APPLETON, WIS. — Two members of the Lawrence faculty have been named to endowed professorships. Professor of French Eilene Hoft-March has received the Milwaukee-Downer College and College Endowment Association Professorship. Associate Professor of Government William Hixon received the Gordon R. Clapp Chair in American Studies. These awards are in recognition of scholarly achievement and teaching excellence. APPLETON, WIS. — Daniel O’Connor, a Lawrence junior, earned first place in the Regional Competition for Young Organists. The competition, held at the First Presbyterian Church in Albuquerque, N.M. June 28, is among the most prestigious competitions for emerging organists. APPLETON, WIS. — Four Lawrence students received $5,000 scholarships to participate in off-campus study opportunities during the 2009-10 academic year. The awards were granted by the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program, based in Washington, D.C. Scholarship recipients included seniors Dario LaPoma and Jennifer Grogan and juniors Roy Wimer and Drift Martinez. APPLETON, WIS — The Henry Luce Foundation has awarded a grant to two Lawrence faculty members who will be studying water resource management in China. The $30,000 grant will allow the two faculty members and 10 students to travel to China in December. The faculty and students will be visiting the Pearl and Yangtze Rivers during the two-week trip. APPLETON, WIS — G.I. Jobs magazine has rated Lawrence among the most military-friendly schools in the nation. Lawrence’s designation as a “Military Friendly School” for 2010 places Lawrence in the top 15 percent of schools ranked for military friendliness. APPLETON, WIS — Lawrence Conservatory Professor Fred Sturm has created a composition that will be featured in a week-long tour by the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra that features Gary Burton. Sturm’s arrangement of the jazz piece “Yes and No” is his third collaboration with the Scottish orchestra.