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Programs, Services, and Awards

Awards presented at the annual Honors Convocation held during the spring semester are as follows:

ACADEMIC AWARDS

BUSINESS DIVISION
  • Outstanding Achievement, Business Administration
  • Outstanding Achievement, Business Computer Systems
  • Outstanding Achievement, Management
  • Outstanding Achievement, Office Administration
  • Outstanding Achievement, Accounting
  • Outstanding Achievement, Computer Information Systems

The criteria for the above awards are:

  • Completion of all course work by the end of the spring semester
  • 3.0 or higher overall grade point average
  • 3.0 or higher business grade point average
  • Vote of majority of Business Division Faculty

The Division reserves the right not to offer one or more of the awards listed above in any particular year.

HUMANITIES DIVISION
Outstanding Achievement, Art

The criteria are as follows:

  • 3.0 overall grade point average,
  • 3.5 grade point average in all art coursework,
  • Outstanding contribution to community, college, or Art Students League,
  • Exceptional work in the visual arts,
  • Candidacy for graduation.
Outstanding Achievement, Music

The criteria are as follows:

  • 3.0 overall grade point average
  • Participation in college and community musical events,
  • A display of mastery in musicianship,
  • Candidacy for graduation
Outstanding Achievement, English

The criteria are as follows:

  • 3.0 overall grade average
  • Must have completed or be currently enrolled in the fourth English course at Darton with a 3.5 GPA in all English courses
  • Candidacy for graduation
Outstanding Achievement, Theater and/or Communications

The criteria are as follows:

  • 3.0 overall grade point average,
  • 3.5 grade point average in all Theater and/or Communications coursework
  • Involvement in community and college productions
  • Exceptional work in the area of Theater and/or Communications,
  • Candidacy for graduation.
Outstanding Achievement, Foreign Language.

The criteria are as follows:

  • 3.0 overall grade point average,
  • Must have completed or enrolled in the fourth foreign language course with a 3.0 GPA in all Foreign Language courses
  • Exceptional work in the area of foreign language,
  • Candidacy for graduation.
SCIENCE/MATHEMATICS DIVISION
Outstanding Student, Science/Mathematics

The criteria are:

  • Must have completed 45 semester hours of academic work with 20 semester hours in Science/Math
  • Must have a 3.0 overall grade point average,
  • Science/Math faculty will make a selection from those students who meet the above requirements considering such items as the level of courses taken, number of courses completed, overall grade point aver, grade point average in the Science/Math Division, or any other factors it deems suitable.
Outstanding Student, Mathematics

The criteria are:

  • Must have completed 45 semester hours of academic work and have completed or enrolled in Calculus III
  • Must have a 3.0 overall grade point average,
  • Science/Math faculty will make a selection from those students who meet the above requirements considering such items as the level of courses taken, number of courses completed, overall grade point aver, grade point average in the Science/Math Division, or any other factors it deems suitable.
Outstanding Student, Science Major

The criteria are:

  • Must have completed 45 semester hours of academic work and be a natural science major,
  • Must have an overall 3.0 grade point average,
  • Science/Math faculty will make a selection from those students who meet the above requirements considering such items as the level of courses taken, number of courses completed, overall grade point aver, grade point average in the Science/Math Division, or any other factors it deems suitable.
Outstanding Student, Science/Mathematics Division Health Major

The criteria are:

  • Must have completed 45 semester hours of academic work and be a Science/Mathematics Division Health Major
  • Must have an overall 3.0 grade point average
  • Science/Math faculty will make a selection from those students who meet the above requirements considering such items as the level of courses taken, number of courses completed, overall grade point aver, grade point average in the Science/Math Division, or any other factors it deems suitable.
Outstanding Student, Computer Science Major

The criteria are:

  • Must have completed 45 semester hours of academic work and completed CSCI1301
  • Must have 3.0 overall GPA
  • Science/Math faculty will make a selection from those students who meet the above requirements considering such items as the level of courses taken, number of courses completed, overall grade point aver, grade point average in the Science/Math Division, or any other factors it deems suitable.
SOCIAL SCIENCE DIVISION
Outstanding Students, Social Science Division, up to five students are selected from social science major

The criteria are as follows:

  • Must have a major in social sciences,
  • Must have at least a 3.0 grade point average,
  • Must be recommended by a social science faculty member,
  • Must have completed all course work during the previous summer or fall semester or be a spring candidate for graduation
Special Projects Award, Social Science Division.

The criteria are:

  • Must have a major in one of the social sciences,
  • Must have engaged in a project of research and/or scholarly activity and have a recommendation from a social science faculty member.
ALLIED HEALTH DIVISION
Outstanding Student, Dental Hygiene.

The criteria are:

  • A graduating sophomore or one who has graduated within two prior semesters,
  • 3.0 grade point average in Dental Hygiene courses,
  • 3.0 overall grade point average,
  • Selection by the Dental Hygiene faculty
Outstanding Student, Emergency Medial Services

The criteria are:

  • A graduating sophomore or one who has graduated within two prior semesters,
  • 3.0 grade point average in Emergency Medical Services
  • 3.0 overall grade point average,
  • Selection by the Emergency Medical Services faculty.
Outstanding Student, Medical Laboratory Technology.

