St. Louis Student Wins Prestigious Faculty Award

Donna Delia, a senior at William Woods University in Fulton, Mo., received the Faculty Award at the university’s academic convocation April 23. Delia is the daughter Tony Delia and Kate Delia, both of Crestwood, Mo.

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.

Delia also received the Distinguished Scholar Award in psychology. According to her nomination for the Faculty Award, she “exemplifies the WWU student we all desire.”

With a major in psychology and a double minor in mathematics and philosophy, Delia has earned a G.P.A. of 4.0. In addition to her academic excellence, she has consistently sought challenges outside the classroom, most notably her summer volunteer work in applied counseling settings. She has continued her exploration of applied settings by excelling in two internships at the state hospital.

In the field of psychology, Delia has been both a standout student and a model ambassador for WWU in various venues, including the publication of a research essay. She developed a successful poster presentation for the Mid-South Psychology Conference in 2002 and won the oral presentation competition this year. A manuscript based on the 2002 Mid-South presentation was published in Exploring Psychology.

Delia has also presented her research and experiences to current and potential students, letting them know about research opportunities and benefits. For the university’s first Undergraduate Research Conference, she developed yet another project unrelated to her Mentor-Mentee project – one pertaining to her religion course – and won third place.

On campus, Delia has excelled in the Mentor-Mentee Honors Program and she served as a mathematics tutor. She has also sought broader cultural experiences and service through such activities as a campus talent competition, in which she won first place, and an AIDS benefit, for which she sang.