|Students and Faculty Receive Honors at Spring Convocation
April 28, 2011
The Davidson College community gathered in Duke Family Performance Hall on Thursday, April 28, for the college's annual Spring Convocation. Students and faculty processed in academic regalia, and awards of excellence were presented to faculty and students.
LEADERSHIP/ SERVICE/ GENERAL AWARDS
DAVIDSON BLACK ALUMNI NETWORK AWARD
- Nyelle R. Barley '14
- Jordan G. Starck '12
- Vanessa Ann Williams '13
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.
DBAN annually 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 Brooklyn, New York, is a William Holt Terry Scholar and a member of the Black Student Coalition Executive Board. She is also a member of Davidson Students Volunteer for Science and a newly initiated member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. The first recipient of the Davidson Black Alumni Network Award is Nyelle R. Barley.
The second recipient, a sophomore from Jacksonville, Florida, is a Bonner Scholar and member of the SGA External Affairs Committee. She is a STRIDE Mentor, a member of the Black Student Coalition Executive Board and also a newly initiated member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. The second recipient of the Davidson Black Alumni Network Award is Vanessa Ann Williams.
The third and final recipient, a junior from Columbia, Maryland, is a John M. Belk Scholar and the Vice President of the Student Government Association. He is a Chidsey Leadership Fellow and serves the HHMI "Strategies for Success" program as a Mentor. This student is also a member of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. The third recipient of the Davidson Black Alumni Network Award is Jordan G. Starck.
RAWLEY P. TURNER DRAMA AWARD
- Kelvin H. Bates '12
- Samantha R. Krusi '13
The Rawley P. Turner Drama Award recognizes outstanding performances given by a male and female performer in the Theatre Department's productions during the current academic year.
The recipients for 2011-2012 are: Samantha R. Krusi for her compelling and complex portrayal of Elizabeth Bennett in Pride and Prejudice, and Kelvin H. Bates for his charming and committed portrayal of Jack in Into the Woods. The Theatre Department is quite pleased to honor these two remarkable performances.
JAMES BAKER WOODS III AWARD
- Cadet Stanton G. (Bo) Swanson '12
James Baker Woods, III Memorial Award - For a rising senior military science cadet who has displayed outstanding qualities of leadership, moral character, academic achievement, and aptitude for military service; established by Dr. James B. Woods, Jr., Class of 1918, and his wife, in memory of their son, a member of the Class of 1962, who gave his life in defense of his country.
This year's recipient of the James Baker Woods, III Memorial Award has distinguished himself by displaying outstanding qualities of leadership, moral character, academic achievement, and aptitude for military service. A history major from the Class of 2012, he is a 4-year Army ROTC scholarship recipient who has excelled in many leadership positions both in the Army ROTC program and as a student at Davidson College. Born and raised in a family of many service members, he is very passionate and committed to serving this great nation. He has successfully held squad leader, platoon leader, and company First Sergeant leadership positions. He is a member of the varsity football team, the elected historian of Phi Delta Theta Fraternity, and is a DJ for the Davidson radio station, WALT 1610. He continues to distinguish himself above his peers with multiple "excellence" ratings, while serving in leadership positions during tough simulated training exercises. In addition to committing much of his personal time to Army ROTC activities, he also volunteers at the campus Red Cross blood drives. Because of his significant contributions to the Army ROTC program, Davidson College, and the community, this year's recipient of the James Baker Woods, III Award is Cadet Stanton G. (Bo) Swanson.
DEAN RUSK International Studies PROGRAM AWARD
The Dean Rusk International Studies Program Award is given every year to the student who has made the greatest contributions to Davidson as a globally-engaged community.
This year, we present the Dean Rusk Award to a young man who has made internationalization a defining characteristic of his career at Davidson. During his time here he has held multiple leadership positions in the Davidson International Association and the Dean Rusk Student Advisory Committee, providing a constant source of energy and new ideas. he has worked constantly not only to make Davidson a more international community, but to encourage the various international organizations on campus to work together as a supportive team with the mutual goal of encouraging people to look beyond what they know and explore the world around them. His willingness to lead by example and to share his experience and his perspective with the entire Davidson family truly exemplifies the values that guide Davidson's commitment to international education.
So, with great pleasure, we present the 2011 Dean Rusk International Studies Program Award to Felix P. Fabiny.
C. SHAW SMITH AWARD
The C. Shaw Smith Award annually recognizes an individual for their contributions and ability to build community through volunteer service with the College Union. As the first Director of the College Union, C. Shaw Smith would regularly spend his days sitting and chatting with students as he empowered them to achieve their latest dreams. His genuine interest, selflessness, and encouraging manner are all qualities matched by this year's award recipient. Not only has she given numerous hours listening to individual students through personal conversations and regular polls, but she has immersed herself in the community via plenty of late night events, study sessions, and supportive chats with friends. As a committee chair of the Union Board, her committee meetings hardly resemble meetings at all. Instead, they reflect a group of peers sharing interests, hoping to engage and to entertain the student body with every event they plan. The snacks and giveaways may help lighten the mood, but it's her infectious attitude, active listening, and genuine embrace that allow for anyone to join in the conversation at any time.
Adriana A. Nassar, for your incessant devotion to building community through your work with the College Union and the Union Board, we present you with the 2011 C. Shaw Smith Award.
CHARLES MALONE RICHARDS AWARD
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 Andrew Scott Hanson, who is currently abroad studying in Ireland.
Our 2011 recipient of the Charles Malone Richards Award has been active in a broad range of religious life organizations at Davidson and in Westminster Fellowship, the DCPC-sponsored campus ministry, as well as serving as a representative for Westminster on the college's Religious Life Council. He has also been active in Reformed University Fellowship and the Thursday Night Praise & Worship service. Recently selected to be a Davidson Ministry Fellow this summer, he will be interning in a congregation for 8 weeks as he explores a sense of call to service in the church.
For enriching religious life at Davidson with his remarkable musical talents, his warm and inclusive leadership style, and his broadminded faith, we name Andrew Scott Hanson the 2011 Charles Malone Richards Award recipient.
AGNES SENTELLE BROWN AWARD
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 Andrew David Evans.
The 2011 Agnes Sentelle Brown award recipient is a junior Political Science major from Due West, SC. In addition to distinguishing himself in the classroom, he has made significant contributions to campus life. A fellow member of the Honor Council says, "He is thoughtful, perceptive and collaborative, and is able to articulate his convictions with precision and sincerity."
He has also served as a Speaking Center tutor and has organized monthly group service projects to local non-profit organizations that focus on health.
In the words of another nominator, "He is one of the most trustworthy, reliable and kind-hearted individuals I have ever met."
