Ms. Elizabeth McCullers Honored With President’s Award

VALDOSTA — Elizabeth Deborah McCullers of Macon, Georgia, is the recipient of the Spring 2017 President’s Award for Academic Excellence for the College of the Arts at Valdosta State University.

The President’s Award for Academic Excellence is presented to the graduating student with the highest grade point average in each of VSU’s five colleges — College of Arts and Sciences, College of the Arts, College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Harley Langdale Jr. College of Business Administration, and James L. and Dorothy H. Dewar College of Education and Human Services.

VSU will celebrate its 223rd commencement on Friday, May 5, and Saturday, May 6.

McCullers will serve as the official banner carrier for the College of the Arts during the undergraduate commencement ceremony at 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 6, on the VSU Front Lawn. She will graduate with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in theatre.

“I am so proud of how my hard work has paid off,” she said. “I am amazed to be receiving this honor and to be recognized as a leader for my classmates.”

During her time as a student at VSU, McCullers was a regular on the Dean’s List, an Honors Scholar and a member of Alpha Lambda Delta: National Honor Society for First-Year Students, The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, Golden Key International Honour Society, the TBNL (To Be Named Later) Improv Troupe, the Theatre and Dance Box Office staff, and Alpha Psi Omega: National Theatre Honor Society, where she served as president and treasurer. She was part of a panel presentation on higher education and grading systems at VSU’s 2015 Conference on Instructional Technologies, Innovations, and Educational Strategies, or TIES Conference, and has volunteered her time to serve as a simulated patient to train students in the School of Nursing. She was a part of several Theatre and Dance productions, including “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” “Into the Woods,” “Bunnicula,” Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind,” “The Tempest,” “The Wiz,” “She Stoops to Conquer,” “Evita,” and “As You Like It.”

McCullers’s commitment to academic, creative, and service excellence on campus, in the community, and around the world resulted in her earning the Golden Circle Scholarship and the National Guard Insurance Trust Scholarship. She is the daughter of Robert and MayBeth McCullers

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