Mohawk Valley Community College presented its annual Dr. Jim Dyer Award for Academic Excellence to recent graduate Kristen Owens of Whitesboro, N.Y., who is the Liberal Arts graduate with the highest grade point average.
Owens is an alumna of Notre Dame High School, who graduated from MVCC in May with a 4.0 GPA. She will be continuing her education this fall at SUNY Geneseo as she pursues a Baccalaureate in English.
The award, founded by faculty at MVCC in honor of Jim Dyer, Ph.D., honors the liberal arts graduate with the highest GPA in the humanities. Dr. Dyer served MVCC for nearly 50 years, joining the full-time faculty from 1968 until his retirement in 1996, upon which the MVCC Board of Trustees named him Professor Emeritus. Dr. Dyer continued to teach part-time until 2011. He taught English composition and literature, and received the 1978 award for Excellence in Service. He passed away in May of 2012.