DAVIDSON BLACK ALUMNI NETWORK AWARD
Shirley Dakuaa Akrasih '12
Kiara Ree Boone '11
Darrell Lamont Scott '10
The Davidson Black Alumni Network (DBAN) was formed in 1988 to enrich the communication and involvement of black alumni with current students and the college. Much of DBAN’s work is focused on enhancing the quality of life of African-American students at Davidson.
Yearly DBAN honors African-American students in good academic standing who have demonstrated distinguished service to the community in the form of the Davidson Black Alumni Network Scholarship Award.
The first recipient, a freshman from Jersey City, New Jersey, is a Henry Lee Harkey Scholar and a member of the Black Student Coalition Executive Board. She is also a new Resident Assistant and a member of the SGA External Affairs Committee. The first recipient of the Davidson Black Alumni Network Award is Shirley Dokuaa Akrasih.
The second recipient, a sophomore from Macon, Mississippi, is a Presidential Scholar and a Leadership Fellow in the John Chidsey Leadership Program. She is also the newly elected Vice President of the Black Student Coalition and a charter member of the Sigma Psi Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. The second recipient of the Davidson Black Alumni Network Award is Kiara Ree Boone.
The third and final recipient, a junior from Little Rock, Arkansas, is a Sociology Major and a John Montgomery Belk Scholar. This student, a recently named Harry S. Truman Scholar, is the newly elected President of the Black Student Coalition. He is also an SGA Senator, and a member of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. The third recipient of the Davidson Black Alumni Network Award is Darrell Lamont Scott.
RAWLEY P. TURNER DRAMA AWARD
Desiree Domo ‘09 and Zachery Blake Byrd ‘10
The Rawley P. Turner Drama Award recognizes a best male and a best female actor who have given outstanding performances in the Theatre Department’s productions during the academic year.
The recipients for 2008-09 are: Desirée Domo for her contrasting and intensely moving performance of both the Mummy and the Milkmaid in August Strindberg’s The Ghost Sonata and to Zachery Blake Byrd for his impetuous, youthful and tormented portrayal of the title role in William Shakespeare’s Hamlet. The Theatre Department is quite pleased to honor these two remarkable performances
JAMES BAKER WOODS III AWARD
Benjamin Bashinski ‘10
The James Baker Woods III Memorial Award is presented to a rising senior Army ROTC Cadet for displaying outstanding qualities of leadership, high moral character, noteworthy academic achievement, and exceptional aptitude for military service. This year’s James Baker Woods III Memorial Award is presented to Benjamin Bashinski
DEAN RUSK INTERNATIONAL STUDIES PROGRAM AWARD
Caroline Allyn McDermott ‘09 and Maria José Mejia ‘09
The Dean Rusk International Studies Program Award is presented each year to the student or students who have demonstrated an exceptional commitment to promoting international awareness at Davidson. This year’s recipients truly exemplify this quality. Through their hard work and leadership in the Dean Rusk Student Advisory Committee, the Davidson International Association and the Timmy Foundation, this year’s Dean Rusk Program Award recipients have expanded internationally-themed weeks on campus, increased outreach to the surrounding community, and developed new opportunities for Davidson students to render service abroad. For their outstanding contributions to international education, we are pleased to present the 2009 Dean Rusk International Studies Program Award to Caroline Allyn McDermott and Maria Jose Mejia
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C. SHAW SMITH AWARD
Megan Elizabeth Bailey ‘11
The C. Shaw Smith Award is presented annually and recognizes outstanding dedication and contributions to the college community through volunteer service with the College Union. This award is named for the first Director of the Union, who served to challenge, love, and provide a little magic to life at Davidson in his career of 31 years.
For her superior work with the films program, her creative publicity efforts, and her contagious passion for the entire program of the Union Board, the C. Shaw Smith Award goes to Megan Elizabeth Bailey.
CHARLES MALONE RICHARDS AWARD
Claire Winfield Asbury ‘10
The Charles Malone Richards Award, established in memory of a longtime Davidson pastor and professor, is presented to a rising senior, ordinarily one preparing for the ministry, whose academic record, participation in campus activities, and contribution to community religious life are outstanding. This year’s recipient of the Charles Malone Richards Award is Claire Winfield Asbury.
AGNES SENTELLE BROWN AWARD
Jeremy Wayne Snyder ‘09
Established by Dr. Mark Edgar Sentelle, Professor and Dean of Students at Davidson College, in memory of his sister, this award is presented to an upperclassman of outstanding character, personality, intellectual ability, and scholarship. This year’s winner of the Agnes Sentelle Brown Award is Jeremy Wayne Snyder.
GEORGE GLADSTONE MEMORIAL AWARD
Christen Elizabeth Mason ‘10
Established in memory of George L. Gladstone, Jr., Class of 1960, this award is presented to a rising senior exhibiting high potential for service to mankind as demonstrated through leadership, service to the community, and academic record. This year’s winner of the George Gladstone Memorial Award is Christen Elizabeth Mason.
