DAVIDSON BLACK ALUMNI NETWORK AWARD:
This year there are four recipients of the Davidson Black Alumni Network Award:
The first recipient, a freshman from Baltimore Maryland, is an art major. This student is Davidson's third Romeare Bearden Art Scholar, and is very active in the Black Student Coalition serving on the Executive Board as Freshman Member At Large and SGA Representative. The first recipient of the Davidson Black Alumni Network Award is Meika Renee Fields.
The second recipient, a sophomore from Durham, North Carolina, aspires to go into law. This student is a Davidson Scholar, and is very active in the Black Student Coalition and has served as a Peer Mentor, a Love of Learning Counselor Mentor, and serves as a student representative on the Lilly Foundation Grant Proposal Committee. The second recipient of the Davidson Black Alumni Network Award is Carla A. Bullock.
The third recipient, also a sophomore, is from Jacksonville, North Carolina. This student is a Bonner Scholar that has participated in several service trips out of the country, and is also very active in the Davidson Community as a member of the BSC Executive Board, and a Love of Learning Counselor Mentor. The third recipient of the Davidson Black Alumni Network Award is Andrea Nicole Mills.
The fourth recipient, a junior from Charlotte, North Carolina, aspires to work in the field of Public Health. A Bonner Scholar who has also participated in service trips abroad, this student serves as a Counselor Mentor for the Love of Learning Program, and is a participant in the Big Brother Program. This student is also a very talented athlete who was given All American Honors in 1998 and 1999. The fourth and final recipient of the Davidson Black Alumni Network Award is Boris "Bo" Henderson.
LEONA M. GOODELL MEMORIAL AWARD:
These scholarships encourage Davidson students to explore careers in public service by providing financial support for work in Washington as interns. This year's winners are outstanding students whose intellectual curiosity and seemingly unlimited energy bodes especially well for their upcoming Washington experience, as much as it enriches the lives of those around them. The 2000 Leona M. Goodell Scholarship Awards go to Brandt Arthur Leibe and Shelley Loram Conroy.
RAWLEY P. TURNER DRAMA AWARD:
The Rawley P. Turner Award for 2000 recognizes outstanding dramatic performances by two students, one male and one female, in Theatre Department productions during the academic year. This award goes to Iva Taylor for the role of Meg in "The Birthday Party", and to Matthew Moretz for the role of the Master of Ceremonies in "Cabaret".
JAMES BAKER WOODS III AWARD:
This year's recipients of the James Baker Woods Award have displayed themselves in ROTC, student affairs, and the community.
An English major from the Class of 2000, she is a three-year ROTC scholarship winner who has consistently performed to an outstanding level of leadership. She will be commissioned as a second lieutenant in the United States Army on May 20, 2000 and attend aviation officers basic camp in January of 2001.
A Biology major from the Class of 2000, he is a four-year ROTC scholarship winner who has consistently performed to an outstanding level in leadership. He will be commissioned as a second lieutenant in the United States Army on May 20, 2000 and attend aviation officers basic camp in January of 2001.
Because of their significant contributions to the ROTC program, Davidson College, and the community, this years recipients of the James Baker Woods III Award are Darisse Danielle Bowden and Kurt Alexander Yusi.
DEAN RUSK PROGRAM AWARD:
The Dean Rusk Program Award is presented annually to the student or students who have done the most to promote international awareness at Davidson. This year the award goes to two students.
The first is a senior who has been "Ms. International" throughout her four years at Davidson. She has been a crucial element of the Davidson International Association and is currently that organization's chair. This year she has been Vice President and Chair of Phi Beta Delta international honor society and co-chair of the Dean Rusk Program's Student Advisory Committee. She has consistently made room in her busy schedule to provide leadership for students interested in international affairs, implement international programs, and serve as an international spokesperson for Davidson College. This recipient is Zhenya Arutyunyan.
The second Dean Rusk award winner is a senior who has a consuming interest in things international, in terms of both intellect and action. His enthusiasm and leadership inspire others to take a similar interest. He has been a key member of the Dean Rusk Student Advisory Committee throughout his time at Davidson, and this year served as its co-chair. Tomorrow he will be among those inducted into Phi Beta Delta. Already possessing considerable international experience, he is on his way to a promising career in international financial policy. His name is Jay Scanlan.
