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Convocation Opens Eckerd College's 53rd Academic Year

posted on 09/18/2012

This is the ethos of community that teaches not only that we are all in this together, but that what we are in together - being fully, truly, and deeply invested in a community - can be a grand humane enterprise, perhaps even a spiritual one. This is the highest calling of the liberal arts college.
- Dr. Donald R. Eastman III, President, Eckerd College

Students, faculty, staff and members of the Eckerd College community celebrated the opening of the 53rd academic year during Convocation on September 5, 2012.

Convocation 2012

President Donald Eastman, Acting Vice-President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty Suzan Harrison, Dean of Students Jim Annarelli, Professor Barnet Hartston (Chair of the Faculty Coordinating Committee), The Rev. Douglas McMahon (Director of Campus Ministries and Chaplain), Rhemy Brezin '13 (President of the Eckerd College Organization of Students), welcomed our new students, returning students in the Classes of 2013 through 2015, and new faculty and staff.

Eckerd professors chosen to receive the John M. Bevan Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership Award and the Lloyd W. Chapin Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Art were also recognized.

The Eckerd College Concert Choir, under the direction of Professor Marion Smith, and the Eckerd College Band and New Horizons at Eckerd College Band, under the direction of Professor David Irwin, were featured within the ceremony, a 53-year tradition in the life of the College.

Executive Staff Appointments
Suzan Harrison, Acting Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty
Kelly Kirschner
, Dean of Special Programs

Welcome, New Members of the Faculty

Michael Albrecht, Assistant Professor of Communication
Jonathan Chopan, Asssistant Professor of Creative Writing
Sara Cline, Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology
Craig Colbeck, Continuing Part-Time Assistant Professor of East Asian Studies
Shannon Collins, Continuing Part-Time Assistant Professor of Human Development
Alicia Davis
,Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology
David Dixon,Visiting Assistant Professor of Economics
Hilary Flower, Environmental Studies
Adam Guerin, Assistant Professor of History
Sara Hofmann, Continuing Part-Time Assistant Professor of Psychology
Dea Dea Huffstutler, Continuing Part-Time Assistant Professor of Spanish
Joseph Larkin
, Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Abdullah Lux,Visiting Assistant Professor of Arabic
Lorena Mihok, Continuing Part-Time Assistant Professor of Anthropology
Christina Petersen, Assistant Professor of Film Studies
Ashley Scheu, Assistant Professor of French
Daniel Spoth, Assistant Professor of Literature
George "Bud" Wynn,Visiting Assistant Professor of Management

Welcome, New Members of the Staff
Kristin Bohlander '94, Director of Human Resources
Rhonda Cowgill
, Payroll Specialist
Dave Eubanks, Associate Dean for Institutional Research and Assessment
Jessica Neander, Executive Director of the Center for Career Planning and Applied Learning

Congratulations, Award Recipients!
Marjorie D. Sanfilippo, Professor of Psychology and Associate Dean of Faculty for General Education
The John M. Bevan Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership Award - Named in honor of the College's founding academic dean, this award honors individual faculty members for nurturing a campus climate that fosters teaching at its best.

Kirk Ke Wang, Professor of Visual Arts
The Lloyd W. Chapin Award Excellence in Scholarship and the Arts - Named in honor of the Dean of Faculty, Lloyd W. Chapin, this award honors individual faculty members whose scholarship or creative art have made a significant contribution to the field in which they work.

Click here for coverage of Convocation 2012 including remarks and a photo gallery.

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