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Community Honors Many for Contributions to MIT

By Brett Altschul
Associate News Editor

On May 14, members of theMITcommunity gathered in 10-250 to honor those who had committed outstanding achievements or who had made significant improvements to the Institute.

The awards, given annually by several different groups, recognize achievements in service, teaching, athletics, and other areas.

Chair of the Faculty, Lawrence S. Bacow '72, who presided over the awards ceremony and introduced the awards ceremony with hearty congratulations for all the recipients. He said that the award winners were important to MIT's success. "Our product is special," he said. "It takes a lot of people to do that."

The first awards presented were the William L. Stewart Jr. Awards, which recognize students and student groups for exceptional extracurricular activities during the year. The awards went to Ronald Cao G and Jacob J. Seid G for their work in attaching Chinese schools to the Internet, to Laura L. DePaoli '97, for her work as chair of the senior gift committee and president of the pan-Hellenic Association, to Areej Hassan '99 and Monisha M. Merhant '99 for increasing political awareness in the community, to Russell S. Light '98 for improving student accounts as Undergraduate Association Treasurer, to Carolyn E. Metzger '97 for improving Leadershape, to Jagruti S. Patel '97 for helping to develop the electronic Student Information System, to the Interfraternity Council for volunteer and diversity work, and to Keys for Empowering Youth for teaching science in the Cambridge public schools.

Several athletic awards were also presented at the convocation. The Harold J. Pettegrove Award for outstanding service to intramural athletics was presented to Reginald F. Paulding '97.

The Admiral Edward L. Cochrane Award and the Pewter Bowl Award are awarded to to male and female seniors who demonstrate leadership and inspiration in intercollegiate athletics. This year they went to Robert A. Cooper '97 and Sarah J. Davis '97.

The Betsy Schumacker Award goes to an undergraduate woman for excellence in athletic competition. Myong-Sin Yi '98, the women's national collegiate air pistol champion, who led both MIT women's pistol teams to national championships, received the award.

The Howard W. Johnson Award, for the male senior athlete of the year, went to Andres J. Villaquiran '97, a member of the soccer team. Director of Athletics Richard A. Hill, who presented the award, called Villaquiran an explosive and dangerous player. He also noted his stunning academic achievements: Villaquiran is graduating today with degrees in mechanical engineering, economics, and management.

The Malcom G. Kispert Awards, for the male and female senior scholar-athletes of the year, went to N. Katherine Merrilees '97 and Ben W. Leong '97.

The Interfraternity Council presented several awards. The James R. Killian Jr. Community Service Award for the Greek organization with the best community service program was awarded to Kappa Alpha Theta.

The Order of Omega New Member Education Award, for the fraternity with the best new member education program went to Phi Delta Theta.

The Reid Weedon '41 Alumni Relations Award for the IFC member organization with the best program for alumni relations was presented to Zeta Beta Tau.

Frederick Gardiner Fassett Jr. Awards, for the male and female IFC members who best exemplify the ideals of service and brotherhood went to Lisa Ho '97 of Kappa Alpha Theta and Joseph Lee '97 of Sigma Chi.

In addition, many professors were awarded for excellence in teaching. The Irwin Sizer Award for the most significant improvement in MIT education was presented to Holly B. Sweet and Lee D. Perlman PhD '89, lecturers in the Experimental Studies Group, for their seminar, Sex Roles and Relationships.

The Frank E. Perkins Award honors a professor for excellence in teaching and advising of graduate students. This year, Professors of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Kenneth N. Stevens ScD '52 and George C. Verghese shared the award.

The Graduate Student Council Teaching Awards are awarded to professors for excellence in teaching, particularly of graduate students. Despite the statement that the awards should go to professors, the awards were not given only to professors. They went to Visiting Associate Professor of Management Timothy Luerman, Enrique Elasca, William J. Butera G, and Craig Carter.

The Bose Award for Excellence in Teaching, which honors a professor in the school of engineering, went to Professor of Materials Science and Engineering Donald R. Sadoway. Presenting the award, Dean of Engineering Robert A. Brown cited a quote about Sadoway in the Course Evaluation Guide: "His lecture is art."

The Arthur C. Smith Award honors a MIT faculty member for contributions to undergraduate life. Before announcing the award recipient, Dean for Undergraduate Education Rosalind H. Williams called forward Smith, her predecessor, to acknowledge his contributions. The Smith award was presented to Professor of Materials Science and Engineering Kirk D. Kolenbrander for working to improve Leadershape.

The Kristen E. Finnegan Prize honors a graduate student whose efforts improved the writing of undergraduates was awarded to Edward W. Kohler G.

The Albert Hill Prize goes to minority juniors and seniors with high academic credentials and who have contributed to the quality of life for minorities at MIT. The prize was shared by Yessica E. Cabrera '97 and Novice M. Johnson '98.

The Laya W. Wiesner Award goes to an undergraduate woman who has enhanced MIT community life. It went to Shonna Hsiang Yin '97.

The Ronald E. McNair Scholarship Award goes to a black undergraduate with strong academic performance who has contributed to the minority community. The award was shared by Kevin J. Lee '97, Spencer L. Lewis '97, Torrance J. Moseley '98, and Derek A. Stevens '97.

The Association of MIT Alumnae Award honors a woman for outstanding academic achievement. Anna Lopatnikova '97 and Dicle Yesilleten '97 shared the award.

The Louis Sudler Prize in the Arts is presented to a graduating senior for demonstrated proficiency in some art form. The prize went to Grant Ho '97, a violinist.

The Goodwin Medal Awards recognize graduate students for conspicuously effective teaching. The recipients were Christopher A. Morse G and Adil Najam G.

The Laya and JeromeB. Wiesner Awards honor students or groups that excel in the arts. The awards went to Tara V. Perry '97, Solomon R. Douglas '97, and the Dance Troupe.

The Harold and Arlene Schnitzer Prize in the Visual Arts honor students for creating an outstanding body of work in the visual arts. The prize was shared by Fracisco J. Ortiz G, Benjamin C. Matteo '97, and Xingheng Wang '99.

The Gordon Y. Billard Award is presented to someone other than a student who performed special services of outstanding merit for the Institute. Two employees shared the award. Rolf R. Engler was honored for his efficiency and financial skill working in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning. Paul Thomas, from the Plasma Science and Fusion Center, was honored for his work in the public schools as "Mr. Magnet." In presenting the award President Charles M. Vest noted that Mr. Magnet's appearances were booked for the next three years.

The James N. Murphy Award honors an employee whose spirited contributions earned a place in the hearts of students. Arline Benford, an administrative assistant in the Department of Chemical Engineering, received the award.

The last awards given were the Karl Taylor Compton Prizes. They honor students for promoting citizenship and high standards in the MIT community. "It's sort of a lifetime achievement award for young lives," Williams said.

The awards were presented to Anthony J. Ives G and Douglas K. Wyatt G. Ives was selected for his work on reengineering, Leadershape, and for serving as president of Lamda Chi Alpha. Wyatt was cited for his work as president of the Association of Student Activities, as secretary of the UA Finance Board, and with Amnesty International.