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May 27, 2009

Area residents receive humanities awards from Birmingham-Southern College

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—A number of Birmingham-Southern students were presented humanities awards by the college during the 2009 Honors Day Convocation. Listed alphabetically by hometown and award, they are:

ATLANTA, Ga.: Peter Starr – J. David Fraley Award, presented annually by the faculty of history to a senior history major whose has written the most distinguished paper for that year in the departmental senior seminar. Starr was also awarded the Sam Stayer Phi Alpha Theta Award, named for the BSC history professor who retired after more than 30 years of teaching and given annually to the graduating senior, regardless of major, who has demonstrated excellence in the study of history.

AUBURN: Chandler Barrett, a religion major – American Bible Society Award, presented to seniors who have done outstanding work in Biblical studies.

BATON ROUGE, La.: Clifton Byrd, a sophomore business administration major – Phi Sigma Iota Award for Study in French, named for the BSC chapter of the honorary, and presented to outstanding students at the intermediate level of foreign language study.

BIRMINGHAM Area:
Hoover/Vestavia: Caitlin Hartley, a senior religion major from Hoover – Wyness T. Saenger Travel Award, named for the late Methodist and educator, presented to a student preparing for service in the ministry of the United Methodist Church and includes $2,000 to be applied toward a tour of the Bible lands under leadership that will result in a Christian oriented educational experience.
North/East: Whitney Williams, a senior English major from Gardendale – English Award for Achievement in Literary Studies, presented for study of literature that exhibits both achievement and depth of understanding.
South: Susanna Miller of Mountain Brook, a senior international studies major – Dorothy C. Ward Scholar, presented by the modern foreign language faculty to recognize a student at the advanced level of language study who has shown special insight in understanding literature as an expression of culture and artistic genius and named for the late professor of German who taught at the college for nearly 40 years.

Shelby: Charles Peters, a senior English major – Richebourg Gaillard McWilliams English Award, named for the late English professor who taught at BSC more than 40 years, given for literary study that exhibits unusual personal engagement, industry, and intellectual growth.

CHILDERSBURG: Gregory Barrow, a religion major – American Bible Society Award, presented to seniors who have done outstanding work in Biblical studies.

CONYERS, Ga.: Kenton Myers, a sophomore undeclared major – Phi Sigma Iota Award for Study in Spanish, named for the BSC chapter of the honorary and presented to outstanding students at the intermediate level of foreign language study.

DECATUR: Zachary Guyse – The Henry C. Randall Scholarship, presented to a senior history major and created to honor the late Dr. Henry C. Randall, BSC professor emeritus of history, who taught at the college from 1957-89, by his former student and BSC alumnus Kenneth Ingram Jr.; and Carson Land, a senior English major – English Award for Achievement in Literary Studies, presented for study of literature that exhibits both achievement and depth of understanding.

FRANKLIN, Tenn.: Allison Herren, a junior art major – Fred B. Joyner Award, created in memory of the distinguished BSC history professor and alumnus by his wife and given to a junior or senior who has demonstrated superior performance in the study of history.

GRANT: Ellyn Sibley, an English major – Patricia Finley Watkins Scholarship, named after the Birmingham artist and writer who was active in literary and cultural life at BSC and presented to juniors or seniors who exhibit a strong desire and talent to become writers.

NEW MARKET: Ian Kelly, a freshman chemistry professional major – Phi Sigma Iota Award for Study in German, named for the BSC chapter of the honorary, and presented to outstanding students at the intermediate level of foreign language study.

NEW ORLEANS, La.: Leah Hermes, an English major – Patricia Finley Watkins Scholarship, named after the Birmingham artist and writer who was active in literary and cultural life at BSC, presented to juniors or seniors who exhibit a strong desire and talent to become writers.

THORSBY: Marc Parker, a senior philosophy major – Paul Franke Award in Philosophy, given for outstanding work in philosophy in memory of the life and work of the late Paul Franke, a 1955 graduate of BSC who taught philosophy at the college from 1968-96.

TONEY: Jeremy McNeill, a senior philosophy major – Paul Franke Award in Philosophy, given for outstanding work in philosophy in memory of the life and work of the late Paul Franke, a 1955 graduate of BSC who taught philosophy at the college from 1968-96.

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