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Students honor their family members' support

For many of APSUs 3,000-plus adult learners, going to college requires commitment on the part of the student – and the students family.

On Thursday, April 17, seven nontraditional APSU seniors honored their family members support and selflessness during the Universitys first Putting Him/Her Through awards ceremony. Sponsored by APSU Student Life and Leadership, the award ceremony offered an inside look at the challenges nontraditional students face and the family ties that support their success.
For many of APSU's 3,000-plus adult learners, going to college requires commitment on the part of the student — and the student's family.

On Thursday, April 17, seven “nontraditional” APSU seniors honored their family members' support and selflessness during the University's first Putting Him/Her Through awards ceremony. Sponsored by APSU Student Life and Leadership, the award ceremony offered an inside look at the challenges nontraditional students face and the family ties that support their success.

“My daughters…have tiptoed around while I study, eaten more frozen Hot Pockets and pizza rolls than any child should have to eat and not complained when I have said ‘not right now,'” writes special education major Debra Covington in her nomination of daughters Ambrea and Charlyn.

“They are my inspiration and never give up regardless of how hard things may seem.”

For predentistry student Paul Maizan, wife Shannon has provided not only inspiration, but also financial support since both exited the military in 2004. Working as a fourth-grade teacher, she has earned the sole income, allowing Paul to focus on academics and be involved on campus and in the community.

“This past year was even harder on Shannon because she not only worked full time and supported me financially and emotionally, but also returned to school full time to earn her master's degree at APSU as a reading specialist,” wrote Maizan, who will begin dental school in July at the University of Louisville.

“Without a doubt, my academic accomplishments would have been impossible if not for Shannon's love and support.”

Other honorees were:
• John Duchenois, son of nursing student Cynthia Duchenois, who has provided emotional and financial support, giving freely of his limited income.
• Bradley Horner, 12-year-old son of Renea Horner, for encouraging his mother while earning his place on the honor roll and in Beta Club.
• Benjamin, Elizabeth and Hannah Kolozsy, children of Priscilla Kolozsy, who willingly cared for their younger brothers, allowing Priscilla to study, attend classes, take part in extracurricular events and study abroad in Spain.

• Sam Smith, husband of Rosa Smith. Sam helped Rosa overcome fears and self-doubt so she could finally pursue a degree in elementary education.

• Nancy Heath, mother of nursing student Amber Wood. Despite partial paralysis, Nancy stays with Amber through the week, caring for her three children and completing chores.

For more information on the Putting Him/Her Through awards, contact Heidi Scheusner Leming, director of student life and leadership, at (931) 221-7681 or ScheusnerH@apsu.edu. -- Terry Damron