The Oklahoma State University College of Human Sciences has recognized eight Seniors of Distinction for 2018. The prestigious award is the highest honor given to graduating seniors by the College of Human Sciences.
Faculty in each of four academic units in the College of Human Sciences – the Department of Design, Housing and Merchandising; the Department of Human Development and Family Science; the Department of Nutritional Sciences; and the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management – selected two Seniors of Distinction.
The criteria for the award includes academic achievement, balanced extracurricular activities and campus leadership, commitment to major degree program and potential for future success, global learning experiences and significant contributions to the Cowboy community.
The College of Human Sciences 2018 Seniors of Distinction are:
Natalie Berg, Department of Design, Housing and Merchandising
Natalie Berg will graduate from design, housing and merchandising with an option in merchandising. A native of Colorado Springs, Colorado, Natalie has been active in the Merchandising and Apparel Design Association and served with CowboyThon. She is a member of Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society, served as a Panhellenic recruitment counselor and competed for the OSU Women’s Club Lacrosse team. Natalie was named a Fashion Scholarship Fund YMA Scholar for 2017. She interned with Walmart and with Global Brands Group in New York City. Natalie also was a volunteer leader with Countryside Baptist Church youth group and served as education chairman for her sorority. A member of both the President’s and Dean’s Honor Roll in each semester at OSU, she worked as a teaching assistant for the Technology and Visual Communications course. Natalie is the daughter of Christine and Karl Berg.
Lana Duke, Department of Nutritional Sciences
Nutritional sciences major Lana Duke will graduate with an option in human nutrition/pre-medical sciences. Originally from Edmond, Lana was selected as one of just 48 OSU Seniors of Significance for 2018. A four-year member of the OSU soccer team, she served as president and community service chair for the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. Lana directed the inaugural OSU Nike N7 Youth Movement Field Day for Native American youth. Lana served as a Big 12 Conference Student-Athlete Representative for 2017-18 and attended the NCAA Student-Athlete Leadership Forum in 2016. Lana was a Human Sciences Freshman Scholar Leader and a member of Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society. She was active with Native American Student Association and conducted research with nutritional sciences faculty. Lana plans to attend medical school after graduation. She is the daughter of Lance and Dayna Duke.
Rebekah Kinsey, Department of Design, Housing and Merchandising
Rebekah Kinsey will graduate from design, housing and merchandising with an option in interior design. A Stillwater native, Bekah served as the philanthropy chair for the American Society of Interior Design – Student Chapter. She competed in the 2016 Interior Design Educators Council contest where she and a partner spent three weeks designing a service-learning facility from start to finish. During the summer of 2017, Bekah interned for Kieding Interior Architecture and Design in Denver, Colorado. She was nominated for OSU’s Student Employee of the Year for her work in the College of Human Sciences Information Technology office. Bekah also volunteered with the Humane Society of Stillwater, Stillwater Medical Center, Early Head Start, Make-A-Wish Dance Marathon and Eagle Heights Baptist Church. Bekah is the daughter of Curtis and Nancy Kinsey.
Madison Krehbiel, Department of Nutritional Sciences
Nutritional sciences major Madison Krehbiel will graduate with an option in dietetics. The Stillwater native was a Human Sciences Freshman Scholar Leader and served as a student academic mentor for the P.E.T.E. Project. An active participant in research, Madison received the Wentz Research grant and was selected as a Niblack Scholar at OSU. She presented a research poster at the 2017 Experience Biology Conference in Chicago. Madison interned with the University Center student ministry on campus and traveled with the organization for mission trips on spring break and over the summer, twice visiting India. A consistent member of the Dean’s Honor Roll, Madison was also treasurer of the Nutritional Sciences Club and inducted to the Golden Key International Honor Society. Madison is headed to graduate school at OSU where she will complete her dietetic internship. She is the daughter of Clint and Shelly Krehbiel.
Savannah Mullins, School of Hospitality and Tourism Management
Savannah Mullins is graduating with a degree in hotel and restaurant administration and a minor in international studies. Savannah served as ambassador chair for the Wine Forum of Oklahoma’s executive team. She represented the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management as part of an outreach to Sun Yat-Sen University in China, giving presentations to students interested in earning a degree at OSU. Savannah interned with Four Seasons and Hilton Hotels and Resorts. She was a two-time recipient of the Don and Cathy Humphreys grant to study abroad in Dijon, France, and Nanjing, China, and was awarded the Jorns International Hospitality Studies Endowed Scholarship, the Margaret I. Kimes Scholarship and the American Hotel and Lodging Educational Foundation Annual Giving Campaign Scholarship. She was involved with Phi Upsilon Omicron Honor Society and Eta Sigma Delta Honor Society. Savannah is the daughter of Stephanie and Randy Mullins.
Jonathan Wainwright, School of Hospitality and Tourism Management
Jonathan Wainwright will graduate with a degree in hotel and restaurant administration. A native of Edmond, Jon assumed many leadership roles while at OSU, including serving on the executive committees for the Wine Forum of Oklahoma and the Craft Beer Forum of Oklahoma and as student manager of the program’s Planet Orange quick service restaurant. Jon was the front-of-house manager for the November 2016 Distinguished Chef Series, and he interned with the Hal Smith Restaurant group. Jon made two trips to Washington D.C. on behalf of the Oklahoma Restaurant Association and has been honored during the organization’s annual Hirst Hospitality Awards. He was selected to study abroad on the Banfi Trip to Northern Italy. Following graduation, Jon will enter the restaurant industry with plans to eventually open his own restaurant. He is the son of Debbie Olson.
Arianna Walton, Department of Human Development and Family Science
Arianna Walton from San Antonio, Texas, will graduate from human development and family science with an option in child and family services. Arianna was inducted into Phi Upsilon Omicron Honor Society and served as secretary. She is also a member of National Society of Leadership and Success, Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society and the Honors College Student Association. She has participated in research and presented at the Oklahoma Psychological Association Conference and the Oklahoma Early Childhood Research Symposium. Arianna has volunteered with Into the Streets, The Big Event and Meadows of Hope Children’s Home. She was a student employee and student ambassador at OSU’s Edmon Low Library. Arianna interned for the City of San Antonio and the Child Trauma Prevention Lab in the College of Human Sciences. Arianna hopes to pursue a graduate degree in social work. She is the daughter of Deborah Walton and Stephen Walton.
Bailey Winters, Department of Human Development and Family Science
Human development and family science major Bailey Winters will graduate with an option in child and family services. A Tulsa native and OSU Honors student, Bailey participated in undergraduate research examining factors that influence international school children adjusting in elementary schools in the United States. She worked at the Family Resource Center on the OSU campus, an experience she describes as the most impactful of her college experience. Bailey was a member of the President’s Leadership Class and was inducted to Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society. She has been involved with the Human Development and Family Science Club, numerous community service projects with her sorority, and The Table campus ministry, including participating in two spring break mission trips. Bailey has been on the President’s Honor Roll every semester at OSU and studied abroad in Italy and Greece. Bailey is the daughter of Craig and Shelley Winters.