Recognition of Student and Faculty Excellence

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Millikin Honors Convocation Distinguished Faculty Lecturer Award

The Millikin University Honors Convocation, whichs takes place each year in mid-to-late April, honors the very best students and faculty members at Millikin University on an annual basis.

Each year, the Millikin faculty vote to select one of their own as the Distinguished Faculty Lecturer. This honored faculty member delivers the keynote address at our Honors Convocation.

Faculty who have held the Millikin Distinguished Faculty Lecturer Award include:

  • 2018 Dan Monroe
  • 2017 Stephen Frech
  • 2016 Michael Luxner
  • 2015 W. Thomas Duncanson
  • 2014 David Burdick
  • 2013 Mary Jane Linton
  • 2012 Ngozi Onuora
  • 2011 James Schietinger
  • 2010 Judith Parrish
  • 2009 Robert Money
  • 2008 Ray Boehmer
  • 2007 Ralph Czerwinski
  • 2006 Rick Bibb
  • 2005 Clarence Josefson
  • 2004 Denise Myers
  • 2003 JoEllen Jacobs
  • 2002 Debra Slayton
  • 2001 Larry Troy
  • 2000 Shelly Cordulack
  • 1999 James Rauff
  • 1998 Brian Mihm
  • 1997 Ed Yonan
  • 1996 Homer Smith
  • 1995 Darlene Hoffman
  • 1994 Richard Pacholski
  • 1993 Richard Ferry
  • 1992 Mildred Boaz
  • 1991 Henry Gromoll
  • 1990 Gorden Forbes
  • 1989 Daniel Guillory
  • 1988 Robert McIntire
  • 1987 William Bodamer
  • 1986 Ron Shelton
  • 1985 Arvid Adell
  • 1984 David H. Marshall
  • 1983 Graham Provan

Dr. Ralph A. Czerwinski Teaching Excellence and Leadership Award

Formerly underwritten by the Sears-Roebuck Foundation, the Dr. Ralph A. Czerwinski Teaching Excellence and Leadership Award is now funded by an endowment in honor of Dr. Ralph A. Czerwinski, Dean and Professor Emeritus, and carries a small stipend for the awardee. The guidelines for the award state, "A faculty member should be selected who has made a distinctive difference in such areas as classroom teaching, campus leadership, pioneering teaching methodology, creative course development, or instructional support."

The winner of the award becomes the keynote speaker for opening freshman convocation each year.

The award winner is chosen by a selection committee that includes represenatives from the faculty, administration, students and alumni. Recently, the selection committee's representation have included a)three faculty members from the Council on Faculty representing major curricular divisions, b) a senior student chosen by Student Senate from its own membership, c) a recent alumnus/a, chosen by the Alumni Board, and the committee is chaired by the Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Faculty who have held the Dr. Ralph A. Czerwinski Teaching Excellence and Leadership Award include:

  • 2018 Dan Miller
  • 2017 Thomas Robson
  • 2016 Ngozi Onuora
  • 2015 Jennifer Schroeder
  • 2014 J. Mark Munoz
  • 2013 Paris Barnes
  • 2012 Judith Parrish
  • 2011 Laura Ledford
  • 2010 James Rauff
  • 2009 Mariann Robertson
  • 2008 Anne Matthews
  • 2007 Randy Brooks
  • 2006 Ed Acheson
  • 2005 Linda Slagell
  • 2004 Darlene Hoffman
  • 2003 Sharon Alpi
  • 2002 Mary Ellen Poole
  • 2001 Robert McIntire
  • 2000 Barry Pearson
  • 1999 Clarence Josefson
  • 1998 Cheryl Chamblin
  • 1997 James St. James
  • 1996 Catherine Kaha
  • 1995 David Golden
  • 1994 Brian Mihm
  • 1993 Homer Smith
  • 1992 Dave Marshall
  • 1991 Ron Shelton
  • 1990 Bill Williams
  • 1989 Richard Hoffland
  • 1988 Marv Klaven

James Millikin Scholars Educator of the Year Award

Each year, Millikin students who are James Millikin Scholar seniors vote to select their preference for the JMS Educator of the Year. They choose from a list of faculty who have taught courses in the Honors Program over the last three years, during the time that these students spent in the program at Millikin.

They choose the JMS Educator of the Year based upon the criteria of the faculty member who has made the greatest impact upon them as honors scholars, who demonstrated outstanding teaching skills, and who showed a respect and appreciation for student learning both in and out of the classroom.

The JMS Educator of the Year is honored by having his or her name placed on a plaque displayed in the faculty lounge and she or he receives a small gift from the Honors Program.

Faculty who have held the JMS Educator of the Year Award include:

  • 2018 Anne Matthews
  • 2017 Ngozi Onuora
  • 2016 Judith Crowe
  • 2015 Michael Hartsock
  • 2014 Eric Roark
  • 2013 Randy Brooks
  • 2012 Nancy Curtin
  • 2011 Carmella Braniger
  • 2009 Anne Matthews
  • 2008 Michael O'Conner
  • 2007 Robert Money
  • 2006 Brian Posler
  • 2005 Marianne Robertson
  • 2004 Denise Myers
  • 2003 James Rauff
  • 2002 Daniel Guillory
  • 2001 Sam Galewsky
  • 2000 Rosemarie King
  • 1999 Clarence Josefson
  • 1998 Linda Schenke-Llano
  • 1997 Cheryl Chamblin
  • 1996 James Dahl

Millikin Alpha Lambda Delta Freshman Teacher of the Year

Each spring, Alpha Lambda Delta, the Freshman-Sophomore Scholastic Honorary, names a faculty member as an outstanding contributor to freshman learning. The faculty member is chosen on the basis of the ability to teach, knowledge of subject area, ability to present material in a clear and understandable fashion, ability to motivate students to self-discovery in learning, and for the care and concern shown to students in and out of the classroom. The focus is on teachers who teach several classes at the freshman level.

