Wake Forest University honored two professors and two alumni with awards during its Fall Convocation Oct. 9. The Rev. Timothy L. Auman, who was appointed chaplain at the university in July, was the keynote speaker during the program in Wait Chapel.
Thomas C. Taylor, professor emeritus of accountancy, was presented with the Donald O. Schoonmaker Faculty Award for Community Service. Taylor, who joined the faculty in 1971 and served as the dean of the School of Business and Accountancy from 1980 to 1992, was recognized for his leadership on many key campus committees and in international initiatives in China and Russia. The School of Business and Accountancy became the Calloway School of Business and Accountancy in 1995. Taylor retired from the school in 2003.
He has served Winston-Salem State University on its board of visitors and its Business Advisory Council, and he has advanced international understanding through his work with Rotary International.
Peter D. Weigl, professor of biology, received the Jon Reinhardt Award for Excellence in Teaching. Weigl, who joined the faculty in 1968, was nominated for the award by alumni. The former students who nominated Weigl praised him as an excellent mentor and a life-long friend.
According to students who nominated Weigl, he has always been interested “not only in their knowledge, but also in their overall development and growth.”
Wake Forest President Thomas K. Hearn Jr. also presented two alumni with Marcellus E. Waddill Excellence in Teaching Awards during convocation. The 2003 recipients, Joy Bautista of Boston and Anna J. Garrison of Raeford, received the $20,000 award.
Since graduating from Wake Forest in 1998, Bautista has taught in the Boston area, most recently at the Boston Arts Academy, where she teaches science courses in physics and chemistry.
Garrison teaches kindergarten at South Hoke Elementary School in Red Springs. Garrison, who graduated from Wake Forest in 1975, started her career as a kindergarten teacher in the Robeson County school system. She has taught in her hometown at South Hoke Elementary School since 1988.
The Waddill Awards are given annually to one elementary school and one secondary school teacher who are Wake Forest alumni. David Waddill of Rye, N.Y., established the award in 1994 to honor his father, Marcellus Waddill of Winston-Salem, who retired in 1997 after teaching mathematics at Wake Forest for 35 years.
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