Honors Convocation Tradition Lives on at Hartwick College

May 9, 2013

Honors Convocation 2013Hartwick College honored more than 170 students and faculty members yesterday evening during the College's annual Honors Convocation ceremony in Lambros Arena, Binder Physical Education Center. President Dr. Margaret L. Drugovich and members of the Hartwick College community gathered to honor and congratulate the recipients of awards granted by academic departments and programs, as well as by several staff departments.

Each year, Honors Convocation at Hartwick College is held to recognize exceptional academic achievement; a celebration of excellence in scholarship. Drugovich opened this year's event by welcoming the faculty, staff, students, and families gathered to honor the 2013 recipients, who received awards for academic and scholarly contributions made to the College during the 2012-13 academic year.

"We are gathered to celebrate the significant scholarly achievements of Hartwick College students," she said. "Each student has distinguished themselves in the eyes of their professors and their mentors, not as ordinary, but extraordinary. Tonight, we come together to celebrate excellence."

Honors Convocation 2013Thirty students were inducted into the Hartwick College Honor Society, and 35 were recognized for successful completion of the Hartwick College Honors Program.

Among those honored during the evening were six John Christopher Hartwick Scholars, announced by Dr. Michael Tannenbaum, provost and vice president for academic affairs. These students join 303 previous John Christopher Hartwick Scholars as the 46th class of JCH inductees.

"This is one of my most favorite things I get to do all year in my role as the Provost at Hartwick College," said Tannenbaum of announcing the JCH award recipients.

Honors Convocation 2013This distinction - the highest honor the College can confer upon a student since 1967 - is based on academic achievement, leadership, and character. The JCH Scholars for 2013-14 are:

  • Brittany C. Aponte '14
  • Alyssa J. Galea '14
  • Elizabeth M. Greco '14
  • Megan M. Lefeber '14
  • Abigail J. Nelson '14
  • Jenna R. Rodrigues '14

The Winifred D. Wandersee Scholar-In-Residence Award was awarded to Dr. Sara Rinfret and Dr. Peter Wallace. This award is given in memory of Professor of History and Faculty Chair Dr. Win Wandersee, who cared deeply about both her students and her scholarship and who enjoyed a national reputation as a historian of women in the work force.

Honors Convocation 2013The prestigious Teacher-Scholar Award was presented to Professor of English Dr. David Cody. The award recognizes the tradition of the teacher-scholar "who enhances teaching through scholarship, research, or creative work, integrating the perspective of seeker and teacher, and demonstrates to students and colleagues the value and excitement of scholarly inquiry."

In closing the ceremony, Drugovich noted the students' passion, honor and courage surrounding their numerous achievements to date.

"Honor is yours today because you have demonstrated that you are more curious, more creative, and more critical of what others just accept," Drugovich told the students.  "You have unapologetically embraced your passion for learning. You have won our praise and the respect of those from whom you have learned so much. That, quite honestly, is the greatest honor of all."

For more information, visit the Hartwick College Honors Convocation website or contact Associate Dean and Director of U.S. Pluralism Programs Harry Bradshaw Matthews at 607-431-4428 or

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Hartwick College is a private liberal arts and sciences college of 1,500 students, located in Oneonta, NY, in the northern foothills of the Catskill Mountains. Hartwick's expansive curriculum emphasizes an experiential approach to the liberal arts. Through personalized teaching, collaborative research, a distinctive January Term, a wide range of internships, and vast study-abroad opportunities, Hartwick ensures that students are prepared for not just their first jobs, but for the world ahead. A Three-Year Bachelor's Degree Program and strong financial aid and scholarship offerings keep a Hartwick education affordable.

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