C. SHAW SMITH AWARD:
The C. Shaw Smith Award, created by the generosity of John Huie, Class of '78, recognizes outstanding contributions to the College community through volunteer service at the College Union.
The recipient of this year's award jumped right in and began contributing at the Union as a freshman. In his first year as a Davidson Outdoors trip leader, he earned a trademark reputation as a highly skilled teacher and compassionate outdoor leader, who managed the nuts and bolts of trip organization with exacting thoroughness, yet always had time to connect with participants and inject humor and fun into the experience. He spent the summer before his sophomore year leading Odyssey crews, some of whom will always remember the midnight evacuation of a group of ill freshmen he led with ease, or the dramatic readings of the Lorax he would inspire his crews to perform.
During his junior year he joined the Union Board as Chair of Davidson Outdoors, and focused his energies on widening trip offerings and expanding the trainings available to trip leaders. His steady determination was responsible for securing funds to replace worn out equipment, and his infectious enthusiasm created the first Into the Woods Week, which continues to lure more students into involvement with Davidson Outdoors. In his four years at the Union he led more than 20 different trips or events, maintaining all the while his passion for building community on campus, using the small group format as his tool.
For your dedication to the Union, your vision for Davidson Outdoors, your passion for involving others, and your innovative leadership among your peers, we name you, Kurt Yusi, the recipient of the 2000 C. Shaw Smith Award.
CHARLES MALONE RICHARDS AWARD:
Established in memory of a long-time Davidson pastor and professor, the Charles Malone Richards Award goes to a rising senior ordinarily preparing for the ministry, who has made the most significant contribution to religious life in the College community.
The year 2000 recipient has been described as "sincere, gentle, kindhearted" and possesses a strong committed Christian faith. She has set an example on this campus of how to actively live out one's own religious convictions while at the same time being respectful of and open to those who express their faith differently.
She has been an active member of the Davidson College Gospel Choir and has served as a Love of Learning counselor-mentor.
As both a member and also the Chair of the Ecumenical Council, she has worked diligently to bring together people from a variety of religious traditions to find common ground in worship of God and service to others.
This student once remarked that being on the receiving end of service has inspired her to serve others, and she has approached all of the service she's done as a privilege, and as a chance to put her faith in God into actions that help God's children. As a Bonner Scholar, she has focused on work with the elderly, and she is currently Coordinator of the Big Brother/Big Sister Program.
For your faithfulness to God and to other people, and for all of your positive contributions to the religious life of Davidson College, we name you, REBECCA ESSAH, the recipient of the 2000 Charles Malone Richards Award
AGNES SENTELLE BROWN AWARD:
The Agnes Sentelle Brown Award goes to an upper class student, chosen for outstanding promise as indicated by character, personality and academic ability.
This year's recipient is given to an outstanding member of the Class of 2000. She has moved us with her exceptional voice-whether that is in an opera, with the Delilahs or in singing the national anthem before a sporting event. According to one classmate, you can hear her voice -- or laughter ---a mile away!
She is a varsity athlete and in the words of her swim coach, Rich DeSelm. . . "when she walks into a room, the whole mood of the place can immediately change. Her perspective and sense of humor make many of us wonder why we cannot all be a bit less intense and self-absorbed."
She exemplified her heart, soul, and ability to turn convictions into action this spring by heading up the "Operators Smile" fund-raising program. This wonderful event raised approximately $1000 towards this charity that will transform the appearance -- and life-- of needy children.
For your richness of character, infectious spirit, willingness to lead by example and many talents, we congratulate and honor you by naming you the 2000 Agnes Sentelle Brown Award Recipient -SUZANNAH BOZZONE
GEORGE GLADSTONE MEMORIAL AWARD:
Presented to a rising senior, the George Gladstone Memorial Award recognizes an individual exhibiting high potential for service to mankind as indicated by leadership, service and academic record.
The 2000 recipient wrote the following goal for herself at the beginning of her sophomore year: "I want to have taken advantage of all the opportunities offered. . . To give 100% of myself to others and to do so with a grateful, enthusiastic heart. I won't be able to serve until I have a servant's heart and mind --thus, I want to put selfishness and pride aside. . . actually do something with another person's best interest in mind, not my own."
The 2000 recipient has done just that. During a semester in Jerusalem, she organized a group of students to respond to the needs of earthquake victims in Turkey. From this experience and teaching art to children in Jerusalem, she developed a strong desire to eradicate hunger and raise the collective conscious towards these needs.
