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Award Recipients

Award Recipients

The Philip J. Lee Honor Award
Sarah Sieloff, recipient

The Philip J. Lee Honor Award is presented to the senior student whose scholarly achievements at Eckerd College have demonstrated both exceptional accomplishment and superior promise.

This year's recipient is from Snohomish , Washington. She will soon be an alumna of Eckerd College with a double major in International Relations and Global Affairs and Spanish, and a triple minor in Biology, Mathematics, and Women's and Gender Studies - a unique and impressive combination of the social sciences, natural sciences and humanities. During the last four years she maintained a 3.96 grade point average and achieved national academic recognition with a Truman Scholarship and a Fulbright Fellowship to Thailand.

She has written and presented a number of academic papers and publications, including "La Tierra del Olvido: Perspectives on Nicaragua and Development," presented at ASPEC in 2005 and "O Flower of Scotland: Scottish Women and Scottish Feminism," presented at a conference in Sherman, Texas in 2005.

Future goals include either a Masters of Public Health with a focus on epidemiology and international health, or a PhD in International Development.

This year's Phillip J. Lee Honor Award recipient is a woman of integrity and purpose. She hopes to apply her education to bring about public policy changes that can dramatically help the disadvantaged and poor. Her soul and spirit push her to a life of public service and commitment.

Her exceptional scholarly promise is certain to make her alma mater proud.

This year's Phillip J. Lee Honor Award Recipient is Sarah Sieloff.

The Irving G. Foster Award
Margaret Brandkamp Brown, recipient

The Irving G. Foster Award is given to a graduate of the Program for Experienced Learners who demonstrates excellence in overall academic achievement.

This year's recipient is a resident of Venice, Florida, and she will soon be an alumna of Eckerd College with a major in American Studies.

In recognition of her academic excellence she was selected for the first PEL Honors Program. This spring she was elected into the Phi Beta Kappa chapter at Eckerd College.

After graduation she plans to attend graduate school and pursue a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing.

This year's Irving G. Foster Award Recipient is Margaret Brandkamp Brown.

The James H. Robinson Award
Jeason Clayborn, recipient

The James H. Robinson Award is presented to the senior student who has by leadership and example contributed significantly to the minority experience at Eckerd College and to a fuller appreciation of cross-cultural values throughout the whole Eckerd community.

This year's recipient is from Shaker Heights, Ohio. He has excelled as a Biology major with a minor in Environmental Studies, and will be graduating with honors today.

Throughout his four years at Eckerd College, he has demonstrated a strong desire to make a difference on the campus of Eckerd College. He contributed significantly to the enrichment of the minority experience through his participation with the Office of Campus Activities and in his role as President of the Afro-American Society. Additional campus activities included Intramural Sports Student Supervisor, Autumn Term Activator, President of the Cross Country Club, and President of the Basketball Club.

This year's award recipient was instrumental in planning and implementing a number of cultural programs on campus, and he made great strides in bridging the programming gap between Eckerd students and APSEC. He also participated in various off-campus volunteer programs, including tutoring for elementary students.

This year's James A. Robinson Award Recipient is Jeason Clayborn.

The David and Blanche Colgan Memorial Prize
Derrick Lawun Bullard, Sr., recipient

The David and Blanche Colgan Memorial Prize is awarded to a graduate of the Program for Experienced Learners who has demonstrated extraordinary determination and perseverance in achieving a solid academic record and who exemplifies the spirit of life-long learning.

The award is provided through the generosity of Eckerd College trustee Mary Miller, a 1997 PEL graduate herself, in memory of her parents.

This year's recipient grew up in St. Petersburg, Florida, where he overcame many challenges and obstacles throughout his early years. Today he will be graduating with a major in Human Development.

Through his work at Sunshine Youth Services, many children and teenagers in the local community have benefited from his leadership and guidance. Through his perseverance, dedication and accomplishments, both personal and academic, he has been a source of inspiration and a role model to many of his peers.

His future plans include attending graduate school and continuing his work with underprivileged youth.

This year's David and Blanche Colgan Memorial Prize Recipient is Derrick Lawun Bullard, Sr.

The Ronald Wilson Memorial Award
Craig Altemose, recipient

The Ronald Wilson Memorial Award is presented to a senior student who has made a significant contribution to the total College community.

Through the Ronald Wilson Award, the College honors a valuable member of the Board of Trustees, now deceased.

