Barney Selected 2017 CBT Distinguished Senior

Julia Barney at December 2016 CBT Convocation Ceremonies

EKU's College of Business and Technology is pleased to announce Ms. Julia Niemann Barney as the 2017 Distinguished Senior. Each year, the College of Business and Technology selects a Distinguished Senior. This $1,000 award is given annually at the EKU Scholar's Assembly to the student judged by the Colleges’ department chairs to be the overall distinguished senior. This outstanding individual is also recognized at the CBT Spring Convocation Ceremonies.

The recipient is selected from among the five distinguished seniors recognized by the faculty in various College departments and programs. The recipient is chosen for his or her superior academic achievement coupled with excellent leadership, citizenship, character, and service.

Barney, from Lexington, Ky., graduated in December summa cum laude with her Bachelor’s in Pre-Veterinary Medicine with a minor in Chemistry. While at EKU, she was an Honors Scholar with a nearly perfect GPA, which earned her an invitation into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. Barney has been accepted into North Carolina State University's program and expects to earn her DVM in spring 2021.

She is a member of Delta Tau Alpha Honor Society and co-founder of the Pre-Veterinary Club at EKU.

Highly recommended by department faculty, chair John Settimi echoes the sentiment, "Since arriving at EKU, she has done exceedingly well in a very difficult curriculum. In addition, she has been involved in departmental and University‚Äźwide activities. At the same time, she has been employed at veterinary clinics, engaged in volunteer activities and completed an internship in South Africa. Ms. Barney is one of those rare students who can seemingly do it all, and do it all well."

The South Africa Pre-Veterinary Wildlife Internship was especially noteworthy. Barney traveled to Cintsa, a village in the Wild Coast region of the Eastern Cape province of South Africa. One of her assignments was to capture wild antelope on game reserves and treat them for parasites before releasing them in a new location.

Barney already has at least three research initiatives to her credit involving the Stateland Dairy, the Impact of Immigration on the Economy, and Page to Stage - a national panel presentation. Her honors thesis on Grazing Patterns in Dairy Cattle was presented regionally and nationally and won the CBT Dr. Glen Kleine Capstone Presentations top prize for spring 2016.

We are pleased to congratulate Julia Barney on being selected as the recipient of the 2017 College of Business and Technology Distinguished Senior Award.

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Published on March 24, 2017