Upon her return to Davidson, she turned these convictions into action as co-chair of CROP. She helped organize the hunger and poverty week we recognize this week on campus and initiated a food salvage program on Patterson Court. She has done all of this while maintaining an outstanding academic record as a Religion major and a minor in Chemistry.
For your holistic and intentional efforts to help those in need, your integration of your academic interests with the life you live, and your mature yet modest leadership, we honor you and celebrate you as the 2000 recipient of the George Gladstone Memorial Award - CHRISTINE B. CHO
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. Again, use of the phrase "the best ever" is much too subjective, but the record book paints a portrait of a young man who may well be the finest wrestler in Davidson's history.
A two-time NCAA Division I national qualifier, he is the first wrestler to go to the national championships since 1969. He was runner-up in his weight class in the Southern Conference and placed third twice while being the first wrestler at Davidson to record 100 wins. A two-time All Southern Conference wrestler, this two year team captain was intermittently ranked among the top 25 in the country throughout the season.
A Biology major with plans to pursue graduate studies next year, our recipient spent last summer studying the black widow spider on campus, but only Dr. Grant would have been proud when he unleashed his subjects behind the dorm at the end of the experiment they understood there was no danger.
Please join me in recognizing the 2000 Tommy Peters award winner Ian Kaplan.
REBECCA E. 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. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate who later earned her Ph.D. in Chemistry, she 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 traits associated with this award. Her dedication to her sport has redefined the standard by which female athletic performance at Davidson will be measured. It's much too subjective to use the phrase "the best ever" when it comes to athletic achievement so let's just suggest that our winner may well be the best women's basketball player at Davidson since 1837.
A co-captain for three years, she was selected All-Southern Conference for three years and is Davidson's all-time career leader in points with 1510, steals with 368 and assists with 588. She is the first Davidson basketball player (male or female) and the first Southern Conference women's basketball player to score 1500 career points, to carry 500 career assists, to have 300 career steals and to make 500 career rebounds.
Her off-the-court involvement includes Habitat for Humanity projects, tutoring at Davidson Elementary School and working with our "Kids In Red" program, and I'm sure we can all agree she has made a lasting impression on our women's basketball program.
Unable to be with us today because she was invited to a closed tryout in Seattle with the WNBA, please join me in congratulating the 2000 Rebecca Stimson Award winner Jennifer Karyn O'Brien.
Yevgeniya Arutyunyan, Sarah Bagwell, Janice Baker, Sandra Bishop, Brenda Bondesen, Suzannah Bozzone, Ashley Brown, Benjamin Brown, Patton Burchett, Leslie Carbone, Robert Chandler, Elizabeth Clasen, Randy Culbertson, Allison Dolph, Virginia Dye, Stephanie Erickson, Karen Fritchie, John Frye, Benjamin Garrison, Scott Harper, Caitlin Haskell, Andrew Holbrook, Elizabeth Holt, Jennifer Howard Jane Hughes, Christian Hunt, William Isenhour, Rahul Karnik, Sarah Keith, Claire Lampp, Margaret Latterner, Christopher Lee, Nancy Livingston, Jennifer Lyon, Robert Magnussen, Michelle Markey, Katherine McKnight, Stephanie Morr, Laura Morriss, James Nolen, Kevin O'Connell, Joslyn Ogden, John Potter, Adair Prater, Christopher Pruitt, Rebecca Ross, Susan Schultz, Jennifer Scott, Jesse Smallwood, Amy Smith, Sebastian Sobczak, Jennifer Starr, Ashley Wagner, Christopher Walters, James White, Rachel Wolf, Mona Yasrebi
THE FOLLOWING STUDENTS HAVE ACCEPTED THE 2000 OELAND SCHOLARSHIPS FOR SUMMER LANGUAGE STUDY
MATRIKA DALE JOHNSON
KATHRYN ELIZABETH SCHILL
GRADUATE ASSISTANTSHIPS AND FELLOWSHIPS OFFERED TO CHEMISTRY MAJORS
STEVE JOHNSTON (graduate school in chemistry):
BRENDA BONDESEN (graduate school in chemistry):
ELENA SIMONE FRANKLIN, a graduate of the class of 1997, has been awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship. Elena is currently a graduate student in chemistry at Stanford University.
