Wayland recognizes Honors graduates

Release Date: April 6, 2009    

PLAINVIEW – Last Friday afternoon, Wayland Baptist University held a special luncheon to recognize those students who went above and beyond the norm in their education pursuits. Wayland’s honors program recognizes gifted students and challenges them to make the most of their educational opportunities. These students are required to take additional, more taxing courses, as well as complete an honors thesis.

On Friday, faculty, staff and other students honored four honors students who will graduate on May 9. The 2009 honors class includes Jenny Beth Alford, Jonathan Carey, Jordy Williams and Heather Hunt. Hunt, an education major, was unable to attend due to student teaching obligations. The others received a certificate of completion, along with a gift of a hand-made pen and pencil set, turned by university president Dr. Paul Armes. They also treated those in attendance to a brief recap of their honors research.

Alford, an English and science major from Anton, completed her honors research on American Christian poets and how they reflect God in their works. She broke her research down according to poets of specific centuries. In the 1600s, Christian poets tended to focus on holiness and devotion. Poets of the 1700s, dealing with the American Revolution, wrote about righteousness. In the 1800s amid the humanist movement, poets focused on applied Christianity and in the 1900s when dealing with a more secular and materialistic world, poets tried to find their identity.

Carey, a chemistry major from Hobbs, N.M., continued research that has been ongoing in the chemistry department for the last few years, dealing with water purification methods and how they can be easily and inexpensively implemented to aid those around the world who are in need of clean water. Carey’s work dealt with using different sources of light to fuel a catalyst that created a chemical reaction that removes impurities from water. His work will be continued as Wayland seeks to use this research to help with missions projects around the world.

Williams, an English major from Shallowater, created an original work entitled We Want to be Angels a novella by John Stint. Williams actually penned the work under a pseudonym. Williams’ story centers around a hitman in an urban environment. Williams said he wrote the piece as an “exploration into pros,” breaking all the typical conventions of modern writing. All of the dialogue in the piece is written in poetry and within the script, Williams used words to literally draw pictures of what he was talking about. For instance, when talking about the love of a woman the narrative is written in a heart-shaped manner. Williams said his intent is the keep the reader focused and force them to actually read.

“I wanted to challenge the reader, not to allow them to just glaze through the text,” he said.

All four of these students will graduate in a ceremony to be held in Wayland’s Hutcherson Gymnasium on May 9.