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TOMMY PETERS AWARD
Andrew O. Lovedale ‘09
The Tommy Peters Award commemorates a true American hero. Peters was called to serve in World War II and did so heroically, giving his life to save the lives of the men under his command. Today's Tommy Peters Award winner exhibits the leadership and spirit that have become the trademark of this award.
A four-year letterman and two-year starter, he is one of 11 players in Davidson men’s basketball history to tally over 800 points (884) and 700 rebounds (752). One of those rebounds in his junior season has already become a piece of Davidson basketball lore-diving on a loose ball in the first round of the 2008 NCAA Tournament and kicking it out for an open 3-pointer, sparking the Wildcats to an 82-76 victory over Gonzaga on our way to the Elite Eight.
As a senior, he ranked 18th in the SoCon in scoring (12.5 ppg.), tied for first in rebounding (8.7 rpg.) and second in blocked shots (1.5 bpg.), while becoming the school’s all-time leader in games played with 130. Named All-Southern Conference and second-team All-District, Davidson tallied a 105-31 record during his career, averaging 26 victories a season and making four postseason appearances, including three in the NCAA Tournament.
He will also be forever remembered for his work off the court. He began collecting used shoes, jerseys and t-shirts from his teammates as a freshman and each year, he would take the bags of gear back to his native Nigeria to distribute them to his less-fortunate countrymen. His acts of kindness became a national story this year and helped start Kicks from ‘Cats, a shoe drive that netted over 10,500 pairs of shoes, which will be distributed in Nigeria this summer.
Please join me in recognizing the 2009 Peters Award winner – Andrew O. Lovedale.
REBECCA STIMSON AWARD
Mercedes L Robinson ‘09
The Rebecca Stimson Award commemorates a true pioneer and this year's Stimson Award winner personifies the traits associated with this award’s namesake. A two-year starter and tri-captain her senior season, this student had an outstanding four-year career for the Davidson women’s basketball team. She led the Wildcats in scoring and rebounding the past two years, led the SoCon this past season in rebounding and also paced the league in double-doubles for the second year in a row en route to earning first-team all-conference honors.
Helping to guide the Wildcats to their first postseason appearance in program history in the Women's NIT during the 2006-07 season, she became the 12th Wildcat in program history to eclipse the 1,000-point mark as she went on to finish seventh all-time with 1,115 points. This year, she also set single-season school records in total rebounds (288) and made free throws (111), while ranking in the single-season top-10 chart in four other categories. For her career, she is ranked in the Wildcats’ top-15 in points and points per game, field goals, free throws, rebounds and steals and is third all-time in career rebounds with 769.
The Baltimore native and recipient of a National Institute of Mental Health Research Grant will graduate with a degree in psychology and return to Davidson next year to conduct research in Dr. Ramirez’s Behavioral Neuroscience lab related to brain function and Alzheimer Disease.
Please join me in congratulating the 2009 Stimson Award winner – Mercedes L Robinson.
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DEAN RUSK PROGRAM NAMED GRANT AWARDS 2008-09
Katie Morris ‘10
Class of 1984 Scholarship
Jenny Geyer ‘09
Davidson Watson Alumni Scholarship
Upasana Khatri ‘10
Fujita Arts Scholarship
Alice Grant ‘10
Pat and Katie Gilchrist International Scholars Fund
Kim Colley ‘09
Jennifer Kate Graham ‘09
Marshall Worsham ‘09
Hirose Scholarships for Far East Studies
Colby Howard ’12
Paul Kim ’11
Sarah Moore ’10
Nick Norena ’11
Laura Zulliger ’10
Latin American Experience Grant
Kristopher Hendershot ‘12
Brit’nee Haskins ‘11
Corey Bradley ‘11
Katherine Laco ‘10
McNab Fund for Middle East Studies
Craig Cangemi ’10
Jennifer DeKnight ’10
Linda Flynn ’12
Caroline Parke ’11
Ian Bond ‘10
Sarah Oberst ‘10
The Jack Perry Scholarships
Kelly Davis ’11
Callan Elswick ’11
Sarah Troutman ’10
Mike Soike ’10
Kelly Gardner ’11
Mitchell Miller ‘10
The Ratliff Endowment in Economics
Veronika Badurova ’11
Emily Mesimer ’11
Mark Jeeveratnam ’10
The Mary Lynn Richardson Fund
Caitlin Sheetz ‘10
Sara Bates ‘11
Sarah Bennett ‘10
Jennifer Jones ‘10
James Mayo ‘10
Krista Timeus ’10
David Warren ‘10
The Louise Anne (“Sandy”) Kemp Award for Service in Latin America
Peggy McKay ‘10
Grace Fletcher ’11
Tafaahum Fund for Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies
Alexander Dick-Godfrey ‘11
Chris Keally ’11
Maddie Koch ’12
The Duke Endowment Asian Network Program
Laura Cepeda ’10
Ross Pfenning ’11
Kate Sternstein ’09
Kevin Sundeen ’09
Kun Zhang ’11
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