President Drugovich with the 2017-18 Baker-Simpson Entrepreneurial Fellows at Honors Convocation 2017

Honors Convocation Tradition Continues at Hartwick College

May 4, 2017

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

Professor of History and Faculty Chair Dr. Cherilyn Lacy presented almost 100 awards for academic achievement in areas of study.

Five new Baker-Simpson Entrepreneurial Fellows were introduced, four Duffy Family Ambassador Fund Scholarship winners, and 13 students who participated in the Emerson International Internship Scholarship program were also highlighted.

Also, 29 students were named Andrew B. Saxton Undergraduate Fellows, 20 were listed as Faculty Scholars, 43 students were inducted into the Hartwick College Honor Society, and 50 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 275 previous John Christopher Hartwick Scholars as the 50th class of JCH awardees.

This distinction — the highest honor the College can confer upon a student — is based on academic achievement, leadership, and character. The JCH Scholars for 2017-18 are:

  • Ashley Connolly ’18 (Johnson City, NY)
  • Rachel Griffing ’18 (Oneonta, NY)
  • Alessandra Ricci ’18 (Millstone Township, NJ)
  • Meghan Shea ’18 (Saratoga Springs, NY)
  • John Talbot ’18 (Middlesex, NY)
  • Haixiang Xu ’18 (Brooklyn, NY)

The Winifred D. Wandersee Scholar-In-Residence Award was given to two professors: Professor of Political Science Dr. Laurel Elder, and Assistant Professor of English Jake Wolff. 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 History Dr. Edythe Ann Quinn. 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