10:37 a.m., May 20, 2009----It's a pleasant problem to have so many accolades they cannot all fit into one speech. On May 13, Tom Apple, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, faced that sunny squeeze with his State of the College remarks.
“Great faculty create compelling programs that attract great students -- they in turn attract great faculty and the beat goes on,” Apple said. “Quality spirals. Our Arts and Sciences faculty and student awards attest to that.”
About 150 attendees gathered in the Thompson Theatre of the Roselle Center for the Arts to hear the details of the state of the college, which Apple remarked “is sound.”
He individually mentioned approximately 40 faculty and students, both graduate and undergraduate. Their accomplishments, awards, and honors include named professorships, career awards, fellowships, grants, execution of successful events, implementation of a telecourse, international work, renowned artistic endeavors, exploration of the world's poles and more.
Apple credited his colleagues with the upward trajectory of the college.
The ceremony honored four faculty members chosen by a college committee as outstanding in the areas of scholarship, teaching, service and advisement. They are Ann Ardis, professor of English and associate dean; Ralph Begleiter, Edward and Elizabeth Goodman Rosenberg Professor of Communication and Distinguished Journalist in Residence; Cort Wilmott, professor of geography; and Ben Yagoda, professor of English.
Four additional faculty members received University awards for teaching, advising and mentoring. They are Terrence Harvey, assistant professor of computer and information sciences; Deborah Bieler, assistant professor of English; Peter Rees, associate professor of geography; and April Veness, associate professor of geography.
Article by Andrea Boyle
Photos by Duane Perry