Our faculty continue to impress with their dedication, passion, and skill. And, it’s not just here in the College of Communication that we notice how good they are. Recently, two faculty members have received accolades from outside organizations.
Professor Mark Berkey-Gerard recieved the top award in the Great Ideas for Teachers competition at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication annual conference. His entry, “Building Blocks for Multimedia Storytelling,” was selected as the top submission out of 67 entries. Professor Berkey-Gerard was honored locally with Rowan’s Frances S. Johnson Junior Faculty Innovative Teaching Award. The award will be presented as part of the new faculty orientation, and the selection committee specifically commended him for his dedication to “creating an authentic learning experience for your students, one that teaches the twenty-first century skills of creativity and collaboration.”
Manda Frederick, new full-time temporary Writing Arts faculty, has been awarded the 2011 Press 53 National Open Award for Poetry, three of her poems, “Absent in its Arrival,” “Catabolic Supernova,” and “Waiting on Bats at Dusk,” forthcoming in the winners’ anthology. About her poems, the judge Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda says: “The winning entry is a stellar example of poetry at its best. Not only is this poet capable of chiseling a short poem to perfection, but he/she also presents a masterful rendering of a longer poem …. Few entries in this contest mastered the intricacies of form as well as did this set of poems, created by a visually and emotionally aware writer.” Ms. Frederick will travel to North Carolina in late October to accept her award at the launch for the anthology. More information can be found at the Press 53 web page: http://www.press53.com/OpenAwards_2011.html.
Please join me in congratulating both Ms. Frederick and Prof. Berkey-Gerard on their accomplishments.