Vol. 19, No. 30

May 10, 2000

Three top seniors receive annual alumni recognition

Warner-TaylorThe University Alumni Association recognized an outstanding woman and two outstanding men in the senior class at Honors Day May 5. The Emalea Pusey Warner Award for outstanding senior woman was presented to Jillian M. Licata, and the Alexander J. Taylor Award for outstanding senior man was given to Daniel R. Dries and Michael A. Pegues Jr. The three recipients were chosen because they demonstrated the outstanding qualities of leadership, citizenship and character exemplified by Mrs. Warner and Mr. Taylor. Each received a $2,000 cash prize and will lead the alumni delegates' procession at the 2000 Spring Commencement. In addition, their names will be inscribed on plaques located near the Alumni Room in the Perkins Student Center and in Alumni Hall.

Jillian M. Licata

Licata, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Licata of Holtsville, N.Y., is an animal science major, with a concentration in pre-veterinary medicine and agricultural biotechnology, and minors in biology and chemistry. She has an overall grade point average of 3.9, has taken 11 honors courses, 17 laboratory courses and four graduate-level courses and has been nominated for a degree with distinction.

Her academic awards and scholarships at UD include membership in the Alpha Lambda Delta national honor society and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and the Center for Agricultural Biotechnology Scholarship, the University of Delaware Scholar Award, the University Honors Program Scholarship and the Wilbur R. Hesseltine Scholarship.

She also has served as a biology teaching assistant, as chancellor of Alpha Zeta and as an ambassador of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

Daniel R. Dries

Dries, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Dries of Gilbertsville, Pa., is a UD nominee for a Rhodes Scholarship. Majoring in biochemistry with a minor in Russian, he has maintained a 3.9 grade point average, has been selected as a Russell Fellow and Senior Fellow in the Honors Program.

He also is a Science and Engineering Research Scholar, a member of the student chapter of the American Chemical Society and is a teaching assistant in biochemistry.

His scholarships include the University Honors Program Scholarship, the Allen Friedman Scholarship, the W & H Billsborough Ludlum Scholarhip, the Undergraduate Chemistry Scholarship and the AstraMerck/ Astra/AstraZeneca Scholarship for Undergraduate Study. He has served as a Blue Hen Ambassador; coordinated the Overnight Campus Visit Program for the Honors Program in 1998 and 1999; and performed in UD's music ensembles.

Michael A. Pegues Jr.

Pegues, the son of Michael A. Pegues Sr. and Sharon Marshall of Forestville, Md., is the University's all-time leading basketball scorer--the only 2,000-point scorer in the history of the school.

Majoring in communication with a minor in Black American Studies, he has been a Dean's List student and has been named to America East Academic Honor Roll.

Among his honors, he has been named America East Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Year for men's basketball, African-American Student of Distinction and District II GTE College Sports Information Director of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-American. He also received the Col. C. B. Shaffer Team MVP Award and has been a member of the All-American East first team.

He is a volunteer for the Delaware Special Olympics and is a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Board at UD.