ATHENS, Ohio (June 8, 2004) -- The Office of Nationally Competitive Awards (ONCA) held its annual Celebration and Appreciation Lunch on Thursday, May 27, at the Baker University Center Ballroom. The event not only recognized the student applicants and award recipients, but also applauded the faculty that contributed immensely to their successes. Three professors were awarded the Distinguished Service Award, designed to recognize faculty members who demonstrated remarkable dedication and generously contributed their time and energy to support the office and the students. This year, Thomas Carpenter and Lynne Lancaster of the Classics Department and David Williams of the Department of Political Science were named recipients of the award.
Thomas Carpenter mentored Mandy White, a 2004 recipient of the Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship in Humanistic Studies. He also served as a consultant for two other applicants: Jessica Benson - who won the prestigious Marshall and the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship and qualified as a state finalist for the Rhodes - and Sarah Miller, a Gates-Cambridge and Marshall applicant. Carpenter, as well as Lancaster - who also worked with Miller and White - served on the mock interview committees for the Rhodes, Marshall, and Mellon Scholarships. David Williams, a member of the interview committees for the Rhodes and Marshall, also serves on the Truman Scholarship and Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Fellowship selection committees and assisted with the application of Alexander Furlong, a Truman applicant and recipient of a David L. Boren Undergraduate Scholarship.
In addition to the Distinguished Service Awards, ONCA also honored the 2004 Outstanding Department - Physics & Astronomy. The department put forth five applicants, including Benson and Jack Steiner, a two-year Goldwater Scholarship recipient. Overall, more than 10 members of the department were recognized as mentors, letter writers and consultants.
Both the Distinguished Service Awards and Outstanding Department will be honored on a plaque at ONCA's office in the Honors Tutorial College at the beginning of next year.
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Media Contact: Director of the Office of Nationally Competitive Awards Ann Brown, (740) 593-2725 or firstname.lastname@example.org