During the ceremony, Scott Ness, class of 2001, presented the 2008 Alumni Association Award for Distinguished Teaching to Barbara Kaiser, associate professor of religion. 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.
Lauren Bryant was named Alma Mater, an honor bestowed upon a junior woman on the basis of character and integrity, service to the community, concern for others and high standards of scholarship. Manny Lamarre was named Alma Lux, an honor bestowed upon a junior male student who possesses qualities of leadership, scholarship and service.
Emily Heidrich 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 Matesich. The award, named for Wittenberg's first woman graduate, recognizes a senior woman for outstanding contributions to the campus in the areas of performing or literary arts, athletics, co-curricular 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 Tommy Troyer. The award goes to a top student who is a positive force in academic, cultural and social aspects of the campus.
The Alpha Delta Pi Scholarship Award, created in 1990 by the Springfield Alumnae Association and Chi Chapter of Alpha Delta Pi sorority, recognizes two junior women, one Greek and one non-Greek, who best exemplify the characteristics consistent with the ideals and goals of the sorority. This year's recipients are Tracy Dohn (non-Greek) and Brittany Sterling (Greek).
The Global Awareness Award, instituted in 1992, recognizes seniors who contribute to greater global awareness within the Wittenberg University community. This year's recipient is Cristina Recalde.
Charles J. Ping Student Community Service Award is presented in recognition of outstanding leadership and ability to meet the needs of the community by working in partnership with members of the community. It recognizes the student's effort to create an organization to lead and to involve others. Ohio Campus Compact, a statewide membership organization that serves to promote community service initiatives at colleges and universities, sponsors this award. This year's recipient is Samantha L. Mohr.
Erica Strauss and Gregory Rhame were the recipients of the Martin Luther King Jr. Award for positive examples to members of the African American community and to the university.
Manny Lamarre received the Broadwell Chinn 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 Michael D. Anes, assistant professor of psychology.
Presidential Scholars, named for former presidents of Wittenberg, are the junior students having the top 12 grade point averages of their class. Those students are Andrea N. Ipjian, Daniel R. Marous, Marie L. Lenk, Alyssa M. Armstrong, Allison M. Scaia, Kara E. Guss, Erin M. Kapp, Rosel E. Spiker, Sarah A. Overshiner, Kraig W. Reiber, Brian E. Moore and James M. Lewis.
Written By: Christi Lue '09
Photo By: Robert Gantt
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