Mark James Heckmann '11, President's Medalist
B.A. in sociology/anthropology and communication
Mark, you have served the College in areas that are foundational to a liberal arts education and to Denison’s culture. As one of your professors writes, “I cannot think of another student who better exemplifies the mission of the university: he is truly an autonomous thinker, discerning moral agent, and active citizen, and I am inexpressibly proud to have been one of his teachers.” With a passion for ideas and understanding, you have excelled in your studies as a double major in Sociology/Anthropology and Communication, serving as a fellow in both departments and a tutor in Academic Support, presenting your work at conferences, and maintaining a noteworthy 3.82 cumulative GPA. Another professor writes, in your concern “for understanding better the warp and woof of our public discourse, we have someone who vigorously insists on the careful study of the ways we argue, and the consequences of those arguments for the worlds we make.” That thoughtful and respectful approach has played a role in your many other contributions to the Denison community. Across campus, you have served as a Leadership Fellow, president of Mortar Board and Lambda Pi Eta, and Vice President and Alumni Relations Chair of Beta Theta Pi. On the volleyball court, you were an assistant coach for the women’s team and head coach for the men’s and women’s club teams. As an RA and then a Head Resident responsible for the health and safety of more than 400 students, and as a member of the Student Code of Conduct Appeals Board, yours was a critical voice in addressing issues of accountability and how we create the conditions under which we can hold ourselves and one another to high standards. Through your work on campus issues, on urban planning in Pittsburgh last summer, and with financial literacy among the low-income and homeless in neighboring Newark, you prove that you are not just a lofty thinker. You are also pragmatic and action oriented, committed to changing communities for the better, and to doing the hard slogging work that goal requires. Mark, with this medal, we thank you for helping us to develop our sense community at Denison through the venues in which we learn, live, communicate, work, and play.
Dean’s List; Office of Campus and Residential Life - Head Resident, Resident Assistant; Communication Department -Fellow; Distinguished Leadership Award; Sociology/Anthropology Department - Fellow; Senior Gift Committee –Fundraiser; Office of Academic Support and Enrichment - English/Writing, Sociology/Anthropology and Communication Tutor; Department of Communication - Teaching Assistant; Mortar Board - President; University Appeals Board –Student Representative; Leadership Fellows –Fellow (Stretch!, O.N.E.); Common Hour Conversation Initiative –Group Moderator; Lambda Pi Eta, (National Communication Honorary) -President; Beta Theta Pi Fraternity -Vice President, Alumni Relations Chairman, House Manager; The LeaderShape Institute; Sophomore QUEST Initiative –Facilitator; Women’s Varsity Volleyball –Assistant Coach; Men’s and Women’s Club Volleyball - Head Coach; DePauw University Undergraduate Honors Conference – Greencastle, IN - Presenter; University of St. Thomas Undergraduate Research Conference – St. Paul, MN; Phi Beta Kappa; Lambda Alpha (National Anthropology Honorary); Alpha Kappa Delta (National Sociology Honorary); Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities & Colleges; The James Huchison-Lionel B. Crocker Scholarship; The K.I. Brown Scholarship