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The John Satterfield Mentor Award
September 5, 2007
The John Satterfield Mentor Award is named in honor of a beloved member of the founding faculty. The award is made possible by the generosity of a distinguished member of the College's Board of Trustees, P.N. "Bud" Risser and his wife Fran, whose concern for excellence in mentoring reflects their understanding of and commitment to the central role of that relationship in a student's life. The selection of the recipient is based on the impact the mentor has had in the areas of academic programming, career planning, and personal growth. The recipient receives a citation and a check.
I am very pleased to announce that the recipient in this the first year of the award is Professor of Psychology, Mark H. Davis.
For your ability to advise students effectively, whatever their ability, level of preparation or degree of motivation;
For giving generously and patiently of your time to meet with all those who seek your counsel;
For your skill in encouraging the anxious and uncertain to reach their full potential;
For your ability to combine insightful advice with respect for each person's individuality;
For consistently engaging students in your own research which, appropriately, focuses on empathy;
For producing an impressive series of graduates in psychology who have gone on to the nation's best graduate schools and now serve on other college and university faculties;
For maintaining continuing contact with your former advisees, many of whom testify to the transforming influence you have had on their lives;
And, for what one of your students summarized by writing, "I have always known Eckerd was special when it came to mentoring; that's why I chose it. Professor Davis has been encouraging when I presented an idea, patient when I've been clueless, and funny when things seem overwhelming. Everyone with a Ph.D. must be pretty knowledgeable, but there is a huge difference between professors that just want to pass on their knowledge, and those that want to help their students grow. Professor Davis is one of the latter."
Eckerd College presents the John Satterfield Mentor Award to Mark H. Davis, Professor of Psychology.