Commencement Awards

Release date: August 30, 2010

The Welch Center for Graduate and Professional Studies Commencement was held August 8. During the ceremony, MAHP Alumnae/i and Lee Prizes as well as the McCullough Award recipients were announced.

Master of Arts in Historic Preservation Alumnae/i Prize was established in 2002 by Tobin Tracey (MAHP 1997) and Robert Benedict (MAHP 1997), the first two graduates of the MAHP program, to encourage and reward an outstanding first year historic preservation graduate student. The prize is judged by alumnae/I based on importance of topic selected to historic preservation, quality of research and presentation of papers written in HP 601: Introduction to Historic Preservation. This year's recipient The of the MAHP Alumnae/I Award was Elizabeth Pidgeon-Ontis, for her paper "Period of Significance in American Historic Preservation." Elizabeth is an architect with the National Park Service, based in San Francisco. The Award was presented by Shanon Wasielewski (MAHP 2005).

The Stephen K. F. and Katharine W. Lee Prize was founded in 1999 by Antoinette J. Lee in honor of her parents. Ms. Lee is a former faculty member of the MAHP program and is currently the Assistant Associate Director, Historical Documentation Programs, Cultural Resources, National Park Service. The Lee Prize recognizes excellence in projects and papers that address the preservation of America's diverse heritage undertaken by students enrolled in the Master of Arts in Historic Preservation program. This year's recipient of the Lee Prize was Laura Kirn for her paper "Section 106 Report: Relocating the Wilson House," which she wrote for HP 611: Historic Documentation.

The Hiram McCullough Award in Historic Preservation was established in 1995 by Maryland preservationist Anne McCullough Pettit (Goucher 1960) to honor the memory of her father Hiram McCullough (1905 - 1982) and their distinguished ancestor the Hon. Hiram McCullough (1813 - 1885) of Cecil County, Maryland. The Award is for the best thesis submitted each year by a graduating student. This year's recipient was Keith Park for his thesis "Thinking Outside the Crate: Preserving and Utilizing Historic Fruit Orchards in Northern California."