SPRINGFIELD, Ohio - Wittenberg University honored the achievements of students and faculty members at the annual Honors Convocation Friday, April 16 in Weaver Chapel. The convocation, held with faculty in full academic regalia, recognizes high achievement of students and faculty members in academic and co-curricular activities.
Daniel A. Fleisch, assistant professor of physics, has been selected to receive the 2004 Alumni Association Award for Distinguished Teaching. The award was established in 1960 and it is the highest recognition Wittenberg bestows on its faculty. It is accompanied by a stipend of $2,000. Candidates must have taught at Wittenberg for more than five years and are nominated by students, alumni, faculty and staff.
Ann Bixel of Bluffton was named Alma Mater, an honor bestowed upon a junior women on the basis of character and integrity, service to the community, concern for others and high standards of scholarship.
Jordan Copeland of Springfield was named Alma Lux, an honor bestowed upon a junior male student who possesses qualities of leadership, scholarship and service. Copeland was also awarded the Dr. Woodrow Wilson Prize for Excellence in Management.
Kimberly Knowle of Northwood received the Heimtraut Dietrich Award, which was established in 1981 to recognize the student who best emulates the spirit of the late associate dean of students' devotion to Wittenberg through faith and service.
The M. Alice Geiger Award was presented to Sarah Henrickson of Salem Va. The award, named for the first woman graduate, recognizes a senior woman for outstanding contributions to the Wittenberg campus in the areas of the performing or literary arts, athletics, cocurricular leadership, new programming, special academic pursuit or through special representation at any time during her college career.
The John F. Mitchell Award, honoring the senior man who best represents the liberal arts tradition at Wittenberg, was presented to Jeff Domingus of London, Ohio. The award goes to a top student who is a positive force in academic, cultural and social aspects of the campus.
Nancy A. Johnston of Dublin was awarded the Charles J. Ping Award, a new award designed to recognize and honor undergraduate students' outstanding leadership and contributions to community service or service-learning on their campus and within their community.
The Global Awareness Award, instituted in 1992, recognizes seniors who contributed to greater global awareness within the Wittenberg University community. This year's recipients are Caela B. O'Connell of Jessup, Md. And Kimberly Jackson of Pittsburgh, Pa.
Shaina M. Berry and Harold "Skip" Ivery, both of Columbus, Ohio, were the recipients of the Martin Luther King Jr. Award for positive examples to members of the African American community and to the university.
Aaron A. Davis of Springfield received the Broadwell Chin Award, named for one of the first African American students to enroll at Wittenberg in the 1870s. The award honors the student holding the highest grade-point average among African American juniors.
The Omicron Delta Kappa Award for outstanding teaching by a professor who has been on the faculty five years or less was presented to Carmiele V. Wilkerson, assistant professor of English and director of Africana Studies.
Presidential Scholars, named for former presidents of Wittenberg, are the junior students having the top 11 grade point averages of their class. Those students are Brittany Stevens, Wimberly, Texas; Coral Spicer, Springfield; Sarah Myers, Bethel Park, Pa.; Kari Wilson, Indianapolis, Ind.; Rebekah Van Drake, Fort Wayne, Ind.; Miranda Hoover, Schaumburg, Ill.; Melanie Barr, Reynoldsburg; Rachel Monroe, Lawrenceburg, Ind.; Emily Guhde, Highland Heights; Bonnie Egan, Cincinnati; and Laura Kinnaman, Noblesville, Ind.
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