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College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Seniors 2022

Social Sciences – Outstanding Senior 2022

Tawny Nicole Bidegain

Kuna, ID

Degrees and Majors:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences, focus on Criminal Justice & Aerospace Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts In Comparative Ethnic Studies

Honor graduation status

  • Summa cum laude

Clubs, Organizations, Leadership, Service

  • Air Force ROTC Cadet
    • Vice Commander
    • Legion General Military Excellence Award
  • National Honor Society
  • The Arnold Air Society
  • Air Force Association

Awards & Recognition

  • Outstanding Comparative Ethnic Studies Student, Comparative Ethnic Studies, 2021

Honored Faculty and Mentors

  • Dr. John Streamas, Comparative Ethnic Studies
  • Benjamin O’Neill, Captain, AFROTC
  • Dr. Rory Ong, Comparative Ethnic Studies

Faculty Comments

“I’ve had Tawny in a couple of classes over the years and she was an excellent student. She participated in class and it was clear that she critically comprehended complex and contradictory issues related to Ethnic Studies. She spoke up in class and was able to explain things to her classmates in tangible ways.” –Dr. Rory Ong

“One day last fall when Tawny had to wear her military uniform while she stood in front of class and spoke about militarization, I sensed that no one in the room was more conscious of the irony than she was. Her papers were great.” –Dr. John Streamas

Personal Statement

“On May 07, I will be graduating with two undergraduate degrees, one in CES and the other in Social Sciences, as well as commissioning in the United States Air Force. I will be stationed in Luke AFB, and begin working as a Finance Officer. I look forward to applying all the things I have learned these last four years and continuing to grow as a person.”

Future Plans

Tawny will move to Luke AFB in Arizona June 1 as O1, Second Lt. She plans on a military career, and a master’s degree might also be in her future.