WMC students, faculty and alumni to be honored

April 19, 1993

Western Maryland College will hold its annual Senior Investiture and Honors Convocation to honor students, faculty and alumni May 2.

Academic, activity and leadership awards, as well as the the Distinguished Teaching Award, will be presented to members of the Class of 1993 and faculty at the 2 p.m. event in Baker Memorial Chapel.

The student awards and the Distinguished Teaching Award are confidential until the ceremony. Michael L. Razze, Class of 1993 president, will receive a black cap and gown and the baccalaureate hood in green and gold, symbols of academic achievement.

The college's board of trustees also has elected two alumni to receive Trustee Alumni Awards, which will be presented during the convocation. The recipients are:

* Michael C. Bird, a 1961 graduate who now is a Colorado state senator in his second term. In his 20-year career in Colorado politics, he has been a city councilman, vice mayor of Colorado Springs and a member of the state's House of Representatives. He also has been a professor of economics at Colorado College since 1968.

A former Fulbright Scholar who taught in Mexico and Peru in the late 1960s and early 1970s, Mr. Bird has received numerous honors as a community servant, including an award for his work in preserving Colorado parklands and accolades from the Colorado Veterans and the Colorado Union of Taxpayers for his legislative efforts.

* John A. Blackburn, a 1963 graduate, is dean of admissions at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. He formerly was director of admissions at Mary Baldwin College, and has been a consultant on higher education issues.

He also has been a member of the Scholastic Aptitude Test Committee of the College Board and State Department consultant on school projects in South America, the near East and southern Asia, and chairs the advisory committee on International Education for the College Board.

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