Vol. 18, No. 33May 27, 1999

Award-winners to lead delegates at Commencement

Traci Feit, Katherine Wong and Philip J. Torina Jr.

Three outstanding University of Delaware seniors-Katherine "Kaia" Elizabeth Wong, Traci Feit and Philip J. "P.J." Torina Jr.-were awarded the 1999 Emalea P. Warner and Alexander J. Taylor Sr. awards at Honors Day.

The recipients have demonstrated the outstanding qualities leadership, citizenship and character exemplified by Mrs. Warner and Mr. Taylor. The students, who were honored at a luncheon hosted by President and Mrs. David P. Roselle, each received a $1,000 U.S. Savings Bond and will lead the alumni delegates' procession at the 1999 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.

Warner Awards

As a dean's scholar, neuroscience major, and a music/cognitive science minor, Wong pursued a self-designed, interdisciplinary curriculum spanning biology, psychology, linguistics and music. Within her major, she has performed five research projects, including her senior thesis with Malcolm Taylor, biology, on determining lipid deposit patterns in female killifish. Wong, who has taught in the biology lab, received the Richard M. Johnson Jr. Memorial Award in 1998. Within her minor in cognitive science/linguistics, she has been a linguistics research assistant under a Research Experiences for Undergraduates grant from the National Science Foundation since the summer of 1998, when she conducted research on the grammar of the Japanese language.

She also coordinates the editing of a volume in the prestigious Syntax and Semantics series of Academic Press.

Wong also is concertmistress for the University of Delaware Orchestra and has won awards for her photography and writing.

Feit, the second winner of the Warner Award, is 26th in her graduating class.

A DuPont Scholar, an Alison Scholar and a Truman Scholarship finalist, she is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi and Alpha Lambda Delta national honor societies.

During her freshman year, her work in women's issues led to the founding of the Delaware Coalition for the Advancement of Gender Equity (now known as SAGE), of which she was president from 1996 to 1998.

She also served as president of the French honor society in 1998-99.

She received a travel grant from the Office of Women's Affairs to attend a conference on Sexual Assault on Campus held in California, and she served on the planning committee for a Conference on Feminism across the Generations held at Temple University in 1997.

Taylor Award

A double major in liberal studies-the prescribed major for medical scholars-and biology, with a minor in economics, Torina received the First Year Honors certificate and will soon be awarded the Advanced Honors certificate.

Torina has been involved in research projects in both Newark and New York and has volunteered his time at several hospitals and clinics.

He has held internships in major business institutions, has completed with distinction two practicums in medical facilities and has founded and sold his own business.

He aspires to a medical career that involves teaching, research and service.

-Laura Overturf
Photo by Robert Cohen