Boon Scholarship Fund:
Class of 1984 Class Gift Scholarship:
Class of 1986 Class Gift Scholarship:
Davidson Watson Alumni Scholarship:
Warner Hall Study/Travel Fund (Selected by Pre-Ministerial Committee):
Jack Perry Awards:
Charles Ratliff Endowment Scholarship:
Mary Lynn Richardson Award:
Virginia and Dean Rusk Award:
Smith-Richardson Fund for Security Studies:
The Phi Beta Delta Honor Society for International Scholars recognizes exceptional achievement in international studies. The Gamma Pi Chapter at Davidson College was founded in the spring of 1996. Student membership is open to qualified juniors and seniors. 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 on campus and in the community at large.
Lauren Baird, Ben Buxton, Laura Craver, Ann Culp, Allison Dolph, Whitney Frazier, Caitlin Haskell, Robert Heimburger, George Hild, Mariam Kamell, Gagan Khanna, Cana Kilicci, Na Mi Kim, Tran Kim, Nate Lotze, Ann Whitfield Mastin, Noel McFadden-Gerber, Rebecca McLaughlin, Katrina Miltich, Stephanie Mlynar, Nejib Mohammed, Sarah Ogden, Yuka Ohta, Derek Politzer, James Scanlan, Michael Schaefer, Susan Schuhart, Marie Sharp, Aleksandra Smidowicz, Erica Thorson, Shalini Unnikrishnan, Laura Waddle, Brent Wilson
SANDY BLACK MEMORIAL AWARD IN PREMEDICAL STUDIES:
This year's winner of the Sandy Black Memorial Award combines the qualities of maturity, introspection and brilliance that have characterized previous winners of this award. This biology major from Virginia has maintained a 3.9 GPA while participating in non-academic activities including Berkeley Primary Care Access Clinic, Davidson College varsity baseball (1998 and 1999 Pitcher of the Year) and work with the newspaper, "Declaration." He is described by people who know him well as conscientious, a leader, friendly to all and even- tempered. Because of your scholarship and your interest in helping people through a medical career, you, Wesley Self, are named this year's winner of the Sandy Black Memorial Award in Premedical Studies.
BREMER GERMAN LANGUAGE AWARD:
WILLIAM SCOTT BRYANT MEMORIAL AWARD:
These awards established in 1989 to honor the memory of William Scott Bryant, encourage and support the work in our nation's capital by outstanding Davidson students. This year's winners are distinguished by their enthusiasm for the study of politics and their commitment to explore career possibilities in public service. The 2000 Bryant Memorial Award winners are Na Mi Kim, Nejib Mohammed, and Fredric Joseph Bold.
TOM DAGGY BIOLOGY AWARD:
The recipient of this year's Tom Daggy award has been an active member of the biology department since he stepped onto the Davidson College campus. Along with being elected Tri-Beta, cleaning fish tanks and mouse cages, participating in Earth Day events, helping to organize the ACS sustainable campus meeting, trying to institute campus-wide recycling, working with Davidson's new Save-A-Stream chapter and cleaning countless test tubes, he has also designed independent research projects ranging from an internship in veterinary medicine to an honors thesis in which he developed novel assays for determining the effect of herbicides on algae growth.
It has been said by student and faculty alike, any time of the day or night, you'll find him working on something for the biology department. For his quiet leadership, outstanding service, and dedication to understanding and exploring the biological sciences, Nathaniel Cook is the recipient of the Tom Daggy Biology Award.
ALBERTA SMITH DEVANE RELIGION AWARD:
For this year's winner of the DeVane Award, scholarship in religious studies informs a passion for social justice, and this passion for social justice in turn gives meaning and purpose to her scholarship. Whether working with the homeless through Davidson's Room in the Inn or exploring how the homeless read the book of Genesis, whether helping to found the Griffith Street Coalition or exploring how the early church in Roman Africa ministered to its poor, she exhibits a constancy of vision, intelligence, and compassion in all that she does and thinks. This year's recipient of the Alberta Smith DeVane Award in Religion is Liz Clasen.
LE PRIX DE FRANÇAIS (FRENCH PRIZE):
Normally, the French Department awards one Le Prix de Français each year. However, this year, the department was unable to choose between two outstanding senior French majors. Therefore, we are awarding two prizes:
Our first recipient is a double major in French and English, a Baker Scholar who studied in Paris with Columbia University. Next year, she will pursue a Ph.D. in French at the University of Pennsylvania, which has awarded her the Benjamin Franklin fellowship that provides tuition and a $14,000 stipend per year. Her professors praise her elegant written French and her keen literary sensitivity. Our first awardee is Allison Kate Dolph.
