After 2010 Kemp Foundation Award for Teaching Excellence winner Wes Chapman rocked Presser Hall with a witty and erudite talk that questioned why happiness isn’t a part of liberal arts college mission statements, Professor Dan Terkla was announced as the 2011 recipient.
Terkla is the seventh current English department faculty member to win the all-university teaching award, but it’s the first time that the department has had back-to-back winners.
It’s not the first teaching award for Chapman or Terkla. Chapman received two teaching awards while a graduate teaching assistant at Cornell, and Terkla received the all-university teaching award at Dickinson College.
Also at Honors Day, Professor Barb Bowman, who retires at the end of this semester, was accorded Professor Emerita status, and additional student awards were announced. Senior Nathan Butters received the W.E. Schultz Award for Excellence in Media Management for beefing up the Titan TV news operation, while two-time Argus sports editor Ashley Jaconetti won the Harvey Beutner Award for Journalistic Excellence. And current Argus editor Nicole Travis was voted the Ashley Wilson Award for Argus Staffer of the Year by her peers. Probably just as important to Nicole, a rabid Cub fan, was that the Cubbies came from behind to beat Milwaukee!