Allison Strickland of Liberty Township, Ohio, recently received the prestigious Faculty Award and a number of other awards at William Woods University.
The Faculty Award is given to the graduate magna cum laude or summa cum laude “who, in the estimation of the faculty of William Woods, has shown exemplary devotion and commitment to the life of the mind.”
Strickland also was awarded the Distinguished Scholar award in both business administration and equine general studies.
The faculty of various disciplines at William Woods have the opportunity each spring to designate graduating seniors as Distinguished Scholars. A minimum grade point average of 3.4 is required, but the faculty may consider other relevant academic factors and variables in the selection process.
In addition, she was one of 10 WWU students selected for the 2015 edition of “Who’s Who among Students in American Universities and Colleges.” A campus committee and editors of the annual directory chose the students based on academic achievement, service to the community, leadership in extracurricular activities and potential for continued success.
By being listed in “Who’s Who,” students join an elite group of students from more than 1,000 universities and colleges in all 50 states. Outstanding students have been honored in the annual directory since it was first published in 1934.
Strickland was recognized for her academic dedication and campus involvement during the Academic Convocation and Co-Curricular Honors Banquet at William Woods University April 22.
She graduated May 9 with a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration with concentrations in accounting and management, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Equine General Studies with a concentration in general studies. She is pursuing her MBA in 5, a program that allows seniors to complete graduate-level work and finish a Master of Business Administration degree a year earlier than normal.
Strickland interned at Graves and Associates CPAs in Jefferson City, Missouri, during the spring semester. She previously completed an internship at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens. She is extremely active on campus, serving on the Campus Standards Board and several other organizations.
A member of Chi Omega, she has served as community service chair, facility manager and treasurer. She also served as treasurer of the National Society of Leadership and Success. She participated in Collegiate DECA and Students Today, Alumni Tomorrow (S.T.A.T.). She also served as co-captain of the William Woods Cheer Team.
She took part in a People-to-People Ambassador trip to Australia in the summer of 2008, conducting community service activities and participated in cultural learning during the trip. Since 2010, she has been a member of Josh Cares, an organization based in Cincinnati, Ohio, that helps hospitalized children and those going through traumatic experiences.
Besides participating in philanthropy events through her involvement in Chi Omega and chairing the Chi Omega Wish Walk 5k in 2014, she undertook a separate service project, traveling with Woods Around the World to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota in 2014.