College of Arts & Science Salutes Distinguished Alumni and Service Honorees

Tarkow, Middleton, Okker, Wojak, Dennis

Distinguished Service Honoree Ted Tarkow (left), Distinguished Alumnus Michael Middleton, Dean Patricia Okker, Distinguished Alumna Angie Wojack, and Distinguished Alumnus Gregory Dennis pose for a group photo at the 38th Annual Arts and Science Banquet at the Reynolds Alumni Center Feb. 22.

Jordan Yount
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College of Arts & Science

A groundbreaking doctor, a civil rights attorney, a talent agent for artists, and a beloved professor each was honored by the College of Arts and Science at the college’s 38th Annual A&S Banquet at the Reynolds Alumni Center Feb. 22. Dean Patricia Okker presented plaques recognizing three Distinguished Alumni: Gregory Dennis, BA ’76 biological sciences; Michael Middleton, BA ’68 political science, JD ’71; and Angie Wojak, MFA ’92. A plaque for Distinguished Service was presented to Ted Tarkow, a professor in the Department of Ancient Mediterranean Studies and former associate dean of the college, who will mark his 50th year of service to the University of Missouri in 2020.   

Dean Okker with Ted Tarkow

Dean Okker hosted the event, welcoming special guests and highlighting a number of recent faculty and staff achievements. She also introduced the president and vice president of the A&S Student Council, Mary O’Brien and Andrew Yowell, who recognized the winners of the college’s Chalk Awards for excellence in advising and teaching. George Chikhladze, an associate teaching professor in the Department of Economics, and Isabella Zaniletti, an assistant teaching professor in the Department of Statistics both received Purple Chalk Awards for faculty excellence as an instructor. The Blue Chalk Award recognizes excellence in advising. This year’s recipients were Alex Anderson, an academic adviser with the Student Success Center, and Professor Peter Nabelek of the Department of Geological Sciences. A&S students chose Kevin Hooshmand, a teaching assistant in the Division of Biological Sciences, and Michael Corcoran, a graduate teaching assistant in the Department of Psychological Sciences, to receive the Green Chalk Award for teaching assistant excellence.

George P. Smith, MU Curators Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Biological Sciences

George P. Smith, MU Curators Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Biological Sciences and Mizzou's first Nobel Prize Laureate, mingled with guests at the reception in the Great Room at the Reynolds ALumni Center.

During a reception in the Great Room at the Reynolds Alumni Center, attendees had an opportunity to view student poster presentations about internships, study abroad, and the Undergraduate Research Mentorship program.

Dean Okker with Caitlin Ung

This banquet was emceed by Tori Stepanek, who graduated from Mizzou in 2015 with a bachelor of science in atmospheric sciences. For seven years, she worked as an on-air meteorologist for KOMU 8 News in Columbia, and this past summer she was hired as an advancement officer for the College of Arts and Science.

Emcee Tori Stepanek

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