The current Alpha Lambda Delta active members nominate candidates and participate in the preliminary voting. A special committee of Alpha Lambda Delta makes the final selection.

The Outstanding Teacher is honored by having his or her name placed on a plaque displayed in the faculty lounge, receives a gift from Alpha Lambda Delta, and receives an Honorary Membership into the Scholastic Society. The Outstanding Teacher also addresses the next year's new initiates during their initiation ceremony.

Faculty who have been chosen for the Alpha Lambda Delta Teacher of the Year Award include:

  • 2018 Chris Cunnings
  • 2017 Timothy Guasco
  • 2016 Judith Parrish
  • 2015 Alex Miller
  • 2014 Eric Roark
  • 2013 Paris Barnes
  • 2012 Michael Hartsock
  • 2011 Tony Magagna
  • 2010 Anne Matthews
  • 2009 Judith Crowe
  • 2008 Carmella Braniger
  • 2007 Tina Nicholson
  • 2006 Michael O'Conner
  • 2005 Paul Haspel
  • 2004 Nancy DeJoy
  • 2003 Linda Schinke-Llano
  • 2002 Bonnie Guzenhauser
  • 2001 Robert Money
  • 2000 Eligie Wilson
  • 1999 Millie Boaz
  • 1998 JoEllen Jacobs
  • 1997 Annette Russo
  • 1996 Marianne Robertson
  • 1995 Denise Myers
  • 1994 Clarence Josefson
  • 1993 Ron Shelton
  • 1992 Thersa Shepherd
  • 1991 Brian Mihm
  • 1990 James Rauff
  • 1989 Daniel Guillory
  • 1988 Phillip Tinch
  • 1987 Cheryl Chamblin

Outstanding JMS Project of the Year

Each year, we award one senior with the Outstanding James Millikin Scholars Project Award. Although each and every JMS projects is outstanding in its own way, we seek out the most exceptional projects from each academic year. These projects, nominated by faculty advisors and readers, are noted as being the best of the projects for any particular year. A team of members from the Faculty Honors Committee reads each of the nominated projects, attends the presentations of those nominated and votes for the outstanding JMS project. The winner of this award is presented with a certificate and a check and recognized at the Senior Graduation Dinner.

Students who have been chosen for the Outstanding JMS Project of the Year Award include:

  • 2018 Research Project of the Year - Elyse Schnabel, “The Effects of Sulfate on Stress Physiology and Innate Immunity of Western Mosquitofish (Gambusia affinis).” Advisor, Professor Travis Wilcoxen
  • 2018 Creative Project of the Year - Sydney Doherty, “Date to Burn: a Graphic Novel.” Advisor, Dr. Ngozi Onuora
  • 2018 Entrepreneurial Project of the Year - Katherine Viviano, “Big Blue Revue.” Advisor, Dean Laura Ledford
  • 2017 Outstanding Research Project - Shelby Chesko, "Quantification of Lead in Central Illinois Birds of Prey." Advisor, Professor Travis Wilcoxen
  • 2017 Outstanding Creative Project - Sarah Suits, "Monster Trap: A Graphic Novella." Advisor, Dr. Randy Brooks
  • 2012 - 2016 - Not awarded
  • 2011 - Carla Sweet, "A Cycle of Origins." Advisor, Professor Denise Myers
  • 2010 - Robert Arn, "Photography at Night: An Introduction to Inexpensive Photography." Advisor, Professor Dan Miller
  • 2009 - Natalie Perfetti, "Revolution, Evolution & Tradition in the Poetry of Suzuki, Sexton, and Akiko." Advisor, Professor Carmella Braniger
  • 2008 - Jamie Devitt, "A Concert of South Asian Dance." Advisor, Professor Lori Bales
  • 2007 - Nicole Johnson, "To Thine Own Self Be True, A look at Parfit's theory of self and survival." Advisor, Dr. Robert Money
  • 2006 - Brooke Christensen, "Exploring Contemporary Culture through an Early Theatrical Form: An In-Depth Experience with Commedia dell' Arte." Advisor, Professor Denise Myers
  • 2005 - Angelica Basalmo, "Teatro Traducido: Luna Negra (Translated Theatre: "Black Moon"), Advisors, Professors Lori Bales and David Thompson
  • 2004 - Danielle LaSusa, "Beyond the Frame: Atomism in the Epistemology and Aesthetics of Photography (Thesis) AND From Stone to Stand (Manuscript)." Advisor, Dr. Jo Ellen Jacobs
  • 2003 - Lucas Bills, "A Comparative Study of the Risk Taking Propensities of Entrepreneurs and Managers within Corporations." Advisor, Dr. Sharon Alpi
  • 2002 - Brianna Borger, "Pete: The Poet Who Didn't Know It! -a play for young audiences-, Developing Theatre For Children: "Pete: The Poet Who Didn't Know It." Advisor, Professor Denise Myers
  • 2001 - Molly Hartman, "L'es Excisees: Colles qui ont perdu une partie de la via (The Excised: Those who have lost a part of their life)." Advisor, Dr. Cheryl Toman
  • 2000 - Brian Stolz, "Using DNA To find a Polynomial-Time Solution to the Cubic Subgraph NP-Complete Problem." Advisor, Dr. James Rauff