How can a future-oriented liberal arts college celebrate and recognize the talent and achievements of its undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, chairs, and staff from its eight dynamic departments and four diverse interdisciplinary programs?
One way is to take quality time near the conclusion of each academic year to honor those with extraordinary achievements, making our college better as a result of their impressive contributions.
Another way is to salute our eight departments through a cavalcade of unique posters, leading from the SURC Ballroom entrance to our college’s 2017 Year-End Celebration right up to the podium.
And let’s not forget that each one of these theatre-style posters included our hashtag: #CAHProud.
We are indeed, #CAHProud.
Who is better at telling our story of overachievement than each of our departments? Consider the contributions of our Department of Art in nurturing the skills of students dreaming of painting, sculpting, and designing the next masterpiece.
How about our Department of Communication, offering degrees in Communication Studies, Digital Journalism, and Public Relations, thus preparing the next generation of story tellers to advocate and report the news, stories, and information that society needs.
Our Department of English aims to develop scholars in the world’s Lingua Franca, and recently received the state’s only “Big Read” grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).
Our Department of History prepares our students to succeed as evidenced by alumnus Lori Bohn, a Boeing Systems Planner. The department emphasizes both historical knowledge and historical modes of understanding.
Our recent “Community Day of Music” was the centerpiece for our poster presenting our Department of Music. The department prepares students for careers in music, providing them with the skills to become knowledgeable and confident music educators, performers, and practitioners.
There are three primary reasons to major in philosophy or religious studies: Earn more, score higher, love what you do. Philosophy majors are paid well because employers want talented people who can think critically, communicate clearly, and solve complex problems.
The Department of Theatre Arts produces fabulous shows each season (e.g., Chicago, The Musical and Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream), both on the main stage and in studio (workshop) settings. These opportunities and many others allow students to put classroom theory into practice as part of the regular season of Central Theatre Ensemble, the department’s production wing.
Study abroad (e.g., Spanish Professor Dr. Eric Mayer’s student hike along Spain’s legendary Camino de Santiago de Compostela) are among the opportunities provided by our Department of World Languages and Cultures. The department offers majors in five languages, and minors in eight more.
Besides extolling our eight dynamic departments, the main purpose of the College of Arts and Humanities Year-End Celebration was to recognize the accomplishments of our award winners:
Thomas Gause Award for Achievement in Music: Composition, Taylor Griffin
Betty E. Evans Award for Achievement in Creative Writing: Poetry, Jason Days
CAH Award for Achievement in Non-Fiction Writing: Creative Writing: Joshua Swainston
The George Stillman Award for Achievement in Art, Austin Harris
CAH Award for Achievement in Performance: Live Performance, Joshua Johnson
Raymond Smith Award for Achievement in Scholarship, Sophia Andarovna
Marji Morgan Outstanding Student Award, Omar Manza
Marji Morgan Outstanding Student Award, McKenzie Lakey
Outstanding Graduate Student Scholarship Award, Lexi Renfro
Outstanding Graduate Student Artistic Achievement Award, Brock Jensen
Outstanding Faculty Teaching Award, Gary Bartlett (Philosophy and Religious Studies)
Outstanding Faculty Research Award, Cesar Garcia (Communication)
Outstanding Faculty Artistic Achievement Award, Vijay Singh (Music)
Outstanding Faculty Service Award, Michael Johnson (World Languages)
Outstanding Non-Tenure Track Faculty Teaching Award, Kirsten Boldt-Neurohr (Music)
Achievement Award for Inclusivity and Diversity, Cynthia Coe (Philosophy and Religious Studies)
Outstanding Employee Award, Sara Carroll (Music)
Outstanding Department Chair Award, Marji Morgan (Communication)
Most of all, our Year-End Celebration provided all of us an opportunity to thank Dr. Marji Morgan for her leadership, her track record as college dean for nearly a decade, and for her willingness to serve as the interim chair of our Department of Communication for the past two years.
Starting this coming fall, Marji will return to teaching History. She will always be a great mentor, advisor, confident and most of all a wonderful friend.
Now, that calls for a Year-End Celebration!
By Stacey Robertson