Western Maryland College students, faculty and alumni were honored during Sunday's annual Senior Investiture and Honors Convocation in Baker Memorial Chapel.
Academic, activity, and leadership awards, as well as the Distinguished Teaching Award, were presented to members of the Class of 1992 and faculty.
Ira G. Zepp Jr., Class of 1952, was named the college's Distinguished Teacher. This is the third time Zepp, a professor of religious studies, has won this award since joining the Western Maryland faculty in 1963.
"Scholar, teacher, moral influence and good friend -- Ira Zepp surely embodies what the ideal professor should be," President Robert H. Chambers said of Zepp, who is also a former Martin Luther King scholar and former Maryland Professor of the Year.
Zepp graduated from WMC in 1952 and was named the recipient of the Bates Prize for most outstanding male student. He continued his education at Drew Theological Seminary where he earned his divinity degree in 1956.
Also honored Sunday was Cheryl L. Dishon, president of the Class of 1992 and daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harley Dishon of Essex, Md. She was presented with the symbol of academic achievement, the black cap and gown and the baccalaureate hood.
In addition, these two alumni received honorary indoctrination into the college's chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the national honor society for the liberal arts:
* Barbara G. Ernst, Class of '77, is an attorney with the Washington law firm of Rothwell, Figg, Ernst & Kurz. After graduating summa cum laude from WMC, Ernst earned her law degree from the University of Maryland Law School.
* Nancy A. Speck, Class of '77, is assistant professor of biochemistry at the Dartmouth medical school in Hanover, N.H. After graduating cum laude with departmental honors in biology from Western Maryland, Speck earned her doctorate from Northwestern.