Scene from 2016 Honors Convocation ceremony

Honors Convocation Tradition Continues at Hartwick College

May 10, 2016

Hartwick College recently honored more than 190 students and faculty members during the annual Honors Convocation ceremony in Lambros Arena, Binder Physical Education Center. President Margaret L. Drugovich, Faculty Chair Dr. Jason Antrosio and members of the Hartwick College community gathered for the celebration of excellence in scholarship, and congratulate the recipients of awards granted by academic departments and programs, as well as by several staff departments.

Thirty students were named as recipients of Andrew B. Saxton Undergraduate Fellowships, 34 were listed as Faculty Scholars, 34 students were inducted into the Hartwick College Honor Society, and 42 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 Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Michael G. Tannenbaum. These students join 269 previous John Christopher Hartwick Scholars as the 49th class of JCH inductees.

This distinction — the highest honor the College can confer upon a student — is based on academic achievement, leadership, and character. The JCH Scholars for 2016-17 are:

  • Lianna Aharon ’17 (Wakefield, RI)
  • Tristan Davis Fralick ’17 (Roseboom, NY)
  • Charlie Feher-Peiker ’17 (Denver, CO)
  • Jennifer McInerney ’17 (Rochester, NY)
  • Bailey O’Donnell ’17 (Roxbury, NY)
  • Kelsey Rasefske ’17 (Broadalbin, NY)

The Winifred D. Wandersee Scholar-In-Residence Award was given to two professors: Professor of Religious Studies Dr. C.W. (Sandy) Huntington, Jr. and Professor of Economics Dr. Laurence (Larry) Malone. 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.

The prestigious Teacher-Scholar Award was presented to Professor of Economics Dr. Carlena Ficano. 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.”

For more information, visit the Hartwick College Honors Convocation website or contact Dean of Student Success Robin Diana at 607-431-4892 or