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Citadel News Service
Office of Public AffairsFOR RELEASE
May 13, 2000

Citadel Announces Top Graduation Awards During May 13 Commencement


John O. Willson Ring

Cadet Colonel Kenny Bath was presented the John O. Willson Ring. The ring is awarded annually to the member of the senior class who is voted by his or her peers as displaying those traits of character that mark him or her as the finest, purest and most courteous member of the class. Throughout his college career, Cadet Bath has excelled both academically and militarily. As a Charleston native and a graduate of James Island High, Cadet Bath reached the pinnacle of leadership when he was chosen regimental commander for the 1700-member Corps of Cadets. He has been a visible presence on campus and has held significant rank throughout his four years. Majoring in education with an emphasis in history, Bath is the recipient of the Exchange Club Scholarship, the Mark Clark Scholarship and the Sumter Guards Scholarship. He has continually maintained a cumulative grade point average above 3.0consistently earning him a place on the Deans List. Cadet Bath is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Bath Jr. of James Island.

First Honor Graduate

Cadet Thomas Messervy
, the son of Dr. and Mrs. Thomas W. Messervy of Chapin, S.C., was awarded the First Honor Graduate Scholarship Medal. As a civil engineering student, Cadet Messervy completed a demanding academic program, consistently earning Gold Stars for his outstanding performance. An exceptional student, he maintained a perfect 4.0 grade point average while being involved in a number of organizations, including the Honors Program, the Honor Council, Phi Kappa Phi Honors Society, and the Round Table. He spent a summer in England studying at Cambridge and a summer in Australia studying environmental engineering. After graduation, he will travel to South Africa for two months to a game preserve and farm where he will be working and hunting. In the fall he will attend MIT on a full scholarship.

Algernon Syndey Sullivan Award

The Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award was established by the New York Southern Society in 1925 and has been presented at The Citadel since 1933. The bronze medallions are presented to the recipients in recognition of "high thought and noble endeavor" as exemplified in the life of the late Sullivan, a lawyer who lived from 1826 until 1887.

Citadel professor Dr. Harry C. Saxe was awarded the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award. A decorated officer in the Army Air Corps during World War II and a professional civil engineer, Harry Saxe went on to earn his doctorate from MIT. His contribution to engineering education is extensive. He has taught virtually every subject in the field at more than a dozen prestigious universities, serving all levels of academia. He came to The Citadel in 1982 when he became the first holder of the Col. Louis LeTellier endowed chair in civil engineering. Since that time he has continued to serve the college in many capacities.

Staff Sergeant Mark Burrell also received the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award. A Marine Enlisted Commissioning Education Program student, Staff Sergeant Burrell is a business administration major who came to The Citadel in 1996. He has distinguished himself with his positive impact on the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC), the Corps of Cadets, and the overall Citadel community. As the NROTC Marine company commander, he has instituted a progressive training schedule that has challenged students to achieve higher levels of performance in all their endeavors.

James A. Grimsley Jr. Award for Teaching

Dr. Mark Alan Bebensee
was awarded the James A. Grimsley Jr. Award for Teaching for his outstanding performance in teaching and service to undergraduate students. Head of the department of business administration, Dr. Bebensee has been on faculty at The Citadel since 1982. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from Duke University and specializes in special labor economics, industrial organization, economic education, and econometrics.


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