The Department of Residence Life will recognize eight Texas A&M University students and their faculty and staff mentors during its second annual Honoring Excellence Awards Ceremony, scheduled for Friday, February 1, 2019.

The award process recognizes on-campus students who have demonstrated academic and leadership excellence, including those who achieve Distinguished Student status (Student Rule 11), and gives these students the opportunity to nominate faculty and staff members for awards. This year’s ceremony honors one staff member, seven faculty, academic peer mentors, and the on-campus residents who achieved Distinguished Student status.

“We had 296 on-campus residents excluding the Corps of Cadets achieve Distinguished Student status during the fall 2018 semester. This was an increase of 46 students from last year” said Bonnie McDonough, administrative coordinator for Academic Support Initiatives and one of the event coordinators. McDonough continued, “these distinguished students as well as award recipients are recognized at the event with a plated meal, photo opportunities, and certificate of achievement.”

The ceremony includes a faculty and staff recognition component. The Honoring Excellence awards, which have been underwritten by C.C. Creations USA, are presented to outstanding faculty and staff members each year who go above and beyond, both inside and outside their classroom/positions to impact student learning and academic success. Eight recipients were selected by a committee of faculty, staff, students, and a C.C. Creations representative from a competitive pool of 188 nominations. What makes this award unique is that student nominators are invited to present their recipient with the award.

Chareny Rydl, executive director of Residence Life, says “The nominees received one of the greatest honors they could. They are being recognized by the students they serve. It is a great honor when students write on your behalf at the end of a busy semester.”

The student nominators will present their nominees with their award. With that, the 2019 Honoring Excellence Award recipients are:

  • Dr. Adrienne Brundage, Assistant Professor of Entomology, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
  • Dr. Daniel Collins, Lecturer of Chemistry, College of Science
  • Dr. Pamela Edens, Lecture of Psychology, College of Liberal Arts
  • Dr. Joanna Goodey Pellois, Instructional Assistant Professor of Chemistry, College of Science
  • Mrs. Judy Nunez, Director of College Recruitment, College of Geosciences
  • Dr. Rumya Putcha, Assistant Professor of Performance Studies, College of Liberal Arts
  • Dr. Amy Rector-Aranda, Visiting Assistant Professor of Teaching, Learning, and Culture, College of Education and Human Development
  • Dr. Kelvin Xie, Assistant Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, College of Engineering

The selection committee also included an honorable mention this year. Ms. Sarah Hart, resident advisor of Haas Hall will also receive a certificate of recognition. While undergraduate staff were not originally included as potential recipients, Ms. Hart will be recognized as her nominators wrote compelling recommendations which met the award’s intent and criteria.

To learn more about the Honoring Excellence Awards Ceremony, contact Dr. Dustin Grabsch at 979.862.9172 or you are interested in supporting Texas A&M’s Honoring Excellence Awards Ceremony or other programs within the Division of Student Affairs, contact Torii Kapavik at 979.845.4728 or