The criteria are:

  • A graduating sophomore or one who has graduated within two prior semesters,
  • 3.0 grade point average in Medical Laboratory Technology courses,
  • 3.0 overall grade point average,
  • Selection by the Medical Laboratory Technology faculty.
Outstanding Student, Health Information Technology.

The criteria are:

  • A graduating sophomore or one who has graduated with two prior semesters
  • 3.0 grade point average in Health Information Technology courses
  • 3.0 overall grade point average,
  • Selection by the Health Information Technology faculty.
Outstanding Student, Human Services Technology

The criteria are:

  • A graduating sophomore or one who has graduated within two prior semesters
  • 3.0 grade point average in Human Services Technology
  • 3.0 overall grade point average,
  • Selection by the Human Services Technology faculty.
Outstanding Student, Occupational Therapy Assistant

The criteria are:

  • A graduating sophomore or one who has graduated within two prior semesters
  • 3.0 grade point average in Occupational Therapy Assistant course
  • Selection by the Occupational Therapy Assistant faculty
Outstanding Student, Physical Therapist Assistant

The criteria are:

  • A graduating sophomore or one who has graduated within two prior semesters
  • 3.0 grade point average in Physical Therapist Assistant courses
  • 3.0 overall grade point average,
  • Selection by the Physical Therapist Assistant faculty
Outstanding Student, Respiratory Care

The criteria are:

  • A graduating sophomore or one who has graduated within two prior semesters
  • 3.0 grade point average in Respiratory Care courses
  • 3.0 overall grade point average
  • Selection by the Respiratory Care faculty.
Madge Holm Memorial Human Services Technology Scholarship

The criteria are:

  • The scholarship is to be awarded annually to either a freshman or sophomore student
  • The student must be accepted into the Human Services Technology program.
  • The student must have and maintain at least a 2.50 college grade point average.
  • The student must demonstrate financial need.
  • The successful applicant must agree to work in a southwest Georgia setting following graduation from the program.
  • Students who meet the above criteria may apply for the scholarship.
    Selection by a committee of members of the Human Services Advisory Committee.
  • This scholarship is named in memory of Madge Holm, first chairperson of the Human Services Advisory Committee.
NURSING DIVISION
Outstanding Student, Nursing

The criteria are:

  • Outstanding or significant contribution to Darton and the community
  • Grade point average at least 3.0,
  • Be selected by the Nursing faculty by majority vote,
  • Active participation in health-related community activities.
PHYSICAL EDUCATION DIVISION
Outstanding Achievement, Physical Education

The criteria are:

  • Must be a physical education major and have completed three semesters of physical education,
  • An accumulative grade point average of 3.0 in the general college
  • Recommendation by at least two faculty members of the Physical Education Division,
  • Must be free of any disciplinary action on record.

HONORS PROGRAM

Honors Program participants receive awards based on level of participation in the Honors Program while maintaining at least a 3.0 GPA. Students who earn the Sage Award receive medallions to wear with their graduation regalia.

  • Achiever Award - Completion of 4-5 Honors courses
  • Scholar Award - Completion of 6-7 Honors courses
  • Sage Award
    • Completion of two Honors courses in Area C and two Honors courses in Area E
    • Completion of the Leadership Development course in Area B
    • Completion of three additional designated Honors courses in Area B
    • Students may substitute active participation in the life of the college, for an Area B course. This may include the Darton Players, Darton Ambassadors, Student Government, and various campus musical ensemble

OUTSTANDING SCHOLAR

The criteria are:

  • Must be a candidate for graduation in May
  • Must have completed a minimum of 30 semester hours at Darton,
  • Must have the highest grade point average of all candidates for graduation in May, including those who satisfied requirements in July, December and May

KEN TYSON SCHOLARSHIP

The criteria are:

  • Member of Alpha Beta Gamma
  • 3.4 GPA minimum-academic excellence,
  • Active participation in service to Alpha Beta Gamma,
  • Selection by a vote of the faculty of the Business Division,
  • Named in memory of Ken Tyson, former Alpha Beta Gamma advisor.

DARTON COLLEGE MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

This scholarship is provided to one or more sophomores who have exhibited outstanding academic potential. The recipient is required to matriculate for the sophomore year at Darton College. Selection of recipient is made by the Darton Honors Committee from the top academically superior students of the previous freshman class. The scholarship is named in memory of deceased faculty members including Henry O. Adams, Altimon Doy Beck, and Owen B. Murphy.

