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Bethlehem, Pa., March 23, 2005— Moravian College junior Amanda Logan is one of three recipients of the Washington Semester Margaret A. Weekes Award for the fall 2004 semester. She was chosen from a field of approximately 500 students who spent the semester at American University in Washington, D.C.
The award is given each semester to the select students who participated in the Washington Semester Program and exhibited the characteristics of Weekes. The university lists these qualities as “a love of learning, experiential learning particular; energy and enthusiasm; multi-tasking and problem solving skills; an ability to listen to, learn from, and care about others; an ability to think critically and extrapolate ‘the big picture’ from experience; and an appreciation of, and dedication to, the Washington Semester community.” Weekes came to the American University faculty in 1991. She has served in several capacities, including associate dean of the Washington Semester Program, a position that she left last May to become dean of the School of Public Affairs.
Logan is a Political Science and Economics double major from Idaho Falls, Idaho. During the course of her semester in the nation’s capital, she participated in the Transforming Communities Seminar, interned at the National Low Income Housing Coalition, volunteered at the DC Employment Justice Center, worked to get out the vote with the Emily’s List political action committee, held a work study job planning events for the Washington Semester campus, and took a night class in American Sign Language. She calls her experiences through the program “the most inspiring four months of my life thus far. When people ask me what my favorite part of my semester was, I have to answer, ‘Everything!’”