Faculty Scholarship and Awards Committee
Annual Report, 2007-2008
The Faculty Scholarship and Awards Committee met three times during the Spring 2008 term.
The job of the Faculty Scholarship and Awards Committee is currently two-fold. First the committee is charged with soliciting applications from all eligible graduating seniors for the Bradshaw-Feaster and Donaldson-Watkins medals of excellence. The committee then reviews these applications and provides the faculty with a list of three finalists for each award, with the faculty selecting the recipients of these awards at the May meeting of the Furman University faculty. Second, the Faculty Scholarship and Awards Committee is charged with interviewing candidates and selecting the recipient of the Faculty Scholarship.
As such, in late February I contacted JoAnn Williams in the Academic records office to obtain the names and contact information of all graduating seniors with a high enough GPA (3.4) to be eligible for the Bradshaw-Feaster and Donaldson-Watkins medals of excellence. On March 6, 2008 letters (and attached application forms) were sent out to all eligible students (162 female and 63 male students) asking them to apply for these awards. Between March 6, 2008 and the application deadline on March 17, 2008, two additional reminder letters were sent to these students to encourage them to submit an application. By the time of the application deadline, 81 applications from female students and 33 applications from male students had been received. The committee carefully read each application and discussed each applicant, and presented to the faculty at the April meeting of the Furman University faculty a list of 12 semifinalist candidates for each award (see below). At the April faculty meeting, Diane Vecchio also nominated one additional female student whose application had already been reviewed. So, the committee elected to consider the applicant as a semi-finalist as well. I then solicited letters of recommendation for each candidate from the three faculty members listed on each student’s application. After careful evaluation of each student’s application and their letters of reference, and extensive discussion, the Faculty Scholarship and Awards Committee then narrowed the list of semifinalists to three male and three female finalists. These names (see below) were posted on May 5, 2008.
The candidates for the Faculty Scholarship must be rising juniors with a GPA > 3.5. This year a committee consisting of Carol Daniels and Anne Smith selected the three students (Emily Robinson, Myra Dennis, and Madison McClendon) to be interviewed by the Faculty Scholarship and Awards Committee. Each student was asked to fill out an application form, and all four students will be interviewed on May 2, 2008. Based on the student’s application and their interview, the Faculty Scholarship and Awards Committee will select the recipient of the Faculty Scholarship, with the winners name announced at the May meeting of the Furman University faculty.
The chair wishes to express thanks to the committee members for their time and efforts in this service:
Bill Brantley (EES), Trudy Fuller (Music), Jeremy Cass (MLL), Min-Ken Liao (Biology), and Judy Stuart (Education).
Nicholas Radel, Chair, Faculty Scholarship and Awards Committee