Humanities and Fine Arts Department Names Honorees at Awards Chapel

by Karen Handley

April 28, 2006

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Division II (The Humanities and Fine Arts) have announced the following awards given at a recent Student Honors, Awards, and Prizes Chapel held at the College.

The awards and their recipients are:

• Randolph H. Deer Prize for Outstanding and Continued Work in Art: Nicholas R. Bitting and James D. Gillespie

The Deer Prize is made possible by a gift from Randolph H. Deer. The prize is set up to reward and encourage art majors for exceptional work during their freshman and sophomore years. The recipients are selected by the Art Department faculty based on their achievements in the art department. The prize will be awarded in two installments: half before the junior year, and renewable before the senior year.

• Paul J. Husting Art Award: William E. Whited

The Husting Art Award is given annually to the art major who, in the judgment of the Art Department, has accomplished distinguished work in art. The award was established in 1983 in memory of Paul Husting, Class of 1937, by his daughters Betsy Husting and Suzanne Husting Phillips and friends of Paul Husting.

• McLain Prize in Classics: Peter A. Joslyn and Max T. Kinkead

The McLain Prize in Classics is awarded to the member of the senior class whose achievement in Greek and Latin or in the Classics has been the most distinguished. The prize honors the memory of Henry Zwingli McLain, a professor of Greek and Secretary of the Faculty, 1874-1907.

• Walter L. Fertig Prize in English: Martin T. Brown

The Walter L. Fertig Prize in English is given to a member of the senior class who, in the judgement of the English Department, has accomplished distinguished work in his study of English and American literature.

• Walter L. Fertig Prize in Freshman Writing: Royce V. Gregerson

The Fertig Prize in Freshman Writing is given for distinguished pieces of expository or creative writing nominated by the members of the faculty and judged by the English department. It is named in honor of Walter L. Fertig, long-time Milligan Professor of English Literature and chairman of the English Department.

• Ruth Margaret Farber Award in English: Joseph C. Cooper and Adam R. Hawkins

The Farber Award was created by John Farber, a 1915 Wabash graduate, in honor of his mother, the award goes to the member of the junior class who has shown the most promise as a student of English and American literature.

• Nicholas Harrison Essay Award: Christopher M. Woodside (1st) and Adam R. Hawkins (2nd)

The Harrison Essay Award is made each year from a fund established in 1944 by Mrs. Nancy E. Harrison in memory of her husband, Class of 1895. It is awarded to the students who submit the best essays in the field of American studies.

• Robert S. Edwards Award in Creative Writing: Clarence I. Shelton III

The Robert S. Edwards Award is given to one who demonstrates the greatest skill and originality in creative writing in a course offered by the English Department.

• Kudlaty Senior Spanish Award: Gregory M. Bercos

The Kudlaty Award was established to honor and extend Professor Jack Kudlaty’s life-long commitment to teaching and scholarship in Spanish language and literature and is given to the outstanding Spanish major at Wabash.

• Robert A. King German Prize: Lukasz T. Polisiakiewicz

The Robert King Prize is given to student of the graduating class who has an exceptionally fine record in German and who will continue his education after graduation from Wabash. The prize was established to honor the memory of Professor King, who as a teacher and registrar served the College from 1891 to 1919.

• J. Harry Cotton Philosophy Prize: Tyler J. Carr

The J. Harry Cotton Prize is given to the student judged by the department to have done the best work in philosophy during the year.

• John N. Mills Prize in Religion: Paul T. Prosinski (1st), Benjamin A. Cunningham (2nd), Patrick D. Millikan (2nd), and Adrian R. Starnes (2nd)

The Mills Prize is awarded to three students who have done excellent work in religion courses, including courses in the Bible, in the Department of Religion

• John N. Mills Fellowship in Religion: Philip W. Eubanks, Dane L. Fowler, Jacob W. Juncker, Travis E. Ross, Andrew J. Sargent, and Joseph R. Seger

The John N. Mills Fellowship, to be used for graduate study, is awarded to a senior who has done excellent work in the Department of Religion.

• Baldwin Prize in Oratory: Jeremy D. Burton (1st), James F. Stephens (2nd), Joshua W. Paul (3rd)

The Baldwin Oratorical Contest is held each year and the prizes are awarded to three students who "compose and pronounce the best orations."

• James E. Bingham Award: Aaron M. Cook and Jachary J. Mulholland

Given to distinguished seniors who will enroll in an A.B.A.-accredited law school for the next academic year.

• David W. Peck Medal: Andrew J. VanLandingham

The David W. Peck Medal is awarded each year to a senior to recognize "promise or eminence in the law.

• Daniels Prize in Constitutional Law: Kyle A. Cassidy

The Daniels Award is given to the student whose paper provides the most effective understanding and evaluation of the philosophical bases on which the Anglo American legal order is constructed. It was established in 1974 by Katherine D. Kane in memory of her father.

• Joseph O’Rourke, Jr. Award in Speech: David T. Fitzgerald

The O'Rourke, Jr. Prize was established by the family of long-time speech professor Joseph O'Rourke, Jr., the prize is awarded annually to the student with the best Senior Project in the Speech Department.

• William Nelson White Scholarship Award: Jacob G. Straub

The White Scholarship Award is given to a senior selected by the college on the basis of scholarship, personal integrity, and an understanding of the professional requirements of the practice of law.

• Ryan Champion Theater Performance Award: Denis S. Farr

The Theater Prize is given to the student who, in the judgment of the theater department staff, has shown exceptional merit in his onstage production work. The criteria for the award include energy and commitment to high standards throughout the rehearsal process, artistic growth and excellence in performance.

• Kloth Design and Technical Theater Award: Donald E. Claxon

The Kloth Award, presented to the Wabash student who, in the opinion of the Theater Department faculty and staff, has done outstanding work in the areas of scenic or costume design or technical theater.

• Erminie Leonardis Theater History Award: Sterling P. Carter

The Leonardis Theater History Award is presented to a student who, in the estimation of the Theater Department faculty, has done outstanding work in the study of theater history, dramatic literature or criticism.

• R. Robert Mitchum Glee Club Leadership Award: Christopher J. Jackson

The Mitchum Award is derived from the R. Robert Mitchum Glee Club Endowment. It was established by former glee club members in honor of the late director and is awarded to a member of the Glee Club who demonstrates outstanding leadership qualities.

• The Glee Club Senior Award: Christopher J. Jackson and Steven A. Zusack

The Glee Club Senior Award is presented to a student or students who has made the most valuable contribution of effort and talent to the group.

• Lewis Catuogno Piano Prize: Steven A. Zusack

The Louis Catuogno Prize in Piano, made possible by a gift from Mrs. Edward McLean in memory of her brother who was chairman of the Department of Piano at Texas Technological University at Lubbock, Texas, is awarded to that student who, in the estimation of the chair of the Music Department at Wabash College, demonstrates ability and appreciation of piano as a medium of musical expression.

The Student Honors, Awards, and Prizes Chapel is held every year at Wabash to honor students with awards and prizes for their outstanding work they have demonstrated throughout their college years.

Photo: Denis Farr, recipient of the Ryan Champion Theater Performance Award, with Champion's family. Farr is the first recipient of this award.


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