Charles receives recognition as outstanding graduate

Fri May 16, 2014 at 12:00 AM

In a reception held in the DSU Student Center on Friday, May 16, 2014, Brenda Charles was named one of Dickinson State University’s 2014 Outstanding Graduates. The Outstanding Graduate Award is the highest honor bestowed on graduating seniors by the university. Charles was one of two individuals, chosen from among 17 candidates nominated by faculty in their academic departments for exceptional performance in their fields of study, to be awarded the prestigious honor. Charles was also selected to be the student commencement speaker at the Dickinson State University 2014 Spring Commencement ceremony.

Charles, a native of Antigua, is a double major in psychology and communication with a minor in leadership studies. Charles, a Theodore Roosevelt Honors Leadership Program (TRHLP) scholar maintained a 4.0 GPA and was recognized for academic excellence each semester. Charles has been active in campus events and organizations. She served as vice president of Students Other than Average (SOTA) and as a peer tutor for two years.

Charles has presented her scholarly work in numerous national, regional and local conferences. As a member of the TRHLP, Charles presented twice at the National Collegiate Honors Conference. She was also invited to present at the Red River Psychology Conference at NDSU in Fargo, at the Regional Honors Conference in Grand Forks, and at the CSTAND Communication Conference in Mandan. Charles has also participated in DSU’s Celebration of Scholarship research conference in 2012 and 2013.

Charles received offers from three graduate programs and has chosen to accept an offer of admission to the Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program at Regent University in Virginia where she will begin her studies this fall.