Our second awardee has been an outstanding student in his French classes, and, in addition to the French major, has completed the rigorous requirements for the premedical program. He studied for a semester with Davidson's program in Tours, and performed superbly as "Le Professeur" in last fall's French play, Ionesco's La Lecon. His written and oral skills in French are exceptional. He will study medicine next year at the Medical University of South Carolina. Our second awardee is Christopher Morris Pruitt.
WILLIAM B. HIGHT, JR. TEACHING AWARD:
To teach effectively, a person must possess-among other things-knowledge, patience, caring, skill and commitment. The 2000 recipient of the William B. Hight, Jr. Teaching Award has these qualities and many more. She exhibits the characteristics necessary to become a true leader as an educator. It is with great pleasure that the Education Department presents the Hight Award to Katie Keller.
MUNDO HISPANICO (THE SPANISH AWARD):
This year there are two recipients of the Mundo Hispanico.
Anna Judy has consistently involved herself in the life of the Latino community of the Charlotte area in order to learn, share, and serve. Two of her commitments merit special attention. She has been a longtime volunteer interpreter at the free clinic serving the Hispanic community in Huntersville. Throughout the 1999-2000 academic year, she has worked as a volunteer at Tienda Monterrey, assisting the owner in all aspects in which she was needed through the owner's health crisis. Anna immersed herself in the life of the Hispanic community for which the store is a cultural gathering place and has interviewed many persons in her quest for a fuller understanding of their home cultures and experiences of the United States.
Mauricio Sauma has been an ever-present and active force of understanding among cultures. His dual love of Davidson College and of the rich cultures of Costa Rica and all of the Hispanic world have inspired him to be a bridge person who has done much to advance dialogue and positive relations on our campus. Mauricio, sometimes affectionately called "Mr. Davidson" by his fellow students, has had a vital role in the expansion of the Latino student presence on campus, serving with the Admissions Office as a liaison with prospective Latino students. His involvement in Discover Davidson and Decision Davidson has been significant. In addition, his work as a volunteer tutor and interpreter has further affirmed Davidson's ties with the Hispanic community of our area.
DOUGLAS HOUCHENS STUDIO ART AWARD:
Rob Harkey's enthusiasm knows no bounds, his optimistic and positive attitude never wanes, and his determination to master the most challenging creative task never fails. These wonderful traits are outmatched only by his never-ending cheerfulness and smile. This year's recipient of the Douglas Houchens Studio Art Award is Robert Martin Harkey.
Rob is studying in Florence, Italy this semester and is unable to accept this award in person.
DAVID HALBERT HOWARD, JR. CHEMISTRY AWARD:
The David Halbert Howard, Jr. Chemistry Award is given annually to a rising senior who has excelled in the study of chemistry and who shows promise of future service in chemistry or a related field. This year the award is presented to a junior who masters even the most difficult concepts of analytical, organic, and physical chemistry with apparent ease. For her overall excellence and for her unusual creativity in the study of chemistry, the David Halbert Howard, Jr. Award for 2000 is presented to Emily Ann Clark.
MAX JACKSON AWARD IN ART HISTORY:
"Where there is no vision the people will perish. . . " (Proverbs 29:18)
Even in her first year, it was clear that Sarah Moore would become an outstanding student in art history. Her intellectual maturity, passionate curiosity, disciplined approach to work, sense of the political and social responsibility of art, and her mastery of visual materials all attested to this. Her dynamic scholarship and presentations in French museums even enchanted other museum visitors who would stop in their tracks to hear her speak on subjects ranging from Paleolithic carvings to Gislebertus to Picasso. For these reasons, matched only by her genuine concern and many kindnesses for others, Sarah Archer Leigh Moore has been selected for the Max Jackson Award in Art History.
KENDRICK KELLEY AWARD IN HISTORY:
The Kelley Award in History is part of the Kendrick K. Kelley program in Historical Studies established by the family and friends of Ken Kelley, Class of 1963, who was killed in Vietnam in 1968. The award recognizes those qualities displayed by Ken Kelley: distinguished academic performance, self-effacing leadership, and personal integrity. It is given to a senior major who, as a participant in the Kelley honors seminar, has written an outstanding thesis and contributed significantly to the overall success of the class. This year the award goes to Ashley Elizabeth Brown.
