Lafayette honored 129 students for academic excellence at the annual All-College Honors Convocation May 3 in Colton Chapel. Awards and prizes recognized outstanding academic success in all four of Lafayette’s academic divisions—engineering, humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences.
This spring, 46 students will join Phi Beta Kappa, the oldest and most respected undergraduate honors organization in the United States. Founded in 1776, Phi Beta Kappa fosters and recognizes excellence in the liberal arts and sciences. Outstanding students are eligible for election as juniors or seniors.
This year’s keynote speaker was Lia Mandaglio Parifax ’08, managing director of global initiatives at Out Leadership, a strategic advisory firm specializing in LGBT talent and business development. In 2011, she co-founded Athlete Ally, a nonprofit organization mobilizing sports communities to advance LGBT equality. She also serves as an advisory board member of the Equality Card Project, an LGBT-focused philanthropic credit card, and as a research adviser for the Everest Project, a research collaborative investigating gender experiences in the workplace.
Parifax has been published in several of the world’s leading rhetoric and legal journals, has contributed to several opinion pieces in the Huffington Post and on CNN, and has served as an editor of the book Keys to College Studying: Becoming an Active Thinker. She and her husband, activist Hudson Taylor, were featured in Vanity Fair magazine’s Hall of Fame (March 2014) for their work as allies to the LGBT community.
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Dr. E. L. McMillen-K. K. Malhotra ’49 Prize. Awarded to two juniors who have attained a high cumulative average in chemical engineering and who have demonstrated a high level of proficiency in the Unit Operations Laboratory.
C. Barker Carlock ’17 (chemical engineering) Dallas, Texas (Excel Scholar)
Aaliyah Shodeinde ’17 (chemical engineering) Lagos, Nigeria (Excel Scholar)
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Charles Mattei and ASHE NE Pennsylvania Scholarships. Awarded to a sophomore or above with a Northeast Pennsylvania residence studying Civil Engineering and are involved in campus programs and service to the community.
Michael Bennett ’17 (civil engineering) Berwyn, Pa. (Marquis Scholar)
Billy Schaeffer ’17 (civil engineering) Tower City, Pa.
Brian Skalla ’16 (civil engineering) Sparta, N.J. (Excel Scholar)
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Foreign Languages and Literatures
Geology and Environmental Geoscience
Anthropology and Sociology
Government and Law
Women’s and Gender Studies