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Stanford Report, June 18, 1997

Five receive Dinkelspiel Awards for contributions to undergraduate education


Five Lloyd W. Dinkelspiel Awards for distinctive contributions to undergraduate education were awarded at graduation ceremonies.

The awards went to Kimberly Lee, an undergraduate in biological sciences; Robert McGinn, professor (teaching) of industrial engineering and engineering management and chair of the Science, Technology and Society program; Jeffrey Merriman, director of residential computing; Andre Vanier, a senior in economics and political science; and Ellen Woods, associate vice provost for undergraduate education.

Lee was cited for her "intellectual organizational and leadership skills." She is an academic advising associate; a volunteer at Stanford Hospital; founder and chair of the Stanford Premedical Association; coordinator for the Asian American Health Initiative; a "Big Sib" for Asian American new student orientation; core assistant in Biology 44Y Core Experimental Laboratory; and an ASSU Senate Associate. She was praised for being "a true scholar and an intellectual and personal role model, while successfully completing two honors projects in biology and humanities."

McGinn, director of the Truman Fellowship program, was commended for his "Herculean efforts" in that role, and also for the "boundless energy he has given to generations of Stanford students through teaching, advising, guiding and mentoring." He was also praised for "bringing alive the world of analytical reasoning, and opening up to them a lifetime of intellectual discourse."

Merriman was credited for creating the "nationally recognized and emulated" residential computing program, which "touches the life of every student and teacher and has revolutionized instruction at the university." He was praised for "his vision of a computer-literate student body and for making that vision a reality."

Vanier, founder of United Students for Veterans' Health and debate coach at the Stanford National Forensic Institute, was praised for his "continued pursuit of innovative means to serve the elderly" as well as his "excellent academic performance, demonstrated sensitivity to his peers, and for being an intellectual and personal role model."

Woods was cited for "her tireless dedication to the undergraduates," for her "peerless assistance to faculty across the campus," for "uncountable hours of scrutinizing, reworking and improving complex documents" and for her "heartfelt dedication to the institution as a whole."

Lloyd W. Dinkelspiel served as president of the Stanford Board of Trustees from 1953 to 1958. His family and friends donated the endowment for the awards as a memorial in 1960. SR