THE KEISER PRIZE IN ENGLISH:
His Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet taught the torches to burn bright. When he leapt on stage, other actors, inspired by his energy, followed his lead. Whether describing Queen Mab- the fairies' midwife-ridiculing the "blind bow-boys' butt shaft," or cursing both houses with a plague-he owned the language as he owned the stage. The inaugural Keiser Prize is awarded to Justin Perkinson.
HENRY T. LILLY AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN ENGLISH:
In Italy in the early 1920s, in praising another literary worthy who left his mark without "heavy advertising," Ezra Pound wrote an essay entitled "Possibilities of Civilization: What the Small Town Can Do." Pound could have been talking about a son of Laurinburg, whose small town virtues have made him at home anywhere in the world, a welcome guest in a remote village in southwest China on his JYA or in the summer of 2000 in Ezra Pound's Brunnenburg Castle outside Dorf Tirol in Northern Italy. The English Department is honored to name Stuart Frye this year's recipient of the Henry T. Lilly Award.
WILLIAM G. MCGAVOCK MATHEMATICS AWARD:
Margaret Latterner represents the best of what it means to be a mathematics student at Davidson College. She is intelligent, curious, and personable. Ms. Latterner has the ability to understand abstract ideas and write and discuss them with clarity and insight. Because of her talent as student, tutor, and assistant, as well as her promise as a graduate student, the Department of Mathematics is proud to name Margaret Latterner as this year's recipient of the William G. McGavock Mathematics Award.
A. K. PHIFER AWARD IN ECONOMICS:
The Department of Economics is pleased to recognize Alex Ducharme and Gagan Khanna for their outstanding records of study by presenting them with the A. K. Phifer Award for 2000. (Alex is studying in China this semester.)
For outstanding achievement in and enthusiasm for the study of physics, for honors thesis work on Upconversion in Erbium-doped Sol-Gel Glasses, and for his Molecular Dynamics simulation which won the best student software award in the 1999 Computers in Science and Engineering software competition, the Physics Department presents the first Physics Department Award to James Hilton Nolen.
W. KENDRICK PRITCHETT AWARD IN CLASSICS:
For a senior classics major who exemplifies the qualities displayed by W. Kendrick Pritchett, Class of 1929; distinguished academic performance, personal integrity, and love of ancient literature, history, and archaeology. The 2000 W. Kendrick Pritchett Award in Classics goes to Claire Marie Lampp.
J. HARRIS PROCTOR AWARD IN POLITICAL SCIENCE:
For overall academic excellence and outstanding work in Political Science the J. Harris Proctor Award in Political Science for 2000 is presented to Leslie Ann Carbone.
RICHARD ROSS MEMORIAL MUSIC AWARD:
As a senior music major, this recipient has distinguished himself by becoming the only major who will have accomplished the exceptional task of completing three separate senior projects, with a senior recital, participation in the upcoming student composition recital, and the impending submission of a major paper. These activities are complemented by his role as concertmaster of the Davidson College Symphony Orchestra, his years of service in the Music Library, and his independent pursuit of a separate major in philosophy. The Music Department is honored to recognize Wesley Goldsberry with the 2000 Richard Ross Award in Music.
The Davidson Theatre Award honors a graduating senior who has made consistent and exceptional conrtibutions to Davidson's Theatre program over the past four years. This year the award goes to two students whose unselfish and tireless work, much of it behind the scenes, has been invaluable to productions on the mainstage, in the studio and in student-produced musicals. For his outstanding directing, producing and performance achievements the Theatre Department recognizes Chase Bringardner. For her consistently high level of performance in many mainstage productions as well as for backstage work as stage manager or assistant stage manager, the Theatre Department recognizes Iva Taylor.
PORTER VINSON CHEMISTRY AWARD:
The Porter Vinson Chemistry Award is given annually to a rising junior who has demonstrated unusual mastery of the field of chemistry and who exhibits significant promise for further study. This year the award is presented to a sophomore who has shown uncommon maturity in thinking about the application of chemistry to solving the world's energy needs. His summer research experience revealed a rare ability for synthesizing novel bioinorganic molecules for the capture and storage of solar energy. He has demonstrated his own personal energy by taking both organic chemistry and physical chemistry as a sophomore, even while faithfully participating in twice-a-day practices and meets as a long-distance swimmer. The recipient of the Porter Vinson Chemistry Award for 2000 is Steven Young Reece.
