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Wake Forest presents faculty, alumni awards during Fall Convocation


October 30, 2007

Wake Forest University honored two faculty members and two alumni with awards during its Fall Convocation Oct. 30 in Wait Chapel.  The annual recognitions were made prior to a keynote address by James H. Billington, the librarian of Congress.

Ellen Kirkman, professor of mathematics, received the 2007 Donald O. Schoonmaker Faculty Prize for Community Service in recognition of her commitment to the Wake Forest and Winston-Salem communities throughout her 32 years on the faculty.

Established in 1988 by the Wake Forest Alumni Council, the award is named in memory of the late Donald Schoonmaker, a political science professor who died in 1993.

Stewart Carter, professor of music and department chairman, received the Jon Reinhardt Award for Distinguished Teaching.

The Reinhardt Award was established in 1986 in memory of Jon Reinhardt, a political science professor at Wake Forest from 1964 until his death in 1984.  The award recognizes annually one faculty member who has had an enduring influence on his or her students.  Nominations are made by alumni who are celebrating the 10th anniversary of their graduation.  Carter’s former students recalled his approachability, patience, dedication and, above all, his sense of humor.

Wake Forest President Nathan O. Hatch presented the Marcellus E. Waddill Excellence in Teaching Award to alumni Sally Smith, of Greensboro, and Jared Rashford, of Woodstock, Ga.  Each receives $20,000 with the award.

Smith graduated from Wake Forest in 1975 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and received a Master of Education degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 1997.  She teaches sixth-grade language arts and social studies at Kernodle Middle School in Greensboro, where she has taught since 2000.  Colleagues and parents of her students noted Smith’s creativity and enthusiasm in the classroom, her ability to analyze and address each student’s individual needs, her willingness to work with parents and her leadership on the faculty.

Rashford earned a Master of Arts in Education degree at Wake Forest in 1999, Bachelor of Science degrees in biology and Spanish from Duke University in 1997 and is currently a doctoral candidate in science education at Georgia State University.  He teaches science and Spanish and serves as the chair of the gifted education program at Alpharetta High School in Georgia, where he has taught since 2004.  Colleagues and parents said Rashford’s innovative teaching style, positive rapport with students and commitment to after-school and volunteer activities make him an exceptional mentor and role model.

The Waddill Award is given annually to one elementary school teacher 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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Ellen Kirkman, professor of mathematics, is the winner of the Donald O. Schoonmaker Faculty Prize for Community Service.
Ellen Kirkman, professor of mathematics, is the winner of the Donald O. Schoonmaker Faculty Prize for Community Service.
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Dean of the College Deborah Best presents the Jon Reinhardt Award for Distinguished Teaching Stewart Carter, professor of music.
Dean of the College Deborah Best presents the Jon Reinhardt Award for Distinguished Teaching Stewart Carter, professor of music.
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 President Nathan O. Hatch presents the Marcellus Waddill Excellence in Teaching Award to Sally Smith.
President Nathan O. Hatch presents the Marcellus Waddill Excellence in Teaching Award to Sally Smith.
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Wake Forest President Nathan O. Hatch presents the Marcellus Waddill Excellence in Teaching Award to Jared Rashford.
Wake Forest President Nathan O. Hatch presents the Marcellus Waddill Excellence in Teaching Award to Jared Rashford.
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