Howe receives Savory Award

Lauren Fleming, Staff Writer

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Elizabeth Howe, senior communication studies major, received the 2016-2017 Columbia College Savory Award at the senior chapel on Nov. 2.

According to the college website, the Savory Award honors the memory of Jerold “Jerry” Savory, Ph.D., a faculty member who was admired by faculty, staff and students for his character and love for Columbia College. In remembrance of his 24 years at the college, the Savory Award is the highest honor conferred upon a senior.

“Being the recipient of the 2016-2017 Savory Award is beyond humbling,” Howe said. “I am so thankful for my three and a half years here that have helped to mold and challenge me to become my best self. It means the world to me that my peers think I’m worthy of this honor.”

The recipient of the award must fully embody all four C’s of leadership, courage, commitment, confidence and competence, and exemplify commitment to personal excellence, ethical leadership, spiritual values, collaborative learning and an unwavering love and dedication to Columbia College, Kristin Wilson, SGA president, said.

Christine Hait, Ph.D., senior class advisor, was the speaker for the chapel service.

“Dr. Savory would be delighted to see the way students work collaboratively across campus,” Hait said. Savory founded the Columbia College Collaborative Learning Center (CLC) in Edens’ Library for students and faculty to work together and learn from each others’ experiences to enhance their education.

In addition to Howe, Michaela McElveen, senior biology major, and Kristin Wilson, senior biology major, were nominated for the Savory Award. Juniors and seniors nominate peers they feel are deserving of the award, and seniors elect the recipient from the top three nominees.

Following tradition, Howe will have a doll made in her likeness to be displayed in Alumnae Hall, along with Savory Award dolls from years past.

Senior chapel is held annually to celebrate not only the recipient of the Savory Award, but to honor and commend all seniors for their hard work, leadership and dedication at Columbia College.

“Your leadership will be missed, but your influence will live on,” Hait said to the senior class.

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