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ELI 360 Employee Awarded Julius Olsen Medal at Spring Commencement

by Steven Gist | May 19, 2011 | Steven Gist (USA) 0 Comments

On May 14th 2011, current ELI 360 Communication Coordinator, Benjamin Skye, was awarded the Julius Olsen Medal award during the Hardin-Simmons Spring commencement. Graduating in a Bachelor of Arts, double-majoring in Bible and Psychology, Skye was presented with the award by Hardin-Simmons President, Dr. Lanny Hall.

Skye receiving the medal from Dr. Lanny Hall, president of HSU.

Skye receiving the medal from Dr. Lanny Hall, president of HSU.

“The Julius Olsen Medal was established by Dr. and Mrs. Julius Olsen in 1914 in memory of their son, Julius Nelson Olsen, and was perpetuated through a bequest by Dean Julius Olsen, who was professor of physics at Hardin-Simmons University from 1902-1942 and dean of the university during much of that time.

The Olsen Medal is awarded annually at the spring commencement to the graduate who has the highest grade average, has exemplified the highest scholarly achievement, and has completed at least 90 semester hours of residence credit at Hardin-Simmons.

This year’s honoree has been named to the President’s List each semester he has been at HSU, and has achieved a cumulative grade point average of 4.00. He is a member of Gamma Beta Phi National Honor Society; Theta Alpha Kappa, the national honor society for religious studies and theology; and Psi Chi, the international honor society in psychology.

Over the course of his studies, he has received the Trustees Academic Scholarship, the Stone Memorial Scholarship for Christian Counseling, the Ray and Nancy Ellis New Testament Greek Scholarship, the Judge Ed F. McFadden Endowed Greek Scholarship Award, the Dr. and Mrs. W. B. Irvin Endowed Memorial Missionary Grant, the Logsdon School of Theology Award, and the Logsdon Dean’s Scholarship.

A student preacher in Ministerial Education Day since 2008, our honoree was a New Student Orientation leader, co-founder and leader of Revamp, a student tutor for Academic Advising and Communication Coordinator for ELI 360, a partner with HSU for International Student Recruitment.

This year’s recipient will continue his studies in the fall pursuing a Master of Arts in Family Ministry at Logsdon Seminary. A double major in Bible and psychology with a minor in philosophy, he is the son of Mr. Chee Khoon Ooi and Mrs. Lai Sheong Wong of Penang, Malaysia.”

-          Excerpt from Special Awards Surprise Four Graduating HSU Students during Commencement”.


Benjamin Skye first met Ted Presley in the summer of 2006 when Ted gave a presentation about private Christian universities in the U.S. Having had his interest stirred, Ben applied to Hardin-Simmons University through ELI 360 in March 2007 and was enrolled in the fall semester that same year. Born in Pennsylvania, Skye spent his entire life up until university in Penang, Malaysia and graduated in December 2006 from Chung Ling High School, Penang. ELI 360 would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Ben and his family. His success is evidence that international students who pursue higher education at a private Christian university in the U.S. not only receive a high-quality education, but also have numerous opportunities to excel and develop as individuals. Students who are considering a university in the U.S. should be encouraged by Ben’s success and realize that it is not impossible to succeed academically in a foreign country.

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