The most important award was the Edward and Louaine Taylor Award for Excellence in Teaching, which was given to Dr. John Moser. Dr. Moser gave a fine address titled "The Power of Play" at the Academic Honors Convocation. He is the second member of the department to receive the Taylor Award after Dr. Chris Burkett, who won it in 2011.
In addition, three students were honored for overall academic excellence: The Sophomore award went to Jackson Yenor; the Junior Award to Joshua Frey; and the Senior Award to James Coyne.
The department also made a strong showing at the Leadership and Service Awards ceremony:
Chris Burkett was a nominee for the Dr. Donald Rinehart Honor and Integrity award;
Chris Burkett, René Paddags, and Jeff Sikkenga were three of seven nominees for the Outstanding Male Faculty Member of the Year award;
Emily Hess was nominated for the Outstanding Female Faculty Member of the Year award;
Sara Garska was nominated for Outstanding Female Staff Member of the Year award;
Ian Kieffer won Outstanding Male Undergraduate of the Year award.
Among history, political science, and Integrated Social Studies majors nominated for various other leadership and service awards (sometimes more than one) is this impressive group: Samantha Eron, Matt Rhyand, Caroline Toth, Nathaniel Urban, Lucas Trott, Tara Marasco, Audrey Bontempo, and Ben Bilimek.
Finally, at a ceremony for student athletes, where the athlete in each sport with the best academic record was honored, several recognized faculty in History and Political Science for their impact:
Emily Hess was recognized by Ali Cudworth (Volleyball)
Chris Burkett was recognized by Zach Papay (outdoor track) and David Knack (cross country).
Congratulations to all of the above! What a great contribution you all make to the life of the department and the university.