William Woods University graduate, Harrison Jones of Fulton, received the President’s Award during WWU’s commencement May 7. This prestigious award is given at the discretion of Dr. Jahnae H. Barnett, WWU president.
The President’s Award is presented to the graduating senior who has made unusual and outstanding contributions to the university during his or her undergraduate years. The recipient of the President’s Award must display sound academic accomplishments and demonstrate characteristics of loyalty, service and devotion to William Woods University, as well as extensive participation in campus activities and evidence of personal leadership.
At the recent Academic Convocation, Jones was named the 2011 Distinguished Scholar in American Sign Language interpreting. To be a Distinguished Scholar at William Woods, a graduating senior must be selected by the faculty of a particular discipline. A minimum grade point average of 3.4 is required.
Jones was also selected for the 2011 edition of “Who’s Who among Students in American Universities and Colleges.” A campus nominating 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,” he 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.
Majoring in American Sign Language interpreting, with a minor in political/legal studies, Jones has been on the Dean’s List and has served as vice president of the Hands Up sign language club. He also piloted and coordinated a successful Deaf Awareness Week on campus.
He also participated in theatre and served as vice president of Alpha Psi Omega, the honorary theatre society. He combined his love for theatre and American Sign Language by serving as a shadow interpreter for the production of “The Immigrant” in December.
Jones is a member of Omicron Delta Kappa, the leadership honorary society, and Order Of Omega, the academic honorary society for members of Greek organizations. He has held several offices in Phi Gamma Delta social fraternity, including recording secretary and recruitment chair.
He has served as a peer mentor and a university ambassador, and he co-chaired President’s Twenty, a select group of students who act as a liaison between the WWU president and the student body.