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Nathan Hand '03 Receives Walker Cup

May 5, 2003

May 5, 2003, Greencastle, Ind. - Video Link [DOWNLOAD VIDEO: "The Winner is Announced" 1200KB] DePauw University senior Nathan E. Hand was presented with the Walker Cup at DePauw's academic awards convocation tonight. The Walker Cup recognizes the senior student judged to have contributed the most to the University during his or her four-year college career. The award was presented by DePauw University President Robert G. Bottoms, who called Hand Audio Link[DOWNLOAD AUDIO: "A Model" 237KB] "a model for volunteer service."

Nathan Hand, who hails from Zionsville, Indiana, is a Communication Arts and Sciences major and a Political Science minor, and is both a Holton Scholar and a Bonner Scholar. The list of volunteer activities he's engaged in while at DePauw is lengthy. Highlights include serving as a program assistant to the Points of Light Foundation in Washington, D.C.; a foundation intern with the Corella & Bertram Bonner Foundation in Princeton, New Jersey, where he edited Not Merely a Duty ... a book of reflections of those in the Bonner Scholars Program; as an intern with the Boy Scouts of America in Indianapolis; assistant girl's track coach at Greencastle High School; teacher's aide at Tzounakis Intermediate School in Greencastle; and at DePauw as a peer mentor, Hartman Center civic intern, president of the Bonner Scholar Program, and project officer of the 2003 Winter Term in Service program in Ghana, Africa.

Hand was awarded the Randal L. Wilson Union Board Award for his campus involvement, and was named 1999 Eagle Scout of the Year. He also made two presentations at the 2001 COOL Conference at Harvard University, and presented at the 2002 Conference on National and Community Service in Salt Lake City and at this year's Forum on Civic Engagement in Indianapolis.

Students, faculty and parents who filled Meharry Hall of historic East College tonight also heard from the winner of this year's Exemplary Teaching Award, professor of English J. David Field. Audio Link[DOWNLOAD AUDIO: "Understanding" 155KB]"We won't live forever, not one of us, and we won't change the world into a perfect place," Dr. Field said. "But we can look at ourselves as passionate learners in a tradition of those who sought academic excellence in my sense of the word: those who tried to understand the world and to use that understanding in humane ways to make the world a better place."

(photo of Dr. Bottoms and Nathan Hand, at top, by Marilyn E. Culler)

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