Outstanding Undergraduate Students Honored

Joanne Golden, Ricardo Valdez Recognized During Academic Honors Convocation at SHU

Seniors Joanne Golden and Ricardo Valdez were named the Outstanding Undergraduajoanne-golden.jpgte Students by Siena Heights University.


The awards are presented annually to two senior students who exhibit a combination of outstanding academics and extracurricular involvement. A committee composed of Siena Heights faculty, staff and students decided from those nominated.


Golden, from Taylor, Mich., will graduate in just three years with a history major and political science minor. The Presidential Scholar completed the pre-law program and carries a perfect 4.0 grade-point average. She has been on the dean’s list each semester at Siena. Golden is a member of the Mu Lambda History Honor Society as well as the Missing Link History Club. A member of the Student Senate during her junior year, Golden volunteers at the Lenawee Humane Society, Big Brothers/Big Sisters and the Boys and Girls Club of Adrian. Her future plans include continuing her studies in International Relations at Pepperdine University next fall.ricardo-valdez2.jpg


Valdez, a native of Tecumseh, Mich., is majoring in religious studies with minors in business administration and Spanish. He served as president of the Student Senate for the past two years and was this year’s recipient of the Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership Award. A member of the McNair Scholars program, he is involved in numerous groups and organizations around the Lenawee community, and has plans of attending graduate school.

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