Valedictorian Randal Stuckwish Receives Bethany College Oreon E. Scott Award

BETHANY, W.Va. — Valedictorian Randal S. Stuckwish of McDonald, Pa., completed his college career with top honors during Bethany College’s 2010 Commencement ceremony on May 15. Dr. Darin E. Fields, Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty, presented Stuckwish with the College’s Oreon E. Scott Award, given annually to the senior graduating with the highest academic standing.

“It was a delight to present Randy Stuckwish with the Oreon E. Scott Award at Commencement,” Fields stated. “The cheers of support from his fellow students were well-deserved. He is certainly one of Bethany’s exemplary students, and I am certain that we will hear great things of him in the future.”

Stuckwish, who earned a Bachelor of Science in Economics and Mathematics, finished his Bethany College studies with a 4.17 grade point average. He passed his Senior Comprehensive Exams — written and oral assessments required for graduation — in both majors with distinction, an honor reserved for those who perform unusually well.

Dr. Anju Ramjee, Professor of Economics and Business, stated, “Randy is one of those individuals who will succeed because he has the motivation to succeed regardless of the obstacles he may face, the willingness to sacrifice and the drive for perfection.” She continued, “He does not accept failures and uses every opportunity to learn and grow from his experiences. I have seen him grow in the last four years to the poised, self-confident young man that he is today.”

During the College’s Honors Day Convocation in April, he was awarded the W. H. Cramblet Prize, which recognizes outstanding achievement in mathematics; the Bethany 2000 Prize (Senior Achievement Award) honoring a senior who has demonstrated loyalty and commitment to the College; and the Forrest H. Kirkpatrick Award, presented to the outstanding senior majoring in mathematics. In 2009 Stuckwish was presented with the W. F. Kennedy Prize (Outstanding Junior Man), awarded to a junior who has contributed to College community life through outstanding leadership, character and scholarship.

Stuckwish was a member of several honor societies: the Gamma Sigma Kappa scholastic society; Bethany Kalon; the Kappa Mu Epsilon national honor society in mathematics; the Omicron Delta Epsilon international honor society in economics; and the Pi Gamma Mu social science honor society. He was also selected for inclusion in Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.

In addition to his superior academic accomplishments, Stuckwish actively participated in a variety of campus groups during his time at Bethany. He served as a tutor in the Department of Economics and Business as well as the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science. He was also employed in the Center for Enrollment and worked as a Resident Assistant.

Stuckwish was very involved with the College’s Student Government Association (SGA), working his way up from Assistant Treasurer in 2007 to SGA President in 2009. He served as both Treasurer and Vice President of the Economics Club and was an active member of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity, serving as Secretary, Treasurer and Scholarship Chair.

During his senior year Stuckwish helped manage the College’s newly established $1 million McCann Family Student Investment Fund at Bethany — West Virginia’s first college to offer a student-led investment fund of its kind — as Chief Executive Officer and Chief Portfolio Manager.

Stuckwish will attend the University of Rochester in the fall and plans to pursue a Master of Business Administration degree.

Bethany College is a small college of national distinction located on a picturesque and historic 1,300-acre campus in the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia. Founded in 1840, Bethany is the state’s oldest private college.