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Class of 2004 joins ranks of R-MWC alumnae

Prominent jurist urges grads to give of themselves

5/5/2004 10:29:27 AM


LYNCHBURG, Va.— Speaking to an overflow crowd in Smith Hall Theatre, the Honorable Frank M. Hull, a member of the Class of 1970 and a justice serving the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Judicial Circuit urged the 168 members of the Randolph-Macon Woman's College Class of 2004 remember that the bond of common experience they now share is stronger than the divisiveness of fear and prejudice, and encouraged the Class to be go-givers as well as go-getters.

"Like all of us," she reminded the class, "you have been put here to love and to give of yourself to others. Pour out your talent to all to whom it can be of service."

While Hull defined the vast changes she has seen since seen her early career, when women were woefully under-represented on the bench at all levels, she shared with graduates her belief that the digital and genomics revolutions were sure to change their lives even more.

"Thankfully," she added, "your experiences here have already prepared you to deal with the challenges presented by these issues. Indeed, R-MWC has trained you to be moral and ethical leaders."

During the ceremony, Interim Dean of the College William Coulter named Lourdes Cuellar, a Spanish major from Paraguay, Amorette Drexler, a biology major from New Mexico, Kristina Smith, a political science major from Minnesota, and Avery Thibadeau, a dance and English major from Georgia as co-winners of the Maude Huff Fife Award, given annually to the R-MWC student or students with the highest academic record, based on her entire college career. In addition, Dianne Matthews Walker '74, president of the Alumnae Association, presented the Mary Jane Wellford '48 Volunteer Leadership Award to Tarika Sethi of Springfield, Virginia.

In her remarks, President Kathleen Gill Bowman welcomed audience members from Nepal, Kenya, Paraguay, Jamaica, Argentina, Canada, Jamaica, Japan, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Croatia and Botswana as well as across the United States, and expressed her confidence that the members of the Class of 2004 would change the world for the better.

Founded in 1891, Randolph-Macon Woman's College is a highly selective undergraduate liberal arts college of 780 women with a distinguished history of establishing global connections through international education. The College is a member of the International 50, a group of national liberal arts colleges recognized for their internationally oriented programs and has been recognized by U. S. News & World Report as one of the top 20 national liberal arts colleges for our percentage of international students.

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