For all you have done and will do for others, today we honor you as the 2011 recipient of the Agnes Sentelle Brown Award.
GEORGE GLADSTONE MEMORIAL AWARD
- Brian Andrew Bouchard '12
- Jordan Gerard Starck '12
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 winners of the George Gladstone Memorial Award are Brian Andrew Bouchard and Jordan Gerard Starck.
Our 2011 co-recipient is a rising senior from Kenya and is an outstanding Chemistry major. He is known as a person of deep and compassionate faith, independent character, strong intellect and an abiding commitment to serving people at the margins of society.
He was a Davidson/Stapleton Urban Service Intern in the summer of 2009, worked at the Urban Ministry Center with the homeless, and interned at the Uptown Shelter for homeless men. A pre-med student, he wants to be a physician for underserved populations, and will take his passion for helping others as his vocation.
For all you have done and will do for others less fortunate, we celebrate you today as the 2011 recipient of the Gladstone Award, Brian Andrew Bouchard.
The 2011 co-recipient of the George L. Gladstone award is a junior from Baltimore, Maryland. He is a young man known for his exemplary integrity, commitment to serving others, and loyalty to the College.
As a member of the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity, he has led his brothers to work with disadvantaged youth at the Davidson IB Middle School. He also was a Freedom School Intern while simultaneously conducting research on the program. In SGA, where he serves as the current Vice President, he has helped lead efforts to support The Davidson Trust through the Dinner at Davidson program.
For your boundless energy, ability to inspire others with your passion to serve, and presence always filled with hope, we celebrate you as the 2011 recipient of the George L. Gladstone Award, Jordan Gerard Starck.
TOMMY PETERS AWARD
The Tommy Peters Award commemorates a true American hero. Fifty-five years have passed since Tommy's one bright varsity season in which he lettered in football, basketball, baseball and track. Few athletic careers began with more promise; none have ended in greater sacrifice. Tommy 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 starter in the 133-pound weight class and a two-year team captain, he became the first individual Southern Conference wrestling champion from Davidson in 41 years, and the sixth in school history, when he earned a 3-2 decision over his No. 1-seeded opponent in the finals of the 2010 SoCon Championships. The league title earned him an automatic berth to the NCAA Wrestling Tournament, giving Davidson its first representative in 11 years.
With 68 career wins, he ranks as one of the most successful wrestlers in Davidson history. He enjoyed a breakout season during his junior year, finishing the season with a 17-6 overall record and the SoCon Championship. During his senior year, he set a new single-season school record for wins with a 29-9 record and reached the podium at the Southern Conference tournament for a third consecutive year with a third-place finish.
Born in Odessa, Ukraine, and raised in Worthington, Ohio, he also saw strong success in the classroom; earning a place on the NWCA All-Academic team in 2010 and helping the team earn a fifth-place national ranking for academic excellence. He is also a two-time selection to the SoCon All-Academic team.
In the off-season, he received a Dean Rusk Travel Grant and an Abernethy Research Grant, allowing him to travel to Belarus in the summer of 2010 to live in a completely Russian-speaking environment while studying the connection between the living standards of wrestlers and public funding of athletics. At Davidson, he served on the Advisory Council on Finance, Personnel and Development and the Political Science Steering Committee.
Please join me in recognizing the 2011 Tommy Peters award winner, Alex G. Radsky.
REBECCA STIMSON AWARD
The Rebecca Stimson Award commemorates a true pioneer. When she arrived on campus in the fall of 1973, there were no athletic teams for women and Stimson had to recruit teammates and coaches in order to earn letters in tennis, field hockey and basketball. Becca, a Phi Beta Kappa graduate who later earned her Ph.D. in Chemistry, literally helped create athletic teams for women at Davidson while building a foundation for future female student-athletes.
This year's Stimson Award winner personifies the leadership traits associated with this award. Her dedication to her sport has yielded significant individual accomplishment while propelling Davidson's Women's Swimming program forward on a national level.
This year's winner became the first ever Davidson swimmer to qualify for the NCAA Championships, competing in the 50, 100 and 200 freestyles in 2010. She broke her own college record in the 200 freestyle at the meet and concluded her Championship slate by swimming another personal and Davidson record time in the 100 freestyle.
In 2011, she was named Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association (CCSA) Women's Swimmer of the Championship Meet for a second straight season behind individual titles in both the 50 and 100 freestyles and as a member of two winning relays. She swam three individual NCAA B-cut times, the 50, 100 and 200 freestyles, and contributed to one NCAA B-cut relay time, the 400 free relay, to earn a second straight invitation to the NCAA Championships, where she competed in the 50 and 100 freestyles on the campus of the University of Texas.
She was named Mid-Major All-America in 2010 and Academic All-America Honorable Mention as a freshman, sophomore and junior.
She graduates as the school record holder in the 50, 100 and 200 freestyles and is a member of all five school-record holding relays. On campus, this Physics major is a math and science tutor, a physics research assistant in the summer, a member of the Society of Physics Students, the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, and First Responders.
Please join me in congratulating the 2011 Rebecca Stimson Award winner - Lindsey L. Martin.
PHI BETA KAPPA: Elected to Membership-In-Course
24 January 2011
Zoe Esther Balaconis
Jeffrey William Banks
Zachary R. Bennett
Carrie Josephine Boyle
John Carter Braxton
Nicholas Daly Carney
Sarah Ralston Connette
Matthew Allen De Niear
Brianna Noelle Deutsch
Allison Elaine Drutchas
Callan Marie Elswick
Evan A. Eskew
Erin J. Feeney
Alanna Noel Ford
Kaela A. Frank
Anne Sydnor Gammon
Mary Elizabeth Gearing
Casey Marie Gemunder
Jenner Stoker Gibson
Ellen T. Goodson
Margaret Frances Gudaitis
Benjamin Huntley Justus
Madeline Louise Koch
Alexander M. Kowaleski
Kimberly Hope Larkin
Adam V. Lewicki
Susan Shiyuan Li
Sarah Hart Little
Benjamin Noah Lucas
Jessica C. Malordy
Charles Gregory Marcil
Daniel A. Martin
Robert H. Mayo
Colton Daniel Mojesky
Marissa Claire O'Connell
William David Oldfather
Caroline Elizabeth Parke
Sara Elizabeth Peele
Pauline Winston Phillips
Hannah Grant Pommersheim
Amanda A. Preston
Alison Jane Rauh
Rachel L. Richardson
Katherine Virginia Richeson
Kyle A. Sanders
Anna Margaret Suhring
Ellen R. Szykowny
Veronica Leigh Thomas
Anne Kathleen Wailes
Louisa King Wall
Christopher James Watson
Rebecca Jean Whitten
Lauren Anne Wright
Jenny Z. Yang
GRADUATE FELLOWSHIPS, SCHOLARSHIPS AND OTHER RECOGNITION
The college recognizes seniors receiving graduate fellowships and other students and recent alumni entering graduate programs with distinction.
NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL FELLOWSHIPS AND SCHOLARSHIPS:
Tyler Atwood '11 has received a teaching assistantship in Rennes, France, sponsored by the French Ministry of Education and the Centre international d'études pédagogiques.
Jeff Banks '11 has received a teaching assistantship in Grenoble, France, sponsored by the French Ministry of Education and the Centre international d'études pédagogiques.
Sara Bates '11 has received a Watson Fellowship for her project "Delivering Hope: A Comparative Study of Midwifery Programs and Practices," in New Zealand, Indonesia, Chile, and Ethiopia.
Laura Bergner '09 has received a Fulbright Full Grant to study conservation genetics in several endangered bird species at the University of Otago in New Zealand.
Kiara Boone '11 has been named a Jesse Ball duPont Fund fellow for 2011-13.
Kelli Carroll '09 has been awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship to support her Ph.D. research in developmental biology at Harvard University.
Allison Drutchas '11 has been awarded a Post-Graduate Scholarship from the NCAA. Allison has also been awarded the Dorothy Hicks Scholarship from the Southern Conference. The scholarships provide substantial support for graduate study.
Callan Elswick '11 has been awarded a Post-Graduate Scholarship from the NCAA. She has also been awarded the David Knight Scholarship from the Southern Conference. The scholarships will provide substantial support for her MS-MD dual degree program in health sciences and medicine at the University of California-Berkley and at UC-San Francisco.
Caroline Emch '11 has received a Critical Language Scholarship from the United States Department of State for the study of Arabic in Jordan.
Evan Eskew '11 has been awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship to support a Ph.D. in conservation ecology at the University of California-Davis. He has also been named an alternate for a Fulbright Full Grant to Australia (declined).
Alexandra Francis '12 has received a Truman Scholarship. The Truman Scholarship supports highly qualified college juniors committed to pursuing careers in government, the nonprofit or advocacy sectors, education, or other public service.
Mary Gearing '11 has received a Fulbright Full Grant to support a year of study and research at the Institute of Metabolic Physiology at the Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf. She was also awarded, but has declined, a DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) grant to support this same project.
Karen Kirk '11 has received a teaching assistantship in Rennes, France, sponsored by the French Ministry of Education and the Centre international d'études pédagogiques.
Madeline Koch '11 has received a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship Grant for a year of teaching and research in Morocco. In addition, she has received a Critical Language Scholarship from the United States Department of State for the study of Arabic (declined). She has also received, but declined, a teaching assistantship in Lyon, France, sponsored by the French Ministry of Education and the Centre international d'études pédagogiques.
Kimberly Larkin '11 has received the W. Thomas Smith Scholarship from Davidson College to support a year of study in law, ethics, and public memory at the Université Libre Bruxelles in Belgium. She has also been named an alternate for a Fulbright Full Grant to Belgium (declined). In addition, she has received, but declined, a teaching assistantship in France sponsored by the French Ministry of Education and the Centre international d'études pédagogiques.
Alexandra McArthur '09 has received a Coro Fellowship in public affairs for the Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs in New York.
Natasha Meyer '10 has been awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship to support a Ph.D. in developmental biology at Stanford University.
Pallavi Penumetcha '11 has received a Fulbright Full Grant to study and research HIV/AIDS in Botswana under the auspices of the Botswana-Harvard AIDS Institute Partnership.
Vitaly Radsky '11 has received a Critical Language Scholarship from the United States Department of State for the study of Azerbaijani.
Katherine Richeson '11 has received the Sir Keith Murdoch Fellowship from the American-Australian Association to support a year of study in nanomedicine at the University of Queensland's Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology in Brisbane.
Brendan Riley '11 has received the Wellstone Fellowship for Social Justice in Washington, D.C.
Anne Temmink '11 has received a Watson Fellowship for her project "Women, Sewing, and the Globalization of Fashion" in Ghana, India, and Indonesia.
Malia Wong '11 has received a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship Grant for a year of teaching and research in Sri Lanka.
SCHOLARSHIPS FROM SPECIFIC GRADUATE PROGRAMS AND INSTITUTIONS:
Ashley Crawford '11 has been accepted into the Barbara Jordan Health Policy Scholars Program.
Ryan Crum '11 has received the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Research Fellowship for graduate work at UCLA.
Matt De Niear '11 has received a full scholarship for the M.D.-Ph.D. program in neuroscience and medicine at Vanderbilt University.
Evan Eskew '11 has been awarded a research fellowship from the University of California-Davis to support a Ph.D. in conservation ecology there; this fellowship is in addition to the NSF fellowship.
Idris Evans '09 has received scholarship offers for MA programs in international relations and diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University and American University.
Daphne Fruchtman '09 has received full scholarship offers for Ph.D. programs in history from the University of Minnesota, the University of Maryland at College Park, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Mary Gearing '11 has received full scholarship offers for Ph.D. programs in biology from Harvard University, The University of Chicago, and Princeton University.
Justin Godinho '11 has received the Francis P. Venable Fellowship, a full scholarship, to attend the University of North Carolina for a PhD in chemistry.
Olivia Ho-Shing '10 has received a full scholarship for the PhD program in molecular and cell biology at Harvard University.
Jennifer Jones '10 has received scholarships to attend medical school at the University of Chicago and Wake Forest University. She will be attending the University of Chicago.
Kim Lang '10 has received scholarships for PhD programs in neuroscience from Washington University, Emory University, Northwestern University, the University of Florida, the University of Miami, and the University of Southern California; she will attend Emory University.
Chung-Yon (John) Lin '11 has received a teaching assistantship, a full scholarship, to attend the University of Texas at Austin for a PhD in chemistry.
Ben Lucas '11 has received a merit scholarship from the Boston University School of Law.
Caitlin McCartney '11 has received a full scholarship for the MA program in English at Wake Forest University.
Beth Peters '11 has received scholarship offers from Wake Forest University, Duke University, and Stanford University for an M.Ed. in mathematics; in addition she was offered a five year fellowship to teach math in Los Angeles high schools while earning an M.Ed. and teacher credential from Math for America.
Alison Rauh '11 has received scholarship offers for PhD programs in economics from The University of Chicago, the University of Minnesota, and the University of California at San Diego, and has received the Chancellor's Prize Fellowship from the University of California at Los Angeles.
Ray Shenje '11 has received the William H. Emerson Fellowship, a full scholarship, to attend Georgia Tech University for a PhD in chemistry.
