College of Arts & Science Honors Distinguished Alumni
The College of Arts and Science hosted its 37th Annual A&S Banquet at the Reynolds Alumni Center Feb. 23 to honor four distinguished alumni: Marcia Chatelain, BA ’01 religious studies, BJ ‘01; Thomas Fomby, MA ’73, PhD ’75 economics; Beth Snyder, BFA ’02 art; and Jim Williams, BA ’51, MA ’52 geology. A&S students presented undergraduate research and study abroad poster presentations, and the A&S Student Council recognized three Chalk Award recipients.
Dean Pat Okker hosted the evening; she briefly discussed the state of the college and introduced A&S Student Council President Brooke Lappe and Vice President Nat Davis, who recognized the 2017 winners of the college’s Chalk Awards for excellence in teaching and advising.
The Purple Chalk Award recipient is Assistant Research Professor Eric Parsons of the Department of Economics; the Green Chalk Award, given in recognition of a graduate instructor’s excellence, went to graduate teaching assistant Troy Hall in the Department of Philosophy; and the Blue Chalk Award, which honors excellence in academic advising, was awarded to Brittony Corneillier, an adviser in the Division of Biological Sciences.
Prior to the banquet, students presented posters featuring their Undergraduate Research Mentorship and study-abroad programs in the Great Room at the Alumni Center. During the banquet, Alexa Thein, a senior majoring in international studies and Spanish discussed the Undergraduate Research Mentorship Program; Amanda Steineman, a junior majoring in classical humanities and business, talked about her study-abroad experiences in Greece; and Matthew Richards, a junior majoring in chemistry, discussed the importance of scholarships.
Emeritus Professor of Communication Michael Porter once again served as emcee of the A&S banquet.