Wilson College holds annual Academic Awards Banquet

June 26, 2008

Wilson College honored students and faculty at its annual Academic Awards Banquet held April 18 in Jensen Dining Hall.

Approximately 180 people attended the dinner, where Wilson's top scholars were recognized. In addition, three faculty members received the Donald F. Bletz Awards for Teaching Excellence. This year's Bletz award winners are:

·Senior Faculty Member - Dr. Edward Wells, associate professor and chair of the Environmental Studies Department. Wells, who lives in Chambersburg, joined the Wilson faculty in 1997.

·Junior Faculty Member - Dr. John Elia, assistant professor of philosophy. A resident of Chambersburg, Elia has been at Wilson since 2006.


·Adjunct Faculty Member - Nancy Walker, adjunct professor of dance, has been teaching at Wilson since 2003 and lives in Mercersburg.

Students, faculty and other members of the Wilson community can nominate faculty for the Bletz awards, which are usually given to two full-time faculty members and one adjunct member. A committee of faculty division heads, associate deans, student representatives and the dean of faculty choose the winners.

Criteria for receiving the teaching award includes: using effective, creative and/or innovative teaching techniques; staying up to date within the discipline; inspiring students; outstanding performance in a variety of teaching responsibilities, and participating in leadership activities related to teaching.

The following Chambersburg area students received awards at the banquet:

The Edward and Sarah Anderson Psychology Prize, which is awarded to a graduating senior for outstanding scholarship in the discipline of psychology, went to Alicia Knoll of Scotland.

The James Applegate Award, which is awarded to a student or students with an interest in and appreciation of drama and theater, was given to Kimberly Y. Allen of Chambersburg.

The Alice Martin Brumbaugh Award in Sociology, which is given to a female student who has entered the college at a non-traditional age and shows a special interest and/or outstanding promise in the field of sociology, was awarded to Tamika Fitzgerald of Chambersburg.

The Marel Harlow Cheng Memorial Prize, awarded to the student who has done well in international studies or who has made some noticeable contributions to international understanding, went to Aliyah Johnson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lars Johnson of Chambersburg, and Anna Grochowska of Greencastle.

Johnson also won the Virginia Dodd Cooper Prize, awarded to a junior or senior French student who has demonstrated excellence in French and in all of her academic work.

The Donna Gomer VMT Award, given to the VMT continuing education student who has the highest grade-point in VMT courses after completing at least 12 credits, was awarded to Julie Sibal of Hagerstown, Md.

The Dorle Haas Memorial Prize, awarded to a senior for outstanding service within the greater Chambersburg community, went to senior Sara Lewis, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Lewis of Smithsburg, Md.

The Margaret Strode Haines Award, which recognizes a student who possesses outstanding qualities of scholarship, interest in the humanities, and strength of mind, body and spirit, was awarded to Madeline Newell, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David Newell of Chambersburg.

The Josef Michael Kellinger German Award, given to a student who has demonstrated excellence in German or foreign language studies, was awarded to Samantha Winkler, daughter of Brenda Winkler of Chambersburg.

Winkler also was awarded the Catherine H. Sweeney Award, given to a student who makes outstanding volunteer contributions to the Fulton Center for Sustainable Living and who has a consistently strong academic record.

The Mary-Eleanor Maule Travel Grant for travel planned in support of a student's study in Spanish, given to a student selected by the dean of the college in consultation with the Spanish faculty, went to two students: Ashley Mudd, daughter of Shawn Sanders of Chambersburg; and Nikola Grafnetterova of Chambersburg.

The John D. Rose Award in Environmental Studies, given to an outstanding junior majoring in environmental studies or biology to fund a summer research project or internship, went to Monica F. Davies, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David Davies of Chambersburg.

Davies also received the E. Grace White Summer Scholarship, which is awarded to a senior whose major field is biology or biochemistry and who has demonstrated outstanding achievement and plans a career involving the biological sciences.

Grace Tyson Schlichter Award in Communications, which is given to a senior who has shown general academic excellence and outstanding promise for a career in a field of communications, was given to Kimberly Maske-Mertz of Chambersburg.

The Mary Beers Sheppard Prize, awarded to the member of the senior class who has shown the keenest understanding and appreciation of literature, was given to Ashley Barner, daughter of Paul and Eunice Barner of Shippensburg.

The Wilson College Education Award for outstanding achievement in academic studies and in professional preparation went to Christina L. Miller of Greencastle.

For more information, contact Wilson College Manager of Media Relations Cathy Mentzer at (717) 264-4141, Ext. 3178 or via email to

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