In a much anticipated
part of commencement at Hardin-Simmons University, May 10, 2014, the recipients
of four special honors were revealed during the 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. ceremonies
in Behrens Auditorium. Three of the students selected for the special honors
were earning their bachelor degree and are Devon Howard, Abilene, Texas; Lauren
Maurer, Abilene, Texas; and Raymond Cadjew, Stamford, Texas.
chosen for the Hemphill Graduate Honor Award, Wenhui “Sherry” Dou, of China, received
a standing ovation. Duo persevered to earn her master’s degree, surmounting
blindness and having to learn English as a second language. Dou also gave a
special musical performance during both morning and afternoon commencement
Devon Howard Awarded Julius Olsen
Devon Howard, earning a Bachelor of Administration degree, was named as
the recipient of the Julius Olsen Medal during the 2014 Hardin-Simmons
University spring commencement May 10, 2014.
The award was established
by Dr. Julius Olsen, dean and professor of physics at Hardin-Simmons University
from 1902-1942, and his wife in memory of their son.
Olsen Medal is awarded annually at the spring commencement to the graduate who
has the highest grade point average, has exemplified the highest scholarly
achievement, and has completed at least 90 semester hours of residence credit
Howard maintained a 4.0 GPA while being active both
on campus and in the community. She has been named to the President’s List each
semester that she has attended HSU. She is an active member in the Fellowship
of Christian Athletes and a member of Elmwood West United Methodist Church.
Howard was a starter on the HSU National
Championship Soccer Team and has continued to be a starter for all four years
that she has attended HSU. She has been named a Capital One Academic
All-American and a National Soccer Coaches Association of America Scholar
All-American. Other campus activities include serving as an officer of the business
honor society, Delta Mu Delta.
In addition to being an outstanding student, Howard worked
as an accounting intern for Condley and Company during tax season, and the
Texas Society of CPA’s has recognized her as a recipient of its Accounting
In 2013, she was recognized as the Outstanding
Economics Student in the Kelley College of Business. In 2014, she was named the
Outstanding Accounting Student, and she received the Fletcher Award as the
outstanding business student.
Howard graduates with a double major in accounting
and economics. She has been hired by BDO, one of the top ten accounting firms
in the world, to work in the Dallas office.
She is an Abilene native and the daughter of Larry
and Kathy Howard.
Lauren Maurer Recipient of the Minnie L.
Maurer, earning a Bachelor of Music in Piano performance, was the recipient of
the 2014 Minnie L. Anderson Award presented during the Hardin-Simmons
University spring commencement ceremonies May 10, 2014.
award is presented to a senior female student who has spent three or more years
in residence at Hardin-Simmons University and excelled in character, personal
development, and service to the university.
has distinguished herself in academics, leadership, and community service.
Named to the President’s List each semester
while at HSU, she was a member of the Honors Program and participated in the
study abroad program, attending Salzburg College in the summer of 2013.
Active in service to her community, she has
volunteered as an usher for Young Audiences of Abilene and Abilene Opera. She
has also volunteered at Abilene Music Teachers Association events such as the
Whitlock Theory Tests, the Spring-Manly Festival, and the World of Music Tests.
She frequently performs for the residents at Royal Estates and as a part of
“Music on the Mesa,” which is an outreach effort at Mesa Springs Retirement
Maurer has also been selected to perform for
many HSU events including the President’s Club luncheon and Board of Trustees
dinner. She currently serves as the pianist for Southwest Park Baptist Church.
Maurer received the Kelli Nicole Marshall
Scholarship, the Presser Scholarship, was the recipient of the Texas Music
Teachers Educational Foundation Collegiate Award in 2013, and won second place
in 2012 in the Abilene Philharmonic Young Artist Scholarship competition. She
was also selected for the Most Outstanding Student in Undergraduate Harmony
Award in spring 2012.
