Alicia Jones, a recent management information systems graduate from Waverly, Mo., received the prestigious Faculty Award during the Academic Convocation at William Woods University April 20.
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.”
She was also named the Distinguished Scholar in management information systems. 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.
“Alicia exemplifies everything education is about–enthusiasm, a zest for learning and an overall dedication to excellence. She is a great student, majoring in management information systems and currently holding a 3.78 GPA,” said Dr. Linda Davis, the professor who nominated her for the award.
She has been on the Dean’s List every semester and is also a member of Omicron Delta Kappa, the honorary leadership society at WWU. In addition, she has funded 100 percent of her educational expenses through academic and athletic awards.
Jones has been the WWU assistant volleyball coach, headed up the recycling committee on campus, was an active member of SWAT (Student Website Advancement Team) and was engaged in an internship. In addition, she assisted other students in the computer lab with projects. Jones was also involved in the development of a website for the local homeless shelter, the Wiley House.
She was in charge of a community service project called “Giving Back,” a major video production project for a stroke victim who previously was an active public speaker. As a result of this project, he will be able to continue his speaking engagements through the video production.
“Once you meet Alicia, you will never forget her. Her smile and enthusiasm for life, learning and people is infectious,” Davis said in her nomination.