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Recipients of the college's Alumni Achievement Awards are (from left) Susan
L. Buck, Matthew B. Geller, Guillermina Gonzalez-Sobrero, Lawrence M.
Principe and Kendel Sibiski Ehrlich, with Dean George Watson.
The University of Delaware’s College of Arts and Sciences recognized the accomplishments of alumni, faculty and students at its annual spring Celebrating Achievement and Success event.
Held Tuesday, May 20, in the Roselle Center for the Arts, this year’s
celebration honored five alumni and five faculty members with college
awards. Dean George Watson also recognized faculty members and students
who previously received University awards and other honors this year,
along with 23 promotion and tenure appointments that were announced earlier this month.
Watson presented college Alumni Achievement Awards to:
Susan L. Buck, who received a master’s degree in 1991 from the
Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation and a
doctorate in art conservation research in 2003, is a private art
conservator and teacher who is widely recognized as an expert in paint
and finish analysis.
Kendel Sibiski Ehrlich, who received her bachelor’s degree in
criminal justice in 1983 and then earned a Juris Doctor degree from the
University of Baltimore Law School, was formerly an assistant public
defender, a prosecutor and the first lady of Maryland and now teaches
Matthew B. Geller, who earned his master’s degree in fine arts
from UD in 1978, is a sculptor who has received numerous fellowships,
grants and commissions to display his award-winning art in public
spaces, as well as in museums and galleries, throughout the U.S. and
Guillermina Gonzalez-Sobrero, a 2009 graduate of the Master of
Arts in Liberal Studies program who began her career working for
multinational corporations and then took that expertise to the nonprofit
sector, is executive director of the Delaware Arts Alliance and holds
leadership roles in many other arts and advocacy organizations.
Lawrence M. Principe, whoearned two bachelor’s degree
at UD in 1983, in chemistry and in liberal studies, is an authority on
the history of science and is the Drew Professor of the Humanities and
director of the Charles S. Singleton Center for the Study of Premodern
Europe, both at Johns Hopkins University.
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Recipients of the college's 2014 faculty excellence awards are (from left) Karl Booksh and Melissa Ianetta (both for service), Christopher Penna (advising), Tobin Driscoll (scholarship) and Christine Cucciarre (teaching), with Dean George Watson.
College faculty awards
The college honored five faculty members with awards for excellence in advising, scholarship, teaching and service.
Christopher Penna, associate professor of English, received
the college’s Outstanding Advising Award for his dedicated work in
advising students and in using that experience to enrich their
educational opportunities and to press for more innovative and effective
approaches to teaching. “He is that most valuable of advisers,” Watson
said, “the person who knows how the system works and the person who
knows exactly what to do when the system doesn’t work.”
Tobin Driscoll, professor of mathematical sciences, received
the Outstanding Scholar Award for his fundamental contributions in
numerical analysis, scientific computing and software development, and
applied mathematics. His widely published scholarly work has received
more than 3,000 citations and has been consistently funded by the
National Science Foundation. Letters supporting Driscoll’s award
nomination called him “one of the most outstanding numerical analysts of
Christine Cucciarre, assistant professor of English, was
presented the college’s Outstanding Teaching Award for work that was
described as passionate and “distinguished at every level — in classroom
teaching, mentoring, advising, teaching across campus and service to
the profession in the teaching of writing.” Cucciarre’s classroom
teaching consistently receives the highest ratings from student
“The high level of faculty service across the college made choosing
one recipient for the Excellence in Service Award difficult, so this
year, we settled on two,” Watson said.
Karl Booksh, professor of chemistry, was recognized for his
service as “a tireless and committed advocate for students from diverse
populations [who] works diligently to help minority students and those
with disabilities find their way in the fields of science, technology,
engineering and math.” Booksh is a leader in the national scientific
community on the subjects of disability and diversity in chemistry and
helped produce a handbook, Teaching Chemistry to Students with Disabilities.
Melissa Ianetta, associate professor of English and director
of writing in the University Writing Center, also received the college’s
Excellence in Service award, recognizing work that “has truly been
exemplary, both on campus and in the larger professional community.” As
director of writing for the past nine years, Ianetta has provided
leadership both in required writing courses and in numerous student- and
faculty-focused writing initiatives throughout the campus.
Also at the Celebrating Achievement and Success event, Watson recognized faculty members and students who previously received University awards.
Those included three faculty members who were presented Excellence in Teaching awards at this month’s Faculty Senate meeting: Dana S. Chatellier, education specialist and instructor in chemistry and biochemistry; Iris Busch, assistant professor of German in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures; and Dannagal Goldthwaite Young, assistant professor of communication.
In addition to the University’s faculty awards for teaching,
two graduate students received Excellence in Graduate Student Teaching
awards for their work as teaching assistants: Nadezda Anatolyevna Stepicheva, doctoral student in biological sciences; and Yiben Wang, doctoral student in chemistry and biochemistry.
Watson also recognized the graduating seniors, both with majors in the College of Arts and Sciences, who previously received awards from the UD Alumni Association as the outstanding man and woman in the Class of 2014. Ryan Leonard received this year’s Alexander J. Taylor Sr. Award, and Brielle Gerry received the Emalea Pusey Warner award.
Other accomplishments the college marked this academic year were recognized in a slide show that was featured at the celebration.
The presentations were followed by a reception, which included a
performance by UD’s award-winning student a cappella group Vocal Point.
For a PowerPoint presentation about the college’s achievements and successes, click here.