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funded research projects on campus, strategies and services to secure external sup-
port, and potential collaborations.
At the new student convocation when freshmen first arrived, they were greeted
by the President, Deans, and representatives of the parents’ council in Wait Chapel.
During that ceremony Herman Eure (Biology) and Lu Leake (Vice President) both
received Awards for Excellence in Advising. At the Fall Convocation on September 30,
Arthur Schlesinger, the Pulitzer Prize–winning historian, was the featured speaker.
He addressed the topic of diversity. After Schlesinger spoke, as was tradition, out-
standing faculty were recognized for their work with students and in the community.
Elmer K. Hayashi (Mathematics) received the Jon Reinhardt Award for Distinguished
Teaching, while the Faculty Award for Community Service was given posthumously
to Donald O. Schoonmaker, a professor of Political Science who had died the previ-
ous spring of cancer at age fifty-five. Schoonmaker’s widow, Meyressa Schoonmaker,
was informed that the Award for Community Service would be renamed in honor
of her late husband. In a surprise announcement near the end of the convocation,
Student Government President Jill Weiskopf caught President Hearn off guard by
reading a resolution that three of the Upperclass Leadership Scholarships be renamed
the Thomas K. Hearn Jr. Scholarships for Excellence in Leadership and Service.
Clifton R. Wharton Jr., former Deputy Secretary of State, was the featured
speaker at the Founders’ Day Convocation in February 1994. Germaine Brée
(Romance Languages) received the Medallion of Merit; Simone M. Caron (History)
received the Omicron Delta Kappa Award for Contributions to Student Life. Deborah
Best (Psychology) won the 1994 Schoonmaker Faculty Prize for Community Ser-
vice; Allin F. Cottrell (Economics) received the Award for Excellence in Research; and
Page Laughlin (Art) received the Reid-Doyle Prize for Excellence in Teaching. Ralph
Peeples (Law) received the Joseph Branch Excellence in Teaching Award. Rhoda Bill-
ings (Law) received the Jurist Excellence in Teaching Award. In an award outside of
Founders’ Day, Katy J. Harriger (Political Science) became the first recipient of a
Zachary T. Smith Professorship.
Faculty also won other external recognitions.
Robert H. Evans (Education) was awarded a Ful-
bright Scholar grant to lecture and to conduct
research at the University of Kiel in Germany; Alan
R. Palmiter (Law) received a Fulbright as well. Mark
Welker (Chemistry) was selected for a Camille and
Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award in 1994.
This unrestricted grant of $75,000 supported out-
standing young faculty who demonstrated leader-
ship in original scholarly research and excellence in,
and dedication to, undergraduate education in the
The New York Times featured the research of
Mark Leary (Psychology) in an article on what
motivates people to do things that jeopardize their
health. Margaret Supplee Smith (Art) opened an
exhibit in Raleigh entitled “North Carolina Women