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14 seniors earn Connecticut College's highest academic honor

12/13/2010

 The 2010-2011 Winthrop Scholars pose with Associate Dean of the Faculty Julie Rivkin (far left) and Professor Larry Vogel (second from right).

The 2010-2011 Winthrop Scholars pose with Associate Dean of the Faculty Julie Rivkin (far left) and Professor Larry Vogel (second from right).

Fourteen Connecticut College seniors have been named Winthrop Scholars, the highest academic honor bestowed by the college. The scholars were recognized at a ceremony Nov. 16.

All have also been chosen for membership in Phi Beta Kappa, the national honor society of undergraduate higher education, and will be initiated officially in May.

"This is a very talented group of Winthrop Scholars, including a Marshall finalist, Goldwater Scholarship honorees, student leaders and athletes," Connecticut College President Leo I. Higdon Jr. said. "These seniors have demonstrated exceptional scholarship and have truly embraced the liberal arts."

The 2010-2011 Winthrop Scholars are:

- Haley Laurie Goodwill, a behavioral neuroscience and psychology major from Marlborough, Conn.

- Emma Meredith Judkins, a dance and French major from Scarborough, Maine.

- Christopher Nicholas Krupenye, a biological sciences major from Patterson, N.Y.

- Nicole Marie LaConte, a history major from Swampscott, Mass.

- Jennifer Lynae Milton, an English and music major from Webster, N.Y.

- Gary Ng, an economics and mathematics major from Singapore.

- Wayne Ju-Hui Ong, an ACS-certified chemistry and biochemistry and dance major from Singapore.

- Jessica Sara Sadick, a botany major from Holden, Mass.

- Owen Brooks Stowe, an art major from Lincoln, Mass.

- Julianna Hurwitz Tatelbaum, an economics major from Dartmouth, Mass.

- Kelsey Patricia Taylor, a biochemistry, cellular and molecular biology major from East Hampton, Conn.

- Heather Ha Neul Vernon, an Italian studies major from Sandwich, N.H.

- Celia C. Whitehead, an anthropology and Hispanic studies major from Bath, Maine.

- Sally Nelson Zuar, a Chinese language and literature and environmental studies major from Auburndale, Mass.

Parents, friends, faculty and staff attended the Nov. 16 recognition ceremony, which included a talk, "Learning by Doing and Other Strategies of Engagement," by Ann Sloan Devlin, the May Buckley Sadowski '19 Professor of Psychology at Connecticut College. Julie H. Rivkin, associate dean of the faculty and professor of English, also addressed the scholars.

In 1928, 17 years after Connecticut College was founded, the practice of honoring Winthrop Scholars - those members of the senior class who demonstrated exceptional scholarship and promise - was begun. The honor was named after John Winthrop, founder of New London and a governor of Connecticut. All Winthrop Scholars also receive invitations for induction into Phi Beta Kappa, the national honor society of undergraduate higher education. Admission to the society is based on exemplary academic scholarship over four years of college; members are in the top 10 percent of their graduating classes. The Delta of Connecticut Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa was installed at Connecticut College on February 13, 1935.

For media inquiries, please contact:
Deborah MacDonnell (860) 439-2504, dmacdonn@conncoll.edu



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