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   from the issue of March 25, 2004

Convocations to honor students, faculty

UNL will honor student scholars and outstanding faculty at two Honors Convocations on March 28. Both will convene in the Lied Center for Performing Arts, and Chancellor Harvey Perlman will preside at both ceremonies.



The Rising Scholars Convocation begins at 1 p.m.; lobby doors open at noon. This convocation honors freshmen and sophomore scholars who have attained a 4.0 GPA in their academic studies. Also honored will be freshman scholars who have attained a 3.6 to a 3.99 cumulative GPA. Faculty members receiving the Annis Chaikin Sorensen Award, College Distinguished Teaching awards, Chancellor’s Exemplary Service to Students and the Student Foundation/Builders Award for Outstanding Advising will be recognized during this ceremony.

The University Scholars Convocation begins at 4 p.m. with lobby doors opening at 3 p.m. This ceremony recognizes 24 Chancellor’s Scholars who are graduating seniors who have attained 4.0 averages on all graded collegiate work at the University of Nebraska or any post-secondary educational institution. Also recognized are Superior Scholars, who are graduating seniors who have attained GPAs of 3.6 or higher, are in the upper 3 percent of their college’s senior class or have been on the honors convocation list each year since matriculating as freshmen. Also being honored are 4.0 seniors who will not graduate this year and 4.0 juniors.

Recognition will be conferred on these faculty receiving awards at the 1 p.m. Rising Scholars Ceremony:

Annis Chaikin Sorensen Award: Kenneth J. Winkle, professor and chair, history

Chancellor’s Exemplary Service to Students Award: Dennis LeBlanc, associate athletics director for academics, athletics

Student Foundation/Builders Award for Outstanding Advising: Aleidine Moeller, professor, teaching learning and teacher education

UNL College Distinguished Teaching Awards:

• Gwendolyn C. Bachman, assistant professor, School of Biological Sciences

• Andrea Bolland, associate professor, art and art history

• Allan P. Donsig, associate professor, English

• Gwendolyn A. Foster, associate professor, English

• Susan M. Hermiller, associate professor, mathematics

• Jody C. Isernhagen, associate professor, educational administration

• David D. Jones, associate professor, biological systems engineering

• Gary L. Krause, associate professor, civil engineering, Kiewit Institute

• Christine A. Marvin, associate professor, special education and communication disorders

• Susan Poser, assistant professor, College of Law

• Radha Balasubramanian, associate professor, modern languages and literatures

• Daniel T. Walters, professor, agronomy and horticulture

• Kenneth J. Winkle, professor and chair, history

• Angela M. Woodland, assistant professor, School of Accountancy.

Faculty awards being presented at the 4 p.m. University Scholars ceremony will include:

Outstanding Research and Creative Activity Award (conferred by the University of Nebraska system):

• Susan J. Rosowski, Adele Hall University Professor of English

• Alan C. Kamil, George Holmes University Professor of biological sciences and psychology

Outstanding Teaching and Instructional Creativity Award (conferred by the University of Nebraska system): Joy S. Ritchie, professor of English and director/chair of women’s studies

Charles Bessey and Willa Cather professorships:

• James E. Specht, Charles Bessey professor and professor of agronomy & horticulture

• James M. Takacs, Charles Bessey professor and professor of chemistry

• Sherilyn C. Fritz, Willa Cather professor and professor of geosciences and biological sciences

Academy of Distinguished Teachers: Paul A. Savory, associate professor, industrial and management systems engineering

George Howard-Louise Pound Distinguished Career Award: James McShane, assistant professor, English

Harold and Esther Edgerton Junior Faculty Award: Leen-kiat Soh, assistant professor, computer science and engineering

Donald R. and Mary Lee Swanson Award for Teaching Excellence: Timothy P. Carr, associate professor, nutrition and health sciences

Distinguished Educational Service Award: James Randall, professor, communications and information technology

Doc Elliott Award: R. Neale Copple, dean emeritus, College of Journalism and Mass Communications; awarded posthumously.



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