Ellie Szykowny '11 has received a scholarship for the M.A./Ed.S. program in school psychology at Tufts University.
Mike Watters '10 has received a scholarship for the MD-PhD program at the Medical College of Virginia.
Taylor Wolff '11 has received the Ladd Scholarship from the School of Law at Florida State University.
Maureen Wright '10 has received a scholarship for the MPH and PA dual-degree program at Yale University.
Lauren Yero '07 has received a fellowship to support the MA in environmental literature at the University of Nevada at Reno. She also received a fellowship to support a PhD in English at the University of Oregon.
Brandon Yeargan '11 has been awarded a full scholarship for the MA program in sport administration at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
MINISTRY FELLOWS PROGRAM
Through a nomination, application, and interview process, the Preministerial Committee selects rising seniors each year to participate in the Davidson Ministry Fellows Program. This program identifies students who have gifts for leadership in religious communities and encourages them to explore such service as a vocation to which God may be calling them. The program consists of a summer internship in a congregational setting and a year-long discernment process.
The Ministry Fellows for 2011-12 are: Kaitlyn M. Curran, Andrew S. Hanson, Anne H. Maietta, Eugene Shiu, and Joseph P. Sills.
PHI BETA DELTA INDUCTEES
The Phi Beta Delta Honor Society for International Scholars recognizes exceptional achievement in international studies. Qualifications include international study or service or a curricular commitment to international studies, a Davidson grade point average of at least 3.15, and promotion of international awareness and education on campus and in the community.
The following students were inducted into Phi Beta Delta in the spring of 2011:
Ashley Ausburger '12
Alison Farr '12
Nichole Giaconne '12
Benjamin Ireland '12
Sara Jones '12
Daisy Karlson '12
Lauren Khater '12
Karen Kirk '12
Mallika Kirti '12
David Luscombe '12
Dalapo Olushola '12
Faheem Rathore '12
Michael Ross '12
Lerin Rutherford '12
Rebecca Weidler '12
Brendan Riley '11
Philipp Schroeder '11
DEAN RUSK GRANT AWARDS 2010-11
Marielle Abalo '12
Andrea Becerra '13
Juan Bedoya '13
Grier Bomar '12
Olivia Booker '13
Noah Bricker '14
Jenn Burns '12
Genevieve Carter '13
Elliot Cave '13
Li Chen '12
Sara Claire Chamblass '12
Nat Cubas '13
Paige Donnelly '14
Samantha Ellison '13
Alison Farr '12
Linda Flynn '12
Allie Francis '12
Marissa Ghant '12
Alexi Gross '14
Chase Gruber '12
Jadry Gruen '12
Marie Lupe Guerro '12
Elle Gurskis '13
Lyndsey Haas '12
Jonathan Henn '13
Zachary Herron '12
Yinharn Hwang '12
Claire Ittner '13
Meg Jarrell '12
Sara Jones '12
Cheng Jin '12
Genni Kee '12
Dylan Kelley '12
Eyyuphan Keskin '13
Eli Khan '13
Cait Klein '13
Rosie Kosinski '13
Caroline Ludwig '12
Meghan Lucas '13
Jordan Luebkemann '14
Joon Hyuk Ma '12
Sara Maldonado '12
Adriana Marquina '13
Joshua Tyler McGee '12
Steph Meader '12
Melody Mendez '13
Will Milvaney '14
William Myers '14
Claire Naisby '12
Jennifer Nicholson '12
Timothy Oh '13
Gustavo Orozco-Lince '14
Geoff Peitz '12
Madeleine Pilon '12
Stephanie Principe '12
Lizzy Ramsey '12
Austin Raymond '13
Ben Richardson '13
Sarah Richardson '14
Colin Ristig '13
Leah Ruckle '12
Erin Shufflebarger '12
Jane Smith '13
Kelsey Wilson '13
Cakey Worthington '12
Matt Zarth '13
Xi Zhu '13
SANDY BLACK MEMORIAL AWARD
- Brian Andrew Bouchard '12
- Harry (Ree) McKinley Lightsey IV '12
There are two winners of the Sandy Black Memorial Award in Premedical Studies. The first winner is a chemistry major and son of Kenya. His academic achievement speaks volumes about his academic ability. His extracurricular record reveals him to be a humanist. Among his achievements are homeless shelter worker and advocate, tutor at Ada Jenkins Center, and member of the Academic Policy and Educational Policy Committees. His love of medicine finds expression through learning from physicians, not only their technical skills but their sensitivities to human suffering. Because you have maintained high scholarship and have sustained interest in helping people as a doctor, you, Brian Bouchard, are named one of the winners of the Sandy Black Memorial Award in Premedical Studies.
The second winner of the Sandy Black Memorial Award in Premedical Studies is a Center for Interdisciplinary Studies major from South Carolina. His academic achievement sets him apart from his peers. His research in biophysical chemistry highlights his interest in exploring the frontier of science and suggests that he will be a physician who always looks for new ways to help patients. His two trips to China have opened his mind to traditional Chinese medicine. His work at Camp Boggy Creek shows his compassion toward children with special needs. Because you have maintained high scholarship and have interest in helping people through a medical career, you, Ree Lightsey, are named this year's winner of the Sandy Black Memorial Award in Premedical Studies.
BREMER GERMAN LANGUAGE AWARD
When she arrived at Davidson, this student did not speak a word of German. She will leave Davidson not only with beautiful German but also with a complex understanding of German history and culture. Her senior thesis focuses on Shimon Attie's Berlin project, entitled The Writing on the Wall. In it she combines her interests in art, religion, history, and politics to offer an insightful analysis of cultural memory and questions of commemoration. It is, like all her academic work, marked by curiosity and acumen. The faculty are thus pleased to present this year's Bremer Award for German to Nina Marie Tschinkel.
TOM DAGGY BIOLOGY AWARD
The recipient of this year's Tom Daggy award has distinguished himself in the classroom and by his impressive academic pursuits outside of the classroom. His devotion to quality scientific research has resulted in several significant projects and four publications in peer-reviewed journals on which he was the lead author. This spring, he was awarded a prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. Additionally, he was recently accepted into Phi Beta Kappa and is a finalist for a Fulbright Fellowship. For his enthusiastic love of learning and excellence in research, Evan Eskew is this year's recipient of the Tom Daggy award.
ALBERTA SMITH DEVANE RELIGION AWARD
Abraham Heschel spoke memorably of the ongoing need for "moral grandeur and spiritual audacity." The winner of this year's DeVane Award has responded to precisely this need with insight, imagination and compassionate commitment. For the excellence and breadth of your scholarship and for your activism on behalf of the homeless, the immigrant and the distressed, we name you, Rachel L. Richardson, the winner of the 2011 DeVane Award.
