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Commencement 2013

Commencement

Award Recipients

The Philip J. Lee Honor Award
Ryan Jarrett

Ryan JarrettThe Philip J. Lee Honor Award is presented to the senior student whose scholarly achievements have demonstrated both exceptional accomplishment and superior promise.

This year's recipient is from Gainesville, Florida, and will graduate with a double major in Economics and International Relations and Global Affairs. He was winner of the 2011-2012 Jack Bevan Memorial Scholarship and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa in 2013. He is a Ford Scholar, a member of the College's Ethics Bowl Team, President of the Eckerd College Chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha--the National Honor Society of Political Science, and has completed three Spring Break Service trips to Central America and the Caribbean.

The 2013 Phillip J. Lee Honor Award recipient is Ryan Jarrett.

The James H. Robinson Award
Brianna Dickinson

Brianna DickinsonThe James H. Robinson Award is presented to a senior student who has contributed significantly to the minority experience and to a fuller appreciation of cross-cultural values on campus.

This year's recipient is from Duluth, Georgia, and is graduating today with a major in International Relations and Global Affairs and a minor in Sociology.  She has served as an officer in the Afro-American Society, as coordinator for the Eckerd College Relay for Life Program, as an Eckerd College Admissions Tour Guide and Student Ambassador, and as an active member of the Young Democrats Club.

Upon graduation, she is relocating to Greece to be the Service Learning Fellow at Anatolia College.

The 2013 James A. Robinson Award recipient is Brianna Dickinson.

The Ronald Wilson Memorial Award
Maxine Tan

Maxine TanThe Ronald Wilson Memorial Award is presented to a senior student who has made a significant contribution to the College community through academics, student government, and other campus organizations.

This year's recipient is from Beijing, China and is graduating with a double major in Marine Science and Geosciences. She participated in the Freshman Research Program, is a Ford Scholar, and was elected to Sigma Xi, Omicron Delta Kappa, and Phi Beta Kappa. She has been a member of EC-SAR, a volunteer with St. Petersburg Science Festival and the Florida Marine Mammal Pathobiology Lab, a member of the Concert Choir, and played for the Women's Rugby Team. She will enter the Ph.D. program at Scripps Institution of Oceanography this fall.

The 2013 Ronald Wilson Memorial Award recipient is Maxine Tan.

The Miller Award
Deborah Hilbert

Deborah HilbertThe 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 Abilene, Texas, and is graduating with a double major in Biology and Environmental Studies.  She is the President of the Eckerd College Organic Community Garden and is the Resident Advisor of the Environmental House on campus.  Since 2009, she has been the Recycling Coordinator for the College. She has volunteered with the Tampa Bay Aquatic Preserve and has assisted in native plant restoration projects. She was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and is a Ford Scholar.

The 2013 Miller Award recipient is Deborah Hilbert.

The Irving G. Foster Award
Joelle Park

Joelle ParkThe 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 Tampa, Florida, and is graduating with high honors with a major in Business Management.  She is a member of the PEL Honors Scholars Program. A military veteran, she is currently an Operational Risk Officer at the Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation.  

She is an active volunteer for Feeding America Tampa Bay and the Veteran's Administration. This fall she will begin work on an MBA degree at the University of South Florida. 

The 2013 Irving G. Foster Award Recipient is Joelle Park.

The David and Blanche Colgan
Kimberley Claire Paczynski

Kimberley Claire PaczynskiThe 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 from Clearwater, Florida.  She is graduating today with high honors with a major in American Studies.   As she worked toward the completion of her degree, she also cared for family members with health challenges and raised five children.

She is currently the Ministry Coordinator at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Pinellas Park and plans to pursue a masters degree in education.

The recipient of the 2013 David and Blanche Colgan Memorial Prize is Kimberley Claire Paczynski.

The Robert A. Staub Distinguished Teacher Award
April Schwarzmueller

April SchwarzmuellerThe 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 April Schwarzmueller.

For your use of innovative teaching strategies to capture the imagination of your students in the field of Human Development;

For your calm and nurturing classroom manner that motivates students to meet the high standards you set for their academic achievement;

For your insight into child development and your willingness to teach your students, your colleagues, and our Board of Trustees about the characteristics of the millennial student;

For your ongoing research focused on innovative pedagogy in the teaching of Human Development and Psychology;

For your support and leadership of the College's chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the Zeta Chapter of Florida;

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 April Schwarzmueller, Associate Professor of Human Development.

The John Satterfield Outstanding Mentor Award
Catherine Griggs

Catherine GriggsThe 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 Catherine Griggs.

For your ability to inspire your students to become lifelong learners;

For your guidance and support of students that reaches far beyond graduation;

For your contagious passion for intellectual pursuits and the ability to inspire that passion in students;

For your ability to inspire students to reach farther, set more challenging goals for themselves, and to accomplish more than they thought possible;

For instilling in students the confidence they need to pursue their dreams;

For modeling the joys of the academic life in ways that have inspired a number of your students to become professors;

For your commitment to high expectations and your immense pride in your students' achievements;

For embodying the spirit of American grit through your an unstoppable determination to advocate for your students and the Program for Experienced Learners;

And for being, in the words of one of your students, "a stalwart ally and a superb mentor," Eckerd College presents The John Satterfield Outstanding Mentor Award to Catherine Griggs, Professor of American Studies.

Commencement 2013 Recap

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Commencement 2013

The Commencement of the Class of 2013 of Eckerd College
Sunday, May 19, 2013
8:00 a.m.

South Beach Field