Scholar Holler Award
You don't have to go it alone in your academic life at SU. The CSA and your faculty have found students who know the content, know how to succeed and are excited to work with you on making the most of your classes.
Each month the Center for Student Achievement recognizes an outstanding student for academic excellence. The student is highlighted on our website, in the CSA, and in the Flyer student newspaper as a way to encourage other students to achieve their academic potential.
Faculty and staff are invited to nominate students for Scholar Holler. The nomination form should describe the student's academic accomplishments.
Scholar Holler Winners
September 2019 - Courtney (Nicole) Hammond
Minor: Environmental Studies, Earth Science
Hometown: Ellicott City, MD
Words of wisdom: Always believe in yourself and everything that you do. You never know who you might inspire. As Ralph Waldo Emerson said, "...be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment."
Dr. Bradley: “I wish I had nominated Nicole sooner. She has been a student in several of my classes and always works hard to persevere and overcome any difficulties that may arise. She maintains a high GPA and a packed course load of the Honors program, a science major, and double minor while still managing a research project that she has designed and oversees. This semester in particular, Nicole has demonstrated her commitment to academics. She has taken it upon herself to be an unpaid student advisor for a course of mine. Nicole took the course last fall and worked very hard to be successful in a difficult course that stumped most students with a high content of complicated material (quantitative and abstract thinking combined with self-guiding work of a hybrid course). At the beginning of the semester, she offered, unprompted, to serve as help for other students. She attends optional meetings and has led the students in creating a study guide and worksheet. Nicole sees this as a way to enhance her own understanding of the topic and assist others in theirs. It is admirable for her altruism but also for recognizing that she can gain even more knowledge from teaching others. This is a true scholar – working hard to continue learning even after the grade has been issued.”
April 2019 - Jade Gomez
Minor: Spanish and Latin American Studies
Hometown: Allentown, Pennsylvania
Words of Wisdom: No one gets anywhere on their own. Recognizing and utilizing support networks is crucial to success, especially these that can be found all throughout campus in professors, mentors, and everyone who wants to see you succeed!
Dr. Fritz: "Jade is a stellar student who has demonstrated exceptional poise, determination, and brilliance this month. She is our Psi Chi Psychology Honor Society president and just helped to pull off a large and flawless induction ceremony and luncheon for 30 new inductees and their families. I just finished reading Jade’s penultimate thesis draft and it is truly excellent. Jade is also an exceptional Psychology Department citizen and volunteers to help with study sessions and recruitment activities whenever she can"
Dr. Okubo: "Jade is a bright, dedicated, and active student both in and outside of our department. She is a psychology major with a minor in Spanish, and she is graduating this month. As an honor student, she has been a wonderful student to have. Jade started working with me in My Racism & Coping Research Lab. Last summer, where she received Summer Mentoring grant to work with me."
Dr. Bemis: "Jade is a graduating senior and has worked in my lab since her sophomore year. She is the kind of student who always takes advantage of every opportunity SU can provide. For example, during her time at SU she has presented research at 6 academic conferences, studied abroad, did a year-long internship (and then was hired to work at that internship site during her senior year), is president of Psi Chi (the honors society in psychology), applied for a Fulbright, applied for and received a Summer Research Grant, and wrote an Honors Thesis. Honestly, any opportunity we can offer Psychology majors at SU, Jade has completed. Further Jade’s work in all of these projects is stellar."
March 2019 - Taylor Garner and Robert Guy
Major: Marketing and French
Hometown: Thurmont, Maryland
Words of Wisdom: "Always be kind, always organize a study group and always order a large coffee! Good luck with finals!"
Professor Morris: “Taylor is a smart and dedicated student. Outside the classroom, she revamped the Women In Leadership organization and renamed it Thrive. As President of this new organization, her dedication and drive has more members and far more engagement of those members. She has the ability to rally her leadership team and rebuild the flailing organization. Not only are there more members, they have also significantly increased the service they provide our community. She also competed in, not one but two, MAXI Competitions this school year. The first semester, her team took Silver. This semester, gold. Inside the classroom, her leadership is apparent. She is one of nine volunteers who meet with me outside class to set the vision for our in class project. These nine, the visionary team, then lead the classroom groups that execute their plans and measure success. As part of a Content Creation and Inbound Marketing class, they run a blog and webpage - OurfirstJobSearch.com.”
