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Outstanding Seniors honored at Homecoming 2015

The University of Tulsa and the TU Alumni Association are recognizing 10 students with the 2015 Jess Chouteau Outstanding Senior award this fall. The honor is granted to TU seniors who demonstrate exceptional achievement in academic and service endeavors.

The Outstanding Seniors will be honored at TU’s “Oklahomecoming” celebration, Oct. 21-25, along with the Top 10 students who were freshmen last year.

This year’s Outstanding Seniors are: Hannah Emnett of St. Louis, Mo.; Jordan Hoyt of Tulsa, Okla.; Sarah Pook, Parker, Colo.; Katy Riojas of Parkville, Mo.; Noah Roberts of St. Louis, Mo.; Jillian Schlecht of Oklahoma City; Marissa Schmauch of Ponca City, Okla.; Thomas Schorr of Midland, Texas; Anshuman Singh of New Delhi, India; and Kathryn Thompson of Sherman, Texas.

hannah emnettEmnett is a mechanical engineering major with a business administration minor. Emnett competes on the Golden Hurricane women’s rowing team and in 2015 was named to the American Athletic Conference Second Team and as a Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) Scholar Athlete. Currently she serves as president of the Make A Difference Engineering initiative (MADE at TU) and holds leadership roles in Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society and University Ambassadors. Emnett has conducted research in the Department of Mechanical Engineering since 2014. She is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society and the Society of Women Engineers and consistently makes the Dean’s List and Dean’s Honor Roll. Two summers ago, Emnett participated in the Tulsa Undergraduate Research Challenge (TURC) program. This past summer she worked as a combustion engineer at Zeeco, Inc. and as part of the research and development team for Magpie Assistive Products, LLC.

jordan hoytHoyt is a mechanical engineering major who has participated in engineering service projects through the group Sustainable Engineering for Needy and Emerging Areas (SENEA). Hoyt is an Orientation Leader and member of Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity, University Ambassadors, Tennis Club, The Collegian student newspaper, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the Association of Black Collegians. He has received many research presentation awards for research done in Japan, Rutgers University, the National Wind Technology Center and TU’s Energy and Nanoscale Transport Laboratory and is a coauthor on three different scientific research publications. Hoyt also has served as a volunteer science teacher at Phoenix Rising Alternative High School. He plans to attend graduate school and conduct wind turbine technology research.

sarah pookPook is a biochemistry major and a member of the Delta Delta Delta sorority. She is drum major for the Sound of the Golden Hurricane marching band, a University Ambassador and an Orientation Leader. She is a member of the American Chemical Society, Iota Sigma Pi Honor Society, the Common Sense Action group, the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra and TU’s Symphonic Wind Ensemble. Pook has been named to the Dean’s List and serves as a volunteer and undergraduate researcher for the Tulsa Area Community Schools Initiative. She hopes to combine her technical knowledge as a biochemist with her passion for global politics. Pook has accepted a position with the federal government following her TU graduation.

katy riojasRiojas is a mechanical engineering major and team captain of the Golden Hurricane women’s soccer team. She is a founding member and vice president of the MADE at TU initiative and president of Tau Beta Pi engineering honor society. Riojas is active in Mortar Board Society; the Society of Women Engineers; Science, Technology Engineering and Mathematics for Under-Represented Populations; the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers; and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. She is a recipient of the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, a TU Dean’s Scholarship, and TU academic and athletic scholarships. Riojas has been named to the President’s Honor Roll and is a member of the Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society. Among her many academic and research-related accolades, she is a weekly volunteer at Tulsa’s Little Light House and also has participated in TU Service Day. Riojas has interned at the Human Engineering Research Laboratories in Pittsburgh, Pa., and Zeeco, Inc. Her work experience also includes research and development roles at Magpie Assistive Products LLC. Riojas aspires to research, design and create medical devices to improve the quality of life for those with illnesses or disabilities.

noah robertsRoberts is a double major in energy management and finance in the Collins College of Business and a member of the Kappa Alpha Order fraternity. He has served as an Orientation Leader and participated in the Tulsa Energy Management Student Association, the Student Investment Fund and Reformed University Fellowship student ministry team. Roberts is a TU Presbyterian Leadership Scholar, TU Dean’s Scholar, ConocoPhillips Scholar and Noble Energy Scholar. He is a recipient of the American Association of Professional Landmen Scholarship and a student member of the association. Roberts is an active TU Service Day volunteer and has participated in many university mission trips. He is a former ConocoPhillips land intern and ONEOK commercial business analyst intern. He has accepted a commercial business analyst position with ONEOK following his TU graduation.