CLIFFORD J. BOWLING MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

The criteria are:

  • This scholarship is to be awarded annually to a rising sophomore science major,
  • Preference is given to pre-veterinary medicine majors,
  • Previous academic performance (GPA),
  • Preference to students not receiving other scholarship aid,
  • Named in memory of Clifford J. Bowling, former student

JERRY A. WALTON MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

The criteria are:

  • The scholarship is to be awarded annually to a sophomore student,
  • Student must be an education major,
  • Must have a grade point average of 3.0 or more
  • Must be involved in extra-curricular major,
  • Nominations are made by Darton faculty,
  • A committee of Social Science faculty selects the recipient,
  • Named in memory of Jerry A. Walton, deceased history education professor.

TALENT ROSTER OF OUTSTANDING TRANSFER STUDENTS FROM COMMUNITY COLLEGES

The criteria are:

  • Students for nomination must have cumulative grade point averages of at least 3.0
  • Must be U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or permanent resident,
  • Must be enrolled in transfer programs, with an interest in attending four-year post-secondary institutions
  • Must be scheduled to receive associate degrees during the current academic year or will have completed at least 60 semester hours by the end of the current academic year,
  • Must be nominated by faculty.

STUDENT ACTIVITY AWARDS

ALPHA BETA GAMMA STOLES

Stoles are presented to members of Alpha Beta Gamma who are candidates for graduation at the forthcoming commencement exercise.

CLUB OF THE YEAR

The criteria include:

  • scrapbook of the club's activities and projects, written report of completed club objectives, college and community service, average club membership and members attendance at meetings, interview with club president and/or two club representatives, and exhibition of college spirit through athletics, the arts and/or Student Activities. Selection will be by an ad hoc committee
KEN ALLEN RODGERS OUTSTANDING STUDENT LEADER

The criteria include:

  • at least 40 semester hours of earned credit and a minimum GPA of 2.5
  • Selection will be based on: service to Darton College, service to the community, elected positions or appointed positions held at Darton, demonstrated leadership, impression at personal interview, future goals, effective communication skills (revealed in interview and a written letter to committee), and academic standing.
  • Selection will be by an ad hoc committee.
  • Named in memory of the late Ken Allen Rodgers, former student.
PHI THETA KAPPA STOLES

Stoles are presented to members of Phi Theta Kappa who are candidates for graduation at the forthcoming commencement exercise.

STUDENT SERVICES SPECIAL RECOGNITION

This award is presented to the student, faculty or staff member who has made the most outstanding contribution in the area of student services, which includes recruitment, admissions, records, financial aid, alumni affairs, orientation, testing, counseling, student health, student housing, religious affairs, foreign student affairs, job placement, student activities, library services, student discipline, minority affairs, and club advising. Nominations may be submitted by students, faculty, staff or administrators to the Student Services Committee. Selection is made by the Committee based primarily on the content of the written nomination.

WHO'S WHO AMONG STUDENTS IN AMERICAN JUNIOR COLLEGES

The criteria are:

  • Students who have graduated during the summer or fall semester of the preceding year or have 40 semester hours at the end of fall semester.
  • Students may only be selected once.
  • Have an overall grade point average of at least 2.50,
  • Be of good character,
  • Have excelled in one or more of the following: student activities, service to the College, service to the community, and scholastic performance

AT THE GRADUATION EXERCISE

A. GRADUATION WITH HONORS

Special recognition is accorded students who satisfy the following conditions of scholarship based on all college work attempted at Darton College.
       a. Cum Laude - a grade point average of 3.40
       b. Magna Cum Laude - a grade point average of 3.65
       c. Summa Cum Laude - a grade point average of 3.85

B. HONOR SOCIETY STOLES

Graduates who are members of honor societies are permitted to wear the stole of the respective society as part of the academic regalia. Graduates of the Darton Honors Program, who have a 3.0 GPA or higher, wear a medallion with their regalia.

C. ON THE DIPLOMA

  1. The diplomas of graduates who belong to one of the national honor societies may bear the nationally approved seal of the respective society.
     
  2. The diplomas of students who graduate with honors will bear a gold colored bar on which is embossed "CUM LAUDE," "MAGNA CUM LAUDE," or "SUMMA CUM LAUDE" if the student has at least the grade point average on work attempted at Darton College as follows:
    1. Cum Laude - a grade point average of 3.40.
    2. Magna Cum Laude - a grade point average of 3.65.
    3. Summa Cum Laude - a grade point average of 3.85.

  3. Graduating students who complete the Honors Program curriculum with a 3.0 cumulative GPA or higher will have the designation "Honors Program Graduate" placed on their academic record.

D. ON THE ACADEMIC RECORD

The Academic Record will bear a notation, as appropriate, for students who are initiated into the honor societies and/or who graduate with honors. Since a transcript is a computer-generated copy of the Academic Record, these honor notations are a part of the respective student's transcript.

E. PROGRAMS FOR ACADEMICALLY SUPERIOR STUDENTS

Programs for academically superior students include advanced placement, Honors Program, and the option of taking any academic class as an honors class.

Students who would like to be considered for advanced placement or credit by examination should check with the Testing Center. Students interested in the Honors Program should contact the Honors Program Coordinator.

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