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BC Recognizes Four Students for Excellence in History

Three Bridgewater College seniors received Daniel W. Bly–Lamar B. Neal History and Political Science awards from the department of history and political science at the annual Awards Convocation on May 7.  

Evan Boehm from Crownsville, Md., J.J. Krehbiel from McPherson, Kan., and Ryan Speray from Gloucester, Va., received the Bly–Neal 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.

Each award winner received a book. Boehm and Speray received Jefferson: The Art of Power by Jon Meacham. Krehbiel’s book was The Better Angels of our Nature: Why Violence has Declined by Steven Pinker.

Boehm, a history and political science major, is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Alan Boehm of Crownsville.

Krehbiel, a sociology and international studies double major, is the son of Mr. and Mrs. John Krehbiel of McPherson. In April, Krehbiel was named a Kennedy Center Fellow and received financial assistance to volunteer this summer in Bangalore, India, to teach acting and improvisation games for economically and socially disadvantaged youth.

Speray, a history and political major with a minor in crime and justice, is the son of Melissa and Alan Harris of Gloucester. Speray will pursue a juris doctor degree focusing on criminal law from the University of Richmond School of Law.

Boehm, Krehbiel and Speray graduated on May 18.

Kelly E. Deibler, a junior political science and communication studies double major with a minor in Spanish, received the Dr. David K. McQuilkin Endowed Scholarship. The $1,500 scholarship for the 2013-14 academic year 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 international studies. McQuilkin, professor of history and political science emeritus, taught at Bridgewater College from 1985 – 2009. Deibler is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Scott Deibler of Catharpin, Va.

Posted 7/1/13

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