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Volume XXVm, NO. 7
Methodist College, Fayetteville, N.C. 28311
Students, Staff Receive Awards
by Caroline F. Keams
In a special ceremony on Apr. 11,
Methodist College presented awards to
22 students, one staff member, and one
The second annual Teaching Excel
lence and Campus Leadership Award
was presented to Ms. Carol L. Higy, as
sistant professor of physical education.
The award is funded by the Sears-
Roebuck Foundation and consists of a
personal award of $1,000 and an addi
tional $1,000 presented to the Science
Department in her name.
The Balaez-Ambrose Mathematics
Award was received by Nancy J. Phil
lips. The award was established by 1969
graduate James Loschiavo to honor Dr.
Ofelia M. Balaez and Mr. Robert B. Am
brose, Professors of Mathematics. It is
presented to the mathematics student
with the greatest academic potential.
The Charlotte Butler Music Award
was presented to Alice Freeman Cash-
well. This award is given to the out
standing upperclass music student at
Methodist College and honors the memo
ry of Mrs. Butler, a respected violinist
Carolyn Nichols received the Fred E.
Clark Memorial Science Service Award
which was established in 1984 to honor
Dr. Fred E. Clark, Dean of Academic Af
fairs and Professor of Biology. The
award is given to the student making the
greatest contribution to Science Depart
ment programs and activities.
Mary Nan Thompson was the recipi
ent of the Edna L. Contardi English
Award. It was established in 1970 by
students Charles G. Hartman, James T.
Gwyn, and Stephen A. Magnotta in hon
or of the former Professor of English and
is presented to the graduating English
major with the highest GPA in English.
The Pauline Longest Education
Award was received by Susan Jaeger.
Established in 1974 as the Student Edu-
cat'’>n Award, it was renamed in 1978 to
Y nor the original advisor to the Student
Education Association. It is presented to
a senior member of the SEA who has
contributed to the work of the chapter
and has demonstrated outstanding poten
tial as a teacher.
The Yolanda M. Cowley Spanish
Award was presented to Kimberly J. Rat
liff. The award was established in 1971
to honor Dr. Cowley, Professor of Span
ish and is presented to the Spanish stu
dent with the greatest academic poten
Michelle Mitchell received the
Methodist College President's ROTC
Award. This award is presented to the
cadet who has displayed the highest level
of leadership and military excellence
since entering ROTC.
The George and Lillian Miller His
tory Award was presented to Michael
Vaden. It was established by Methodist
College's first Dean of Women, who was
also a member of the History Depart
ment, and is presented to the history stu
dent with the greatest academic poten
The Mullen-Mansfield Memorial
Award was received by Patrick L. Beat
ty. This award was established by the
Military Science Department to honor
the late Col. William Mullen and Capt.
Clayton Mansfield. It is presented to the
graduating ROTC cadet who displays the
highest standards in unit leadership, aca
demic excellence, and Army summer
Tara Gretchen Matthews Averitte
was the recipient of the J. Elaine Porter
French Award. The award was estab
lished this year by Fred Epeley, Adjunct
Professor of Foreign Language and
Methodology to honor Mrs. Porter, Head
of the Department of Foreign Languages.
It is presented to the French student with
the greatest academic potential.
The Publisher's Award was present
ed to Caroline F. Keams. This award
was established in 1983 to honor a stu
dent demonstrating superior achievement
in collegiate journalism and is provided
by Mr. Ramon Yarborough, publisher of
The Fayetteville Observer-Times.
The Outstanding ROTC Cadet Par
ticipation Award was received by Curtis
Pollock. It was established by the Cape
Fear Chapter of the Retired Officers As
sociation in 1979 to honor a Basic or Ad
vanced cadet with an excellent academic
performance and excellent leadership po
Steven Deschamps received the Mil
itary Order of the World Wars Award.
This award is presented to a cadet in
good standing in all military and scholas
tic aspects who has indicated a strong de
sire to serve his or her country.
Curtis Taylor was the recipient of
the Reserve Officers Association Award.
It is presented to outstanding Military
Science IV's, Military Science Ill's, and
Basic Course cadets for leadership and
high aptitude for the military.
The Special Services in Support of
ROTC Award was presented to Ronnie
Richardson. The award is presented to a
Carol Higy accepts the Teaching Excellence Award.
student or staff member providing the
most support for ROTC.
The Gautam Award in Business Ad
ministration was received by Richard A.
Smith II. This award was established in
1978 by John Junius Grandefeld to honor
Dr. Sid Gautam and is given to the stu
dent manifesting the same dedicated in
terest and creativity in the field of fi
nance and investments as Dr. Gautam in
New Smoking Policy
To Be Implemented
Dawn Perkins was presented with
the Samuel J. Clark III Award in Ac
counting. It was established in 1990 by
Lynn G. Clark to honor Samuel J. Clark,
the Registrar, Director of Extension Ser
vices, and Director of Computing at
Methodist College. The award is given
to the most outstanding junior or senior
Accounting major as determined by a
See Awards, Page 2
The Methodist College faculty voted
at the end of the fall semester to prohibit
smoking in the public areas of all aca
demic buildings. Under the new policy,
smoking is allowed in faculty offices
only, with doors closed and windows
open, and is prohibited in the lobbies and
lounge areas of the Trustees' Building,
the Science Building, and the Fine Arts
Building, including the south lower-floor
lounge area in the Trustees' Building.
The new policy will protect the
health and comfort of non-smokers, par
ticularly those with allergies, asthma,
bronchitis, and other respiratory prob
lems, for whom tobacco smoke is a seri
ous irritant. Over 400,000 smokers died
last year from illnesses directly attributa
ble to smoking, and new studies have
found that an additional 50,000 individu
als die each year from the effects of pas
sive smoking, breathing the smoke from
the cigarettes, pipes, and cigars of others.
An increasing number of businesses,
industries, and retail shops and stores
now prohibit smoking, and the percent
age of Americans who smoke is now less
than 30%. The new policy will be en
forced beginning in the fall semester.
Methodist offers free smoking-cessation
classes under its Student, Faculty, and
Staff Assistance contract with the Cum
berland County Department of Mental
Health. Anyone interested in a class can
get further information from Kathy
Woltz in the Student Union.