Eckerd College Commencement
Award Recipients

Award Recipients

The Philip J. Lee Honor Award
Kelli Barr, recipient

Kelli BarrThe 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 Jacksonville, Florida. She has completed a major in Marine Science and is graduating Phi Beta Kappa. She plans to begin graduate studies in Environmental Philosophy this fall. She is a Ford Scholar; was the Galbraith Fellow for 2009, had the second highest GPA (3.84) among Marine Science seniors, and has served on the Eckerd College Ethics Bowl team for three years, two of which she served as co-captain.

This year's Phillip J. Lee Honor Award Recipient is Kelli Barr.

The James H. Robinson Award
Stacey Marie Burke, recipient

Stacey Marie  BurkeThe James H. Robinson Award is presented to the senior student who, by leadership and example, has 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 Hopewell Junction, New York. Today she will be graduating with a double major in Political Science and Modern Languages and a minor in International Relations.

She is the Director of Palmetto Productions, has served on this Student Activities Board for three years, is the secretary of the Afro-American Society, a Resident Advisor, and a member of the Multicultural Dance Club. She has raised awareness of the minority experience on campus through encouraging and challenging students to include cross-cultural and diversity programming within all student government clubs, activities, organizations, and events.

This year's James A. Robinson Award Recipient is Stacey Marie Burke.

The Ronald Wilson Memorial Award
Caitlin Meehan-Draper, recipient

Caitlin  Meehan-DraperThe Ronald Wilson Memorial Award is presented to a senior student who has made a significant contribution to the College community.

This year's recipient is from Tallahassee, Florida, and will soon be an alumna with a degree in literature and a minor in French.

She has maintained a 4.0 GPA in her senior year, she is in the Honors Program as well as a Ford Scholar, has been a teaching assistant, has been on the Dean's List for four years and was recently inducted into Phi Beta Kappa.

She has been a Student Ambassador, has been active in the Coalition for Community Justice, has been an organizer and fund-raiser for Kappa Karnival, and is Captain of the EC Dance Team.

She has been accepted into the Teach for America Program where she will be working in Alabama. Later she plans to pursue graduate studies in Southern Literature and culture.

The 2010 Ronald Wilson Memorial Award Recipient is Caitlin Meehan-Draper.

The Miller Award
Amber Robinson, recipient

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

This year's recipient is from St. Petersburg, Florida and graduates with a Bachelor of Arts in Literature.

She has served as a Resident Advisor, as Vice President of the Law Club, as Financial Advisor for the African-American Society, as a member of Amnesty International, and as a member of the Constitutional Regulations and Bylaws Committee of ECOS.

Last year she was news editor for The Triton, Section Editor for The Eckerd Review, and a member of the Eckerd Tennis Club, Model United Nations, the Eckerd Recycling Team, and the Multicultural Dance Club. She is currently involved in a year-long internship at a law firm.

She has served as a volunteer at the Florida Holocaust Museum where she is currently a tour guide and was awarded the Florida Holocaust Museum Anne Frank Humanitarian Award. In addition to all these endeavors, she has maintained an excellent academic record with a GPA of 3.89. She has been accepted to several law schools including Michigan State, Howard, and Georgetown and is looking forward to continuing her study of Constitutional Law.

This year's Miller Award Recipient is Amber Robinson.

The Irving G. Foster Award
Donna Knudsen, recipient

Donna KnudsenThe Irving G. Foster Award recognizes a graduate of the Program for Experienced Learners who demonstrates excellence in overall academic achievement.

This year's recipient is from St. Petersburg, where she lives with her husband Keith. She has two grown sons, Kyle and Drew. She is the Assistant Director of Graduate Studies at the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg, where she has worked for the past 20 years.

Graduating with high honors with a major in American Studies, she was selected for the PEL Honors Program and received a Senior Award for Excellence in American Studies.

In the fall she will begin a master's degree in American Studies at the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg.

This year's Irving G. Foster Award Recipient is Donna Knudsen.

The David and Blanche Colgan Memorial Prize
James Yanacheck, recipient

James YanacheckThe 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.

This year's recipient is graduating with high honors in Human Development. He moved to Florida in 1994 from Milwaukee and now lives in Seminole. He has been actively involved with his community, sharing information about resources available to families living with Alzheimer's patients.

He, his wife Penny and their son Spencer have opened their home to foster children and are now in the process of adopting five year old twins through the foster care system.

Following graduation he plans to continue his social service work related to Alzheimer's disease.

The recipient of the 2010 David and Blanche Colgan Memorial Prize is James Yanacheck.

The Robert A. Staub Distinguished Teacher Award
Barnet Hartston, recipient

Barnet HartstonThe Robert A. Staub Distinguished Teacher Award emphasizes the primary importance of teaching in the College, recognizes teaching excellence in an individual faculty member, and encourages the pursuit of teaching excellence by the faculty as a whole.

Selection of the recipient by the faculty is based upon the instructor's knowledge of the subject matter and ability to communicate and inspire student enthusiasm about the subject, develop student skills relevant to the subject, stimulate independent thinking and creative approaches, evaluate student progress and achievement, and respond to both individual and group needs and levels of preparation.

The award is made possible by the generosity of a distinguished former member of the College's Board of Trustees, Robert A. Staub, whose concern for excellence in teaching reflects his understanding of and commitment to the central role of faculty members in a liberal arts education.

The Robert A. Staub Distinguished Teacher Award is presented this year to Barnet Hartston.

For your use of innovative teaching strategies to foster student learning;

For your masterful lectures on world history, before and after Columbus;

For your insightful treatment of nineteenth and twentieth century German history;

For your skill in working with first year students and your leadership in strengthening the history major for advanced students;

For developing and offering history courses to meet the needs of other areas such as environmental studies, women and gender studies, and general education;

For being a teacher of teachers by serving as a valuable resource to colleagues working across discipline lines in Western Heritage in a Global Context;

And for your sustained commitment to continuous improvement by yourself and your colleagues in the art and craft of teaching, Eckerd College presents
The Robert A. Staub Distinguished Teacher Award to Barnet Hartston, Associate Professor of History.

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