Some of MTSU’s finest celebrated their graduation and discussed their futures with University Provost Brad Bartel during a recent photo session in the Cope Administration Building. The students graduated with honors May 11 after years of dedicated study to earn the highest grade point averages in their class: cum laude, which denotes a 3.5-3.74 GPA; magna cum laude, 3.75-3.89 GPA; and summa cum laude, 3.9-4.0 GPA.
all photos by Andy Heidt, MTSU Creative and Visual Services
Blount County Honor Graduate
Blount County native Jennifer Kathleen Isenberg, seated at right, a global studies major who graduated with highest honors during the university’s May 11 spring commencement ceremonies, joins Bartel to discuss her future plans. Isenberg, a Louisville, Tenn., resident and 2009 alumna of William Blount High School, received her Bachelor of Arts degree with distinction from MTSU’s University Honors College and minored in French and business administration. She is a member of Phi Kappa Phi national honor society, the Order of Omega and the Golden Key honor society as well as a member of the Alpha Omicron Pi sorority. Isenberg, a summa cum laude graduate, is the daughter of Peter Isenberg and Dawn Isenberg of Kingsport, Tenn., and plans to travel abroad before attending graduate school in fall 2014.
Hamilton County Honor Graduate
Hamilton County native David Hull, seated at right, a music theory and composition major who graduated with highest honors during the university’s May 11 spring commencement ceremonies, joins Bartel to discuss his future plans. Hull, a Chattanooga resident and 2009 alumnus of the Baylor School, received his Bachelor of Music degree with distinction as one of MTSU’s Buchanan Fellows, the highest award offered to students in the University Honors College at MTSU. A Pi Kappa Lambda music honor society inductee as well as recipient of the College of Liberal Arts’ Outstanding Achievement Award in Music Composition for fall 2011-spring 2012, Hull was included on the Dean’s List during each semester of his enrollment at MTSU. Hull, a summa cum laude graduate, is the son of William Hull and Eleanor Hull of Chattanooga and plans to become a freelance composer and eventually attend graduate school.
Roane County Honor Graduate
Bartel, seated at left, joins Roane County native Molly Jones, a recording industry major who graduated with honors during the university’s May 11 spring commencement ceremonies, to discuss her future plans. Jones, a Kingston, Tenn., native who now lives in Murfreesboro, is a 2009 alumna of Roane County High School and received her Bachelor of Science degree with a minor in public relations. She plans to work in Nashville in the music business. Jones, a cum laude graduate, is the daughter of Doug and Cathy Jones of Kingston.
Rutherford County Honor Graduates
Bartel is joined by six Rutherford County residents who graduated with honors during the university’s May 11 spring commencement ceremonies. Seated with Bartel is Nadina Manganiello of Murfreesboro, who received a Bachelor of Science degree in K-6 interdisciplinary studies and graduated cum laude. Standing are, from left, Kaela M’Kenzie Armbrister of Murfreesboro, a magna cum laude graduate who received a Bachelor of Science degree in mass communication; Kayla Barnes of Murfreesboro, a summa cum laude graduate who received a Bachelor of Science degree in K-6 interdisciplinary studies; Maureen Moeller of Murfreesboro, a cum laude graduate who received a Bachelor of Music degree; Jacob Ellis of Murfreesboro, a summa cum laude graduate who received a Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry; and Trey England of Murfreesboro, a cum laude graduate who received a Bachelor of Science degree in professional physics.
Manganiello, a native of Plymouth, Mass., and a 2008 alumna of Plymouth South High School, plans to become a teacher. She is the daughter of Christine Manganiello and Bob Manganiello of Plymouth. Armbrister, a 2008 alumna of the Aaron Academy, minored in business communication and English and was the student vice president of the Phi Kappa Phi national honor society and MTSU chapter vice president of the Public Relations Student Society of America as well as a recipient of the Paul W. Martin Sr. Honors Scholarship. She plans to pursue a career in the entertainment industry as a publicist. Armbrister’s husband is Daniel Dalecke of Murfreesboro, and her parents are Gregg and Katrina Armbrister of Christiana, Tenn.
Barnes, a 2009 alumna of Eagleville High School, graduated with a 4.0 GPA and plans to pursue a career in education. She is the daughter of Charles and Marilyn Barnes of Murfreesboro. Moeller, a 2008 alumna of McNairy Central High School in Selmer, Tenn., majored in flute performance and received the 2013 Outstanding Achievement in Woodwind Performance Award. She is the recipient of scholarships from the Rome Festival Orchestra and Central America Teaching/Performing Tour aw well as the Tennessee HOPE Lottery Scholarship and music scholarship. Moeller was principal flute in the MTSU Symphony Orchestra and a concerto soloist with the MTSU Chamber Orchestra in spring 2012. She has received a graduate assistantship at Eastern Illinois University to work toward a Master of Arts degree in flute performance beginning this fall and plans to become an orchestral musician. Her parents are Angelia Moeller and Kurt Moeller of McCalla, Ala., and her sister is Dr. Miriam Moeller of Queensland, Australia.
Ellis, a 2009 alumnus of Siegel High School, minored in biology and was recognized as Senior Honor Student in the College of Basic and Applied Sciences. He is a four-year recipient of the Provost Scholarship and plans to attend Vanderbilt University Medical School to become an anesthesiologist. His parents are Sam Ellis and Miriam Ellis and his siblings are Joshua and Samantha Ellis, all of Murfreesboro. England, a 2008 Siegel alumnus, majored in physics and minored in mathematics. He plans to seek employment in business with possible technology applications. England’s parents are Tim England and Susan England of Murfreesboro.