Denison University’s Academic Award Convocation is a crowning event of the academic year, second only to Commencement in the life of the college. Each April, the campus, including members of the Denison Board of Trustees, gathers to celebrate students and faculty and to highlight excellence in their work.
Left to right: Gary Baker, Lisa McDonnell, Karen Spierling, Mark Bryan, Hoda Yousef, Peter Kuhlman, Toni King, Margot Singer, Trey Proctor, Diana Mafe, Andrea Ziegert.
Faculty are recognized via Endowed Faculty Chairs, which are emblematic of the value Denison places on exceptional teaching, scholarship, and community service. Newly named faculty chairs include:
- Associate Professor of Theatre Mark Evans Bryan: The Jonathan R. Reynolds Distinguished Professorship in Theatre
- Associate Professor of Black Studies Toni King: The Richard Lucier Endowed Professorship
- Associate Professor of Chemistry Peter Kuhlman: The Wickenden Chair of Chemistry
- Associate Professor of English Diana Adesola Mafe: The James M. & Carolyn O. Gillingham Endowed Professorship
- Associate Professor of English Lisa McDonnell: The Dominick Consolo Endowed Professorship
- Associate Professor of History Trey Proctor: The William T. Utter/Clyde E. Williams, Jr. Endowed Professorship
- Associate Professor of History Karen Spierling: The John and Heath Faraci Endowed Professorship
- Associate Professor of History Hoda Yousef: The Suzanne B. & Theodore A. Bosler Endowed Faculty Fellowship
- Associate Professor of Economics Andrea Ziegert: The Julian H. Robertson Jr. Endowed Professorship
Gary Baker and Margot Singer received the Brickman and Bonar Teaching Excellence awards, respectively.
The Charles A. Brickman Teaching Excellence Award, which is given to members of the faculty who are master craftsmen in the profession and models of dedication to students and to student learning, was awarded to Professor of Modern Languages Gary Baker.
The Bonar Family Mentoring and Teaching Excellence Award, which recognizes exemplary mentoring and teaching by a Denison faculty member, was awarded to Associate Professor of English Margot Singer. Student inductees into Denison’s chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s most established honorary society, were recognized. Denison has been a member of Phi Beta Kappa for more than 100 years, since 1910.
Provost Kim Coplin with Provost’s Award Winners Elizabeth Postema, Jane Bright, Patrick Banner, and Madeline Van Winkle.
The Provost’s Academic Excellence Award recognizes those students with the highest academic achievement. This is the first year for these awards. The seniors who received this award are Patrick Banner, Jane Bright, Elizabeth Postema, and Madeline Van Winkle.
Left to right: (Dr. Joyce Meredith), Meaghan Wells, Elizabeth Jaffy, Madeline Van Winkle, Patrick Banner, Sarah Curtin, Angela Gloninger, Mitchell Tijerina, Claudia Canfield, Alexandria Seward, Samantha Price, Megan Lovely, RubatuAifa, Kimberly Gutierrez, Sarah Wilson.
Denison students who have been awarded major prestigious national and international academic awards and scholarships also were announced. These scholarships, including Fulbright, Gilman, Rhodes and Cambridge, provide opportunities for Denison students and graduates to work and study abroad. Awardees include:
- Chelsea Chen ’17: Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in Turkey
- Sarah Curtin ’18: Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in Germany
- Angela Gloninger ’18: Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in Taiwan
- Anthony Sernus ’17: Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in Columbia
- Mitchell Tijerina ’18: Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in Columbia
- Sarah Wilson ’20: Fulbright UK Summer Program at the American Institute for Foreign Study and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London
- Christian Angelos ’18, Alex Cardarelli ’18: Princeton in Asia Fellowship
- Patrick Banner ’18, and Madeline Van Winkle ’18: National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships
- Claudia Canfield ’18: Critical Language Scholarship in Urdu
- Alexandria Seward ’19, and Samantha Price ’20: Davis Projects for Peace 2018
- Megan Lovely ’19: Beinecke Scholarship
- Kimberley Gutierrez ’20: Fund for Education Abroad Scholarship
- Rubata Aifa ’18, Chris Baculima ’19, Asher Bergson-Gold ’19, Savannah Delgross ’19, Eizo Lang-Ezekiel ’19, Parker Geho ’19, Elizabeth Jaffy ’19, Julie Lam ’19, Nina Mercado ’19, Hamna Siddiqui ’19, Brandon Wafford ’19, and Meaghan Wells ’19: Benjamin Gilman Scholarships.
2018 President’s Medalists: (back row) Ben Burdick, Oliver Gladfelter, Haley Fiegel, President Adam Weinberg, (front row) Emily Farrow, Jennifer Fajardo, Kelsey Schwimmer, Dajia Dampeer.
Finally, a few very accomplished students are chosen as President’s Medalists. Each year, four to eight students are selected for the honor, which was established in 1985 to for academically exceptional students who also embody some combination of the following: service to the community, contribution to the arts, enlargement of the community’s global perspective, athletic fitness and achievement, and/or leadership ability and contribution to community discourse. This year’s recipients are Benjamin Patrick Burdick, Dajia Dampeer, Jennifer Indira Fajardo Ruiz, Emily Mae Farrow, Haley Lynn Fiegel, Oliver Luke Gladfelter, and Kelsey Lynn Schwimmer.