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Outstanding students receive Dankook Award

May 25, 2011

Ohio Northern University presented the Dankook Award to Kyle R. Stinehart, a 2011 graduate from Pemberville, Ohio, and Kyle S. Simmons, a 2011 graduate from North Lawrence, Ohio, in a ceremony prior to the undergraduate commencement on Sunday, May 22.

Presented since 1999, the Dankook Award is an annual reciprocal award exchanged between Dankook University in South Korea and Ohio Northern University. The award recognizes students with outstanding records in academics, student leadership, co-curricular activities and service.

The selection process begins when each of ONU’s undergraduate deans nominates two students to receive the award. Next, ONU’s vice president of academic affairs selects two students from this pool of eight and sends their names to the University president for approval. Finally, the two names are sent to Dankook University.

Simmons graduated with a degree in mechanical engineering. As a quarterback at ONU, he was a four-year letter-winner and in that time was named first-team all-Ohio Athletic Conference, academic all-Ohio Athletic Conference, ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District and Clyde Lamb Team Outstanding Offensive freshman. He is a member of the Tau Beta Pi, the engineering honorary, and has been a research intern in the College of Engineering and an electrician assistant with Bodie Electric.

Stinehart, who graduated with a 4.0 grade point average, received a Bachelor of Science in molecular biology and a Bachelor of Science in business administration (management). He was a member of Northern Without Borders, the American Cancer Society of Colleges against Cancer, Habitat for Humanity, the College of Arts & Sciences student advisory board, student senate leaders council, and President’s Club. He has research experience at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and ONU’s Raabe College of Pharmacy. He has been inducted into several honoraries, including ONU Mortar Board, Omicron Delta Kappa, Beta Beta Beta, Phi Eta Sigma and Phi Kappa Phi.