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Cody Davison Receives President's Citation

Cody Davison Receives President's Citation

Each year, the prestigious President's Citation is awarded to the Greenville College graduating senior who has demonstrated the highest academic achievement in the context of a Christian liberal arts program. To be eligible for this award, the student must have completed a bachelor's degree program and adhered consistently to the ideals of the institution. This year, President Larry Linamen and Provost Randy S. Bergen awarded this honor to Cody Davison.

Davison said, "It felt great. I was really surprised that I received it, because I didn't even know the award existed until the moment Dr. Linamen and Dr. Bergen started to announce it."

Davison earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with majors in both Biology and Chemistry. In these two very demanding majors, he achieved a perfect 4.0 cumulative GPA. Dr. Eugene Dunkley and Dr. Darrell Iler served as his academic advisors. Davison is described by his professors as "quiet but engaging, someone who has earned the respect of his peers and the faculty."

Davison commented on his relationship with his advisors, saying, "Both Dr. Dunkley and Dr. Iler were great advisors during my college experience. They were constantly welcoming students over to their houses, and both always had the time to help me when I was stuck on something, like a lab report or a homework problem."

Iler said that he was very quickly aware that Davison was an outstanding student. Even as a freshman, Davison was smart, conscientious, and a hard worker. Given his talents and work ethic, he earned the Outstanding Freshmen Chemistry Student Award. He also received the American Chemical Society's Outstanding Junior Chemistry Award.

Several factors influenced Davison's decision to attend Greenville College. "I was really impressed with the science department, especially with the amount of equipment we have for being a small school," he said. "I am definitely a fan of learning in smaller classes, as professor-student interaction is very helpful in learning many of types of content."

Davison will travel to Chiang Mai, Thailand after graduation to spend the summer doing missions work at an institution that equips Christian leaders with the skills they need to lead churches. Upon his return he will likely pursue his goal of becoming a physician. He is also considering enrolling in the Masters of Teaching (MAT) program at Greenville College.


This story was published on June 09, 2011

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