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Wake Forest presents Schoonmaker, Reinhardt and Waddill awards during Fall Convocation

October 12, 2006

Wake Forest University honored two faculty members and two alumni with awards during its Fall Convocation Oct. 12 in the university’s Wait Chapel. Leonard Pitts Jr., nationally syndicated columnist, delivered the convocation address.

Katy J. Harriger, professor of political science, was presented with the Donald O. Schoonmaker Faculty Award for Community Service. Harriger, who joined the faculty in 1985, was recognized for using service learning, deliberative democracy and civic engagement to teach political science at Wake Forest.

Harriger has been a member of numerous organizations including the Community Alliance for Education, the American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina, the North Carolina Civic Education Consortium and the North Carolina Political Science Association.

Page H. Laughlin, professor of art, was presented with the Jon Reinhardt Award for Distinguished Teaching. Laughlin, who joined the faculty in 1987, was nominated for the award by alumni. A former student who nominated Laughlin praised her for her ability to encourage students to embrace the diversity of a liberal arts education in order to enrich their artistic skills.

Wake Forest President Nathan O. Hatch presented two alumni with the
Marcellus E. Waddill Excellence in Teaching Award during convocation. The 2006
recipients, Blair Lambert of Dobson and Kristen Ring of Clemmons, each received a $20,000 award.

Lambert, a third-grade teacher at Mountain Park Elementary School in Dobson, was recognized on the primary level. She graduated from Wake Forest in 1994 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in studio art and earned a Master of Arts in Teaching degree from the College of Charleston in 2001.

When Lambert was nominated for the award, she was teaching third grade at the Benjamin Fox Elementary School in Belmont, Calif., where she taught a variety of subjects with a focus on arts integration. While at the school, she received arts-related grants to purchase materials for the school, directed district-wide art lessons for teachers and was a member of a team that designs educational plans for at-risk students.

Colleagues and parents praised Lambert for her ability to connect with students regardless of their learning styles or challenges. Lambert moved to Dobson in July 2006.

Ring, a high school teacher from Clemmons, was recognized on the secondary level. She graduated from Wake Forest in 1994 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and earned a Master of Arts in Education degree in 1998, also from Wake Forest.

Ring was nominated for the award while she was teaching at Mount Tabor High School in Winston-Salem. During her time at the school, Ring created a program targeting at-risk students in the ninth grade, started a literacy program for which more than 2,000 novels were donated and established a summer fitness program to improve self image and esteem for girls age 12 – 18.

Colleagues and parents praised Ring for her ability to recognize each student as an individual and her ability to engage reluctant readers in her literature classes. In the fall of 2006, Ring began teaching at Forsyth Country Day School. She is an English teacher and research coordinator for the Multisensory Academy of Practitioners (MAP) program, a new curriculum designed for students with language-based learning differences.

The Waddill Award is given annually to one elementary school and one secondary school teacher who are Wake Forest alumni. David Waddill of Rye, N.Y., established the award in 1994 to honor his father, Marcellus Waddill of Winston-Salem, who retired in 1997 after teaching mathematics at Wake Forest for 35 years.

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