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French youth is lO,O00th visitor to CMS Back home in France, 17-year- old Julien Levaufre loves to learn about the sea. So when the friends he was visiting in South Bethany suggested going on a tour of the University of Delaware College of Marine Studies (CMS) in Lewes, he eagerly accepted. When Levaufre strode through the col- lege's doors on July 30, he became the tour program's 10,000th visitor. "It was a great milestone for our program," Said Dorothy Danegger, who led the tour. Danegger is one of a dedicated corps of trained volunteers from the community, called docents, who introduce the public to the research and teaching facilities of CMS throughout the year. The tour program has been under way since 1992. "Our goal is to help people learn about the ocean and the exciting research that's under way here at the college," she said. During the tour, Levaufre learned about the college's recent discovery of the mostheat-toler- ant organism on Earth - a worm that lives near hydrothermal vents over a mile deep on the Pacific Ocean floor - to the development of salt-tolerant crops from salt- marsh plants. The French teen had never seen a horseshoe crab before coming to Delaware, so he was particularly intrigued by the research CMS scientists are con- ducting to develop an artificial bait to relieve fishing pressure on the animal, whose population appears to be declining. The CMS tour was one of sev- eral highlights during Levaufre's three-week visit with Dana Cowell, 15, and his parents, Daniel and Diana Cowell, at their summer home in South Bethany. The Cowells are from Huntington, W.Va., where Daniel Cowell, a physician, is chairman of the Department of Psychiatry at Marshall University School of Medicine. The Cowell's associa- tion with the Levaufres stems from Word War II, when Diana Cowell's father, a member of the U.S. Army's 90th Division, hdped liberate Julien's grandfa- ther's hometown' in Normandy. The 90th Division entered World War II combat in Normandy on D- Day, June 6, 1944. Julien Levaufre flew home to France a few weeks ago, with lots of great memories from his visit to Delaware, including the bit of his- tory h made as the 10,000th tour visitor at the UD College of Marine Studies. CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, August 27 - September 2, 1999 - 53 SCHOOL & EDUCATION i I Michael Short photo Lewes .Class of 1931 holds reunion The Lewes High School class of 1931 held a reunion at the Rehobeth Country Grill on Tuesday, Aug. 17. The young-at-heart classmates were (l-r) Sarah Donovan Reed; Jessica Phillips Haverstick; Beulah Reed; Sarah Webb Wilhelm; George Gibson; Anna Hazzard Gibson; and Grace Johnson Hall. George Gibson is considered an honorary classmate, since he was not in the class, but is married to Anna Hazzard Gibson. Members of the class joked that they were going to order from the kids menu. UD honors its top scholars Colleges at the University of Delaware cited their top scholars during Honors Day on campuses in Newark and Lewes. At special ceremonies, students were honored for their accomplishments in scholarship and leadership and for their personal contributions to their respec- tive colleges and to the entire campus community. University President David P. Roselle and his wife held an afternoon reception for honored students, families and sponsors. In the following list of honored students, all have cumulative grade point averages of 3.0 or higher. Cape Region students honored at the ceremony include the following individuals: Jacy Ippolito of Lewes, who was awarded an Alumni Association Scholarship of $1,000; the Phi Beta Kappa Annual Herbert Ellis Newman Award, a $100 award given on the basis of outstanding intel- lectual promise to a junior enrolled in curricula that would qualify him or her for eventual election as a member of Phi Beta Kappa; and an Edward H. Rosenberry Undergraduate Writing Award for $100. Ippolito was also named to two honor societies, Phi Kappa Phi, a national honor society for superior scholars from all colleges of the university; and Sigma Tan Delta, an international English honor society dedicated to conferring distinction for high achievement in English language and literature. Anne Mundel of Lewes, who was awarded a World War II Alumni Scholarship. Jason S. Shelton of Lewes, who was given a Milton G. Young Award in Electrical Engineering, presented by electrical engineering faculty to senior students who show exceptional promise for a career in electrical engineering. Amy Shupard of Rehoboth Beach, who received the Department of Communications Faculty Award, presented to an outstanding senior communication major who has superior potential for graduate study and university teaching in the field of communica- tion. Lisa Gardner of Dewey Beach, who was award- ed the William E. Meakin Memorial Award, a $500 award to a junior or senior who meets the scholarship criteria of academic performance and who has a dis- , tinguished record of community service, the award commemorates a fine young man who loved his fel- low human beings as much as he loved history. Lanren M. Kelley of Rehoboth, who was named to Alpha Kappa Delta, a national honor society in sociology. Gina A. Ferraro of Milisboro, who was named to Alpha Lambda Delta, a national honor society that recognizes superior scholarship in a student's first year at the university; and to Mu Iota Sigma, a man- agement information systems honor society. Sarah Jane Golding of Millsboro, who was named to Omicron Delta Epsilon, an international honorary society recognizing scholastic attainment in economics. Nicole A. Starr of Milton, who was tapped for Mortar Board, an honor society that recognizes out- standing scholarship, leadership and service Four LID faculty members were honored for their mastery of their subject matters; sensitivity to the interests, 'needs and concerns of students; and the ability to broaden their students' perspectives. These faculty members, who were chosen primarily on the basis of thoughtful evaluations written by students, include Kenneth Campbell, assistant professor of political science and international relations; Michael GameI-McCormick, assistant professor of individual and family studies; Eileen Grycky, assistant profes- sor of music; and Jeffrey Jordan, assistant professor of philosophy. I Condon attends ground search, rescue school Civil Air Patrol, United States Air Force Auxiliary, recently con: ducted the National Ground Search and Rescue (NGSAR) School at Camp Atterbury, Ind. The school is designed to provide quality, consistent training for Civil Air Patrol ground team members in ground search and rescue techfiiques. This year, more than 200 cadets and senior members from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico participated, including William Condon, 14, of Rehoboth Beach, who is a mem- ber of the Dover Cadet Squadron. This is the fourth year the school has been offered. Attendees, both cadets and senior- members, are divided into vary- ing skill levels. The basic school introduces students to ground search and res- cue training and the advanced school provides more extensive training. This year, a mission base staff school is being offered for the first time that focuses on train- ing future search managers in the Incident Command System func- tions. The basic school provides the student with a working know- ledge of ground team member function such as land navigation and search patterns, electronic direction finding equipment, basic first aid and CPR as well as personal safety and survival in the field. Students also learned the elements of accident scene man- agement, blood borne pathogen control and victim stabilization. The task-oriented teaching method provides students with classroom instruction and practi- cal skill drills. The school culminated with written exams, practical skill drills, and a missing person mis- sion scenario. Students were briefed on the exercise and quick- ly moved into action to assemble teams, write assignments and deploy a mobile communication relay station. "This is the first year that we have utilized a remote communi- cations site for the school," said Major Bob Spencer, NGSAR instructor and retired Army sergeant major. "Operationally, " this will significantly increase our communications capabilities from the field." The activity has grown expo- nentially over the last four years and has become the largest spe- cial activity that Civil Air Patrol conducts. In order to attend, cadets must submit applications and be selected for participation.