Area Residents Honored by Cedarville University

by Public Relations Office

Cedarville, Ohio — On April 11, Cedarville University honored 99 students for their academic excellence and leadership at the annual Honors Day chapel. Also honored were Jerry "Butch" Gleason, supervisor of automotive and equipment, and James Leightenheimer, associate professor of communication arts, as Staff Member of the Year and Faculty Member of the Year, respectively. A 10-year employee of the University, Gleason has led one University missions trip to Jamaica and two trips to Arizona. According to students, Gleason works above and beyond the call of duty, often even helping to repair students` vehicles. He resides with his wife, Carolyn, in Cedarville. Leightenheimer, who is a graduate of Cedarville, has been an associate professor of communication arts since 1982. Along with his teaching duties, Leightenheimer advises the student radio station, U99.5. and chairs the broadcasting advisory council. He also chairs the Who`s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges committee, and he serves on the Educational Resources and Assistance Program committee (which sends Cedarville graduates to teach in China). In addition to serving as production director for the "Adventures in Time!" radio drama for Dayton Public Radio and the Human Race Theatre Company, Leightenheimer directs the audio ministries at his church. He resides in Cedarville with his wife, Beth. Several area residents received student awards during the program. Huber Heights native Leah Catherine Morgan, a sophomore majoring in keyboard pedagogy and performance, received The Love Pedagogy Scholarship in Music. This award is presented to a student who has completed two years at Cedarville, is pursuing a degree in music with an emphasis in pedagogy, demonstrates excellence in pedagogy, and maintains a GPA of 3.5 or above. The daughter of Pastor Terry and Debra Morgan of Huber Heights, Morgan is a 1999 graduate of Huber Heights Christian Academy. Cedarville resident Sarah Buller, a sophomore piano performance major, received The Mr. and Mrs. Rolan David Polsdorfer Award. This award is presented to full-time advancing junior or senior students who are pursuing a degree in music with piano as principal instrument. The recipients must have a minimum GPA of 3.3 and have one year of study remaining in their academic program. The daughter of Carl and Suely Buller of Cedarville, Buller is a 2001 graduate of Nebraska Christian High School, Central City, Neb. Dayton native Allison Blosser Nickerson, a senior nursing major, received The Ruby Jeremiah Scholarship. This scholarship is given to a married female student who is active in Christian service and student life and has a minimum grade point average of 3.0. The daughter of Terry and Patsy Blosser of Dayton, Blosser is a 1999 graduate of Dayton Christian High School. Xenia residents Nathan Kibelbek and Jonas Kibelbek also received awards. Nathan, a senior Bible and physics major, received The Creation Research Award in Physics. This award recognizes an outstanding senior majoring in physics. Nathan is a 1998 graduate of Bloomsburg Christian School, Bloomsburg, Pa. Jonas, a junior mathematics and philosophy major, received The Heyd Math/Science Award. This award is given to students in the department of science and mathematics who demonstrate a balance between devotion and service to God and diligence in their academic studies. Jonas is a 2000 graduate of Xenia Christian High School. The Kibelbeks are the sons of Dr. Michael and Melanie Kibelbek of Xenia. Dayton native Scott Carl Ryan, a junior theatre major, and Cedarville native Michael DiCuirci Jr., a junior music performance major, each received The Rietveld Fine Arts Award. This award is given to a junior or senior demonstrating consistent and outstanding ability and development in one or more areas of the fine arts (music, drama, communication arts, and broadcasting). Criteria for the selection include classroom excellence, performance abilities, leadership qualities, and evidence of a life dedicated to serving and honoring Jesus. The son of Dennis and Debra Ryan of Dayton, Ryan is a 1999 graduate of Dayton Christian High School. DiCuirci, the son of Michael and Jo Ann DiCuirci of Cedarville, is a 2000 graduate of Xenia Christian High School. Clifton native Becky Chasnov, a freshman keyboard pedagogy major, received The Faculty Music Award. This award is presented to the freshman music major who has best demonstrated excellence in academics, musicianship, and Christian character. The daughter of Bob and Sue Chasnov of Clifton, Chasnov is a 2002 graduate of Cedarville High School. -30-