Brittany L. Watson, an accounting major from Bartlesville, Okla., and Vincent J. Juliano, a nursing and Spanish major from Overland Park, Kan., have been selected as the 2011 Outstanding Seniors at Pittsburg State University. Their selection was announced at the spring Leadership Awards banquet Thursday.
Watson and Juliano will have their names inscribed on the Senior Walk in front of Russ Hall and will address the graduates at PSU's spring commencement ceremonies on May 13-14.
The tradition of selecting an outstanding senior man and woman at PSU goes back nearly 60 years. The process begins with nominations from faculty and unclassified staff across campus. Students nominated are invited to fill out an application form. A committee composed of faculty, students and staff screens the applications and selects 10 men and 10 women as finalists. Faculty and staff then vote to select the winners.
Brittany Watson is a member and has held or currently holds offices in the Institution of Internal Auditors Student Chapter, the Beta Alpha Psi Honor Society, Beta Gamma Sigma, the National Residence Hall Honorary, The Residence Hall Assembly and the Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority. She was a member of the Pride of the Plains Marching Band from 2007 through 2009 and of the PSU Symphonic Band in 2008-09.
Watson has won numerous scholarships including the Institute of Internal Auditors Endorsed Internal Auditing Program Scholarship, the Scott F. Davis Business Scholarship, the Totah Communication Scholarship, the Faith Base Scholarship from the First Baptist Church of Bartlesville, and the TASK Scholarship from the Telephone Association of Kansas.
Her honors include All-A Scholastic honors, Dean's Scholastic Honors and the Bronze Pin Award from the National Residence Hall Honorary. In 2008, Watson was a Homecoming queen candidate for the RHA.
Watson's community service includes the Big Event, Rockin' for Robbie, the Ali Kemp Education Foundation Fashion Show, Habitat for Humanity, Safe Trick or Treat, Highway Cleanup and the Last Lecture Series.
At PSU, Watson has served as a resident assistant for PSU Housing and this year is an assistant residence hall director.
After graduation, Watson will begin a summer internship with Koch Industries in Wichita. In the fall, she plans to return to PSU to begin work on her master's degree in business administration with an emphasis in accounting. Watson's goals include earning her Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) licenses.
Vincent Juliano is the vice president of the senior nursing class and serves as a student study leader for the Nursing Department. He is a member of AmeriCorps in Allied Health Services and of the Kansas Association of Nursing Students (KANS). He is a member of the KANS state Executive Board and serves as vice president of the PSU KANS chapter. Juliano was a delegate representing Kansas at the National NSNA convention this spring and was a speaker for NSNA and KANS at this year's Day at the Legislature in Topeka.
Juliano is a member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity in which he has held numerous offices. He has also served as a PSU Student Ambassador and as a Pitt Cares leader.
Juliano has received numerous scholarships and honors including the Richard E. Stover Scholarship, the Sigma Phi Epsilon Balanced Man Scholarship, the Excellence in Leadership and Service Award in Nursing, the Outstanding Clinical Performance Award, and the Golden Gorilla Award. He is a member of the Alpha Mu Gamma National Collegiate Foreign Language Honorary Society and the Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honorary Society.
His community service includes the Red Cross blood drives, Up Till Dawn, the Big Event, Habitat for Humanity and AmeriCorps in Allied Health Service. He participated in a transcultural nursing experience in Juarez, Mexico, where he volunteered at a hospital and also helped build homes for underprivileged families in El Paso, Texas.
After graduation, Juliano plans to work as a nurse in a hospital. He said he would like to gain experience in an emergency department or intensive care unit in which he can use his Spanish skills.
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