After long nights of studying and countless hours of course work, students across the university are preparing to celebrate the culmination of their time at Texas A&M. Among these are nine students being honored by the College of Education and Human Development as Distinguished Honor Graduates.
Two undergraduate students, Megan Matter (Human Resource Development) and Chelsea Holub (Sport Management), two master’s students, Justin Chambers (Sport Managment) and Ryan Kelly (Curriculum and Instruction), and five doctoral students, Jerrod Barton (Educational Administration), Ayse Tugba Oner (Curriculum and Instruction), EeRea Hong (Educational Psychology), Hok Chio Lai (Educational Psychology) and John Davis (School Psychology) were joined by faculty, staff, family and friends in recognition of their outstanding academic performance, service to the college and university and potential impact and leadership in their field.
“What strikes me when I talk to students, is their passion for going forward to change lives and transforming the next generation, “ remarked Dean Joyce Alexander at the opening of the ceremony. “That’s exactly what we need in a college like this.”
Ayse Tugba Oner was actively involved in the lives of young students during her time here. A doctoral student specializing in mathematics education, Oner has been critical in the direction and elevation of the Aggie STEM summer camp and in bringing the Governor’s STEM Academy to Texas A&M.
Oner attributes her dedication to the field to her undergraduate and master’s studies in Mathematical Education at Dokuz Eylul University in Turkey, and credits her faculty advisors in the college, Dr. Robert Capraro and Dr. Mary Margaret Capraro, in easing her transition from Turkey to the U.S.
“I had great mentors. I’ve never felt alone here, it’s a friendly place, “ She affirmed. “Everybody cares for you. Coming here, I didn’t feel by myself.”
Upon graduation, Oner plans to go back to Turkey and become an assistant professor at a local university. She plans to implement what she has learned from the mathematics education program and fulfill her dreams of teaching undergraduate students.
Dr. Robert Capraro, wrote of Oner, “She embodies all one would expect of an Aggie graduate with the high quality scholarship and research agenda that will shine brightly as she continues her career as an assistant professor of math education.”