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Commencement 2012


Award Recipients

The Philip J. Lee Honor Award
Kathryn Hamilton

Kathryn HamiltonThe 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 Heath, Ohio. She has completed a major in Sociolgy with a cumulative GPA of 3.91, and has been inducted into Phi Beta Kappa as well as Alpha Kappa Delta.

She was a member of the Ethics Bowl Team for three years, and Co-Captain of the Team for the last two years. She also has served as a Ford Apprentice Scholar and has co-written and presented a paper with her Ford sponsor, Dr. Michael Flaherty, at the Southern Sociological Society meeting this past March. Her score on the Major Field Test, a comprehensive exam in sociology developed by the Educational Testing Service, placed her above 98 percent of the 7,800 students who took the test.

She plans to attend law school in the Fall and thus far has been accepted by Stetson University College of Law and Capitol University Law School.

The 2012 Phillip J. Lee Honor Award Recipient is Kathryn Hamilton.

The James H. Robinson Award
John Celestin

John CelestinThe 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 Port Saint Lucie, Florida. Today he will be graduating with a major in political science. During his first year at Eckerd, he was recruited to become a Resident Advisor and, for the past two years, served with distinction as an Assistant Resident Coordinator in our Residence Life Program. His academic achievements earned him selection as a Ford Apprentice Scholar in his junior year. He is fluent in Haitian Creole, which is an important part of his family heritage.

Since 2008, he has volunteered at Academy Prep teaching students, editing the school newspaper, and coaching two athletic teams. In March, he completed a Spring Break service project focused on urban poverty in New York City and in the Fall he will begin a two year commitment teaching inner city youth in the Teach for America Program.

The 2012 James A. Robinson Award Recipient is John Celestin.

The Ronald Wilson Memorial Award
Rebecca F. Hutchinson

Rebecca HutchinsonThe 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 Gainesville, Florida and will graduate with a double major in Political Science and Spanish and a minor in Women and Gender Studies. She entered Eckerd College as part of the Honors Program and soon became involved in student government, assuming the role of Chief of Staff for the Eckerd College Organization of Students during her Sophomore year.

Our honoree served for two years as a Resident Advisor in our Residence Life Program and, for the past three years, was a member of the Eckerd College Ethics Bowl Team, rising to the role of team captain. She has served on numerous campus and student government committees including the steering committee for the College's Plight and Promise of Africa Initiative. She is a Ford Apprentice Scholar, has served as a Fellow for the Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida, and is a perennial name on the Dean's List at Eckerd College.

The 2012 Ronald Wilson Memorial Award recipient is Rebecca F. Hutchinson.

The Miller Award
Andrea M. Willingham

Andrea WillinghamThe 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 Odessa, Florida and graduates with a double major in environmental studies and anthropology. In addition to her commitment to community service, our honoree is an excellent student who has been the recipient of a Writing Excellence Award and whose grades in her major courses have consistently been in the upper 5% of each class.

A dedicated environmentalist, she has served as President of the Campus Sustainability Congress, which coordinates environmentally related clubs on campus and which played a key role in the establishment of our environmentally-themed residence hall. She has been instrumental in the founding and development of the Campus Community Vegetable Garden and remains one of its most ardent supporters. She also has worked tirelessly in our student-run campus recycling program. Off campus, she has volunteered with the Brooker Creek Preserve and completed a summer internship at Shaver's Creek Environmental Center in Pennsylvania. During this past Spring Break, she travelled to Iceland to do environmental service there.

The 2012 Miller Award Recipient is Andrea M. Willingham.

The Irving G. Foster Award
Aaron Coder

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

This year's recipient lives in Largo with his wife and three children. He is graduating with high honors with a double major in Creative Writing and Humanities. In recognition of his academic excellence he was selected to participate in the PEL Honors Scholars Program and at the Senior Awards ceremony where he received the PEL outstanding student award for Excellence in Humanities and Creative Writing. He has been a writing tutor for other PEL students and a member of the Academic Honors Council. After graduation he plans to attend graduate school to study English.

The 2012 Irving G. Foster Award Recipient is Aaron Coder.

The David and Blanche Colgan Memorial Prize
Linda Godwin

Linda GodwinThe 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 was born and raised in Macon Georgia but now lives in Tampa. She has two children, 18 grandchildren, and 5 great-grandchildren. After working as a Licensed Practical Nurse for 28 years she returned to school. Today she is graduating with a major in American Studies. She is dedicated to helping others and has a special interest in children's issues. She is in the process of becoming Guardian ad Litem and after graduation she plans to attend Nova Southeastern University and specialize in child protective services.

The recipient of the 2012 David and Blanche Colgan Memorial Prize is Linda Godwin.

The Robert A. Staub Distinguished Teacher Award
David Hastings

David HastingsThe 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.

The Robert A. Staub Distinguished Teacher Award is presented this year to Professor David Hastings.

For your use of innovative teaching strategies to capture the imagination of your students in the challenging and difficult field of Marine Science;

For challenging students to take seriously the ethical dimensions of the natural sciences;

 For your ability to wield a chainsaw on stage in your Quest for Meaning lecture in order to impress upon seniors the importance of preserving our natural environment;

For your ongoing research in the important area of marine geochemical indicators of global climate change;

For your unflagging support of student research in chemistry and marine science and your inclusion of students in your own research projects;

For your service on the thesis committees of over thirty students in the last ten years;

For your research on the impact of the BP oil spill on the Gulf of Mexico;

For your unstinting accessibility and availability to students and colleagues;

And for your sustained commitment to continuous improvement for yourself and for your colleagues in the art and craft of teaching,

Eckerd College presents The Robert A. Staub Distinguished Teacher Award to David W. Hastings, Professor of Marine Science and Chemistry.

The John Satterfield Outstanding Mentor Award
Anthony Brunello

Anthony BrunelloThe John Satterfield Outstanding Mentor Award is named in honor of a beloved member of the founding faculty. This award honors the special and vital role of the mentor in a student's life at Eckerd. The selection of the recipient is based on the impact on students the mentor has had in the areas of academic programming, career planning, and personal growth.

The John Satterfield Outstanding Mentor Award is presented this year to Professor Anthony Brunello.

For the deep appreciation of the liberal arts that you communicate to your students;

For your devotion to helping students focus on the primacy of academic pursuits in the College experience;

For your tireless insistence on the highest standards of ethics in the study and practice of political science and for sharing these noble ideals with students within and outside the classroom;

For your mentoring and support of student athletes;

For writing detailed, personal and thoughtful letters of recommendation for students seeking admission to graduate and professional programs;

For your continued guidance and support of students beyond graduation;

For your work with Eckerd faculty, helping them become better teachers and mentors;

For your relentless commitment to high expectations in mentoring;

And for your boundless energy and creativity in the use of humor in pursuit of excellence in mentoring,

Eckerd College presents The John Satterfield Outstanding Mentor Award to Anthony Brunello, Professor of Political Science.

Commencement 2012 Coverage

Commencement 2012 Coverage

Check out photos, remarks, honorary degree and award recipient information from Commencement 2012.

Commencement 2012

The Commencement of the Class of 2012 of Eckerd College

Sunday, May 20, 2012
8:00 a.m.

South Beach Field Eckerd College