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05/24/91

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Six individuals, teach-in organizers win service awards

STANFORD -- The group of students who organized a two-day campus teach-in after the Persian Gulf war began were among the spring quarter recipients of the 1990-91 James W. Lyons Award for Service.

About 40 students took part in arranging the Stanford Teach-Out on the Persian Gulf, according to member Graham Boyd, a law student. The Teach-Out was a subgroup of Students for Peace. The students were honored for organizing two days filled with programs on all aspects of the Gulf crisis and "for their role in bringing together a troubled and worried community whose members needed to talk, debate and support each other."

Other students receiving awards were: Cory Booker of Harrington Park, N.J.; David Bradfute of Wooster, Ohio; Alex Chen of San Jose; Angela Hilton of Chicago; Gared Jones of Novato, Calif.; and John Wagner of St. Louis.

The award, formerly the Dean's Award for Service, was established in 1981 by the then Dean of Student Affairs James W. Lyons to recognize outstanding contributions made by Stanford students to the University, their fellow students, and the surrounding community. The award was renamed in June 1990 to honor Lyons, who retired in August.

Booker, a senior majoring in political science and sociology, was honored for his service in several areas. He is one of the Senior Class Presidents and a tight end on the football team, as well as a counselor at The Bridge and an academic and athletic tutor in East Palo Alto.

Bradfute, a graduate student in biological sciences, was recognized for his efforts in championing the rights of gay, lesbian and bisexual students at Stanford, both as an ASSU (Associated Students of Stanford University) senator and as an officer of the Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Community Center.

Chen, a sophomore majoring in civil engineering, received an award for organizing the Alternative Spring Break projects that provided service and learning experiences for more than 100 students.

Hilton, a junior majoring in American studies, was honored for forging links between black student organizations and community youth agencies, for organizing "college days" that brought hundreds of local high school students to campus, and for her leadership in the Black Community Services Center.

Jones, a senior in human biology, was recognized for his support of Stanford fraternal life, multicultural education and community service. He is a member and resident assistant (RA) of Kappa Sigma fraternity, and as a representative of all the RAs in housed fraternities, he is responsible for much of the programming. His community service included organizing a multicultural celebration in East Palo Alto and volunteering for a latch- key childen's program.

Wagner, a junior in sociology, received an award for his reporting of the indirect cost controversy in the Stanford Daily. He was cited for "providing some welcome accuracy, clarity, balance and fairness; for his ability to avoid both the sublime and the ridiculous, a feat not equaled by many of his journalistic colleagues; and for the patience with which he unraveled one of the most complex issues ever to face the University."

Selections of award winners are made on the basis of nominations from faculty, staff and students. Nominating letters may be submitted at any time during the year to the Dean of Students, 323 Old Union, mail code 3010.

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