Major: Business Management
Hometown: Hollywood, Maryland
Words of Wisdom: "Every day is an opportunity to excel. Take these opportunities and make the most of them. Success will follow when this practice becomes a pattern."
Dr. Follmer: “I first met Bobby during the transfer student orientation in January 2018. Since that time, I have had Bobby as a student in 3 of my courses, and in each course, he has been of the highest performing students in class. Bobby consistently arrives to class early, prepared to discuss the topics, and is one of the most engaged students I have had the pleasure of teaching. Bobby is inquisitive, often critically evaluating the course material to draw connections across course concepts. He is unafraid to ask questions and is genuinely invested in the course material. I’m very impressed by Bobby’s analytical skills and his dedication to his studies. In addition to being a full-time student, Bobby also interns for the BEACON center at Salisbury University, as well as works part-time as a federal contractor. Bobby demonstrates an ability to self-motivate, follow through on responsibilities, and think critically to analyze and interpret the material. Furthermore, Bobby is a genuinely nice person who makes the classroom an enjoyable experience and I am grateful to have him as a student.”
February 2019 - Gina Santoriello
Hometown: Toms River, NJ
Words of Wisdom: Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice, and most of all, a love for what you are doing, or learning to do.
Dr. Osman: “Gina is a first-generation student with a truly genuine interest in learning. She has demonstrated excellent performance in the classroom and has been an invaluable research assistant for going on two years, which has included taking a leadership role in research protocol (e.g., working with human participants and data). In addition, Gina has engaged in independent empirical investigations. Her first study led to presentations at both the 2018 Salisbury University Research Conference (SUSRC) and annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association (EPA) in Philadelphia during her junior year. She was motivated to publish this work and, thus, is lead author on a manuscript currently under review with a peer-reviewed student research journal. Gina conducted a second study for her honor’s thesis, which she is presenting this month at the EPA meeting in New York and has been selected to receive a 2019 Psi Chi EPA Regional Research Award at the conference. She will also present at SUSRC this spring and belongs to four honor’s societies (Psi Chi; Phi Eta Sigma; Order of Omega; Omicron Delta Kappa). Gina has already been accepted to her first choice for graduate school, where she will pursue a higher degree in applied psychology.”
October 2018 - Noah Cline
Major: Conflict Analysis and Dispute Resolution
Hometown: Franklin, Indiana
Words of Wisdom: "Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty... I have never in my life envied a human being who led an easy life. I have envied a great many people who led difficult lives and led them well." - Theodore Roosevelt
Dr. Walton: “Noah Cline is a CADR major with a 4.0 GPA, who transferred from Irine Valley College (community college) in 2016. Noah served full-time in the Military from 2009-2013 and served tours in both Iraq and Afghanistan before moving to the US Army Reserve in 2014. The recipient of the Terry D Allen award in 2018, he continues to serve in ROTC and is the president of the Cadet Fund as well as the Treasurer of the Student Veterans Association. Noah has volunteered with Boys and Girls Club as well. He plans to complete a career in the military and wants eventually to work up to become (after retirement) the assistant secretary of defense for the Asia-Pacific region. Now I’ve gone over his brief CV, let me tell you a little more. Academically, as you can see, he is superior – the 4.0 GPA demonstrates that – but he also is one of the most thoughtful and intellectually mature students I have seen. I had him in my IDIS 280 class as well as mentored him through the Fulbright application, where he wants to look at how the Free and Open Indo-Pacific strategy intends to counterbalance China in the region and the growth of Taiwanese relations with Australia, the US, India, and Japan to shape the Asia-Pacific environment. He has a sharp intellect and an ability to take a little guidance and then work independently. From reading his Fulbright recommendations, it appears all of his professors assess him similarly. Furthermore, Noah has a very strong character, leads the other students, especially ROTC students, both inside and outside of the classroom. He has a calm demeanor and strong interpersonal skills and projects an air of quiet leadership. Noah is an extremely impressive young man with a strong future ahead of him and a past of serving his country in the strongest way possible. Noah epitomizes what we want from a Salisbury student – strong academic credentials combined with being a true Citizen who wants to give back.”