This year's recipient is from Jacksonville, Florida via Morris Plains, New Jersey. He will soon be an alumnus with a major in International Relations and Global Affairs and a minor in Spanish, with a GPA of 4.0.

His record of campus leadership and overall contribution to the College is exemplary and unmatched by his peers. During his each of his four years here served on the Eckerd College Organization of Students - as student senator, Director of Financial Affairs, Vice-President, and this year as President.

A few examples of his leadership include his lead role in authoring the new ECOS constitution ratified by the student body in September 2005, opening up new channels of communication between ECOS and the Eckerd community, including a regular column in the Triton newspaper, and the establishment of a new "peer mentoring" program, linking up new first year honors students with upper class students during the fall semester.

Additionally, he "bridged the gap" between the student government and other departments on campus in institutionalizing new cabinet-level positions and establishing "Town Hall" meetings.

Other contributions include his role as co-president and founding member of the Alliance of Concerned Individuals, a student organization dedicated to raising awareness of key issues of social justice affecting the community, and a major role in the Eckerd College Honors Program, by organizing class discussions, field trips and service projects.

He was a finalist for the Florida College Student of the Year in 2005; he is a member of the Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Honor Society, Ford Scholar Program, and National Dean's List.

He participated in two international service projects: In the summer of 2004 he taught English to Burmese refugees in refugee camps in Thailand; in the summer of 2005 his service activities took him to Niños de La Luz in Venezuela where he completed manual labor for a Christian ranch that provided street children with shelters, food, education and clothing.

He also studied strategies for building international organization and international cooperation at the United Nations in both New York and Geneva , Switzerland .

This year's Ronald Wilson Memorial Award Recipient is Craig Altemose.

The Miller Award
Sarah L. Sieloff, recipient

The Miller Award is presented to the senior student whose life activities best exemplify the ideal of unselfish and public-spirited service to the community, off campus as well as on campus.

Through the Miller Award, the College honors two of its distinguished friends, Francis Pickers and Helen Hill Miller.

This year's recipient is from Snohomish , Washington . She will soon be an alumna of Eckerd College with a double major in International Relations and Global Affairs and Spanish, and a triple minor in Biology, Mathematics, and Women's and Gender Studies.

Throughout her four years here she has contributed greatly to the Eckerd College community and the wider off-campus community. She served as President and Organizer of the Eckerd College Women's Resource Center where she played a central role in arranging campus events such as Take Back the Night, the Dine and Discuss evenings and campus speakers. She also participated in the Eckerd College Model United Nations club, Ethics Bowl Team, Eckerd College and Pinellas County Young Democrats and the Eckerd College Write on! Club, and she was continuously active in a variety of programs with ASPEC.

A few examples of her off-campus activities include serving as a classroom assistant at Lakewood High School ; volunteering at Farmworkers Self-Help in Dade City , Florida ; traveling to England with the Eckerd College Handbell Choir as a musical ambassador; and volunteering for social work in Nicaragua with Maria Louisa Ortiz Women's Cooperative and Clinic in January of 2004.

And, if all of those things weren't enough, she also researched health issues for the Adolescent and Child Health Foundation, Inc. in St. Petersburg, drafted fundraising materials and managed two re-election campaigns for Washington State legislators, and as an accomplished pianist and dancer, she regularly shared her music with nursing home residents in both Washington State and Florida.

She is an amazing young woman, who during her years here at Eckerd, has made a profound difference to the community, both on campus and off campus, both to the local community and abroad.

This year's Miller Award Recipient is Sarah L. Sieloff.

Robert A. Staub Distinguished Teacher Award
Edward T. Grasso, recipient

For your consistently outstanding course evaluations;

For your success in eliciting positive responses from students in heavily quantitative courses such as Quantitative Methods in Management and Statistical Methods in Management and Economics;

For your careful attention in class to insuring that each individual student understands one step before you move on to the next;

For your commitment to fostering Management and Business Administration as majors with a liberal arts orientation;

For your effective mentoring of what is regularly one of the largest cohorts of student associates;

For your enthusiastic and effective participation in the general education program;

For your emphasis on the importance of service learning;

And for your intrepid leadership of study abroad programs to China, Japan, India, Southeast Asia, Morocco, London, and New York, which has earned you the well deserved nickname, "International Ed,"

Now, therefore, Eckerd College presents The Robert A. Staub Distinguished Teaching Award to Edward T. Grasso, Professor of Decision Sciences

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