Liberal Studies

Outstanding Students


Each year the director of the liberal studies program, in consultation with faculty who teach in the program, select one graduating senior as that year’s outstanding student. The recipients of this award have achieved during their time at Wright State a superior academic record, demonstrating both intellectual creativity and effective communication skills. Eager to learn and willing to work hard, these students represent the liberal arts at their best.

Latest Recipient


Leslie Ann Marsh

Leslie Marsh returned to Wright State to complete her B.A. in 2018 after raising a family and pursuing a career in nonprofit marketing communication. She chose to major in Liberal Studies because it effectively made use of the diverse coursework she had previously completed. To enhance her program of study she also chose to obtain a TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) certificate. Flourishing in her coursework, she began to work on a master's degree even as she was completing her undergraduate degree. The new M.Ed. in Instructional Design for Digital Learning was a perfect fit for her skills, experience, and interests. This semester she will graduate with a B.A. in Liberal Studies, a TESOL certificate, and the first of two certificates that comprise the IDDL M.Ed. This accomplishment will be particularly fulfilling because she will graduate together with her daughter, Sarah, a Political Science major. After completing her master's degree, Leslie intends to begin working full-time as an instructional designer in higher education, travel, and enjoy life with her family and friends.

Past Recipients

2019: Yahziyl N. Palmer




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