Apr 23

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Lambda Theta Graduate Awarded Univ. of Cincinnati’s Most Prestigious Honor

Congratulations to Lambda Theta/University of Cincinnati brother Brian Barney​, recipient of the 2015 Presidential Leadership Medal Medal of Excellence – THE HIGHEST HONOR BESTOWED ON A UC STUDENT!!!
Established in 2002, the medal is awarded by the university president to exceptional graduating students who best exemplify scholarship, leadership, character, service and the ideals of the University of Cincinnati.
The 2015 honorees were selected from applications of 29 graduating seniors from across the university. A UC committee represented by faculty, staff and student leaders reviewed the 13 finalists.
Brian Barney is from South Holland, Illinois. Barney is in the University Honors Program and is graduating summa cum laude this spring with a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences from the College of Allied Health Sciences. Upon entering his freshman year, Barney was awarded the Cincinnatus Presidential Scholarship for his academic excellence, and he also started his career as a Division I NCAA track and field athlete. Barney’s leadership skills, love for a challenge and pushing the academic boundaries earned him the title of captain of the track team, Greek Life’s Male Athlete of the Year and nominations for the Rhodes Scholarship and Fulbright Fellowship Program.
In addition to his goal of becoming a practicing physical therapist, Barney has had success as an undergraduate academic researcher. Through his work in neuroexcitability and stroke recovery, Barney has earned an Undergraduate Research Fellowship Grant for his first summer as a research assistant and he later published his work and presented it at several presentations at the university and national level. Barney has demonstrated excellence for service, not only to the university, but also internationally through a Serve Beyond Cincinnati trip to Croix-des-Bouquets in Haiti where he helped build a house for a family in need. In 2014,
Barney served as the African American Cultural and Resource Center’s Mr. Kuamka and currently serves as president of the ADVANCE Organization, a student group providing leadership and professional development for students of color. In addition, he is president of the Lambda Theta chapter of the Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity and is the men’s track and field representative for the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. Barney has engaged in the University Honors Program and has completed the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Scholars Program.
Brian will be pursuing his Doctorate in Physical Therapy at the University of Kentucky this fall. Congratulations Brian, and best of luck!

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