Thursday, September 5, 2013

Faculty, students honored during opening convocation

During opening convocation on Tuesday, the College paused to honor several faculty members and two students for outstanding achievements.

Mara Amster, an English professor, received the Gillie A. Larew Distinguished Teaching Award, which is named for a former student who returned to teach mathematics at the College for 46 years. This is the College’s oldest award for faculty.

Doug Shedd, the Catherine Ehrman Thoresen `23 and William E. Thoresen Professor of Biology, was honored with the Katherine Graves Davidson Award, which recognizes a member of the full-time faculty member who has been outstanding in bringing distinction to the College.

The Katherine Graves Davidson Scholarship award, which recognizes outstanding research, was awarded to Beth Schwartz, the Catherine E. and William E. Thoresen Chair in Social Sciences and assistant dean of the College. This award recognizes the importance of faculty research, scholarship, and achievement.

The Phi Beta Kappa Book Award is presented annually to the student with the highest grade point average following his or her sophomore year. This year, the award was given to two students with perfect grade point averages: Grace Gardiner ‘15 and Hart Gillespie ‘15.

Randolph President Bradley W. Bateman also took a moment to recognize Paula Wallace, associate dean of the College, who started her tenure at the College exactly 40 years ago. He credited Wallace with the development of the Randolph Plan, an advising program that guides students to the classes and co-curricular activities that will help them reach their goals. “It is in our advising that we truly offer something unique,” Bateman said.