CASL to recognize Chancellor's Medallion recipients, April 2019

April 16, 2019

The College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters will recognize two Chancellor's Medallion recipients during the university's commencement ceremony on April 28.

Matthew Robert Fleming and Thomas Sutter will be recognized as CASL's two Chancellor's Medallion recipients during the university's commencement ceremony on April 28. Each commencement, faculty choose Chancellor's Medallion recipients based on academic records, quality of character, vitality, intellect and integrity. CASL student Jacquelene Hollier-Jackson will speak at the ceremony.


Matthew Robert Fleming will receive a Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major in sociology and criminal justice studies, and graduates with High Distinction. He was awarded University Honors in 2019, recognized as the Sociology Honors Scholar for 2019, earned Dean’s List honors every term and has maintained a 4.0 GPA throughout his academic career. He was awarded numerous scholarships, including the Dean’s Scholarship. 

Because of his exemplary classroom performance, Mr. Fleming was asked by Professor Pamela Aronson to work as a student mentor in the College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters (CASL), assisting her with the development of two new online courses. He also served as a member of the CASL Academic Integrity Board and facilitated a Senior Research Seminar class in April 2017.

In addition to his scholastic achievements, Mr. Fleming has been very active in undergraduate research, working as a research assistant to Professor Aronson on two projects: “Breaking Barriers or Locked Out: How Nontraditional Students Experience College” and “Gender Revolution in the Trump Era.”

Mr. Fleming has six conference presentations, one peer-reviewed publication and two publications currently under review. He anticipates that his current research project with Professor Aronson on gender issues will be published as a co-authored book soon. Mr. Fleming has earned funding for his research through the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, including the Undergraduate Research Fellowship and two Student Conference Presentation Grants. In recognition of his academic and research achievements, he was named a UM-Dearborn Difference Maker in 2018.

Additionally, through the UM-Dearborn co-op program, Mr. Fleming has worked as a file clerk at Bodman PLC, a law firm in Detroit, Mich.

Mr. Fleming will begin law school in Fall 2019 and plans to enroll in a dual degree program to concurrently earn a J.D. and a master’s degree. He hopes to apply his passion for dispute resolution to benefit different groups and individuals, and he remains committed to promoting equality for disadvantaged groups, whether through his work in the legal field or through continued scholarly research.


Thomas Sutter will receive a Bachelor of Science degree in physics, and graduates with High Distinction. Since entering UM-Dearborn in 2015, he has earned University Honors four times, has twice been named a James B. Angell Scholar, was named the Physics Honor Scholar for 2019, has been recognized on the Dean’s List every semester and has maintained a 4.0 GPA. He is the recipient of a Maize and Blue Scholarship. 

In addition to his exemplary classroom performance, Mr. Sutter has been very active in undergraduate research in physics. With Associate Professor Jin Wang, Mr. Sutter has studied quantum entanglement. In this study, Mr. Sutter simulated the effects of quantum feedback on entangled particles. The resulting work was published in the journal AIP Advances, with Mr. Sutter as a co-author.

He currently is undertaking astrophysics research in collaboration with Assistant Professor Will Clarkson. His main effort has been the development of a novel method to measure the all-important masses and configurations in compact binary systems containing a neutron star or black hole. Mr. Sutter built a mathematical model to describe X-ray/optical light echoes in these systems, and implemented a fast, practical simulator coupled with a statistical analysis tool to set credible parameter limits conditioned on observational data. He now is leading the write up of this work for publication in a refereed astronomical journal. Mr. Sutter also has presented his research in a variety of venues, including an oral presentation at “Compact Objects in Michigan,” a regional conference of astrophysics experts.

Mr. Sutter has put his academic expertise to use as a Supplemental Instruction (SI) leader for multiple physics courses and has served as a mentor for other SI leaders. Outside the classroom, he was vice president of the UM-Dearborn Climbing Club.

Mr. Sutter will pursue a Ph.D. upon graduation, and intends to study theoretical astrophysics. He has received an offer to attend a highly ranked graduate program, and intends to decide on his future university soon so that he can begin graduate studies in Fall 2019.


Jacquelene Hollier-Jackson, primarily referred to as Jackie, graduates with a double major in French studies and international studies, as well as a minor in entrepreneurship and certificates in global engagement and entrepreneurship. She has been an Opportunity Victor Scholar throughout her time at University of Michigan-Dearborn. She was awarded numerous scholarships, including the Impact Victor’s Scholarship, Senior Officer’s Scholarship and the Fast FOURward Scholarship.

Along with her studies, Ms. Hollier-Jackson served as a member of many student organizations. She was president of the Black Business Student Association and served as a member of the Black Student Union, Student Activities Board, American Association of University Women, Elegance Fashion and the UM-Dearborn club cheerleading team. Admired by her peers, she was voted by the student body as the 2018 Homecoming Queen. Ms. Hollier-Jackson is known on campus as a strong leader and a hard worker, and due to this she was selected as a 2019 UM-Dearborn Difference Maker.

Eager to share her experiences with incoming students, Ms. Hollier-Jackson served as an orientation leader in 2018. She also worked as a student assistant in the Math Department and served as a volunteer in the Environmental Interpretive Center. In Fall 2017, Ms. Hollier-Jackson joined the Talent Gateway, a program that helps students leverage their in-class and on-campus experiences for professional development. Today, she graduates with the MTalent Distinction, signifying she has completed numerous challenges that have enhanced her personal and professional skill sets.

Off campus, Ms. Hollier-Jackson is passionate about working with youth. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Future Project, which is a national nonprofit organization focused around mentoring high school students on accomplishing their goals via tangible projects and activities. She has been involved with the program for four years and says she loves being able to give back in a positive way through mentorship.

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