CDIS Major Named Fall 2022 CAS Orange Gown Graduate

Monday 28 November 2022

Media contact: Elizabeth Gosney | CAS Marketing and Communications Manager | 405-744-7497 | [email protected]

The College of Arts and Sciences has once again selected an impressive student to be their December 2022 Orange Gown graduate. Liesl Melnick, who majors in Communications and Disorders and minors in Psychology, will wear the bright orange robe on December 17 in recognition of her accomplishments as an undergraduate at Oklahoma State University.

“I couldn’t believe CAS picked me out of all the other amazing students,” said Melnick. “I am honored to represent CAS and the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders as an Orange Gown Graduate. I was so excited to tell my friends and family about this honor.”

Orange Gown Graduate recognition is not Melnick’s first achievement during his undergraduate studies at OSU. Achievements include Honor Society membership, Wentz Research Scholar and Freshman Research Scholar, being named Top Presenter at the Wentz Symposium, being recognized with the Honors Experiential Learning Award, third place in the CAS 3-Minute Thesis Competition, and a Psychology Student of the Month in 2020.

“I also submitted my thesis manuscript to the Journal of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences for publication,” Melnick said. “I consider this one of my greatest achievements as a student as it took a lot of dedication, time and hard work.”

professor dr Sarah Kucker of the Department of Psychology has worked with Melnick since her freshman year and had great things to say about Melnick’s hardworking demeanor and exceptional research skills. Kucker, who now oversees Melnick’s honorary work, praised Melnick’s achievements and believes that her “achievements in the classroom are exceptional, but her scholarly pursuits outside of the classroom are what really set Liesl apart.”

“Liesl is someone who always had her plans in mind after graduation and has tremendous potential to succeed in her quest for knowledge,” said Kucker. “I hope to see Liesl as a colleague for many years to come. Liesl is a very bright, future-oriented and versatile personality. She is highly motivated to perform well both in and out of the classroom and has demonstrated a strong ability to continue to excel.”

Last summer, Melnick worked as a behavioral technician with children on the autism spectrum and discovered a passion for working with young children with disabilities. She loved teaching them new skills and enjoyed learning about the children. Melnick is currently applying for master’s degrees in speech therapy and hopes to start in the summer or fall of 2023.

“I could list a number of adjectives that would describe Liesl – hardworking, intelligent, deep, conscientious, personable, and mature – but none would convey the unique combination of qualities that make Liesl an asset to the lab and her for the future.” good luck,” said Kucker. “She is, quite simply, one of the most promising scientists I have had the pleasure of working with.”

Story By: Bella Vu, CAS Student Intern | [email protected]

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