Delaney Receives High Honors at WWU

Alicia Delaney holds just some of the awards she received recently at William Woods University.
Alicia Delaney holds just some of the awards she received recently at William Woods University.

Known to be “motivated, reliable, trustworthy, persistent and a campus leader,” Alicia Delaney of St. Peters, Mo., recently received the prestigious Faculty Award and a number of other awards at William Woods University.

“I feel so honored to have received all of my awards, especially the Faculty Award,” Delaney said. “To have been chosen by all of the faculty for one of the highest awards is almost unimaginable. I have learned so much from all of my professors here at William Woods and it is an honor to have been given one more thing from them.

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.”

“A top student in the psychology department, Alicia is a pleasure to have in class, as she is a diligent, intelligent and personable student, works well with others and always goes beyond what is required,” Dr. Caroline Boyer Ferhat, assistant professor of psychology, said.

Delaney worked with Boyer Ferhat on a successful mentor-mentee project during the fall of 2012. As a part of this program, she worked on instrument development, data collection and literature review. She presented the research at the annual Midwestern Psychological Association in Chicago in May 2013.

“An exceptional communication student, as well, Alicia is a model for her peers and takes the lead on many projects,” Dr. Aimee Sapp, professor and chair of communication arts, said. “Her annual portfolio reviews during assessment days have won departmental awards, and she has assisted other students in preparation of this assessment process. Alicia has excellent interpersonal and communication skills that allow her to interact well with both faculty and students.”

Delaney was recognized for her academic dedication and campus involvement during the Academic Convocation and Co-Curricular Honors Banquet at William Woods University April 23.

She graduated May 10 with majors in psychology and communication, concentrations in leadership and public relations and an overall GPA of 3.82 She was named Distinguished Scholar in Communication.

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.

The Outstanding Senior Award also went to Delaney. The Outstanding Student Awards are the only awards at William Woods University bestowed on students by the nomination

Alicia Delaney holds the certificates she received for being selected as an Outstanding Senior and elected to Who's Who.
Alicia Delaney holds the certificates she received for being selected as an Outstanding Senior and elected to Who’s Who.

and vote of other students. Nominees must demonstrate academic achievement, campus and community involvement and leadership.

In addition, Delaney was one of 16 William Woods University students named to the 2014 edition of “Who’s Who among Students in American Universities and Colleges” based on being an outstanding campus leader. A campus nominating committee and editors of the annual directory choose 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,” she joins an elite group of students from more than 2,300 institutions of higher learning in all 50 states. Outstanding students have been honored in the annual directory since it was first published in 1934.

Delaney was very involved on campus, serving as co-chair of President’s 20, president of Alpha Chi Omega, and a member of the President’s Concert/Lecture Series committee and Student Alumni Council, among others.

Her leadership skills are evidenced by the positions she has held at WWU: phonathon supervisor, community adviser, Freshman Advantage mentor. She was involved in many philanthropic endeavors during her time on campus.

Delaney has been selected for several academic and leadership honorary societies, including president of Omicron Delta Kappa national leadership honor society, Lambda Pi Eta national communication association, Order of Omega Greek leadership honor society, Psi Chi psychology honor society and Sigma Alpha Pi-National Society of Leadership and Success.

“Alicia Delaney embodies what we all hope for William Woods University students to become and she will be an excellent ambassador for the university after graduation,” Sapp said.