by Stephen Hanna ~ May 14th, 2012
Please join us in congratulating Dr. Dawn Bowen, professor of geography, for winning the Grellet C. Simpson Award at the 2012 Commencement Ceremony on May 12. The Simpson award is considered UMW’s most prestigious annual award for excellence in undergraduate teaching.
As her current and former students all know, Dawn’s dedication to student learning inside and outside of the classroom is unparalleled. From introductory courses to her field programs in Guatemala, she works harder than any other member of the faculty to develop course content that will enrich student experiences.
The presentation of the Simpson Award was, of course, the highlight of graduation for her colleagues in the department. But I do not want to slight the 25 Mary Washington Geographers who earned their degrees in December 2011 or walked on Saturday. Once again, many of our graduates earned cum laude or higher status. Congratulations to the class of 2012!