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advising, and student life award recipients announced
Wells recognized outstanding contributions
made in teaching, advising, and student life by faculty and staff members
during the 1998-99 academic year through its annual awards presented this
Associate Professor of Political Science and Herbert J. Charles and Florence
Charles Faegre Professor of Political Science Tukumbi Lumumba-Kasongo is
the recipient of the 1999 Wells College Excellence in Teaching Medal. He
earned his B.A. from the Université Libre du Congo, his M.A. from
Harvard University, and a second master's degree and Ph.D. from the University
of Chicago. Professor Lumumba-Kasongo joined the faculty in 1993 and teaches
Politics of Developing Countries, Old and New Paradigms in World Politics,
and Approaches to International Relations, among other courses
The Excellence in Teaching Medal is
awarded to the instructor who exemplifies enthusiasm for teaching, is impartial
and willing to share time outside of class, encourages students to think
critically and act independently, and best embodies the spirit of a Wells
education in addition to having a strong command of a given field of study.
The recipient of this year's Academic
Advising Award is Assistant Professor of History Michael Groth. He joined
the Wells faculty in 1994 and earned his B.A. from Williams College and
his M.A. and Ph.D. from Binghamton University. Professor Groth teaches
Interpreting U.S. History, Topics in American Social History, and The African-American
Struggle for Human Rights, among other courses.
The intention of the Excellence in
Academic Advising Award is to recognize the fundamental importance of academic
advising to Wells students and to support the faculty in their advising
Erna Coon, assistant to the dean of
the college, received the Student Life Award. Before coming to Wells in
1991, she worked for 10 years as superintendent's secretary in the public
This award is given to the member of
the of the Wells staff, faculty, or administration who through her or his
enthusiasm and campus involvement has had an encouraging and positive influence
on student life.
president receives state award
President Lisa Marsh Ryerson has been
named a Woman of Distinction by the New York State Senate. Nominated by
Senator Michael F. Nozzolio, she will be recognized in a celebration in
the Legislative Office Building in Albany, New York, on Tuesday, May 25.
Senator Nozzolio said, "Lisa Ryerson
has not only set a positive example for our young people, her extensive
involvement in both the college and surrounding communities has made an
immeasurable impact on making the Finger Lakes Region a better place to
Launched last year, the Women of Distinction
program is designed to recognize women who make our community a better
place to live and set a positive example to young people.
students excel in math competition
"You really don't want to get out of
a burning building, do you?" was the title of a mathematics project which
earned an honorable mention for three Wells College students who competed
with 478 teams representing 229 colleges and universities from nine different
countries. The competition was sponsored by the Consortium for Mathematics
and its Applications (COMAP), and award recipients were announced in April.
The Wells team was made up of Thy An
Bui, a sophomore from Syracuse, New York; Jennifer Ellsworth, a sophomore
from Geneva, New York; and Siu Lan Zhang, a junior from Brooklyn, New York.
Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science Carol C. Shilepsky served
as the team's advisor.
Students selected one of three open-ended
modeling problems to research which required an optimal solution. The Wells
team chose to develop a linear optimization model of maximum room capacity
for deciding what number to post on a "maximum capacity" sign as being
the "lawful capacity." Students were asked to construct models considering
different room types and compare and contrast what might be done for a
variety of environments.
This was the 15th annual Mathematical
Contest in Modeling (MCM). COMAP's MCM is unique among modeling competitions
in that it is the only international contest in which students work in
teams to find a solution. Centering its educational philosophy on mathematical
modeling, COMAP uses mathematical tools to explore real-world problems.
Assistant to President Jimmy Carter and advocate for leadership by women
is Wells Commencement speaker
Nationally known attorney and spokesperson
on leadership and public issues Sarah Weddington will be the 1999 Commencement
speaker at Wells College. Her topic is women and leadership. Ceremonies
begin at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 22 outside Macmillan Hall on the Wells
After serving three terms in the Texas
House of Representatives, she went to Washington in 1977 as USDA General
Counsel. From 1978 to 1981, she served as Assistant to President Jimmy
Carter. From her office in the west wing of the White House, she directed
the administration's work on women's issues.
In 1973 she successfully argued the
landmark Roe v. Wade case before the U.S. Supreme Court. She is
considered to be the youngest woman ever to win a case in the Supreme Court.
Her first book, A Question of Choice, details the historic event.
Currently a law professor at the University
of Texas at Austin, Weddington is also a popular speaker and commentator.
She has been a guest on television programs including Today, Good
Morning America, and the CBS Morning News.
Time magazine named her one
of its Outstanding Young American Leaders.
Ladies Home Journal presented
her with its Woman of the Future award. She has been featured in such publications
as Working Woman, People, the
Washington Post, and
for a number of years she wrote a regular column for
Ms. Weddington has received numerous
honors and awards. In 1998 she was the recipient of Leadership America's
Hummingbird Award for contributions to the advancement of women's leadership.
She is also the recipient of the Colby Award for Public Service from Sigma
Kappa Sorority, the Woman Who Dares Award from the National Council of
Jewish Women, and a Best College Lecturer Award from the National Association
for Campus Activities, among others.
She holds honorary doctorates from
McMurry University, Hamilton College, Austin College, and Southwestern
University. She received her law degree from the University of Texas School
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