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Commencement

Awards and Prizes Conferred at Commencement May 17, 2013

 

The Jonathan Kneeland Award Jennifer Caroline Allison Wilder
The Jonathan Kneeland Award was established at Auburn Theological Seminary in 1873 in memory of Jonathan Kneeland, Class of 1839, and continues to be awarded to a senior or middler at Union Seminary for an exegetically-based sermon in manuscript form.
The Bennett Fellowship Nathaniel A. Mahlberg
The Bennett Fellowship of Auburn Seminary, honoring Anne McGrew Bennett, Auburn ’31, and Union Seminary’s eleventh president, John Coleman Bennett, Union ’27, is awarded to a graduating student. The fellowship recognizes commitment to ministries of social justice and social service.
The Robert Wood Lynn Fellowship Kim Richards Ijoy Harris
The Robert Wood Lynn Fellowship, established in 1997 by Auburn Theological Seminary in honor of former Auburn Dean and Union Professor Robert Wood Lynn, is awarded to a graduating student who, by the decision of a Union faculty committee, shows promise of excellence in teaching or in a ministry of education.
The Maxwell Fellowship Eve Morgan Stevens
The Maxwell Fellowship, established at Auburn Theological Seminary in 1911, is awarded to the graduating senior who shows the most promise of excellence for future service in parish ministry.
The Charles A. Briggs Award Jennifer Caroline Allison Wilder
The Charles Augustus Briggs Award is given annually to a member of the graduating class at any degree level who, in the judgment of a faculty committee, has best demonstrated the qualities of conscience, commitment, and courage as exemplified in the life and work of Charles Augustus Briggs.
The Wyn Wright Prize for Biblical Languages Kevin Patrick McKeown
The Wyn Wright Prize for Study of Biblical Languages, established in 2010, is awarded to the student of any class year who, in the judgment of the Biblical Field, has demonstrated particular excellence in study of Greek and/or Hebrew. It is given in loving memory of Dr. Edwina (Wyn) Wright, who taught Biblical Languages at Union from 1998 to 2007.
The Muilenburg Prize in Biblical Studies John Charles Allen
The Muilenburg Prize in Biblical Studies, established in 2010, honors the memory of James Muilenburg (1896-1974), Davenport Professor of Hebrew and Cognate Languages at Union from 1945 to his retirement in 1963. It is awarded to a second or third year student who, in the judgment of the faculty, has achieved the highest excellence in academic study of the Bible.
Hitchcock Prize in Church History    Maksim Astashinskiy
The Hitchcock Prize in Church History honors the memory of Roswell Dwight Hitchcock, the Seminary’s first Washburn Professor of Church History (1855-1887) and fourth president (1880-1887). It is given to a senior who has attained the highest excellence, both in class work and the thesis, in church history or a kindred subject.
The Julius Thomas Hansen Memorial Award Belinda Passafaro Serrano
The Julius Thomas Hansen Memorial Award is given to a senior planning to enter the Christian ministry who has demonstrated special ability in relating philosophy, theology, and ethics to problems in contemporary society.
The Daniel Day Williams Fellowship Award Makito Nagasawa
The Daniel Day Williams Fellowship Award is given to a student in Union’s doctoral program doing outstanding work in theology in ways exemplified by the late Professor Daniel Day Williams.
The Hudnut Award LaKeesha NeShae Walrond
The Hudnut Award, honoring William H. Hudnut of the class of 1890, is awarded to a middler who has made the best preparation for the preaching ministry.
The Robert E. Seaver Award Shonda D. Nicholas
The Robert E. Seaver Award, established in 2010, is given to a student who has done distinguished work in worship and the arts. It honors the memory of Robert E. Seaver, Professor of Speech and Drama from 1949-2004.
Karen Ziegler Feminist Preaching Prize Erica Federspiel Richmond
The Karen Ziegler Feminist Preaching Prize is awarded to a member of the graduating class, male or female, who, in the judgment of the faculty, represents the highest ideals of feminism and liberation theology in the present day, by articulating anew a vision for a more just church and world for all God’s people.
The Malcolm Boyd Veritas Award Barbara Lea Rice
F. Romall Smalls
The Malcolm Boyd Veritas Award, newly established in 2011, is given to a graduating student who shows promise for the work of social justice on behalf of the LGBTQ community.
Second Travelling Fellow Hoa-Khanh Kathy Maskell
William Bonner Owen
The Traveling Fellowship is awarded by the faculty to a Master of Divinity senior with special promise of usefulness through teaching or contributing to theological knowledge.
The Travelling Fellowship John Charles Allen
The Traveling Fellowship is awarded by the faculty to a Master of Divinity senior with special promise of usefulness through teaching or contributing to theological knowledge.

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