The 2019 College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences Awards and Honors Ceremony and Reception took place on April 2 in Owens Banquet Hall. Presenting this year’s awards were Dean Rosemary Blieszner, Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Research E. Thomas Ewing, and Joseph Pitt, Philosophy and chair of the college’s Honors and Awards Committee.
Certificate of Teaching Excellence recipients were: Nancy López-Romero, Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures; Paul Quigley, History; Robert P. Stephens, History; Vinodh Venkatesh, Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures; and Abby Walker, English.
Excellence in Research and Creative Scholarship Award recipients were: Aarnes Gudmestad, Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures; Brett Jones, School of Education; and Brian Thorsett, School of Performing Arts. Recognized as Land Grant Scholars were Barbara Allen, Science, Technology, and Society, and Katrina M. Powell, English.
Those presented with an Excellence in Outreach and International Initiatives Award were Yasuko Kumazawa, Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures, and Paul Quigley, History.
Heather Gumbert, associate chair, History, garnered the Excellence in Administration Award.
This year’s ceremony included a staff award in addition to faculty awards. Katie Akers, fiscal technician Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures, received the Staff Employee of the Year Award.
The featured speakers at this year’s ceremony were Kumazawa, Sierra, Thorsett, and Walker.