September 2018 - Lauren Delong
Minor: Mathematics, Chemistry
Hometown: Laurel, MD
Words of Wisdom: You can choose to view academics as a series of obligations or a plethora of opportunities. Choose the latter: have fun, ask questions, and get excited! When there's passion, success will follow.
Dr. Walton: “First, I’ll describe her academic success: She is a Biology major with chemistry and mathematics minors – an honors student – and has a 4.0 as well. In addition, Lauren is one of our strongest undergraduate researchers on campus and has worked with both Les Erickson and Jennifer Nyland on individual research projects working on topics from yeast growth to molecular biology and genetics. Lauren plans a career in molecular genetics and wants to be a professor. To achieve this, she has already had a summer internship at NIH and last summer won a prestigious DAAD-RISE national fellowship to engage in research in a lab in Germany for the summer. She also was recognized last year with an Honorable Mention for a Goldwater Scholarship. She is a member of the major biological honors societies and is the President of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Furthermore, she has worked to involve school-age girls in STEM by setting up a program through the ABMB to work with middle school girls on questions of genetics. Lauren is a leader on and off campus for her biology work. She has also presented her research at a variety of conferences, including a national conference on Experimental Biology and NCUR.”
“Furthermore, Lauren is also a campus leader. One of the original OURCA fellows, she also has been a Resident Assistant for two of her years on campus, leading other students through their campus experience. She also has been an SI in the Biology department. Furthermore, Lauren is an extremely active member of the Honors Student Association (even serving for 1 year as Vice President) and helped to bring things to campus like the Easter Egg hunt for the community last year. She works on the Saunterer, has been an active member of Student United Way, and is currently in the German club to build her German in hopes of a Fulbright next year. She is truly a leader, on and off campus, academically and socially – and I truly believe she deserves this honor.”
May 2018 - Nelcy Denice Avila
Major: Spanish Secondary Education & International Studies
Hometown: Waldorf, MD
Words of Wisdom: "Today I will do what others won't so tomorrow I can do what others can't." -Jerry Rice
Dr. Cook: "Nelcy exhibits a tenacious, voracious tendency for learning, remaining pliable and teachable in and out of the classroom. I watched her grow throughout the semester by problem solving different technology tools to meet the needs of the students in her future classes. She is the first to ask for help and wants to get it right every time. She leads by example and assists any other student who needs help. She is the epitome of what a professor wants to see in a student."
Dr. Pubill: "Nelcy is a top 'A' student, always involved in the department, the school, and the university. She volunteered to help with Admitted Students Day on April 7, 2018; organized events for the Sigma Delta Phi, Spanish Honor Society for the Department of Modern Languages to provide activities to use the Spanish language for students, April 2018; presented Mock Teaching Demonstration for my Modern Foreign Languages Department of Salisbury University, March 24, 2018; active participant in the Cultural Laureate Program to enhance Educational Experience and Expand Awareness of the Arts, Spring 2017; participated in the 15th Annual Early Childhood Conference "Building Better Brains", Spring 2017 and more."
April 2018 - Brendan Wille
Hometown: Bel Air, MD
Words of Wisdom: Maintain a consistent, positive attitude and valiant effort throughout every assignment in each one of your classes during the semester.
Dr. Carter: "Brendan was in my Microbiology course in Fall 2017 where he excelled during the entire semester. His ability to synthesize the entire semester's course information was remarkable. He joined my research lab during the Spring 2018 semester where he has also excelled in studying bacterial genetics and metabolism. Brendan's capacity for understanding and information synthesis has continued to be evident, as he requires minimal instruction while generating the highest quality data. He is regularly prepared to accurately answer questions regarding the implications of his results, highlighting his genuine understanding of previous course material. In the past two months, Brendan has also won two different funding awards while maintaining the same level of high performance in his classes. Applications for the awards included proposals that required written evidence of his cumulative knowledge of material from various courses. While his proposals required repeated iterations, corrections on his proposals were limited to improving formatting and proper use of proposal conventions. At no point did he and I need to address his scientific understanding of the content of the proposals."
