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College of Arts and Letters Students Named 2017 ISU Outstanding Student Award Recipients

Idaho State University and the ISU Alumni Association proudly announce the 2017 Outstanding Student Award recipients who will be honored at Spring Commencement in Holt Arena.

College of Arts and Letters Students Named 2017 ISU Outstanding Student Award Recipients

Idaho State University and the ISU Alumni Association proudly announce the 2017 Outstanding Student Award recipients who will be honored at Spring Commencement in Holt Arena. 

The 12 Outstanding Student Awards are presented to outstanding graduating seniors who have excelled in their programs, their extracurricular activities and have epitomized ISU's outstanding student body.  Students receiving these prestigious awards exhibit a readiness to graduate, high academic achievement, above-average dedication to academic and professional goals and involvement in professional societies. Work experience and community service are also considered.

Kylle Strunk– College of Arts and Letters – Fine Arts and Humanities

Coming to ISU from Nampa following graduation from high school at Idaho Arts Charter School, Kylle Strunk did not have any formal training as a classical musician. His passion and hard work have been rewarded.  Strunk received the David Missal Band scholarship, Gala Arts & Letters scholarship and the Ruth S. and Chilton Phoenix Memorial Scholarship. He will graduate with his Bachelor of Arts degree in music performance and a minor in visual communications with a 3.79 GPA.  During his time at ISU, Strunk has been a member of the Student Activities Board and the Residence Hall Association.  While performing with the Idaho State Civic Symphony, he has grown as a musician and has written compositions that have been premiered by the ISU Percussion Ensemble, ISU Chamber Orchestra, Idaho State Civic Symphony and Portland Percussion Group. His original composition “Oaxacan Fantasy” has just been published by Tapspace Inc., a noted publisher of percussion music.

Ashley Tailor Sondag– College of Arts and Letters – Social and Behavioral Sciences

Ashley Tailor Sondag was born in Pocatello, but her family moved shortly after to Casper, Wyoming.  She graduated from Natrona County High School as valedictorian of her class with an International Baccalaureate Diploma and was awarded the Principal’s Trophy for her athletic and academic achievements.   Sondag is the daughter of ISU alumni Becky and Corey Sondag. Her sister Shaelynn is also an ISU alumna. Sondag’s mother, Becky, was inducted into ISU’s Sports Hall of Fame in 2014. During Sondag’s time at ISU, she has followed in her mother’s footsteps as a member of the track and cross country team and has also served on the Student Athlete Advisory Committee and a member of the International Affairs Council.  Sondag has been named to the Big Sky Conference All-Academic Team and has been on the Dean’s list every semester of her collegiate career.  Sondag will graduate with honors and a double major of political science and international studies with a 4.0 GPA. She plans to continue as an athlete and graduate student at ISU next year with plans to eventually pursue a law degree and work to protect the environment she has come to love in Wyoming and Idaho.

Jeffrey Garn Howard – Doctoral Candidate

Jeffrey Garn Howard, from Kuna, has experienced 10 years of top-notch university education, branching across literature, folklore, critical theory, professional writing and editing, and poetry and nonfiction writing.  During his four years at ISU, in addition to his academic achievements, Howard married and he and his wife, Amy, now have two little boys.  Howard has worked on a Graduate Fellowship since 2014 and is the recipient of the John M. and Charlotte Huntington Scholarship.  His activities as a graduate student include the English Graduate Student Association, Black Rock & Sage editor-in-chief from 2015 to the present, Sigma Tau Delta member, volunteer at Special Collections and Archives and a volunteer at the Marshall Public Library. He was recognized with the PhD Teaching Excellence Award in 2015 for the Department of English and Philosophy and the Prose Winner, Black Rock and Sage in 2014.  Howard will graduate in May with his PhD in English and the Teaching of English and has a 4.0 GPA.

The other Outstanding Student Award recipients for 2017 are: Krystal Noelle Scott, from Rupert, College of Business; Claire Jorgensen, Boise, College of Education; Sabrina J Sherwood, Boise,College of Pharmacy; Cierra Meiline Johns, Pocatello, College of Technology;  Andrew Kaler, Camas, Washington, College of Science and Engineering – Engineering; Pamela S. Ropski, Meridian,  College of Science and Engineering – Natural and Physical Sciences; Natalie Rene Slagowski, Meridian, Kasiska Division of Health Sciences; Emily M. Holcomb, Wilder, School of Nursing; Jenifer Reader, Pocatello, Master’s Candidate.