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UC Davis Honors Students for Scholarship and Service

June 8, 1999

Adrienne Williams of San Jose was a high-school student in a hurry to become a doctor. She had wanted to skip college.

Four years later, the University of California, Davis, will present her with a Bachelor of Science degree and its highest academic honor as it recognizes outstanding scholarship and community service at events this month.

"Little did I realize that college would be a branching point in my life, a point where I could test new directions, exploring new ideas and activities, exploring myself, blooming, if you will," Williams wrote in a personal statement.

She kept goal for the women's soccer team, volunteered as a teaching assistant at North Davis Elementary School and became certified as an emergency medical technician while earning a 4.0 grade point average.

Williams, bound for Dartmouth Medical School this fall, will receive the University Medal and a $500 honorarium at the Division of Biological Sciences commencement at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, June 19, in Recreation Hall.

Other award recipients will be recognized at a reception at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 10, in Freeborn Hall or at one of nine commencement ceremonies through June 20.

The College of Letters and Science will honor the following three award winners at its commencement ceremonies at 9 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, June 20, in Recreation Hall:

* Lisa Lapeyrouse of San Jose will be presented with the Mary Jeanne Gilhooly Memorial Award as the university's most outstanding graduating woman. The award, which includes a $500 stipend, recognizes service and leadership in university and community activities as well as scholarship. Lapeyrouse, who will graduate with a degree in women's studies and Native American studies, participated in Chicano/Latino organizations on campus and organized three campus visits for elementary and high-school students from ethnic groups underrepresented at UC Davis.

* Megan Wood-Walker of Concord will receive the $500 Leon Mayhew Award, presented by the college for academic achievement and service to the university. She was an intern in a microbiology lab and participated in Amnesty International. Wood-Walker will graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English.

* Gregory Lee will be presented with the $500 Herbert A. Young Award, presented by the college for academic achievement and service to the university.

The following five award recipients will be recognized at the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences commencement at 9 a.m. Saturday, June 19, in Recreation Hall:

* Rafael Yaquian of San Carlos will be presented with the $500 V. Glenn Winslow Jr. Award as the university's most outstanding graduating man. The award recognizes service, leadership and scholarship. Yaquian, who will graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in community and regional development, helped develop diversity workshops as an intern with the campus's Multicultural Immersion Program. He also participated in Hermanos Macehual, a service organization assisting the Chicano/Latino community, and Danzantes del Alma, a dance group promoting Mexican culture.

* Jessica Lundquist of Sacramento will be presented with the college's medal for scholarship and extracurricular activities along with its $500 prize. Lundquist, who will graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in atmospheric science, achieved a 4.0 grade point average while serving as a student adviser, a student assistant in the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development, and a volunteer at the Discovery Museum.

* Gwain Evans of Davis is the female recipient of the $1,000 Charles Hess Community Service Award, presented by the college to recognize outstanding community and campus service. A mother of three and caregiver to her great aunt, she was a member of several college committees and served as a court-appointed special advocate with the Yolo County Juvenile Court. Evans, who maintained a 3.88 grade point average while at UC Davis, will graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in nutrition.

* Chris Clark of Menlo Park, who will graduate with a degree in physics as well as environmental and resource sciences, is the male recipient of the Hess Award. He has been a research assistant at the Space Lab at the University of Michigan and the High Energy Lab at Stanford University, and worked with farmers in Costa Rica during field studies in tropical biology and sustainable development. He maintained a 3.81 grade point average.

* Larisa Sandler of San Francisco will be presented with the $500 Mary Regan Meyer Prize, given to a student who demonstrates exceptional motivation. She served as a volunteer at two hospitals, a nursing home, a medical clinic and a facility for troubled boys while maintaining a 3.85 grade point average. Sandler will graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in genetics.

The College of Engineering will present Rashi Gupta of Garden Grove with the $1,000 M.S. Ghausi Medal for academic excellence at its ceremony at 6:30 p.m. Friday, June 18, in Recreation Hall. As president of the Society of Women Engineers at UC Davis, Gupta helped initiate programs to encourage more women to pursue careers in the physical sciences and technology. A candidate for a degree in civil and environmental engineering, she also participated in tutoring and community service projects as a member of the Tau Beta Pi honor society.

The Graduate School of Management will present the following awards to candidates for a Master of Business Administration degree at its ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 19, in Freeborn Hall.

* The $500 Richard C. Dorf Award for Academic Excellence in the full-time program will be presented to Sandra Stanwick of Roseville. The Dorf award for the Working Professionals program will be presented to Gilbert Brown of Sacramento, who earned a grade point average of 3.95.

* The $500 James F. Sullivan Award will be presented to Britta Hoekenga of Santa Rosa for outstanding service to the school from among candidates in the full-time program. As vice president-alumni relations for the Associated Students of Management, she organized a calling program to update the school's alumni database as well as a day of career-related discussions among students and alumni. She maintained a grade point average of 3.87. A Sullivan award also will be presented to Ken Fouts II of the Working Professionals program.

The following doctoral candidates will be recognized for the quality of their dissertations: Gregory Burnett of Springfield, Mo., engineering -- applied science; James Campbell, entomology; Claudia Kirk of Ukiah, nutrition; Amy Wolf, ecology; and Sean Wilson of Davis, physiology.

The School of Medicine and the School of Veterinary Medicine will announce award winners at ceremonies Friday, June 11, and Friday, June 18, respectively.

Geoffrey Edwards, who attained the highest academic standing among Juris Doctor candidates, was presented with the Law School Medal at a commencement ceremony in May.

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