jillian schlechtSchlecht is a biology major pursuing the pre-med track at TU. She also is minoring in dance through the Department of Theatre. She is founder of the Alpha Nu chapter of Sigma Phi Lambda and an athletics tutor and mentor. Schlecht also is a member of Mortar Board, Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society and TU Chorale. She is a Phi Beta Kappa scholarship recipient and has received University Academic, Music and Dean Scholarships. Schlecht also has been named to the President’s Honor Roll and Dean’s Honor Roll. She served as an Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation Sir Alexander Fleming Scholar this past summer and has volunteered with Remote Area Medical, Habitat for Humanity and the Oklahoma Regional Food Bank. She hopes to attend medical school and establish her career as an obstetrician and gynecologist.

marissa schmauchSchmauch is a double major in chemistry and biochemistry and an avid undergraduate researcher in the department. She is a member of the Iota Sigma Pi Honor Society for Women in Chemistry, the American Chemical Society student affiliate and Mortar Board. She participates in the Sound of the Golden Hurricane marching band and is involved in the Society for Gender Equality. Schmauch is a Barry M. Goldwater Scholar and a recipient of TU’s Presidential Scholarship. She has participated in TURC and has received a Chemistry Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship. She was named to the President’s Honor Roll and Dean’s Honor Roll and earned a ConocoPhillips Dependent Scholarship. She is a reading partner at Kendall-Whittier Elementary, tutors high school math and science students and volunteers for science activities at other local organizations such as Girl Scouts. She plans to pursue a doctorate in polymer science and engineering materials science and begin her career at a national laboratory or corporation.

thomas schorrSchorr is an energy management major and Orientation Leader who is active in the Student Association of International Petroleum Negotiators. He is a member of the Tulsa Association of Professional Landmen, the Tulsa Energy Management Student Association, Reformed University Fellowship and Kappa Alpha Order fraternity. Schorr is a TU Academic Scholar and a Presbyterian Leadership Scholar. He has earned scholarships from many energy-related organizations and corporations including ConocoPhillips, Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, American Association of Professional Landmen, the Oklahoma Energy Resources Board and the Permian Basin Landmen’s Association. Schorr has served as a landman intern at Newfield Exploration Co. and Anadarko Petroleum Corp. He is a past peer adviser at the TU Center for Global Education and has volunteered for TU Service Day, Habitat for Humanity and the Tulsa Dream Project at Will Rogers High School. He has accepted a full-time position with Anadarko Petroleum Corp.

anshuman singhSingh is a double major in accounting and finance and a member of the Beta Alpha Psi accounting fraternity. He has served as an Orientation Leader, has been on the Collins College of Business Excellence in Teaching Committee and is currently on the Dean’s Advisory Board. Singh is also the Business Lead on a water conservation project called HydroSense in partnership with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). He is involved in the TU Lawn Tennis Club, Habitat For Humanity and is a member of the Indian Student Association. Singh is a member of the President’s Honor Roll and has received scholarships from the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners and Tulsa OSCPA. He is active in Mortar Board, Scroll Society, Beta Gamma Sigma and Phi Eta Sigma. Singh has participated in Student Association Service Day activities and has done several service projects at Kendall-Whittier Elementary. He has interned in finance and accounting roles with Schlumberger and Halliburton internationally as well as with Ernst & Young in Tulsa. After graduation, he plans to begin his auditing career at Ernst & Young and obtain his CPA license.

kathryn thompsonThompson is a psychology major and member of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority. She is president of the Future Alumni Council, active in University Ambassadors, the Student Health Advocates Association, Psi Chi, Psychology Club, Lantern Honors Society, Mortar Board and the Psychophysiology Laboratory for Affective Neuroscience. Thompson is a TU Academic Scholarship recipient and has been named to the Dean’s Honor Roll and the President’s Honor Roll. She has received the American Pain Society Young Investigator Award and the Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher Award. Thompson is a reading partner at Sequoyah Elementary School and serves Tulsa through many other community initiatives including the David L. Moss Jail in partnership with Domestic Violence Intervention Services, the Grand Central Station Soup Kitchen and the Laureate Institute for Brain Research. She plans to pursue a doctorate in clinical psychology and work in a hospital setting to treat patients with chronic pain.

Also, Omicron Delta Kappa recently announced the Top 10 students who were freshmen last year. The national leadership honor society pays tribute to exceptional leadership and versatility in college. The following students were honored: Jack Ellis of Atascadero, Calif., petroleum engineering; Shelby Hackney of Ponca City, Okla., accounting; Jennifer Kealey of Olathe, Kan., biology and psychology (pre-med); Teja Makkapati of Bentonville, Ark., chemistry and biochemistry (pre-med); Abbey Marino of St. Louis, Mo., sociology (pre-law); Hayley Miller of Springfield, Mo., economics and business management; Karoline Newell of Muskogee, Okla., organizational studies (advertising); Ryan Ogilvie of Houston, Texas, electrical engineering; Kelly Scrivner of Jenks, Okla., finance and management; Brett Stewart of Owasso, Okla., chemical engineering.