A&S Week Culminates with Banquet to Honor Alumni and Friends

A&S award winners

The College of Arts and Science honored three distinguished alumni and two friends of the college for their distinguished service to the college during the Arts and Science banquet at the Reynolds Alumni Center Feb. 17. Recipients Jeanne Sinquefield, Rick Ross, Mark Wilkins, and Paul Leath pose for a photo during the reception (not pictured – Yvonne Clark)

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The College of Arts and Science honored three distinguished alumni and two friends of the college for their distinguished service to A&S during the 36th annual Arts and Science Banquet at the Reynolds Alumni Center, Feb. 17. The banquet, the culmination of Arts and Science Week on campus, is a celebration of all things A&S. Interim Dean Patricia Okker presented Distinguished Service Awards to Yvonne Lou Murray Clark, BGS ’76, and Jeanne Cairns Sinquefield for their financial support and devotion to the college. Okker also presented Distinguished Alumni Awards to Paul Leath, BS ’61, MS ’63, PhD ’66 physics; Rick Ross, BS ’91 chemistry, BFA ’91, MA ’97 philosophy; and Mark Wilkins, BA ’90 political science.

Interim Dean Patricia Okker

Okker hosted the evening; she briefly discussed the state of the college and introduced A&S Student Council President Hannah Oliver and Vice President Drew Hill, who recognized the 2016 winners of the college’s Chalk Awards for excellence in teaching and advising.

Purple Chalk Award recipients included Grant Elliott, assistant professor of geography; Huichun Liang, an instructor of Chinese in the Department of German and Russian Studies; Peter Markie, professor of philosophy; and Vitor Trindade, associate professor of economics.

Winners of the Blue Chalk Advising Awards included Alex Anderson and Vicki Boyd-Kennedy, academic advisers at the Student Success Center, and Deborah Huelsbergen, Curators’ Teaching Professor of Art.

The recipients of the Green Chalk Teaching Awards included Kate Harlin, a graduate teaching assistant in the Department of English; Ray Nguyen, a graduate teaching assistant in the Department of Mathematics; and “Pete” Punthasee, a graduate teaching assistant in the Department of Chemistry.

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, Diana Harmata discussed her study-abroad experiences in France, Derick Roy talked about the Undergraduate Research Mentorship Program, and Blake Splitter discussed the importance of scholarships.

Blake Splitter, Derick Roy, Diana Harmata, and Interim Dean Pat Okker

Emeritus Professor of Communication Michael Porter once again served as emcee for the festivities.

Emeritus Professor of Communication Michael Porter

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