March 2018 - Kelly Surkovich
Major: Management & Marketing
Hometown: Ellicott City, MD
Words of Wisdom: "You were given this life because you are strong enough to live it." -Ain Eineziz
Whenever I feel like things are not going well, I think of this quote to motivate me to keep going and that I can handle anything thrown in my way. Keep chasing your dreams, think positively, and stay strong!
Dr. Follmer: "Kelly is an exceptionally bright student. In my classroom, Kelly is punctual and reliable. Even more, she is consistently engaged in the course discussions and is willing to share her ideas with others in the class. She provides unique perspectives on course concepts and is able to think critically about the importance of the content. It is clear that Kelly exerts time and effort to review course concepts and she is frequently able to draw connections across course topics. This semester, Kelly has been the top-scorer on both exams in my class, further demonstrating her commitment to academic excellence. Kelly not only strives to perform well but is also genuinely interested in strengthening her academic and professional skillset. Beyond being a good student, Kelly is also an exceptional citizen. She is friendly, polite, and enthusiastic about learning. Kelly is a joy to teach and I am delighted to have her in my class - comments that have also been echoed by other faculty in our department. Taken together, Kelly is a star performer across classes and is a wonderful role model to other students."
February 2018 - Diamond Brown
Hometown: District Heights, MD
Words of Wisdom: "Yes" is a very powerful word. Try saying "yes" to new opportunities that come your way. You'd be surprised by the doors that open, the experiences you'll have, and how much you'll change and grow as a person.
Dr. Illig: "Diamond is an exceptional student whose influence is vast. In spring 2017, Diamond worked closely with Dr. Illig to create a 4-hour workshop 'Building Racial/Ethnic Justice - Community Engagement' which was delivered at the March meeting of the Delaware Conference of Methodist Ministers. Last summer she completed the two-day Safe Spaces Train-the-Trainer workshop and has co-facilitated at least 5 workshops across Maryland. Diamond, along with Becca Peffer, a psychology student, and Drs. Illig and Schlehofer, presented a workshop on 'Adulting as a Trans/Gender Nonconforming Person' at the Gender Conference East in New Jersey in November 2017. Diamond has also represented the sociology department at Open Houses, Admitted Students Day, and Scholars Day; she served on a student panel at the Fall for Fulton Day as well. As the Teaching Assistant for the sociology research methods course last fall, Diamond far exceeded expectations by creating her own exercises and mini-data set for practicing in SPSS. She also made herself available to students far beyond her scheduled office hours and was often working throughout the weekend with students to help them succeed. Diamond is currently on the Academic Affairs Committee, Legislative Branch of our Student Government Association. She is a research assistant for Drs. Diane Illig, Sociology, and Michele Schlehofer, Psychology, on two projects regarding LGBT issues. She is also doing an internship for the sociology department that is a combination of research and marketing development. Finally, Diamond has been a student worker in the President's office for the past two years."
- November 2017 - Storm Galloway
- October 2017 - Arthur Lembo
- September 2017 - Danielle Amanda Walker
- April 2017 - Nicholas Anthony Carlini
- March 2017 - Juliet Vapsva
- February 2017 - Kristy Trojan
- November 2016 - Brittany Bursa
- October 2016 - Aaron Wall
- September 2016 - Megan Newcomer
- April 2016 - Nicholas Carlini
- March 2016 - Katherine Potvin
- February 2016 - Aaron Wilson
- December 2015 - Christy Bertolaccini
- November 2015 - Alex Potocko
- October 2015 - John Talbot
- September 2015 - Megan Mahedy
- May 2015 - Zach Grogan & Rachel Lisk
- April 2015 - Kirsten Hawkins
- March 2015 - Andrea Korell
- February 2015 - Maryam Aboul-Enein