KOKOMO, Ind. — Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Region will honor Rebecca McVay as winner of the 2014 Dr. Pam Lewis Award for Academic Excellence during commencement Saturday where the Logansport resident will receive her Associate of Science degree in Professional Communication.
Each year academically high-achieving graduating students are nominated to receive this award. From those students nominated as outstanding in each academic program, the student who has earned the highest cumulative grade-point average during his or her Ivy Tech education is named the winner.
As a student at Ivy Tech, McVay has excelled as a leader both inside and outside the classroom and, in doing so, she has profoundly impacted the College and the community. She is an excellent student as evidenced by the grade-point average she has maintained in pursuit of her degree. Professional Communication Program Chair David Gray said, “Two traits have stood out to me as I’ve worked with Rebecca: one, her ability to lead by example with her charismatic and other-oriented communication style, and two, her eagerness to take advantage of opportunities outside of the classroom.”
McVay has many qualities that make others naturally want to follow. She shows a sincere interest in and concern about her classmates and their success by encouraging their participation and learning. They have learned to expect lively in-class discussions and debates because of her high level of engagement and understanding of course concepts.
The Academic Excellence Award winner has taken advantage of many opportunities to further her education outside of the classroom and often better her community in the process. The past two years, she has shared her story in speeches to groups of college donors at fundraising events. In January 2013, she delivered the introduction of visiting speaker Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr. In April 2013, she was crowned winner of the Speak Up—Speak Out student speech competition for her advocacy of Operation Christmas Child, earning more than $220 to benefit the nonprofit. In 2013, she participated in an award-winning Honors in Action project with the Logansport Phi Theta Kappa chapter and was inducted into the honor society. This March, she traveled to Appalachia as part of Ivy Tech Kokomo’s spring break service trip, later sharing that experience by writing a news release published in local media. She has served as the editor of the Kaleidoscope, the College’s biweekly news and event campus bulletin.
McVay plans to continue her education at Indiana University Kokomo in one of the institution’s communication degree pathways.