W. E. B. DU BOIS AWARD
The Department of Sociology presents the W.E.B. DuBois Award to Alexandra R. Polhill for her thesis entitled "Leaving Work at Work: How a Career in Police Work Affects Parenthood." Based on extensive in-depth interviews with police officers, Alex argues that the job skills, emotional contexts, and situational knowledge experienced in the social world of policing carry over into family life, but do so in gender-specific ways. Her analysis makes a significant empirical contribution to sociological knowledge and engages with important theoretical debates regarding how gender inequality is maintained through the intersections of work and family structures.
LE PRIX DE FRANÇAIS (FRENCH PRIZE)
It is with a remarkable work ethic and boundless energy that the 2011 recipient of the Prix de français has shown her interest in French and Francophone studies over the past four years. She has been a strong participant in her French courses and in all extra-curricular activities relating to French, and she is currently writing her senior paper on French novelist Annie Ernaux. She was one of the most involved students of the French Hall during her sophomore year, and she has also spent time studying both in France and Senegal. She has not only served as an enthusiastic and popular AT but has also shown leadership by serving this year as a very active President of the French Club. The French department is happy to award this year's Prix de français to Karen R. Kirk.
WILLIAM B. HIGHT, JR. TEACHING AWARD
To teach effectively, a person must possess-among other things-knowledge, patience, caring, skill and commitment. The 2011 recipient of the William B. Hight, Jr. Teaching Award has these qualities and many more. He exhibits the characteristics necessary to become a true leader as an educator. It is with great pleasure that the Education Department presents this award to William Edward Thom.
MUNDO HISPÁNICO (THE SPANISH AWARD)
A natural leader, and a teacher committed to social change, education, and love for Central America, Anna L. Stringfield embodies intellectual curiosity, passion for the Hispanic world, and service to classmates, the college, and the larger community. Distinguished by her hardworking, positive attitude, exceptional organizational skills, and a unique and brilliant spirit, she exemplifies a Spanish Major who is very bright, has boundless energy, an eye for detail, and a strong sense of responsibility. She is a leader outside of the classroom who has been captain of the Davidson swim team, a devoted volunteer teaching Spanish to 3rd and 4th grade elementary school students, and an enthusiastic English teacher at a summer camp in Honduras. Her commitment to leadership and service go beyond Davidson. A wonderful student whom professors long to teach, Anna Stringfield is a wholehearted and encouraging classmate, who will spread her love of learning and her intellectual thirst, working with Teach for America in Arizona. We respect you and honor you today, the winner of the 2011 Mundo Hispánico Award, Anna L. Stringfield.
DOUGLAS HOUCHENS STUDIO ART AWARD
- Sara Claire Chambless '12
The Douglas C. Houchens Award in Studio Art is given each year to the junior art major who has made the most progress. Because you create a tactile mystery with much more than surface under the surface, and you bury your private text in your texture, the Art Department names you, Sara Claire Chambless, the 2011 Douglas C. Houchens Studio Art Award recipient.
DAVID HALBERT HOWARD, JR. CHEMISTRY AWARD
- Kelvin Hamilton Bates '12
The David Halbert Howard, Jr. Chemistry Award is given annually to a rising senior who demonstrates the greatest potential for significant contributions in the field of chemistry. Our recipient this year is a seasoned researcher who is known for his creative and brilliant insights in the classroom. It is with great pleasure that the Chemistry Department presents the Howard Chemistry Award to Kelvin Hamilton Bates.
LUCILE AND MAX JACKSON AWARD IN ART HISTORY
- Lorena Patricia Perez '12
This rising senior possesses an enthusiastic and precisely focused commitment to the study of art history, an intellectual fire and curiosity that do not countenance clichéd solutions, a clarity of thought and self-expression that is frequently almost frighteningly sophisticated, and a thrill for learning that inspires fellow students and instructors alike. Therefore, it is with great pleasure that the Art Department awards the 2011 Lucile and Max Jackson Award in Art History to Lorena Patricia Perez.
THE KEISER PRIZE IN ENGLISH
The Keiser Prize in English is awarded for excellence in classical performance. This year's recipient, a double major in English and Theatre, has appeared as Ophelia in Hamlet and Jane Bennet in Pride and Prejudice. She has also played roles in Waiting for Lefty, Company, and, most recently, Kokoro. Her creative honors thesis in English-entitled "Limits"-is a collection of short fiction. The 2011 Keiser Prize goes to Ellen Taylor Goodson.
KENDRICK KELLEY AWARD IN HISTORY
- Alexander M. Kowaleski '11
The Kelley Award memorializes Ken Kelley, a 1963 honors graduate in history who died in Vietnam. The 2011 recipient's thesis, "Food Supply and Conflict in Civil War North Carolina," makes even such topics as corn and salt fascinating! It emphasizes the human dimensions of war, demonstrating how issues of food supply connected civilians and soldiers, and drove the deteriorating relationship between North Carolina's governor and the Confederacy. In appreciation of your exhaustive research, revisionist argument, and sensitivity to the people, places and problems of the past, the Department of History names you, Alexander M. Kowaleski, its 2011 Kelley Award winner.
HENRY T. LILLY AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN ENGLISH
- Jessica C. Malordy '11
- Caroline E. Parke '11
Whether in the classroom, editing Libertas, or tutoring in the Writing Center, Jessica C. Malordy has exhibited the highest regard for the pleasures of reading and writing, and for the responsibilities of the public intellectual. In scholarly endeavors, her work has shone, her feminism well-met by her intellectual rigor; in creative writing, she has demonstrated the utmost promise as a fiction writer.
The English Department honors Caroline E. Parke for her singular dedication to the idea that to write about the classics of American literature with anything short of exuberance is to offend both the classics and the writers who created them.
WILLIAM G. MCGAVOCK MATHEMATICS AWARD
This award recognizes a senior for outstanding accomplishment in mathematics at Davidson. Among the many notable candidates for the award, this senior has distinguished himself with a perfect GPA within the major and with several research activities, including coauthoring a research article, applying his training in math and physics to a problem posed by ESPN, and consulting for a social gaming company. The Department of Mathematics is proud to name Daniel A. Martin as the 2011 recipient of the William G. McGavock Mathematics Award.
A. K. PHIFER AWARD IN ECONOMICS
- William Clarkson Marshall, '12
- John Richard Morgan '12
This year's co-winner of the A.K. Phifer Award is dedicated to rigorous intellectual thought and always is unfazed by the complexities of economic analysis. Intensely curious about the world around him, his investigation of issues related to the establishment of central banking in Estonia is a model of the high standards he sets for himself. He has excelled in every course in economics he has taken and maintained the highest traditions of learning during his year-long training at the London School of Economics. Because he combines exceptional academic abilities with personal humility and a deep desire to make this world a better place, the Economics Department is very pleased to present the A.K. Phifer Award to William Clarkson Marshall.
