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BC Seniors Receive 2018 Psychology Awards

June 29, 2018

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Three Bridgewater College psychology majors – Christina Brooke Herbert, Zachary Wall and Katherine Weeks – received the Donald R. Witters Psychology Awards presented during the college awards ceremony.

The psychology awards are named in honor of Dr. Donald R. Witters, who retired at the end of the 2005-2006 academic year as professor of psychology emeritus. He joined the Bridgewater College faculty in 1968 as a professor of psychology and served as chair of the department from 1990 to 1996.

The Outstanding Leadership Award was presented to Herbert for extraordinary demonstration of leadership across campus.

Herbert is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Rich Bennett of Williamsburg, Va. She serves as treasurer of the campus chapter of Alpha Chi, a national scholastic honor society. She is a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and serves as a student representative on the college’s Student Athletic Advisory Committee.

Herbert serves as captain of the women’s golf team and was named the 2017 NCAA Division III Women’s Golf National Champion and Player of the Year. She is a volunteer assistant coach for First Tee of Harrisonburg.

The Outstanding Research Award was presented to Wall for excellence in demonstrated research and potential to contribute to the discipline.

Wall is the son of Kenneth and Kathy Wall of Lititz, Pa.  He is a member of Psi Chi, an international psychology honor society. He has completed research with Dr. Randall Young, associate professor of psychology, titled “Perceptions of (Fictional) Character: Perceptions of an All Too Human Avatar,” which was presented at the Virginia Association for the Psychological Sciences in 2016.

He serves as a laboratory assistant for biopsychology classes and is a tutor for psychology and philosophy.

The Outstanding Academic Award was presented to Weeks for superior performance in the classroom.

Weeks is the daughter of Matthew Weeks of Chester, Va., and Wendy Herrera of Colonial Heights, Va. She is a member of the Philomathes Society, Bridgewater’s scholastic honor society; Alpha Chi, a national scholastic honor society; and Psi Chi. She is a member of the college’s Flory Honors Program.

Weeks serves as a volunteer at the Bridgewater Retirement Community, where she completed an internship in the memory support house in the fall of 2017.

Weeks will pursue a master of social work degree from Virginia Commonwealth University.

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