Western Md. College honors faculty, alumni, students in Class of '96


Academic, activity and leadership awards were presented to members of the Class of 1996, faculty and alumni May 5 at the annual Senior Investiture and Honors Convocation at Western Maryland College.

Local honorees included art history Professor Julie Oeming Badiee of Westminster, who received the first Ira G. Zepp Distinguished Teaching Award for her inspired classroom work and dedication to her students.

Badiee, who joined the WMC faculty in 1978, teaches courses emphasizing Western and non-Western traditions. She has done extensive research in cataloging the college's art collections and is continuing international scholarship in non-Western art.

In 1992, her research produced an illustrated book on Bahai houses of worship, "An Earthly Paradise: Baha'i Houses of Worship Around the World." She has been a member of the Bahai faith since 1970.

Her analysis of 175 pieces of Egyptian, Greek and American Indian art in WMC collections was published last year. Badiee also has cataloged the Albert and Eva Blum collection of pre-Columbian and tribal art pieces on long-term loan to the college.

The award is named for emeritus faculty member Ira G. Zepp, who retired in 1994 after 31 years teaching in the department of religious studies. The award, established with a challenge grant from alumni, is dedicated to continuing the legacy of teaching established by professors such as Zepp, also of Westminster.

Career, service awards

Alumni career and service achievement awards were given by the WMC board of trustees to Lt. Gen. Otto John Guenther, a member of the Class of 1963, and Charles Eric Moore, Class of '71.

Guenther is director of information systems for the Army at the Pentagon. Moore is vice president of finance at Bell Atlantic Directory Services.

Also recognized at the convocation ceremony were students inducted into the following honor societies and organizations: Phi Beta Kappa, the paramount honor society in the United States; Who's Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities; Omicron Delta Kappa, a national honor society recognizing leadership qualities; and the Trumpeters, a local honor society honoring students dedicated to service.

Local award winners included:

Virgil Franklin Cain, Union Bridge, president of the Class of 1996 and son of Mr. and Mrs. Larry E. Cain, was presented with the symbol of academic achievement, the black cap and gown and the baccalaureate hood in WMC green and gold. Cain, also named to Who's Who, is a political science and history major.

Julie Renee Cox, Sykesville, earned the Steven Robert Wilson '75 Memorial Award and Faith Millard Medal. A biology major, she is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ronald C. Cox.

Alexander James Cruickshank, Union Bridge, earned the U.S. History Award and Phi Beta Kappa. He is a history and religious studies major.

Rebecca Rose Duex, Westminster, won the Lynn F. Gruber Medal, Phi Beta Kappa and Who's Who awards. A psychobiology major, she is the daughter of Steven and Kathryn Duex.

Sarah Anne Ensor, New Windsor, received the M. Louise Shipley Art Award of Excellence, Phi Beta Kappa and Who's Who. An art and biology major, she is the daughter of David and Nancy Ensor.

Eleni Isidoros Koutsouradis, Westminster, earned the Malcolm L. Meltzer Psychology Award and Phi Beta Kappa. She is a psychology major.

Kimberleigh Nichols, New Windsor, was given the Philip & Azalea Myers Award for creativity in English, the Class of 1938 Award for Excellence in Music and Phi Beta Kappa. An English and general music major, she is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles D. Nichols.

William Marshall Reigel, Eldersburg, earned the Hugh Barnette Speir Jr. Prize and Phi Beta Kappa. A history major, he is the son of Robert Reigel and Sharon Reigel.

Other local students inducted into Phi Beta Kappa were:

Blake Allen Beares, Sykesville, English major, son Allen and Susan Beares;

Sarah Katherine Belt, Westminster, sociology major, daughter of Sharon Templeton;

Cynthia Ann Bollinger, Westminster, English major, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Bollinger;

Qing Chen, Westminster, psychology major, daughter of Xiao Zhi and Liping Chen;

Gregory Todd Ford, Sykesville, psychology major, son of Gerald Ford;

Nancy Carol Huber, Westminster, English major.

Another local student inducted into Who's Who was Michelle Marie Zepp, Woodbine, music education major, daughter of Norman and Barbara Zepp.

Pub Date: 5/12/96

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