McDaniel College schedules annual awards convocation

May 02, 2004

McDaniel College will present academic, activity and leadership awards to the Class of 2004, faculty and alumni at 2 p.m. today at the annual Senior Investiture and Honors Convocation.

The annual distinguished teaching award, the winner of which is not revealed until the ceremony, is one of the top awards presented.

Other awards whose winners are not named before the ceremony include the Bates Prize for the most outstanding male graduating senior, the Mary Ward Lewis Prize for the most outstanding female graduating senior, and the John A. Alexander Medal for the top senior athlete.

Each academic department also recognizes its top students with an endowed prize.

The board of trustees will give alumni career and service achievement awards to Walt Michael of New Windsor, a 1968 graduate who is a McDaniel artist in residence, a traditional musician and the artistic director of Common Ground on the Hill; to John E. Reynolds of St. Petersburg, Fla., a 1974 graduate and Eckerd College professor of marine science; and to M. Lee Rice of Winchester, Va., a 1948 graduate and business consultant.

Michael is the founder and the artistic and executive director of Common Ground on the Hill, a nonprofit arts and music center that offers courses, concerts and conversations geared toward finding peaceful solutions to cultural and inner conflicts through artistic traditions.

Besides teaching, Reynolds has been chairman of the U.S. Marine Mammal Commission since 1991. He also serves as adjunct research scientist for Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota, Fla. His research and teaching have resulted in numerous grants, publications, appointments and awards.

An innovator, leader and management guru, Rice is a scientist who holds several patents for his inventions and whose meteorological sounding rocket is displayed in the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington. His career started at Atlantic Research Corp., where he directed research in propellant systems, gun design and development, and weapon systems design, development, and production. Rice joined the college's board of trustees in 1980.

Also recognized at the convocation ceremony are graduating members of the college's four-year honors program, as well as students inducted into the following honor societies and organizations: Phi Beta Kappa honor society; Who's Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities; Omicron Delta Kappa, a national honor society recognizing leadership qualities; and the Trumpeters, a local honor society that recognizes students dedicated to service.

Student Government Assembly President Brian Martinenza will receive his hood during the ceremony as a symbol of the hoods that he and his classmates will wear when they receive their degrees.

McDaniel will graduate the Class of 2004 at the 134th commencement at 2 p.m. May 22.

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