14 Student-Athletes Lauded at Honors Convocation

May 3, 2016

EASTON, Pa. - Fourteen Lafayette student-athletes were honored with awards at the annual All-College Honors Convocation, held on May 1. That number is an increase from last year's 12 honorees and features six from the men's and women's track and field teams.

"I am exceedingly proud of these men and women who pursue academic and athletic excellence with equal passion and drive," Lafayette Director of Athletics Bruce McCutcheon said. "They are shining examples of what it means to be a Lafayette student-athlete."

On the men's side, freshman Harvey Situ received the Lafayette College Leopard Award, awarded to the first-year cadet who contributes the most to the advancement of Army ROTC at Lafayette College. The cadet must be academically in the top 10 percent of his/her ROTC class and the top 25 percent of his/her academic class.

Additionally, sophomore Dave McGriff and freshman David Sadvary were Lafayette College President's Award recipients, awarded annually to the outstanding cadets in terms of overall achievement measured by scholastic excellence, leadership, military performance, and extracurricular involvement.

Finally, senior Thomas Day took home the Physics Department Scholastic Award, given to an outstanding senior based upon an honors research project and on scholarship in and out of the classroom, as determined by a vote of the Physics Department faculty.

For the women, junior Stephanie McCartney was one of the recipients of the Dr. E. L. McMillen-K. K. Malhotra '49 Prize, awarded to two juniors who have attained a high cumulative grade-point average in chemical engineering and who have demonstrated a high level of proficiency in the Unit Operations Laboratory. Senior Sally Trout was also honored with the William C. Rappolt '67 and Walter Oechsle '57 Neuroscience Prize, awarded to outstanding seniors based on scholarship in the classroom and laboratory and service to the major, college or community.

Men's swimming featured three award winners, including senior Greg Grewal, the winner of the American Institute of Chemists award, presented by the Philadelphia Chapter of the Pennsylvania Institute of Chemists to a senior chemical engineering major in recognition of his/her demonstrated record of leadership, character and scholastic achievement.

Classmate Robert Lowery took home a pair of honors, winning the Finley W. & Ethelwyne H. Smith Electronic Engineering Prize and the George H. Catlin Prize. The first is awarded annually to the electrical and computer engineering senior who has earned, at the end of their junior year, the highest cumulative average attained by any senior who is working for department honors with a project in the electronics or communications field. The second is awarded to the seniors with the highest averages in the study of the Classics.

Sophomore Nick Whiteman rounded out the swimming laurels, garnering the William G. McLean Tau Beta Pi Prize, awarded annually to sophomore engineering students based on academic performance, campus citizenship and professional orientation.

Men's soccer was the next group well-represented at the event, with senior Eric West and junior Dante Piccolo notching two awards apiece. West was the winner of the American Chemical Society Division of Inorganic Chemistry Undergraduate Award in Inorganic Chemistry, presented to a student who has demonstrated excellence in research, coursework, and motivation in the study of inorganic chemistry, as well as the Merck Index Award, given to a senior for superior academic work in chemistry and promise of future excellence.

Piccolo took home the Minerva V. Novak Prize in Government and Law and the James F. Bryant '40 Excellence Award. The Novak Prize is presented annually to students majoring in government and law based on overall excellence in academic work and citizenship in the campus community, while the Bryant Award is awarded to a junior student who meets standards of excellence, as did Bryant, by demonstrating high academic achievement, lettering in at least one varsity sport, and showing noticeable and noteworthy evidence of community service.

Honorees from women's soccer, field hockey and men's lacrosse rounded out the student-athlete awards on Sunday. Senior Madison Murray of women's soccer won the Thomas G. Yohe Memorial Prize in Studio Art, awarded to a student who displays creativity in drawing and illustration, while junior Aliza Furneaux of field hockey picked up the Chales Mattei and ASHE NE Pennsylvania Scholarship, awarded to sophomores or above with a Northeast Pennsylvania residence studying Civil Engineering and are involved in campus programs and service to the community.

Finally, senior Adam Broeckaert of men's lacrosse was the recipient of the Eugene P. Chase Government Prize, awarded annually to the student who has, in the judgment of the Department of Government and Law, submitted the best written exposition in the field of political science during the academic year.