WILLIAM VINSON MATHEMATICS AWARD:
Will Herring is this year's recipient of the William D. Vinson Mathematics Award. Mr. Herring was chosen from an extremely strong and talented pool of sophomore mathematics majors. His substantial work in mathematics thus far has been notable for accuracy and thoroughness. Creativity and a sense of humor mark his approach to this work. It is with great pride and high expectations of Mr. Herring's future accomplishments that the Department of Mathematics makes this award.
DANIEL BLAIN WOODS AWARD:
The good doctor must not just excel in technical skills but must have a heart full of empathy for patients. This year's winner of the Daniel Blain Woods Award clearly has both. Her GPA of 3.8 reveals the extraordinary academic ability of this biology major from Indiana. Equally impressive are her hours shadowing physicians and working in an urgent care center, tutoring young children and serving as a gymnastics instructor. She has spread her intellect and kindness about the Davidson community. Because of your academic achievement, your sense of community, your compassion for humanity and your love of medicine, you, Carrie Smith, are named this year's winner of the Daniel Blain Woods Memorial Award in Premedical Studies.
WILLIAM GATEWOOD WORKMAN PSYCHOLOGY AWARD:
Each year since 1987, the Psychology Department of Davidson College selects from among its senior majors an individual who by virtue of extraordinary accomplishments of scholarship, character, and service, best represents the legacy of the late Professor William Gatewood Workman, pioneer of the department and pillar of the college for many years. There is no higher acknowledgement of excellence within the Psychology Department. This year the award winner has distinguished herself by her extraordinary academic achievement as well as by her service to department and college. The Psychology Department is pleased and proud to name as its 2000 recipient of the William Gatewood Workman Psychology Award, Travis Vernor Barton.
CHARLES LLOYD AWARD FOR NON-FICTION PROSE:
"I read the two pieces, Diversion of Flight and My Sister the Savior and felt myself instantly inside a life. There is a toughness of mind and language here. The writer brings to life the people that she loves, one of the most treacherous and challenging efforts one can undertake, and through them, illuminates herself for us. This is done through deft word choice, through a remarkable grasp of form and through a severe form of generosity that allows the reader compassion without pity."
R. WINDLEY HALL AWARD:
"Humor and lightness of touch may look like easily won qualities to the eye of the reader, but they are immensely difficult to achieve, even more difficult when the subjects-family, love, loneliness-are so profoundly important. In works like Indian Summer, 1981, Musings on Chess, Its predecessors and Descendants and Liliuokalani, this poet writes in a language of wit and spiritual dexterity about powerful experiences that too often overwhelm writers, force them back into cliché or quick sentiment. She does not fall into these traps. Her words made me smile, but never seemed to be trying."
VEREEN BELL MEMORIAL AWARD in Creative Writing:
Rebecca Hazelton, for "Swimming Lessons". Robert Olen Butler said of this entry: "brilliantly verbal, pitch-perfect, these are poems of a major league talent."
OMICRON DELTA KAPPA
Omicron Delta Kappa is a national leadership honor society which recognizes students for leadership in five major areas of campus life-campus and 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 or more of these areas and who rank in the top 35% of their class are eligible for membership. Inductees are selected by current members of the college chapter and are formally recognized here at Convocation. If you would please stand and remain standing until all the names are called. Also, please hold your applause until the end:
Suzannah Leigh Bozzone, Jenny Dolores Calhoun, Kelly Easter Carter, Julie Anne Chevalier, Ann Elizabeth Culp, Sarah Elizabeth Davis, John Alexander Dunwoody, Matthew Eric Ferguson, Wesley Howard Goldsberry, Jennifer Elizabeth C. Goodloe, Desirae N. Haylock, Elizabeth Harrod Holt, Jennifer Lauren Howard, Christian Mansfield Hunt, Mariam Janine Kamell, Sarah Kathryn Keith, Rebecca Jane Niemitz, Alexandra Obregon, Joslyn Eleanor Ogden, Megan Farrell Robb, Amy Marie Smith, Jennifer Suzanne Spears, Edwina Victoria Zant.
