Sara Jones ’08 with the family of the late Janet Harvey Trivette ’78
Honors Convocation was held at Randolph-Macon College on Friday, May 16, 2008. Graduating
seniors donned their caps and gowns for the first time this year and marched into
Blackwell Auditorium. President Robert Lindgren proclaimed it “the best day of the
year at Randolph-Macon College.”
75 awards and scholarships were announced along with recognition of those inducted
into honor societies. This year, two newly created awards were presented for the
first time. The R-MC Board of Associates Leadership Scholarship was awarded to Tia
Bryant ’10. It is awarded annually to promote and recognize student leadership.
The second was The Janet Harvey Trivette ’78 Student Award which was presented to
Sara Jones ’08. The recipient must be a graduating senior who is a woman and possess
characteristics such as generosity of spirit, compassion for others, and a love
of life. The award is in memory of Janet Harvey Trivette, a 1978 graduate, who passed
away last year after a lengthy battle with cancer.
Three faculty members and one administrator were honored for their dedication to
education and the students at R-MC. The Thomas Branch Award for Excellence in Teaching
is decided annually by students. This year, Dr. Hal Breitenberg (religious studies)
and Dr. Scott London (sociology) were presented with this very special award. Dr.
Mike Fenster (environmental studies) was awarded The United Methodist Church Exemplary
Teaching Award and Dr. Marilyn Gibbs (registrar) was named The Samuel Nelson Gray
Distinguished Professor Award.
President Lindgren told everyone in attendance how proud he is to be a part of Randolph-Macon
College, saying “We all know this is more than a College – it is a family that depends
on each other for success, and a family that rejoices in the success of each individual