as a PLUS tutor, in which capacity he assisted professors with lectures, collaborated with staff, and taught subject material to his fellow students. His tutoring service is bolstered by his Level 1 Certification in International Tutor Training. Clearly, Mr. Griffith has devoted himself not only to mastering the material of his Major, but also to the development of his ability to share his acquired knowledge with others. Hayden's commitment to his community expands beyond campus. Since 2014, he has been a supporting member of the Huntington's Disease Society of America, for which he participates in gatherings, programs (such as classes) in support of patients who suffer from Huntington's disease. From 2008-2013 he volunteered considerable time to the Kootanai County Fire Department and Rescue organization. From 2012-2014 he volunteered for English Springer Rescue America. In 2014 he voluntarily built sets for the Lake City Playhouse, a non-profit venue for the performing arts. Hayden's genuine interest in the International community and his service in the community is ever apparent. His contract in the United States Navy as an Interpretive Cryptologic Technician seems very promising and our department looks forward to hearing about his development in this field. We are confident that, as a result of his deep engagement with learning, he, along with many students within his sphere of influence, have become more linguistically and culturally conversant citizens of the world and of their respective communities. We are also proud to claim as one of our own a civically committed graduate who grasps the value of service. Following the completion of his studies at Eastern Washington University, he will no doubt expand the reach of his intellectual and social foundations.

Music: Tyree Hastings

Tyree Hastings has been a percussion performance major at EWU since 2014.  During his time at EWU he has demonstrated an exemplary work ethic combined with outstanding performance ability. Tyree has led by example for his peers.  He seeks out the most demanding literature for himself and performs it at a high level.  He was a co-winner of our Concerto Competition in 2016; performing the 2nd Movement the Sejourne Marimba concerto with the EWU Symphony Orchestra.  In the summer of 2016, Tyree was one of sixteen finalists for the Great Plains International Marimba competition in Oklahoma City, competing against international DMA students, including from the USA and Japan.  While at EWU, Tyree has been a section leader in both the Wind Symphony and the Marching Drumline.  He has been featured as a soloist frequently with the EWU Percussion Ensemble.  His work ethic and performance ability have inspired his peers at EWU to emulate his inspiring achievements.  Tyree will be attending BYU in the fall of 2017 to attain his Master's in Percussion Performance, where he was awarded a significant scholarship and graduate stipend.

Physical Education, Health & Recreation: Andrea Horsefield 

As a student, Andrea is always top of the class, both in grades and as an engaged leader.  She's a perfectionist on her own work and even during group projects.  During such projects, Andrea's classmates constantly look to her for guidance and organization, exemplifying her academic leadership qualities and collaborative demeanor.  It can easily be said that her classmates wish Andrea could be in their group for every project.  Her passion and purpose outside of the classroom are also clear and unwavering.  As she pursues her degree in Therapeutic Recreation, she has embedded herself within her surrounding communities, including the EWU childcare center.  Watching her work with populations of varying abilities is truly inspirational.  She has a sincerity in her work ethic that is highly respected and valued by her superiors and peers.  Parents at the EWU childcare center often rave about the heartfelt, personalized attention that Andrea offers to every child that she works with.

Theatre & Film: Hannah Bancroft

Hannah excels in all areas of theatre production. She's performed in main-stage shows ranging from "Pocatello" to "Avenue Q: The Musical". She is also a significant contributor to the Inland Northwest Theatre Arts Community. In addition to her stellar and versatile acting performances she is an outstanding design and technical student. This summer she will work professionally with the Coeur d'Alene Summer Theatre as their production/stage-manager. I sincerely wish that I could hire Hannah as a production manager because her organizational and leadership abilities are second to none. I have never met a young artist with a greater sense of purpose. She is sincere and humble in her artistic and educational pursuits. She radiates as much light, warmth and personal integrity offstage as he does onstage. I love being in the same room as her.

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