Area Residents Honored by Cedarville University

by Public Relations Office

Cedarville, Ohio - At today's Honors Day, Cedarville University honored 107 students for their academic excellence and leadership. Also honored were Dr. Timothy Dewhurst, professor of mechanical engineering; and Mark Button, house manager; as Faculty Member of the Year and Staff Member of the Year, respectively. Dewhurst earned all three of his mechanical engineering degrees from Cornell University. He is the advisor for the Solar Splash team, which designs, builds, and races solar-powered boats, and he frequently welcomes students into his home. He also participated on an intramural soccer team with his students. Dewhurst and his wife, Kim, host a New England day and a Maine night in which they invite all the New England students over to their Springfield home for traditional New England cuisine. Dewhurst has been on the faculty at Cedarville for eight years. Button graduated from Cedarville University in 1997 with a degree in broadcasting. He has worked for the production services group at the University for seven years. While his primary duties include managing stage set-up and the production of chapel and special events, he makes an effort to befriend students. He and his wife, Amy, have mentored engaged students in the "Fit to Be Tied" program, led two Cedarville University missions trips, served as class advisors, and assisted the Junior/Senior Banquet committees. The Buttons reside in Beavercreek. Several other area residents received student awards during the program. Cedarville resident Sarah Buller, a junior piano performance major, received The Charles & Margaret Clevenger Piano Award. This award is given to a full-time student who has a minimum GPA of 3.3 and is pursuing a degree in music with piano as the principal instrument. The recipient must demonstrate exemplary musical stewardship and Christian character. The daughter of Carl and Suely Buller of Cedarville, Buller is a 2001 graduate of Nebraska Christian High School in Central City, Neb. Cedarville resident Kim Shank, a sophomore integrated mathematics education major, received The L. Bert Frye Alumni Scholarship Award in Science and Mathematics. Each year, Alumni Scholarships are awarded to one outstanding student in each academic department. The daughter of Steve and Merilee Shank, Shank is a 2002 graduate of Cedarville High School. Clifton resident Becky Chasnov, a junior keyboard pedagogy major, received the Mr. and Mrs. Rolan David Polsdorfer Music 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 Bob and Sue Chasnov, she is a 2002 graduate of Cedarville High School. Dayton resident Jeffrey Doub, a junior biology major, received the AuSable Fellowship. The recipient of this award must demonstrate a strong commitment to Christian stewardship of the creation, as well as interest and leadership potential in environmental studies. The recipient must plan to enroll at the AuSable Institute in Mancelona, Mich., for the summer. The son of Jack and Martha Doub, Doub is a 2001 graduate of Dayton Christian High School. New Carlisle resident Molly Earley, a senior middle childhood education major, received The Irma M. Dodson Award. This award is given to a senior education major who has demonstrated consistent and outstanding ability in daily preparation and teaching excellence during the classroom field experiences and student teaching. The recipient also has been involved in Christian service and has shown leadership qualities and scholastic ability. The daughter of Ron and Betsy Earley, Earley is a 2000 graduate of Northwestern High School. Springfield resident Sarah Kadel, who graduated from Cedarville University in 2003 with a bachelor of arts degree in music performance, received The Centennial Library Scholarship in Library Science. This award is given to a student who has enrolled in a library and information science graduate program. Kadel is pursing a master's degree in library science from Kent State University. The daughter of Alan and Dinah Kadel, Kadel is a 1999 graduate of Shawnee High School. Xenia resident Jonas C. Kibelbek, a senior with a double major in mathematics and philosophy, received The Creation Research Award in Mathematics. This award recognizes an outstanding senior majoring in mathematics. The son of Dr. Michael and Melanie Kibelbek, Kibelbek is a 2000 graduate of Xenia Christian High School. -30-