Western Md. College to hold honors convocation

April 28, 1995

The Senior Investiture and Honors Convocation, an annual ceremony honoring Western Maryland College students, faculty and alumni, will be at 2 p.m. Sunday in Baker Memorial Chapel.

Academic, activity and leadership awards and the Distinguished Teaching Award will be presented to members of the Class of 1995 and faculty. The student awards and Distinguished Teaching Award will remain confidential until the ceremony.

The Western Maryland College Choir, under the direction of Margaret Boudreaux, associate professor of music and chair of the Department of Music, will perform.

Donna Marlene Munson, president of the Class of 1995, will be presented with the symbol of academic achievement, the black cap and gown and the baccalaureate hood in WMC green and gold.

The college's board of trustees will present Trustee Alumni Awards to:

* Dr. Frank J. Lala Jr., M.Ed., 1980, of Torrance, Calif., a chemical dependency specialist, consultant, author and pioneer in providing counseling services for deaf and hard-of-hearing people suffering from substance abuse.

Author of the first and only book on deaf people's substance abuse, he has received numerous awards.

* R. Edward Schilling, B.A., '63, M.Ed. '66, of Westminster, retired last year after serving more than 30 years in public education, including a seven-year tenure as superintendent of Carroll County schools. During his tenure, Carroll County's 33 schools were ranked among the top performing schools by the Maryland School Performance Assessment Program, despite having one of the lowest per-pupil expenditures in the state.

* Dr. George H. Thomas, B.A., '59, of Columbia, is a biochemist and cytogeneticist who has been with Kennedy Krieger Institute since its opening in 1967 and is director of its genetic laboratory. His medical research at the institute helps physicians with diagnostic clues and explores the causes of developmental disabilities.

* Martin D. Tullai, B.A., '52; M.Ed., '59, is a history teacher and chairman of the history department at St. Paul's School for Boys in Brooklandville, Baltimore County. He was head football coach there for 41 years, accumulating a 209-126 career record while leading St. Paul's players to six Maryland Scholastic Association "C" Conference Championships, three Tri-County Championships and an undefeated season in 1970.

After the convocation, an induction ceremony will be held for new student members of the Western Maryland College chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the national honor society for leaders in the liberal arts.

Ellen Richmond Sauerbrey, '59, will be inducted as an honorary member of Phi Beta Kappa.

A reception will be held on the lawn adjacent to Baker Memorial Chapel after the ceremony.

Information: 857-2294.

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