Walsh Honors Top Students, Outstanding Educator and Mentor of the Year


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WalshUniversity senior Annie Zaremba and recent graduate Alexis Howard were honored on Sunday, April 2, with the top awards the University bestows its graduates -- the Outstanding Student Award and Tower of Excellence Award. Walsh recognized the academic and personal achievements of its 2017 senior class, faculty and staff members during two special events on campus, the Annual Honors Convocation and the Servant Leadership Banquet.

The Tower of Excellence Award is Walsh University's most prestigious and longstanding honor that a Walsh student can attain for work and service beyond the classroom. This year's recipient, Alexis Howard is a December 2016 graduate in Psychology/Pre-Occupational Therapy with a minor in Theology. Alexis has consistently shown the leadership and service characteristics of a Tower of Excellence recipient during her educational career at Walsh University.

The Outstanding Student Award, Walsh's most prestigious academic honor, is awarded to a graduating senior with a high cumulative grade point average, a record meeting rigorous challenges, and demonstrated ability to apply intellectual mastery. This year's honoree Annie Zaremba will be graduating with her bachelor’s degree in Education, Adolescence to Young Adult: Integrated Science.

2017 Senior Class Honors: Outstanding Educator and Mentor of the Year

In addition, the Walsh University senior class of 2017 honored Clinical Associate Professor of Nursing Andrea Price as the Outstanding Educator of the Year. Sponsored by the Walsh University Student Government (WUSG), the Outstanding Educator of the Year Award is voted on by the Walsh students and given annually to a professor who is a prime example of a true, all-around educator.

The recipient of the Mentor of the Year award in nominated by the Walsh senior class for their outstanding guidance, education outside the classroom and significant contributions to their college experience.

Andy Weyand, Director of the Career Center, was named the Terrance Portis Mentor of the Year.  In 2012, Walsh University dedicated the Mentor of the Year Award in memory of past recipient Terrance Portis '08, who passed away on January 25, 2012 at the age of 27. A Walsh University alumnus, Terrance served as the manager of the Academic Resource Center and as one of the advisors for the Black Student Union.  Known for his outreach to all students, Terrance was nominated as the 2011 Mentor of the Year.