Vice President Clark Ross, who recently announced his plan to retireme at the end of the school year, was the featured speaker at the Fall Convocation where Davidson College honored outstanding students and faculty.

Professor William K. “Bill” Mahony and Donna Molinek became the 11th and 12th faculty members to receive Boswell Family Faculty Fellowships that helps professors afford a full sabbatical.

Alan Michael Parker, professor of English and director of creative writing, was appointed to the Douglas Houchens Professorship. Parker’s recent book of poetry, “Long Division,” won this year’s North Carolina Book Award for poetry.

W.R. Grey Professor of Classics and History Peter Krentz received the Thomas Jefferson Award, which honors a faculty member who by personal influence, teaching, writing and scholarship promotes the high ideals of Thomas Jefferson.

The college presented the annual Goodwin-Exxon Awards to a sophomore, junior and senior who exemplify the highest standards of character, good sportsmanship, friendliness and consideration for others.

The sophomore winner was Rahael E. Borchers, a Belk Scholar from Pleasanton, Calif.

The junior class winner is College Union co-president Cameron R. Joe of Concord,.

The senior winner is Bonner Scholar Melodie Mendez, president of the Organization of Latin American Students, from Bronx, N.Y.