Brandon Bute greets Goldwater Scholarship winner Keith Hawkins at the ONCA reception
Photographer: George Mauzy
Beth Clodfelter (center) shares a laugh with scholarship applicants Stephanie Baker (left) and Regan Price (right)
Photographer: George Mauzy
May 30, 2011
By George Mauzy
The Office of Nationally Competitive Awards (ONCA) and the U.S. Fulbright Programs* recognized more than 200 students and faculty members who recently applied for nationally competitive awards at their annual Celebration and Appreciation Program and Reception on Thursday in the Baker University Center Theatre.
During the program, U.S. Fulbright Programs Director Beth Clodfelter called the names of all of the applicants and thanked them for their academic excellence.
She also recognized the faculty and staff who wrote recommendation letters, sat on scholarship committees or served as language evaluators for the students.
The Classics and World Religions was this year's recipient of the Outstanding Department/School Award for its assistance to applicants.
Faculty members Sarah Wyatt of Environmental and Plant Biology, Lois Vines of Modern Languages and Ryan Fogt of Geography were chosen as the Ann Campbell Brown Distinguished Service Awards winners during the luncheon. They were chosen for their dedication, commitment and service to the ONCA office and the students it serves.
The award, formerly called the Distinguished Service Award, was renamed this year for Brown, who retired two years ago after 25 years at the university and 10 years as ONCA director. In 1999, Brown became the first director of ONCA, which that inaugural year facilitated 18 student applications for national awards.
Executive Vice President and Provost Pam Benoit thanked the applicants for their hard work and gave special recognition to ONCA Director Brandon Bute and ONCA Administrative Associate Irene Weigly who are both leaving the office this summer.
Bute is moving to Indiana to pursue other career opportunities, while Weigly is retiring after more than 35 years of service at the University.
Bute thanked Weigly for her dedicated service during his two years as director.
"I couldn't have done the job without you," an emotional Bute told Weigly. "I thank you for your encouragement and support. You were my rock … you have earned a wonderful retirement."
Clodfelter thanked Bute for his outstanding leadership and recognized his role in the Young Scholars Program and the creation of the Eco and Science cafés.
"Brandon has done a tremendous job in his two years," Clodfelter said. "He brought a multitude of skills to bear in his job."
For more information about ONCA, visit www.onca.org or call 740-597-1632.