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STANFORD -- A classics professor, a special assistant to the president and two seniors were honored with the Lloyd W. Dinkelspiel Award for Outstanding Service to Undergraduate Education at the 1991 Stanford commencement exercises on June 16.
The winners were Marsh McCall Jr., professor of classics; Catherine Milton, special assistant to the president and lecturer in the Public Policy Program; and seniors Goodwin Hon Liu and Yuko Munakata.
McCall was cited for "virtually rebuilding" the classics department -- which, in the past two years, lost six faculty members to retirement, resignation, death and promotion to the deanship -- and for establishing the new Stanford Program in Continuing Studies.
Several people had nominated McCall for all three major awards given at commencement. His achievements were noted as associate dean, chair of the Western Culture Program and chair of the Committee on Undergraduate Studies.
His award cited "a blend of ferocity and kindliness through which he draws out the highest achievements from students." Or, as one of his students wrote, "there is no better practitioner of the Socratic method than Marsh McCall."
Catherine Milton "has transformed Stanford with her enthusiasm for public service and the multitude of programs she has initiated that put real, live students into real, live public service opportunities," wrote Jim Thompson, director of the Public Management Program, in his letter in support of Milton's nomination.
Milton was honored for her involvement with the Haas Center for Public Service, the You Can Make a Difference Conference, homeless projects, the tutorial program, Stanford-in-Washington, community service internships and spring break community service projects. All this has come in the seven years she's been at Stanford as President Donald Kennedy's special assistant.
As one of the Haas staff put it, "Catherine is the match that lit the public service fire at Stanford."
Goodwin Hon Liu, who earned his bachelor of science degree in biological sciences, was cited "for an unflagging commitment to student involvement in worthwhile projects," which ranged from leadership roles in the 1991 Leadership Summit to response to the Persian Gulf war and threatened financial aid cuts in Sacramento.
"Just about everything Goodwin does is with an eye toward educating the rest of the undergraduate population," a colleague wrote.
Yuko Munakata, a senior with a double major in psychology and symbolic systems, was cited for "revitalizing the long-dormant Stanford University Psychology Association, through a speaker series, newsletter and computer network," as well as for her work as a teaching assistant and academic counselor.
Among other things Munakata organized weekly lunches at which faculty and graduate students gave informal lectures to undergraduates. She helped organize Psych News, a quarterly newsletter with departmental news and research opportunities, and she recruited new majors to participate in the psychology association.
"She truly has the gift of helping others," a fellow student wrote.
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