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Accolades May 1, 2014

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Congratulations to both Professor Michael Hancher (English) and Professor Ann Waltner (history and Institute for Advanced Study) on receiving President's Awards for Outstanding Service.

Since joining the Department of English in 1972, Professor Hancher has served as Director of English Graduate Studies, CLA Associate Dean for Faculty and Research, Chair of English, and most recently Vice Chair of the Faculty Consultative Committee of the Faculty Senate, which serves as the consulting body to President Eric Kaler and as the executive committee of the Faculty Senate.

Professor Waltner will be honored for her service as the founding director of the Institute for Advanced Study with Performing the Past and Provoking the Future: Symposium on Interdisciplinary Collaboration, which will include presentations on collaborations between artist and scholars featuring Zhang Hong, Susan Mann, and Leigh Fondakowski, and a workshop exploring how collaboration can address urgent problems. The festivities will continue in the evening, with a dinner in her honor. Reservations and payment required for dinner; the symposium is free and open to the public without registration. More information.

The Office of Public Engagement, a unit of the Office of the Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, announced that graduate student Rahsaan Mahadeo (sociology) received the 2014 UMN Outstanding Community Service Student Award. Congratulations, Rahsaan!

Distinguished McKnight University Professor of English John Watkins was awarded an American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship for 2014-15. He will be a senior research visitor at the Keble College Research Committee at Oxford University during fall 2014 and spring 2015. Watkins is completing a book project on interdynastic marriage in European peacemaking from the late Middle Ages to the end of the 17th century.

Professor of English Geoff Sirc was honored March 22 at the 65th Annual Convention of the Conference on College Composition and Communication in Indianapolis with a six-speaker tribute panel entitled "Never Mind Geoffrey Sirc." The Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) is the world's largest professional organization for researching and teaching composition.

Emeritus Professor of English Peter Reed contributed an essay to the book Kurt Vonnegut Drawings, a collection of artwork by Vonnegut which will be launched on May 14, 2014, at the Margo Feiden Gallery in New York. The book is edited by Vonnegut's daughter, Nanette Vonnegut, who also provides an introduction, and is published by Monacelli Press.

Professor and former senior administrator at the University of Minnesota Ann Hill Duin (writing studies) has been named one of four NITLE Fellows (National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education). NITLE fellows are community leaders with proven backgrounds in higher education consulting and deep roots in the liberal education community. The importance of the liberal arts to technology has never been more urgent; Professor Duin's appointment will keep CLA engaged in these critical discussions. See the press release.

Two proposals from CLA groups have been awarded funds from the Graduate School's RFP for Innovative Ideas in Interdisciplinary Graduate Education: Tracey Deutsch (history), Rachel Schurman (sociology), and Emily Hoover (horticultural science) submitted a proposal for a Food Studies "field guide" and the CLA Committee on the Humanistic Commons submitted a proposal to create graduate research groups.

Rie Tanaka (MM, piano, student of Alexander Braginsky) has won the 2014 Marvin O. Mechelke II Piano Award given by Larry and Deirdre Mechelke following a competition held in their home on April 25.

Eric Schultz (MM, clarinet, student of Alexander Fiterstein) received a grant from the Rislov Foundation in Ann Arbor, MI for excellence in classical music, based on his recording of the Nielsen Clarinet Concerto performed in a faculty/student recital at MacPhail Center for Music in February. This summer he will attend the AlpenKammerMusik music festival in Austria as a scholarship recipient and the only clarinetist.

All four English PhD candidates nominated for a Graduate School Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship received the award. The DDF supports students in writing dissertations across an academic year. Congrats to Andrew Marzoni, Wes Burdine, Mike Rowe, and Ben Utter.

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