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Bridgewater College Presents 2018 History Awards

June 06, 2018

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Bridgewater College students Sarah Batdorf, Caroline Edwards, Rachel A. Flood and Samantha L. Van Winter were recognized for excellence by the department of history during the college awards ceremony.

Edwards received a $1,800 Dr. David K. McQuilkin Endowed Scholarship for the 2018-19 academic year. The award recognizes a rising senior in the department who has demonstrated a high level of intellectual, scholarly and academic proficiency in history, political science and/or global studies.

Edwards, a junior global studies and business administration double major, is the daughter of Wayne and Ann Edwards of Blandon, Pa. She is a member of Pi Sigma Alpha, a national political science honor society; Sigma Beta Delta, an international honor society for business, management and administration; and Alpha Mu Gamma, a national collegiate foreign language honor society. She serves as a tutor for Spanish and macroeconomics and is an academic coach.

 Batdorf received the Michael Robert “M.R.” Zigler Service Award. The award is presented for exceptional off-campus community service. It is named for an outstanding Brethren peace advocate, ecumenist and humanitarian from the BC class of 1916.

Batdorf, a senior global studies major, is the daughter of Mark Batdorf and Heidi Arruda of State College, Pa. She is a member of the Philomathes Society, Bridgewater’s scholastic honor society; Alpha Chi, a national scholastic honor society; Phi Alpha Theta, a national history honor society; Omicron Delta Kappa, a national leadership honor society; Pi Sigma Alpha and Alpha Mu Gamma. She is a member of the college’s Flory Honors Program.  

Batdorf serves as a Peer Advocate, providing support and a confidential link with the counseling center to students in need. She is a member of SOAR Mentors, who work with orientation programs and assist with the transition of new students to Bridgewater College. She is also a member of the Interfaith Board and serves as secretary of the Muslim Student Association.

Flood and Van Winter received the Daniel W. Bly–Lamar B. Neal History and Political Science awards. Named for former Bridgewater College professors Daniel W. Bly, assistant professor of history emeritus, and Lamar B. Neal, associate professor of political science and history emeritus, the awards recognize outstanding performance by graduating seniors.

Flood, a senior global studies and communication, technology and culture double major, is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Flood of Stafford, Va. She is a member of the Philomathes Society, Pi Sigma Alpha, Omicron Delta Kappa and serves as president of Lambda Pi Eta, a national communication studies honor society.

Van Winter, a senior political science and business administration double major, is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Scott Van Winter of Newman, Ga. She is a member of the Philomathes Society, Alpha Chi, Pi Sigma Alpha and Sigma Beta Delta.

Following graduation on May 5, Batdorf will spend two years with the Peace Corps in Morocco, Flood will pursue a master’s degree in television at Boston University and Van Winter will attend Richmond University’s School of Law.  

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