One of this year's winners of the A. K. Phifer Award demonstrated his keen interest in economics from the moment he first arrived on campus for July Experience in the summer of 2007. During his three years as a Davidson student he has demonstrated first rate analytical skill and a thirst for learning that are truly rare. And, his passion for economics has carried over into his life outside the classroom. In 2010 he used his economics training to produce the annual report for a local free health clinic. For his outstanding performance in his economics coursework and his ability to use his training to improve the world around him, the Economics Department is very pleased to present the A. K. Phifer Award to John Richard Morgan.
If the Physics Department could make additional assignments beyond graduation, this year's recipient of the Physics Award would be going to graduate school in physics. He has excelled in every way during his study of physics at Davidson: from insightful and creative work in the classroom and laboratory to spot-on presentations of his research at regional and national physics meetings, culminating in two publications on defects in semiconductors. He is one of those special students who visibly delights in learning, giving teachers instant gratification for their effort and making the process truly inspirational for both. But this year's recipient is not going to physics graduate school - he's heading to medical school, and he is bound to be a superb doctor. The Physics Department wishes him all the best in that worthy endeavor, and presents the 2011 Physics Award to Daniel G. Hampton.
W. KENDRICK PRITCHETT AWARD IN CLASSICS
The W. Kendrick Pritchett Award, named in honor of this member of the Class of 1929, goes to a senior Classics major who demonstrates characteristics for which W. Kendrick Pritchett is known: distinguished academic performance, personal integrity, and love of ancient literature, history and archaeology. The Department of Classics is proud to honor you
and name you, Sara Elizabeth Peele, the winner of the 2011 Pritchett Award.
J. HARRIS PROCTOR AWARD IN POLITICAL SCIENCE
This year's Proctor Award is given to Zachary R. Bennett in recognition of both his outstanding achievements in the classroom and his remarkable contribution to the intellectual seriousness and vitality of Davidson campus life. Both in and outside the classroom, Zach's intelligence, erudition, indefatigable energy, and buoyant good humor have helped make Davidson a more vibrant and interesting place.
RICHARD MOSS MEMORIAL MUSIC AWARD
Upon arriving at Davidson, this music major had been far too modest in promoting his overwhelming skills and passion for music. He flew under the radar, and his first audition for the Davidson College Symphony Orchestra took everyone by surprise. His articulate and thoughtful performance on the flute proved him to be one of the orchestra's diamonds in the rough. Through his work in the orchestra and in a plethora of chamber ensembles, his energy and impeccable artistry have moved audiences across the campus. From the podium, he directed the orchestra with great honesty and care, reflecting his magnetic and genuine approach with music and people. In the classroom, his words have been woven just as elaborately as the music he executes. His contagious laughter, which often matches the register of the piccolo, is a gem on its own, shining as brightly as his spirit. It is with great joy that we award this year's Richard Ross Memorial Music Award to Daniel P. Legrand.
This year, the Theatre Department recognizes Nicholas P. Jennison for his consistent and stellar contributions to the Theatre Department. Over his four years at Davidson, Nick has
worked backstage, or as a designer on nearly every Department of Theatre production. He took on enormous responsibilities, including serving as Technical Director for Kokoro and Assistant Technical Director for Into the Woods, and did exemplary work in these positions. Nick has become a leader and a mentor to his fellow students, frequently stepping up to offer support in the midst of the production process to those with less experience. For his commitment to high production values, his constant drive to find ways to do things more efficiently, and his ability to keep a smile in high pressure situations, the Theatre Department honors Nick with this award.
PORTER VINSON CHEMISTRY AWARD
- Demetrios John Pagonis '13
The Porter Vinson Chemistry Award is given annually to a rising junior who shows unusual mastery of the field of chemistry and who has exhibited significant promise for further study. The award winner this year has been exceptional in the classroom and in the laboratory, and has won a prestigious fellowship to do research at the National Institute of Standards and Technology this summer. The Chemistry Department is proud to present the Porter Vinson Chemistry Award of 2011 to Demetrios John Pagonis.
WILLIAM VINSON MATHEMATICS AWARD
This sophomore has leapt into advanced mathematics courses with great zeal and notable success, and has enthusiastically represented Davidson at several mathematical competitions, including the notoriously challenging Putnam exam. In recognition of his drive and talent for finding simple solutions to complex problems, the Department of Mathematics is pleased to present the William D. Vinson Mathematics Award to Chang (Kyle) Yang.
DANIEL BLAIN WOODS AWARD
Given to a rising senior in Premedical Studies, the Daniel Blain Woods Award goes to a student from Georgia. She combines the qualities of a good doctor - intelligence, technical skills, empathetic heart, and uplifting spirit. This year's winner, a biology major, is compassionate, mature, and dedicated to her work. She has conducted research at the University of Georgia, volunteered at free clinics, and is a leader in her eating house, Rusk. Her leadership in the Premedical Honor Society (Alpha Epsilon Delta) has given the organization new energy and direction. Because of your strong academic achievements, sense of community, compassion for humanity, and love of medicine, you, Kathryn L. Stewart, are named this year's winner of the Daniel Blain Woods Award in Premedical Studies.
WILLIAM GATEWOOD WORKMAN PSYCHOLOGY AWARD
Each year the Psychology Department bestows as its highest award the William Gatewood "Gaty" Workman Award. The award commemorates the standards of excellence demonstrated by Dr. Workman in his professional attainments in teaching, research, and service: to the discipline and profession, and to Davidson College. The 2011 Gaty Workman Award goes to Lauren Anne Wright.
WRITING AWARDS FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF ENGLISH
THE R. WINDLEY HALL AWARD FOR FIRST-YEAR WRITING
A first-year student writing award which also provides for a visiting lecturer on campus; and honors the memory of a member of the Class of 1963.
Two first prizes:
Creative Writing: Rory McEathron, "The Beach Watchers"
Scholarship: Christine Noah, "A Gentleman's Duty: The Acquittal of Lizzie Borden"
THE CHARLES E. LLOYD AWARD FOR NONFICTION
For the student submitting the best piece of nonfiction writing; established in memory of English professor (1956-80) Charles E. Lloyd.
Two first prizes:
Creative Nonfiction: Amanda Lehr, "Persephone's Capsules"
For the student submitting the best piece of creative writing; given in memory of author Vereen M. Bell, Class of 1932.
