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2019 Dean's Distinguished Scholars

Thu, May 16, 2019
2019 Dean's Distinguished Scholars

We want to congratulate all of our graduating Humanities majors who have been named 2019 Dean’s Distinguished Graduates! We are so proud of all your hard work and success. 

The College instituted this award in 1980 to recognize graduating Liberal Arts students who have distinguished themselves in the areas of scholarship, leadership, and service to the College and University community. It is the highest award the College offers and truly reflective of the remarkable caliber of our graduates. The students will be honored at the College of Liberal Arts spring commencement ceremony on Friday, May 24.


Humanities Dean Distinguished Graduate Recipients


Name: Megan Abrameit

Hometown: Tyler, Texas
Major: Psychology (BA) and Humanities (BA)
Activities: International Justice Mission Longhorn Chapter Officer, Ignite Texas Counselor, Partnerships to Advance Language (PALS) Volunteer, Settlement Home Volunteer, Dedman Distinguished Scholar, Former Bill Archer Fellowship Student, 3rd Place Liberal Arts Honors Creative Writing Prize, Published in Echo Literary Magazine, Marshall Scholarship Nominee, and Dean’s Honors List
Name: Gabriella R. Velasco
Major: Sustainability Studies and Humanities (Special Honors; College Honors)
Hometown: San Antonio, Texas
Activities: Feminist Geography Collective Research Assistant and Lab Manager; Liberal Arts Council Membership Director and Chair of Academic Affairs; Study Abroad: Nature, Society, and Sustainability in Cuenca, Ecuador; Jean Holloway Award for Excellence in Teaching Selection Committee Member; State of Texas Alliance for Recycling Central Texas Board Member; Al Henry Program Sustainability Intern at Texas Parks and Wildlife; Land Conservation Outreach and Policy Analysis Intern at the Hill Country Alliance; Environmental Research Intern at the Austin EcoNetwork; American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting 2019 Paper Presentation: "Across the Street: An Institutional Analysis of Environmental Justice";  American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting 2019 Panelist: "Deep Learning: Real-World Experiences in Sustainability Higher Education";  American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting 2018 Poster Presentation: "Air Quality, Industry, and Health in East Austin: Differential Exposure and Community Organizing"

Honorable Mention Recipients 

Devon Bell Hsiao - Humanities / Asian Cultures and Languages - Korean

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