Students, faculty and staff from across campus gathered at the Brown-Lupton University Union on April 27, 2023 for the annual Honors College Banquet. The college celebrated 60 years of Honors at TCU and the accomplishments of the Honors College community. Awards commended students and faculty on their scholarship, integrity and creativity.
TCU Honors Scholar Award
Recipients: Alexis Davis and Autumn Rae Henry
TCU Honors Scholar Award Grant supports students’ unique and creative endeavors, on or off campus, in alignment with the mission of the Honors College.
Honors College Heritage Scholarship
Recipient: Khanh Pham
The Honors College Heritage Scholarship, also known as the Milard E. “Pete” Mulry Scholarship, was established in 2017 by Dr. Mary Mulry, ’72 and Harold Hammett in memory of Mary’s father, TCU class of 1949.
Bob & Alice Frye Scholarship
Recipient: Savannah Childs
The Bob and Alice Frye Scholarship, provided by the generosity of Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Weaver, former students and friends of Dr. Frye’s, was established in 2017 as a way to enable students to receive an education at TCU.
Boller Competition Awards
Boller Award Winner
Boller Award Honorable Mentions
Allison Regan & Caledonia Strelow
Boller Award Finalists
Ellen Brown, Peter Christopherson, Jordan Crupper, Mary Langford, Joseph Mellberg, Mariana Nguyen, Rose Nhung, Allison Regan, Diego Rivera, Dezirae Rodriguez, Olivia Satkiwicz and Caledonia Strelow
The Boller Award was established in 1982 in memory of Rev. and Mrs. Paul F. Boller by Dr. Paul Boller, professor of history at TCU. This award is given for the most outstanding presentation of a Departmental Honors project.
Wassenich Founder’s Medal
Wassenich Founder’s Medal Winner
Wassenich Founder’s Medal Runner-Up
The Wassenich Founder’s Medal was established in honor of Dr. Paul Wassenich, former TCU professor of religion and founder and first director of the TCU Honors Program. To compete for this award, one must submit a substantial scholarly work. Submissions may be in the form of research papers or essays; collections of original poetry; or artistic or musical creations accompanied by interpretive commentary. Entries must reflect some of the characteristics of Dr. Wassenich, and some part of the entry should have a “first person” component, reflecting one’s own values in reference to the subject.
Honors Professor of the Year
2023 Honors Professor of the Year
Zackary Hawley, Ph.D., assistant professor of economics
Honors Professor of the Year Finalists
Jeffery Coffer, Antoinette DeNapoli, Robert Garnett and Todd Kerstetter
For over 60 years, Honors students have been recognizing an outstanding faculty member as Honors Professor of the Year. Using a two-stage process coordinated by the Honors Student Cabinet, students have the opportunity to vote for an Honors professor who has made an impact on their lives and then vote again from a list of finalists. Honors students select the faculty member who best exemplifies excellence in teaching – a passionate, creative teacher who brings their subject to life, helps students learn to see and engage the world differently, works with students to develop their own ideas and questions, and shows a genuine concern for students’ well-being.
The Honors College thanks 2022 Professor of the Year, Samuel Ross, Ph.D., for giving the keynote address during the banquet. Ross is an assistant professor of religion at TCU and teaches courses on the Qur’an, Islam and the modern Muslim world.