Scholarship: Jonathan Koch, "Into a sort of oneness: An evening with the literary ghosts of Highgate, Hampstead, and the Heath"
THE VEREEN BELL MEMORIAL AWARD IN CREATIVE WRITING
FIRST: Jessica Malordy, "The Swan Children"
SECOND: Caitlin McCartney, "The First Line of My Most Important Story" and "Ruthie's Raiders"
THIRD: Jane Smith, "Signals"
Honorable Mention: Nina Hawley, "The Drawer Under the Window"
FIRST [a tie]: Hamilton May, "The Resting Ghost"
and Linda Flynn, "What I Know and What I Don't"
SECOND: Hannah Wright, "Litany of Chile"
ADDITIONAL AWARDS FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF BIOLOGY
THE SIGMA Xi BIOLOGY RESEARCH AWARD
Each year, the Biology Department acknowledges a student for exceptional research accomplishments. Pallavi Penumetcha earned a prestigious Goldwater scholarship during her sophomore year for her initial research efforts and has already coauthored two research papers. In 2008, she was a critical member of the Gold Medal-winning iGEM team and is an honors candidate as a biology major. She has conducted research all four years of her college career at several different sites. She is Phi Beta Kappa and a finalist for a Fulbright Scholarship to conduct research at the Botswana-Harvard AIDS Institute Partnership (BHP) in Gaborone, Botswana.
THE WELSH PRIZE IN COMPOSITION
Paul K. Sayed '10
The award is for the best original music composition by a Davidson senior or recent graduate, and was established in 2006 in honor of Wilmer Hayden Welsh, composer and professor of music from 1963-1991.
THE RUFUS HALLMARK WRITING AWARD
Named after the distinguished musicologist Rufus Hallmark, Davidson Class of 1965, this award recognizes the best essay on a musical topic written in the previous year.
WRITING PRIZE FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF RELIGION
THE SAMUEL D. MALONEY ESSAY PRIZE
- Jamie Suzanne Hofmeister '11
This award is given for the best student essay concerning any aspect of religious life as it relates to its social, cultural and/or ethical dimensions. The winner of the 2011 Samuel D. Maloney Essay Prize is Jamie Suzanne Hofmeister for her essay "Psalm 139 Through a Lesbian Lens."
ADDITIONAL AWARDS FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHOLOGY
THE SIGNA Xi PSYCHOLOGY RESEARCH AWARD
- Elizabeth G. Pitts '11
- Ellen R. Szykowny '11
Annually the Psychology Department acknowledges the most distinctive attainments by a student performing research in Psychology. For the range, commitment, and excellence in their work, this year's Sigma Xi Research Award in Psychology is shared by Elizabeth G. Pitts and Ellen R. Szykowny.
THE JOHN D. KELTON PSYCHOLOGY AWARD
John D. Kelton's work as teacher, psychologist, and Davidson icon is acknowledged in an award. It is based on excellence and perspective, two of Dr. Kelton's chief characteristics, in the student's essay that is the best written in a Senior Capstone course in Psychology. This year's John D. Kelton Psychology Award winner is Sara Nicole Levintow.
EDWARD L. PALMER PSYCHOLOGY AWARD
The Psychology Department at Davidson was honored by receiving the American Psychological Association's inaugural Departmental Award for the Culture of Service in the Psychological Sciences. This award provides impetus and resources to annually celebrate that student who has distinctively served others through psychology. The Psychology Department has named this award the Edward L. Palmer Psychology Award, commemorating the countless ways in which his life and work have graced others, professionally and personally. This year's recipient of the Edward L. Palmer Psychology Award is Sarah E. McIlroy.
THE SIGMA XI NEUROSCIENCE RESEARCH AWARD
The Neuroscience Program recognizes the outstanding research achievements of a student conducting research in the neurosciences. This year the Sigma Xi Research Award in Neuroscience is awarded to Matthew A. De Niear for his dedication to excellence in neuroscientific research.
John D. and Catherine MacArthur Professorship: This chair is aimed at honoring a promising pre-tenure faculty member. A distinguished list of prior holders stretches from 1982 and includes Bill Mahony, Gail Gibson, John Swallow, Karen Hales and Fred Smith. Our current holder of this chair is Dr. Samuel Sanchez y Sanchez in the Spanish Department. Today, we add to this august group a fine teacher and scholar. Students flock to her classes and return predictably for other courses, advice, or simply the warmth of her personage. Faculty and administration turn repeatedly to her for committees and other tasks, knowing that her work will be done well and congenially. Join me in recognizing Maria Fackler, John D. and Catherine MacArthur Assistant Professor of English.
Malcolm Overstreet Partin Pre-Tenure Professorship: The inaugural holder of this chair has been Dr. Jane Mangan in history. Jane's contributions have been superb and include her leadership in developing our Latin American studies major. Today, we honor another gifted teacher with infectious enthusiasm. Only in her second year with us, she has made major strides in developing a coordinated program in another part of the world. With language, literature, and culture, as well as summer study and hopefully, next year, a semester program in Syria, our progress with Arabic language and Middle East studies has taken a quantum leap with her presence and commitment. Join me in recognizing Rebecca Joubin, Malcolm Overstreet Partin Assistant Professor of Arabic.
James Sprunt Professorship: Most recently Lauren Yoder and David Kaylor have held this professorship. We recognize another superb classroom teacher, one whose courses in classical political theory captivate students. Concurrently he is a scholar with a glowing reputation for his work. Books and articles relate to Greek tragedy and political philosophy, Homer and Socrates, and justice among nations. Beyond these amazing contributions, he has worked tirelessly, even when he was on a full-year sabbatical, as the highly effective adviser to the Truman Scholars Program, helping, in just four years, three of our students win this prestigious award. Davidson College is indeed fortunate to have a teacher-scholar of this caliber. Join me in congratulating Peter Ahrensdorf, James Sprunt Professor of Political Science.
James B. Duke International Studies Professorship: This professorship was given in the mid-1980s by The Duke Endowment to support our burgeoning Dean Rusk Program. After searching far and wide, the inaugural Duke Professor, Dennis Appleyard, was attracted from UNC Chapel Hill. Dennis' example of dedicated teaching, recognized scholarship, and commitment to global studies has now become the hallmark of this chair. For his successor, we did not need to seek "so far and wide." Within our midst we have a superb teacher of his discipline, as well as in our Humanities Program. In fact he was instrumental in developing the non-western Cultures and Civilizations tract of that program. He is a globally recognized scholar of Islam, with highly acclaimed books and articles. As for his commitment to global studies, he has led the Davidson-in-India program and has been a tireless advocate for Arabic and Middle East studies, including our forthcoming program in Syria. This chair represents a flagship-like commitment of Davidson College to global studies. Thus, we are pleased to name today, Jonathan Berkey as the James B. Duke Professor of History and Professor of International Studies.
Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK) is a national leadership honor society which recognizes students for leadership in campus or community service, social and religious activities, athletics, student government, journalism and the creative and performing arts. Juniors and seniors who have significantly contributed to campus life in one of these areas and who are ranked in the top 35% of their class are eligible for ODK membership.
2011/2012 OMICRON DELTA KAPPA MEMBERS
Lejla Agic '11*
Shirley Dokuaa Akrasih '12*
Rachel Elizabeth Andersen '11*
Michael James Blanchard '11*
Virginia Ann Boone '11*
Christina Rochelle Brown '11
Nicholas Daly Carney '11
Ryan Matthew Chiles '12*
Sarah Ralston Connette '11
Matthew Allen De Niear '11
Carter Christian Eggleston '11
Callan Marie Elswick '11*
Felix Peter Fabiny '11
Alison Lucile Farr '12*
Grace Ellie Fletcher '11
Linda Juliana Flynn '12*
Alanna Noel Ford '11
Alexandra Elizabeth Francis '11*
Alicia Marie Frank '11
Michael Robert Frongello '11
Anne Sydnor Gammon '11
William McKay Gilliland Jr '12*
Jacqueline Giyun Kim '11*
Sara Nicole Levintow '11*
William Logan Lewis '12*
Sarah Hart Little '11*
Jessica Cèline Malordy '11
Sarah Elizabeth McIlroy '11*
Michael James Mellody '11
Alexandra Fairfax Miller '11*
Claire Anne Naisby '12*
Hannah Grant Pommersheim '11
Faheem Hasan Rathore '12*
Alison Jane Rauh '11
Christopher Cowden Rayburn '11*
Paul Glenn Ream '12*
Katherine Virginia Richeson '11*
Jonathan David Springfield '11*
Alexis Valauri-Orton '12*
Louisa King Wall '11
William Boyce Whitesides '11*
Rebecca Jean Whitten '11*
Danielle Olivia Wright '12*
Margot Sarah Zipperstein '11
*2011 New Inductees
Faculty Secretary: Ernest Jeffries, Assistant Dean of Students
Faculty Inductee: David Wessner
Staff Inductee: Karen Soos
2011 ODK Community Award: Cristina Shaul
2011 ODK Staff Award: Marietta Bailey
2011 ODK Teaching Award: Jane Erin Mangan
2011 TEACHING AWARD: Dr. Jane Mangan
The 2011 recipient of the Omicron Delta Kappa Teaching Award is the type of professor that not only teaches her students but takes them on intellectual adventures. Her students describe her as "simply brilliant." Her passion and desire to share knowledge with her students are obvious, and her enthusiasm is infectious. She has, I am told, the incredible ability to bring to life subjects as seemingly obscure as 18th century Peruvian rebellions. An instrumental figure in organizing the Davidson in Peru program and in launching the new Latin American Studies major, she constantly encourages students to critically examine the past from the perspectives of both the marginalized and the powerful. For her dedication to teaching, and for her desire to cultivate knowledge within her students, Omicron Delta Kappa honors Dr. Jane Mangan with this year's Teaching Award.
2011 STAFF AWARD: Marietta Bailey
The 2011 recipient of the Omicron Delta Kappa Staff Award embodies the attitude of leadership, respect, and generosity that Davidson seeks to promote in all aspects of life. Described by students as "one of the most beautiful people" they have ever met, her stewardship of the sophomore apartments is characterized by compassion and unwavering affection for the individuals who live in her buildings. Residents know that she takes the time to learn the names and stories of every student, and that her ceaseless smile is capable of brightening anyone's day. In essence, as one student said, she is the "bomb-diggity." For her heartfelt dedication to her job and unwavering caring for her residents, we present the Omicron Delta Kappa Staff Award to Marietta Bailey.
2011 COMMUNITY AWARD: Cristina Shaul
The Omicron Delta Kappa Community Award recognizes a member outside the immediate college community who has made a significant impact on the Town of Davidson. This year's recipient has personal connections with a substantial portion of the broader Davidson community, and she uses that incredible networking ability to do great things for the Town and College. She has been extensively involved in numerous organizations and events, including the campaign to save the library, the Davidson College Women's Leadership Conference, Davidson Reads, the Davidson Elementary School, the Circle de Luz network, and as a mentor for Chidsey Fellows, to name just a few of her contributions. For her tireless service to the community and her warm enthusiasm, Omicron Delta Kappa honors Cristina Shaul with this year's Community Award.
STUDENT GOVERNMENT ASSOCIATION FACULTY AWARD
The Student Government Association Faculty Award is given annually to a member of the faculty who has proven to be an asset in the classroom, and who has also displayed a strong interest in the lives of students outside the classroom.
This professor has gone above and beyond the basics in her job description as a professor at this fine institution. Classes with her have been some of the most challenging yet most rewarding in the course catalogue. The rigor of her syllabi is only surpassed by her sense of humor and ability to captivate her classroom's attention. Even outside the classroom, she has demonstrated an ability to care for her advisees, and anyone else who wants to talk, just the same.
No matter what the issue is, she is always willing to meet with anyone who needs a listening ear and some wise words to ponder. Conversations with this professor always end up with the person walking out of the office with a smile and a good feeling. Many have come in contact with her and have realized that she continues to understand and sympathize with the everyday life of the college student.
The SGA wishes to thank Dr. Nancy Fairley for her tireless commitment and dedication to the lives of Davidson students by presenting her with the 2011 SGA Faculty Award.
STUDENT GOVERNMENT ASSOCIATION PRE-MAJOR FACULTYADVISING AWARD
The Student Government Association Pre-Major Faculty Advising Award is given to a faculty member currently serving as a Pre-Major adviser in recognition of outstanding dedication and guidance provided to their students.
A Pre-Major advisor has the unique task of greeting a group of incoming freshmen and helping them to navigate the intricacies of Web-Tree but, as in the case of this year's recipient, some faculty members go far beyond the job description and work to truly improve the college experience of the students who are lucky enough to be assigned as their advisees.
His genuine interest in the well being of his students and sound advice on topics inside and outside of the classroom help to distinguish this year's recipient. It has been said that any trip into his office can easily turn into a substantial discussion about politics, economics, student life, or just the general world at large. His door, and more importantly, his ear, is always open to his students.
One advisee noted that he was the first professor he met during orientation, and actually got him excited for the start of college classes and work, and definitely made him ready to send his parents home.
The recommendations he provides certainly help his students get the classes they want but, more importantly, they also help to enhance the overall experience at Davidson.
In recognition of his work, the SGA is proud to present the Pre-Major Faculty Advising Award for 2011 to Dr. Peter Hess.