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Mary Cate Gordon of Oreland, Pa., graduating senior with a degree in English, was honored as Old Dominion University's Kaufman Prize winner Thursday at ODU's Student Honors and Awards ceremony.

Gordon, who maintained a 4.0 GPA, will pursue law school after graduation. An active student on campus, she played field hockey and started as goalie for the Lady Monarchs this year.

Gordon cited Beth Hoyes Esinhart, professor of political science, as her most inspiring faculty member noting her unwavering support as an academic mentor.

The Kaufman award, which carries with it a $10,000 prize, was established by Landmark Communications Inc. to acknowledge graduating seniors who have exerted exceptional and constructive influence on the university, its students or the community by demonstrating the highest qualities of leadership and service.

Kaufman was well known in Hampton Roads as a community leader, philanthropist and friend to Old Dominion. Following Kaufman's example, prize winners must have demonstrated sustained participation in leadership of campus or community groups, an outstanding record of volunteer activities, academic achievement or the achievement of a major task affecting the campus or the community.

Pamela Majumdar of Virginia Beach, a graduating senior with a degree in civil engineering, won the second-place Kaufman Award. Majumdar maintained a 3.5 GPA and cited geography professor Christine Drake as her most inspiring faculty member.

The following students were presented with trophies as recipients of the Alumni Association Outstanding Scholar Awards, given to the graduating seniors with the highest grade point averages from each college. University faculty members and administrators who most inspired the award recipients were also honored at the banquet.

Arts and Letters - Mary Cate Gordon of Oreland, Pa., English, 4.0; Beth Hoyes Esinhart, professor of political science.

Business and Public Administration - Shannon D. McKimmey of Chesapeake, information technology, 4.0; William H. Crouch, associate professor of decision sciences.

Education - Sarah J. Huggins of Virginia Beach, human services, 3.88; Nancy K. Klein, associate professor of music.

Engineering and Technology - Errol Lars Yuksek of Virginia Beach, mechanical engineering, 3.97; Colin P. Britcher, professor of aerospace engineering.

Health Sciences - Dawn M. Livesay of Seaford, Va., nursing, 4.0; Kimberly A. Curry-Lourenco, senior lecturer of nursing.

Sciences - Carole J. Bonatz of Virginia Beach, psychology, 4.0; Garland F. White, associate professor of sociology.

This article was posted on: May 2, 2006

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