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Commencement 2014


Award Recipients

The Philip J. Lee Honor Award
Rachel Feinberg

Rachel Feinberg

The 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 Atlanta, Georgia, and will graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. She is in the Honors Program, is a Ford Apprentice Scholar, and has been elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She has served as a peer mentor to first-year students, a statistics tutor, and a Student Ambassador.

For her senior honors thesis, she researched how the presence of cell phones in social situations influence human interaction and explored the ways in which human beings and electronics have co-evolved. This research attracted substantial media attention.

She is an exquisite writer, a gifted musician and songwriter, a remarkable photographer, and is fluent in French.

The 2014 Phillip J. Lee Honor Award recipient is Rachel Feinberg.

The James H. Robinson Award
Paul Jackson

Paul Jackson

The 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, from St. Petersburg, Florida, has greatly enriched the student experience at Eckerd College through his consistent involvement in student activities and student life programs.

Graduating with a major in Management and a minor in Visual Arts, he has served as a Resident Advisor, and as President of both the Afro American Society and the National Society of Leadership and Success.

Active in community service, he has volunteered with the Edible Peace Patch Project in local public schools.

The 2014 James A. Robinson Award recipient is Jonathan Paul Jackson.

The Ronald Wilson Memorial Award
Lillian Pearl Ellis

Lillian Pearl Ellis

The 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 Bishop Hill, Illinois, and graduates with a double major in Psychology and Biology. She has been involved in the Women’s Empowerment Society; served on the Women’s Resource Committee; founded a student sexual assault support group; and was a member of Eckerd College Homeless Outreach.

She presented at the National Association for Psychological Science Conference and completed internships at Harvard Medical School; Duke University; and Bradley University.

The 2014 Ronald Wilson Memorial Award recipient is Lillian Pearl Ellis.

The Miller Award
Hank Broege

Hank Broege

The 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 hails from Belmont, Massachusetts, and graduates with a double major in History and American Studies. He has participated in service projects in Tanzania, the Dominican Republic, Russia, Cambodia, Malawi, Thailand, Ecuador, Peru, Belize, and Guyana.

On campus, he has served as president of the Coalition for Community Justice and has been an officer in Student Voices for Planned Parenthood at Eckerd College. He also organized, through the Coalition, a tutorial program for housekeepers on campus preparing to take the GED exam.

The 2014 Miller Award recipient is Hank Broege.

The Irving G. Foster Award
Ronald Turner

Ronald Turner

The 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 Sarasota, Florida. He is graduating with high honors with a major in American Studies and as a member of the PEL Honors Scholars Program. He is a U.S. Army veteran and former congressional staff member.

He currently serves as chief of staff for the Sarasota County Supervisor of Elections and is pursuing a Master of Public Affairs through the University of Missouri’s Harry S. Truman School of Public Affairs.

The 2014 Irving G. Foster Award Recipient is Ronald Turner.

The David and Blanche Colgan Memorial Prize
Barbara Gaw

Barbara Gaw

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.

This year's recipient is originally from St. Louis, Missouri. Thirty years ago, she moved with her family to Florida. In 2007 she and her husband had to sell their family business because her progressive loss of sight prevented her from participating in the day-to-day business operations.

After evaluation and training provided by the Division of Blind Services, she began classes at Hillsborough Community College in 2008. Her husband passed away at the end of that same year. With the support of family and friends she was able to continue and graduate from Hillsborough Community College.

Today she is graduating with honors, majoring in Human Development. After graduation, she plans to attend the University of South Florida in the school for Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling.

Her goal is to become a counselor for others who became blind later in life as she did.

The recipient of the 2014 David and Blanche Colgan Memorial Prize is Barbara Gaw.

The Robert A. Staub Distinguished Teacher Award
Eileen Mikals-Adachi

Eileen Mikals-Adachi

The 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.

The Robert A. Staub Distinguished Teacher Award is presented this year to Professor Eileen Mikals-Adachi.

For sharing with your students and your colleagues your tremendous expertise in Japanese language, culture, and literature in ways that have enhanced the global dimension of an Eckerd College education;

For providing the vision for a strong and energetic Japanese program by redesigning the language courses, developing new courses in Japanese literature and culture, and offering countless independent study courses to students who wish to pursue the study of Japanese language at an advanced level;

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

For engaging students in scholarly and artistic endeavors outside of the classroom through the Japan Culture Club, the annual All-Campus Rice Ball Making event, and the "Thousand Origami Cranes for Peace" project;

For founding the College chapter of the Japanese National Honor Society;

For your Winter Term courses in Japan that immerses students in a transformative experience of Japanese language and culture;

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 Eileen Mikals-Adachi, Associate Professor of Japanese.

The John Satterfield Outstanding Mentor Award
Morris Shapero

Morris Shapero

The 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, one of the distinguishing marks of our institution.

The John Satterfield Outstanding Mentor Award is presented this year to Professor Morris Shapero.

For your warm, empathetic guidance and support of each one of the fifty or more students you mentor every year;

For your ability to inspire in your students a thirst to learn, motivating them to exceed their own expectations for themselves;

For modeling for your students a thoughtful, organized, and focused approach to planning a semester, an academic year, a four-year college program, or a successful career;

For extending your mentoring to students’ parents and grandparents, aunts and uncles, forging strong connections that help families provide our students the emotional support they need to succeed;

For continuing to provide our alumni the benefit of your advice and guidance, as well as hundreds of letters of recommendation, mentoring them for years after graduation;

For your support of the Hillel Jewish Students Organization, serving as an informal friend and mentor to the College’s Jewish students;

And for being, in the words of one of your students, "a wonderful mentor with such a big heart," Eckerd College presents The John Satterfield Outstanding Mentor Award to Morris Shapero, Assistant Professor of International Business.

Commencement 2014 Recap

Commencement 2014 Coverage
Photos, awards, remarks and more!

Raising of the Tent

Raising the Commencement tent for 2014, the largest of its kind in Florida.