Awards to be presented during ceremony today at Western Maryland


Academic, activity and leadership awards will be presented to members of the Class of 2001, faculty and alumni at 2 p.m. today at the annual Senior Investiture and Honors Convocation at Western Maryland College.

One of the top awards presented is the annual distinguished teaching award, which is chosen confidentially by WMC's juniors and seniors. Other awards include the Bates Prize for the most outstanding male graduating senior, the Mary Ward Lewis Prize for the most outstanding female graduating senior and the John A. Alexander Medal for the top senior athlete.

Each academic department also recognizes its top students with an endowed prize.

Alumni career and service achievement awards will be given by the WMC Board of Trustees to Philip L. Meredith, 1966; Mary K. Nevius-Maurer, '74, graduate degree '80; and Alleck A. Resnick, '47.

Meredith, who earned a doctorate in chemistry from Duke University, is director of chemical and biological sciences in DuPont Central Research and Development.

Meredith received the Enterprise Researchers of the Year Award from the Technology Council for Greater Philadelphia in 1993. At WMC, Meredith was a leading member of the Science Center Campaign Committee and chairman of the Founders Campaign Committee in 1998-1999.

Nevius-Maurer, a teacher at Westminster High School for nearly 28 years, was chosen by WMC students for the Distinguished High School Teacher Award in 1987 and was named Maryland's 1988 High School English Teacher of the Year by the Council of Teachers of English and Language Arts.

Her other honors include the 1991 Carroll County Chamber of Commerce Teacher Award, 1992 Carroll County Teacher of the Year, the 1994 College Board for Advanced Placement English Teacher of the Year, and selection to USA Today's All USA Teacher Team 2000.

Resnick came to WMC in 1941 but was called to active duty during World War II. After being captured in Germany, he survived in a POW camp. He returned to WMC and graduated in 1947.

While serving as the national president for the Zionist Organization of America, Resnick received the 1978 Brandeis Award, the group's highest honor. In 1979, he received the Prime Minister's Medal, the highest lay medal given by the Israeli government.

At WMC, Resnick served as national alumni president and fund chairman, and in 1977 earned the Alumnus of the Year Award. He was elected the college's first Jewish member of the Board of Trustees in 1972 and received an honorary degree of Doctor of Civil Law in 1981.

Also to be recognized at the convocation ceremony are students inducted into the following honor societies and organizations - Phi Beta Kappa; 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. Graduating members of the college's honors program also are to be recognized.

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