Maurer is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda, an
honorary music society that recognizes and encourages the highest level of
musical achievement and academic scholarship. She is a collegiate member of the
Abilene Music Teachers Association, the Texas Music Teachers Association, and
the Music Teachers National Association.
Maurer, from Abilene, Texas, is the daughter
of Linda and Dr. Randall Maurer, professor of psychology and family ministry,
program director for the Master of Arts in family ministry.
She plans to pursue a master’s degree in piano
performance at HSU.
Awarded the George Skiles Anderson Award
Raymond Cadjew, earning a Bachelor of Science in geology, was named
the 2014 recipient of the George Skiles Anderson Award during the Hardin-Simmons
University spring commencement May 10, 2014.
The award is presented to the senior male with three or more years
in residence at HSU who has excelled in character, personal development, and
service to the university. An HSU faculty and staff committee recommends the
Cadjew graduated with a 4.0 grade point average, was a member of
the Alpha Chi Honor Society, and participated in a study abroad program in
England in 2012.
As a student, Cadjew worked for the Department of Geology and
Environmental Science and completely re-organized the university’s rock and mineral
collections. He also used his commercial driver’s license to transport students
on geology field trips to locations in California, New Mexico, Colorado, and El
In 2012, he received the Holland Scholarship, one of the highest
scholarships in the Holland School of Sciences and Mathematics. This spring, he
was awarded the Holland Medal as the top graduating senior from the geology and
environmental sciences department.
After graduating from high school, Cadjew enlisted in the United
States Marine Corps and served for four years. He completed two successful tours
of Iraq as a combat engineer and earned the Navy Achievement Medal for his
personal professional conduct while serving on a mission in Iraq.
He earned the rank of Corporal and was able to serve as a
Non-Commissioned Officer for the last year of his active duty. Cadjew began his
university career at HSU while also working as a professional driver, steering big
rigs through West Texas and working for a local dairy distributer.
Cadjew is applying to the University of Texas at Austin for
graduate work and is most interested in petroleum geology.
He is the son of Greg and Maureen Cadjew of Stamford, Texas.
Wenhui “Sherry” Dou Awarded the Hemphill Graduate Honor
Wenhui “Sherry” Dou, earning a
Master of Music in piano performance, was the recipient of the Hemphill
Graduate Honor Award presented during the spring commencement ceremonies at
Hardin-Simmons University May 10, 2014.
The honor recognizes the graduate
who has excelled in academic studies, possesses character and behavior
consistent with the university’s purpose, and exhibits potential for significant
contribution to his or her chosen field.
Dou is described by teachers as
hardworking and as an incredibly gifted pianist. She has overcome many
obstacles in the pursuit of her degree; namely, she has been blind since the
age of two, and English is not her native language.
While enrolled at HSU, she has
performed at many university events over the past two years including programs
for the HSU Board of Trustees, HSU President’s Dinner, University Women, the
School of Music and Fine Arts 2013 Homecoming Concert, and the International
Students Chinese New Year Celebration.
Dou performed in the School of Music
Honors recital and was inducted into Pi Kappa Lambda, an honor society
recognizing the highest level of musical achievement and academic scholarship.
She also received the Toombs Scholarship and the Mary Paxton Pender Endowed
Memorial Scholarship for graduate students in performance while at HSU.
She has performed numerous times
with the School of Music Outreach Program at Mesa Springs Retirement Village
and she currently plays the piano for Covenant Presbyterian Church services.
She recently auditioned and was
chosen to be one of the featured soloists for the Collegiate Artist Concert and
won the honor to perform Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 with the HSU
“She is a fantastic pianist with a
brilliant mind and voracious appetite for learning. She is also a unique
individual who possesses a sweet, kind, and gentle spirit,” said Dr. Mark
Puckett, HSU professor of piano.
Dou earned a Bachelor of Music from
Harbin Normal University, Heilongjiang (Daoli District), China. She is the
daughter of Cheng Li Dou and Ping Lu of China.