Chanaine Hunter, a senior, accounting and computer information systems double major and a native of from Kingston, Jamaica, has been recognized as “Student of the Block” at Tusculum College for her campus leadership.
The College’s Office of Student Affairs recognized Chanaine with its “Student of the Block” award for the seventh block of the spring semester during a ceremony on April 22. She was presented a plaque detailing her achievements and campus involvement by Dr. Michelle Freeman, assistant professor of business administration. The plaque will be displayed on the “Wall of Honor” outside of the Student Affairs Office in the Niswonger Commons.
Dr. Freeman nominated Chanaine for her dedication not only to her academic work, in which she has excelled, but also because of her commitment to community service as well.
“Chanaine is a very dedicated and promising accounting and information technology major. She is extremely involved in community service and gives 110 percent to her studies and her peers,” said Dr. Freeman.
Chanaine graduated in spring 2005 from Immaculate Conception High School with advanced high school curriculum completion. She was heavily involved during her high school years as a grade captains for grades 7- 11, a member of the Prefect Body (equivalent to student government association), the swim team and the Key Club. A trained dancer, Chanaine studied formal ballet, modern, tap, jazz, Reggae, and African dance for 13 years and was a member of an advanced dance troupe.
Since arriving at Tusculum College, Chanaine has been an active member of the International and Multicultural Society, the Bonner Leaders Program (of which she is vice president), the Tusculum College Dance Team, the President’s Society and Alpha Chi honor society. She was a member of the 2006 International Cultural Show sponsored by the International and Multicultural Society and participated in the unveiling of the international flag display in the Niswonger Living Room, two of her most memorable moments at Tusculum College.
“Planning for the show and preparing for the performance were truly enjoyable. I enjoyed being with other international students and hearing responses about the show,” said Chanaine, “I love the flag display because it provides a piece of home whenever I get homesick.”
Always the academic, Chanaine highly values the importance of education in her life and looks for opportunities which will enrich her educative experience. Exemplifying this trait is her experience as an intern for a prominent oil and gas company in Houston, TX for the 2007 and 2008 summer breaks and her employment with the General Morgan Inn as an accounting clerk with the Accounting Manager. She has maintained a high GPA in her coursework and always strives to truly understand the subject matter.
In her spare time, when she’s not studying or working in the community with the Bonner Leaders, Chanaine enjoys what she calls “alone time”- listening to music, watching movies, reflecting, swimming, dancing, shopping, reading or taking in an episode of the hit show “Monk.”
According to Dean of Students David McMahon, Chanaine is “focused, humble and modest, maintaining academics as her first priority, yet, understanding the importance of the co-curricular experience. The essence of the engaged student, she is a shining example of the determination Tusculum College hopes to mold into the next generation of community leaders. The campus will lose a leader as she graduates in May, but gain a powerful role model as she leaves behind a legacy of dedication to education and serving others.”