Meet the Graduates

2018 Graduates

 Madelyn Freeman  

Madelyn Freeman

Hometown: Fayetteville, AR
Major: Hospitality Innovation

I chose Bumper's College because of its smaller size the sense of community. The hospitality program offered by Bumpers was exactly what I was looking for, and would provide me with the tools I would need in my future. Through honors I was able to delve more into a specific topic that interested me and research said topic with the aid and support of my program. I would like to thank my advisor and thesis mentor Dr. Kelly Way for all of her help and support throughout the years. I am staying in Northwest Arkansas for a couple years and am planning on attending Brightwater Culinary School before moving away, hopefully to St. Louis, to pursue my future in baking and pastry arts!”

 Michiyo Nishiwaki

Michiyo Nishiwaka

Hometown: Gifu, Japan
Major: Food Science

“I chose Bumpers College because I wanted to study more science, especially related to food. Through the honors program I learned the importance of communication between lab mates, and with my mentor – to conduct research in English was challenging for me since I am an international student. Asking even little things were very critical as well as asking for help related to my experiments. Also, I improved my time management skills. Because the honors program included additional tasks besides usual class assignments – scheduling time and managing class stuff was very important. I would like to thank my parents in Japan to allow me to pursue this academic experience. Also, my mentor, Dr. Wang, Dr. Andy, and my lab mates. Without them, I could not have completed the research with fun. Next April I will start a job in Japan.”

 Mary Siebenmorgen

Mary Siebenmorgen

Hometown: Scranton, AR
Major: Food Science

“My honors research provided many opportunities, such as being awarded a Bumpers College Undergraduate Research Grant, attending the American Society of Horticultural Sciences Conference in Jacksonville, Fl, and getting to educate peach growers at a workshop. Through these experiences I have gained an immense amount of knowledge of how to conduct scientific research and write scientifically. My research experience also allowed for personal growth and development in areas of public speaking, problem solving, organization, and how to collaborate with others. Dr. Renee Threlfall played an enormous role in my success here at the University …  I am very thankful for the relationship that was formed and the people she has put me in contact with so I can fulfill my goals. In January I will join the University of Georgia’s Department of Horticulture … to partake in their graduate program.”

  Sara Townley 

Sara Townley

Hometown: Lockwood, MO
Major(s): Agricultural Education, Communications, and Technology with a Communications concentration and an Agricultural Systems Minor

“I grew up on a farm and spent several years in 4-H, and I knew I wanted to further my education in the ag industry. On a campus this big, the Bumpers College is a place students can call home and be close to their peers and professors. [As an honors student], the biggest things I’ve gained are an understanding of how research is conducted, and how consumers view the products they buy in the grocery stores. I want to thank all of the professors in the AECT department for contributing to my education and sharing knowledge and wisdom with me. I have to particularly thank my faculty advisor and honors mentor Dr. Miller for working with me … and making sure my honors research was the best it could possibly be. I’m taking the spring semester to visit graduate schools and explore full-time employment opportunities.”

2017 Graduates

 Sam Goll  

Sam Goll

"Through the honors college I have been able to receive a better education on many fronts. I have learned through honors classes, studying abroad, out of class lectures, organizations, and social events.  I have also been able to make lasting connections with peers as well as faculty because of the honors college.  Thank you for everything."

 Sarah West

Sarah West

“The most significant experience I had in my undergraduate career was presenting my honors thesis on a panel at the Pop Culture Association/ American Culture Association National Conference in San Diego. My faculty mentor, Dr. Kathleen Smith, encouraged me to submit, and I will always be grateful for that. The presentation and question and answer session left me feeling like an academic, prepared me for a future in research, and inspired me to continue in my education with confidence.”

 Ashley Breakstone

Ashley Breakstone

"Not only do I wish to serve those here in the United States, I also want to serve those who travel around the world. An experience like this creates the opportunity for better careers in the future. Knowledge of international hospitality will be useful to have in mind while learning about hospitality in the United States and preparing for a career. This comparison will allow other students like myself to make hospitality operations in the United States more successful."

  Margaret Elise Wright 

Margaret Elise Wright

“As an Undergrad at the University of Arkansas, I have been blessed with a learning experience that I am very grateful for. Taking honors classes and living in the Hotz dorm allowed me to go further in-depth in studies while meeting people that challenged me to succeed academically. My greatest accomplishment is the original research that I conducted for my honors thesis, in which I analyzed the impact of portion sizing on food waste in a child care facility. I defended my thesis and submitted to the honors college successfully, and I will submit to the Discovery journal. After graduation, I will attend the UAMS Dietetic Internship program in Little Rock with the goal of becoming a registered dietitian. I am thankful for all the amazing professors and friends that I have met on this journey, and I am proud to be in the Razorback family.”

 Alexandra McLeod

Alexandria McLeod

“I would like to thank the two people who helped me most in achieving my goal of graduating with Honors. First, I would like to thank my mom, Melissa Smith. She is my hero, and her strength and knowledge has been paramount in driving me toward this goal. I don’t know what I would do without her unwavering support. Second, I would like to thank my advisor and mentor, Dr. Leslie Edgar. She has been an inspiration to me from day one. She pushed me to experience new things and challenge myself which led me to participate in the community development program in Belize and an internship in Scotland. Beyond my mom and Dr. Edgar, I am incredibly thankful for the friends and family that have contributed to the person I am today.”

