Rector Grad Finalist for ASU Award
Six exceptional students who are scheduled to graduate during the 2018-19 academic year from Arkansas State University have been designated as Distinguished Service Award (DSA) winners in recognition of their exemplary service and contributions during their collegiate careers. Among them is Rector native, and RHS grad, Landen Crancer.
The six will be honored at a recognition dinner, Thursday, April 25, at the Cooper Alumni Center on the A-State campus. Also, at the awards dinner, one of the six students will be announced as this year’s recipient of the R.E. Lee Wilson Award, the university’s highest honor for a graduating student.
In addition to Crancer of Rector, the six include Oliver Dozier of Paragould; Thomas Hamaker of Hampton; Jon Mark Horton of Jonesboro; Tanisha Tak of Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India; and Starr Taylor of Jonesboro.
Crancer will graduate in May with a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from the Neil Griffin College of Business. Among his many activities, he served as executive board member for St. Jude Up ‘til Dawn twice, president of the Student Activities Board, chief of staff and senator for the Student Government Association and served several additional university committees.
A three-time member of the Chancellor’s List and an important member of A-State’s Greek Life, Crancer’s fraternity is Lambda Chi Alpha and he served as treasurer and alumni relations officer for the organization. He also worked as the Interfraternity Council president and IFC vice president of judicial affairs.
As a senior, he worked as part of numerous activities, including the Community and Organizations Fair, Downtown Jonesboro Block Party, Order of the Pack, A-State Family Day, “Saved by the Howl” Homecoming Week, Student Philanthropy Council and A-State Phonathon. For his fraternity service, Crancer was named A-State Greek Life outstanding new member in 2016 and fraternity Man of the Year in 2018.
In pursuit of a career as a certified public accountant, he earned several scholarships, including the A-State Spirit Scholarship, Simmons Family Scholarship, Ed Way Accounting Scholarship and Joe Welborn Accounting Scholarship. He currently works with a local accounting firm, Jones & Company, LTD, and interned at Osborn & Osborn, PLLC in Jonesboro.
Crancer is the son of Stephen and Michele Crancer of Rector.
The Distinguished Service Award recognitions and Wilson Award announcement comes during A-State’s 41st Annual Convocation of Scholars, a celebration of academic achievement that includes college and departmental awards. The DSA winners are recognized as the institution’s most outstanding graduates because of their leadership, scholarship and citizenship. Faculty, staff and advisers to student organizations, and other members of the campus community submit nominations for the prestigious awards.
School officials noted all of the nominees have achieved excellent academic records and provided countless hours of service to the community, their classmates, campus organizations, their departments and colleges and to Arkansas State University. Prior to the event, a committee comprised of students, faculty, staff and previous Wilson Award recipients will make the final selection.