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Western Maryland College welcomed students beginning the fall 1991 semester and recognized educators for their outstanding achievements during its annual fall Convocation Aug. 29 in Alumni Hall.

Faculty awards were presented by WMC President Robert H. Chambers, who -- along with Westminster Mayor W. Benjamin Brown -- gave welcoming remarks. Awards in the following categories were presented to:

* Tim Weinfeld, associate professor of dramatic art, a Faculty Creativity Award, for directing the world premier of Michael Elkins' play "Saddam" at the Fells Point Cabaret last May.

* Thomas G. Deveny, professor of foreign languages, a Scholarly Publication Award, forarticles published in Romance Languages Annual, Cuadernos de ALDEEU,Film/Latin Quarterly and the South Atlantic Review, as well as a chapter in the volume "Literatures of the Spanish Civil War."

* HenryB. Reiff, assistant professor of education, a Scholarly Publication Award, for articles in Research in Rural Education, Learning Disabilities: A Multidisciplinary Journal, Educational Considerations, College Student Journal and two articles in the Journal of Learning Disabilities. He also had a paper published in "American Council on Rural Special Education 1990 Conference Proceedings" and chapters in the volumes "Advancement in Special Education" and "Current Perspectives in Learning Disabilities: Nature, theory, and treatment."

* Carol A. Rouzer, assistant professor of chemistry, a Scholarly Publication Award, for two articles in the Journal of Biological Chemistry and articles in Nature, Biochemical Pharmacology, Journal of Medical Chemistry,Molecular Pharmacology, as well as book chapters and review articlesin "New Trends in Lipid Mediators," "Methods in Enzymology, and Lipoxygenases and their Products."

* Richard H. Smith Jr., professor of chemistry, a Scholarly Publication Award, for publications in the Journal of the American Chemical Society, three articles in the Journal of Organic Chemistry and one in the Journal of Medical Chemistry, as well as for a patent for the synthesis of 1-(2-Cholorethyl)-3-acyl-3-alkyltriaazenes.

* Theodore Evergates, professor of history, a Faculty Book Award for the publication of "The Cartulary and Charters of Notre Dame of Homblieres," published by the Medieval Academy of America in Cambridge, Mass.

* Martine Motard-Noar, assistant professor of French, a Faculty Book Award for the publication of "Les Fictions d'Helene Cixious: Une Autre Langue de Femme," published by the French Forum in Lexington, Ky.

* Katharine Munzer Rogers, visiting adjunct professor of history, a Faculty Book Award for the publication of "Frances Burney: The World of 'Female Difficulties,' " published by Harvester Wheatsheaf, N.Y.

The fall convocation is part of the college's annual orientation that gives new students (freshmen and transfers) insights into Western Maryland's academic expectations through an original colloquium. Students prepared for this year's colloquium, titled "Giving and Taking: Indigenous American Perspectives," by reading Tony Hillerman's "Listening Woman," a novel set on a Navajo reservation.

During orientation, students also joined in faculty-leddiscussion groups on topics relating to the "Giving and Taking" theme.

The 1992 academic year marks the 125th anniversary of continuous liberal arts education at WMC.

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