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Milner Award presented to Brian Ginn, Class of 2014

Posted: May 15, 2014


Brian's parents, Dr. Dwight and Denise Ginn, celebrate his honors and degree with him.


Brian receives congratulations from his biology professor and mentor, Dr. Mike Pyle.

Brian Ginn (biology major, Bourbonnais, Illinois) was honored during Olivet’s 101st annual traditional undergraduate Commencement ceremony Saturday, May 10, 2014. He received the Robert M. Milner Award as the outstanding male graduate. He is the son of Dr. Dwight and Denise Ginn.

An Honors Program graduate, Brian was named to the dean’s list every semester and graduated summa cum laude with Olivet’s Class of 2014. During Scholar Week 2014 at Olivet in April, he presented the results of his capstone research project, “Genetic Determination of ABO Genotype from Buccal Cells: Incorporating PCR, Gel Electrophoresis, and ABO Genotyping into Undergraduate Study.” Earlier this year, he was recognized by the Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities & Colleges® program as one of Olivet’s outstanding graduating seniors.

While a student at Olivet, he was a teaching assistant for biology and chemistry labs. He also served as the student representative to the Honors Council and was a member of the Academic Affairs Committee. 

Outside the classroom, Brian was president of Biophilic biology club, a member of Heart 4 Missions and a part of the LifeSong worship ministry team. His volunteer experiences include medical missionary work at Kudjip Nazarene Hospital, Papua New Guinea, and locally with the Kankakee River Cleanup.

“Brian always brings a contagious, joyful energy to everything he does,” said Dr. Randy Johnson, professor in the Department of Biological Sciences. “For example, in the ecology course — not his ultimate career direction — he still came with a genuine passion for learning and exploring this new knowledge. He then was committed to making a practical difference by volunteering multiple times in our local community.”

Each year, the Robert M. Milner Award –– named after a Nazarene minister who is father and grandfather to several Olivet alumni –– is given to a male student who exemplifies the highest standard of excellence in character, scholarship achievement and contribution to extracurricular activities.

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