News Briefs

Students win

communications award

A current and two former communication studies majors from the College won the award for the best co-authored student paper at the 2005 Stephen A. Smith Awards.

Stefanie Gratale, senior communication studies major, and Laura Dey and Jennifer Hagert, Class of 2005, shared the award for their paper entitled “Cross-national Newspaper Coverage of the United Nations Fight Against AIDS: A Community Structure Approach,” which discussed worldwide media coverage of United Nations efforts to fight the AIDS virus.

All three will receive a plaque and a check for $100 in honor of their academic work.

Also, all three recipients are members of the Lambda Pi Eta Communication Studies Honor Society at the College.

Smith, for whom the award was named, was the founder of Lambda Pi Eta.

Professor emeritus

honored in South Korea

Leonard J. Tharney, professor of education emeritus, was honored by People to People International (PTPI) at its annual awards meeting in Seoul, South Korea, receiving their Outstanding Leadership Award for his lifetime of work.

Tharney graduated from the College in 1954, and went on to spent 33 years in the military, to reach the rank of colonel, and 38 years as a professor of education at the College, including chairing the department of Elementary and Early Childhood Education from 1988 to 1992. He taught classes in science education and curriculum.

Tharney has been a member of the PTPI board of trustees since 2000, and is currently the president of its greater Princeton chapter.

PTPI was created by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1956 to promote international understanding through education and humanitarian efforts, and the direct exchange of ideas between peoples of different countries and cultures.

Tharney was also honored at the College’s Alumni Association Leadership Convocation last February, where he received the annual Distinguished Service Award.