Jepson School honors outstanding students and retiring faculty members
May 8, 2012
Students and faculty members of the Jepson School were honored for their academic achievements, scholarship and service at Finale, the School’s senior recognition and appreciation ceremony May 5.
Students were recognized for serving in leadership roles, pursuing a concentration, earning honors in leadership studies, writing a senior thesis or honors thesis and induction into the Jepson School of Leadership Studies Honors Society.
Chelsea Shrader, ’12, gave the student address. Retiring faculty members Gill Robinson Hickman and J. Thomas Wren delivered the keynote remarks.
James MacGregor Burns Award
Bridget Wiede, ’12, received the James MacGregor Burns Award, the Jepson School’s highest honor. The award was established in 1994 by Mr. and Mrs. Robert S. Jepson, Jr., and is presented each year to a senior who has demonstrated an outstanding grasp of the body of knowledge associated with leadership studies; served the School, University and community; shown an ability to apply leadership theory and research in unique and imaginative ways; and displayed the capacity to lead others and help others lead themselves. Wiede plans to attend Oxford University in the fall to study American history.
Fredric M. Jablin Award for Undergraduate Research
Natasha Levanti,’12, was presented with the Fredric M. Jablin Award for Undergraduate Research. Her research focused on international leadership and equality. Her honors thesis was on “The Relationship Between Danish Parliamentarians and Danish Citizens Concerning Equality; From a Danish Leadership Perspective.” The award is given each year in honor of leadership studies professor Fredric Jablin. Levanti plans to pursue a master’s degree in European public affairs in the Netherlands.
Jepson School Award for Leadership and Service
Professors Gill Robinson Hickman and J. Thomas Wren received the Jepson School Award for Leadership and Service. The award recognizes those who have taken an active role in community life, set an example for others and whose actions reflect the mission of the Jepson School. Hickman is retiring this spring. Wren will retire at the end of the calendar year.