Michael Chapman Brady, Margaret Cartland Carolla, Benjamin Wesley Carter, Laura Beth Craver, Sarah Ashley Hart, James Taylor Herbert, Mia Leigh Hughes, Christine Elizabeth Larned, Hilary Ames Masell, Stephanie Michele Mlynar, Nejib Mohammed, Sarah Archer Leigh Moore, Matthew John Moretz, Andrew James Nash-Webber, Justin David Perkinson, Chad Weatherford Phillips, Derek Neal Politzer, Cameron Brown Richardson, Michael David Schaefer, Randall Robert Skattum, Erin Mikael Smith, Brent Austin Wilson, Kerry Elizabeth Sugrue, Laura Elizabeth Waddle, Ida Catherine Wainschel.
HONORARY FACULTY MEMBER SELECTED:
HONORARY STAFF MEMBER SELECTED:
2000 OMICRON DELTA KAPPA COMMUNITY AWARD:
The Omicron Delta Kappa Community Award grants students the opportunity to recognize someone outside of the immediate college community who has made significant contributions to the town of Davidson. This year's recipient has certainly done just that. He has been involved in organizing and leading mission trips to El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Haiti for several years. Locally, he has worked to promote affordable housing, has organized vigils opposing the death penalty, and has been involved in educating people both at the college and in the community regarding the destructive aspects of military spending. One colleague said of this year's recipient, "I would characterize him as a person of deep Christian convictions. He doesn't only talk about important issues, he lives them out, as exhibited by the fact that for several months last year he welcomed a person who was homeless to live in his home." A student adds, "He has been a blessing to Davidson College and the entire Davidson community. He has challenged me and numerous others to redefine our faith, to serve our communities, and to be leaders. He has challenged us, guided us, made us laugh, and given us the gift of his friendship."
In appreciation of his endless compassion for his fellow man and of his selfless devotion to those with whom he comes in contact both in his job and in his surrounding community, the Davidson Chapter of Omicron Delta Kappa would like to present Reverend Andy Baxter with the 2000 ODK Community Award.
2000 OMICRON DELTA KAPPA STAFF AWARD:
Staff members who work closely with students are often among the most influential persons in students' experiences at Davidson. Certainly this year's staff recipient of the ODK award has deeply impacted the lives of many students while simultaneously crossing boundaries at Davidson. One student described her as "a counselor, a guide, a teacher, and a friend." This student adds, "She's a student advocate and someone who is willing to take a risk and support it, even if it doesn't fit into Davidson's conservative appearance." Another student adds that this person has been a personal mentor in that "her enthusiasm, compassionate consideration for students with difficulties, her energy and the clarity of her educational programs provide the goal to which she will always aspire." Her instrumental involvement in activities such as the annual Health Fair, AIDS Awareness Day, the National Smoke-Out, Women's Month, as well as programs dealing with Depression and Eating Disorder Awareness, are just a few of the many causes she spearheads on campus.
For the care and concern with which you serve the student body, and the enormous difference you make in so many of our lives, ODK is proud to give this year's Omicron Delta Kappa Staff Award to Georgia Ringle.
2000 OMICRON DELTA KAPPA TEACHING AWARD:
Each year the members of Omicron Delta Kappa present an award to a member of the Davidson faculty for excellence in teaching. It is the student body's way of saying thank you for your commitment to us. This year's recipient of the ODK Teaching award is described as always enthusiastic, always patient, and always challenging. Moreover she shows a genuine interest in the lives of her students. One student wrote of this year's recipient "She has a fantastic ability to integrate the reader's personal experience, the author's background, a poem's tone, contemporary criticism and a lot of spunk. She teaches one to love not only the word, but also the craft and its motivation. She is a woman of southern charm, grace, and great tenacity."
Recently she has served the College as the Gender Studies Program Coordinator and as Chair of the Public Lectures Committee. Within her classes she brings a unique vitality and energy to her work. For example, in one of her recent freshman courses the class discussion somehow turned toward the sport of spelunking. Her students remarked that they had never been spelunking and were interested in going. From here this professor contacted Davidson Outdoors, and off they went. . . spelunking through caves. Such commitment and enthusiasm combined with a keen intellect and high academic expectations distinguish this professor as truly outstanding.
In honor of your dedication to the profession of teaching and to the success of your students at Davidson, in honor of your visible concern and compassion for others, and for your tireless commitment to the Davidson College community, Omicron Delta Kappa awards Dr. Elizabeth Mills with the 2000 ODK Teaching Award.