Laura Corral

Laura Corral

“I would like to give a huge thank you to Ms. Stephanie Hubert and my co-researcher, Katie Walker. Ms. Hubert’s encouragement and commitment to mentorship through this research made it all the more rewarding to succeed. I certainly would not have made it this far or pushed myself this hard if it weren’t for your constant mentorship and support through this challenging research. Ms. Hubert, you are truly the best. And of course, a big thank you to Katie Walker. We made an incredible team through this process I cannot wait to see all of the successful things you accomplish after graduation.”

Madison Brown

Madison Brown

“I came to the University of Arkansas as a hard-working, yet aimless student. My passion for environmental science and conservation has been well established for as long as I can remember, however, I lacked any true idea of what I would do when I “grew up”. After sitting through my first environmental science class freshman year, I knew I was in good hands. With the help of a well-rounded department and brilliant educators, I have had the supreme privilege of being able to run boundlessly, leaping from soil chemistry to water science and landing in environmental law, all while learning from brilliant educators. I am proud to have earned my degree from the University of Arkansas and will always consider Bumpers College home.”

Lesleigh Beer

Lesleigh Beer

"There truly are not enough words to feasibly thank every individual that has impacted me throughout my Honors Program experience. So I shall say that if we have met and exchanged names, then you have facilitated my collegiate career and achievement of goals. I would like to extend a special thank you to Bumpers College and Poultry Science Department faculty, especially Dr. Billy Hargis for his encouragement and willingness to mentor me. I sincerely feel that I have received the best Honors Program experience possible—allowing me to learn laboratory techniques with Dr. Lisa Bielke at Ohio State University, study abroad to New Zealand and Australia with Dr. Leslie Edgar and Dr. Kathleen Jogan, and to attend academic conferences with the Poultry Health Laboratory group. Finally, I would like to thank my parents and family for their tremendous love and support throughout my academic ventures."

 Kaitlyn Walker

 Kaitlyn Walker

"I am so glad I got to be a part of the Bumpers Honors Program. I want to thank Dr. Edgar for allowing me to join the program as a junior, and I’m extremely grateful to my mentor, Ms. Hubert, who encouraged me to join in the first place. She has been the most hands-on, approachable, and helpful mentor I could have imagined as I tackled an ambitious honors creative project. I want to also thank my project partner – Laura, I could not have researched 3D printed clothing without you!  Thank you for your great ideas and hard work in splitting the load with me. It’s been so much fun to be in the Honors Program thanks to these two and our creative project. Lastly, thanks always to my parents and my sister who support and encourage me to do great things. God has blessed me richly through you, this program, and the people I have met here."

 Macy Shirley

 Macy Shirley

"I would like to extend appreciation to my research mentor, Dr. Sun-Ok Lee for her patience and guidance throughout the completion of my thesis project. I would also like to extend appreciation to Cindi Brownmiller, the Lab Specialist in Dr. Lee’s lab, for her assistance throughout my project. I would also like to thank Mrs. Michelle Bailey, and Dr. Sabrina Trudo for serving on my thesis committee. The Dale Bumpers Honors Program has enriched my undergraduate education by enabling me the opportunity to participate in accelerated curriculum, gain research experience, and participate in study abroad.  These experiences culminated to develop me so that I am prepared to go on to the next level of my education."

 Victoria Maloch

 Victoria Maloch

"During my time as a Razorback, I have met presidents, traveled the globe, and discovered my purpose. My experiences have been shaped and defined by the history, traditions, and alumni of the University of Arkansas. From being an initiate of Chi Omega’s founding chapter to one day having my name on Senior Walk, a piece of my heart will forever live within the University of Arkansas story. Being a part of the Honors Program has enhanced that experience and provided unique opportunities for learning and growth that would not have been possible any other way. If I have learned anything during my time as an honors student, I have learned the person I am today is a byproduct of the investments others have made in me. Endless thanks are due to the countless professors and mentors that have contributed to my Honors Program experience."

 Margaret Craig Cobb

 Margaret Craig Cobb

"Thanks to the Honors Program I was able to study abroad twice, complete extensive research, and be challenged by extremely ambitious students. I'd like to thank Mrs. Mechelle Bailey, Dr. Lanier Nalley, and Dr. Kelly Way for their constant encouragement. You each uniquely saw my strengths and helped me actualize my potential. Thanks for accompanying me on the journey and serving as catalysts for my self-confidence. I am humbled and grateful to have been provided the opportunity to work with such astounding faculty; I will be forever indebted to you." 

 Magali Farfan

 Magali Farfan

"Being a part of the honors college has truly brought me so many great experiences. I’ve been lucky enough to get scholarships through the honors college as well as funding for my research. I’ve been able to network with countless people both staff, peers, and other professionals. I’ve also had the greatest pleasure of being able to work with Ms. Stephanie Hubert who has made a huge impact in my college career and has helped to guide me through my honors thesis as my mentor. I would like to thank the honors college, Ms.Stephanie Hubert and of course my parents for always pushing me to do more and for always believing in me. Thank you guys!"

 Loren Luther

Loren Anthony Luther

"As I approach the end of my undergraduate career, I cannot help but think of all of the wonderful opportunities I have been provided with. At the beginning of my freshman year, the horticulture department welcomed me with open arms and have reminded me every day since then how blessed I am to be apart of their family. I am thankful for each student and faculty member for helping me become the horticulturist I am today. I would like to specifically thank my advisor and co-advisor, Dr. Clark and Dr. Worthington, they not only helped me continuously through my honors career but also showed me a passion for horticulture I never imagined possible."