CUSTOM TEXTBOOKS—A custom-covered Art textbook was made available to students in fall 2012. Associate Professors of Art Don Bevirt and Paula McAteer created the artwork that adorns the front and back cover of their new textbook.
Stan Hatfield was the 2012-13 faculty member of the year. Hatfield is a physical science professor.
Ed Christ was the 2012-13 part-time faculty member of the year. Christ, who died March 6, received the award posthumously. He was coordinator of the U.S. Steel Learners’ Program.
Don Bevirt, professor of art, designed a sculpture located in Thoman Park in O’Fallon, Ill.
Steve Gentemann, professor of chemistry, co-authored a paper published in August 2012 in The Journal of Physical Chemistry B. The paper is titled "Molecular Motion of the Bis(maleonitriledithiolato)nickel Trianion in Solution" and includes results of work he did for his master’s thesis at St. Louis University.
Keven Hansen, associate professor of mathematics/department chair, received the Emerson Excellence in Teaching Award for 2012. Hansen also is the Curriculum Committee chair for the Illinois Mathematics Association of Community Colleges.
Paula McAteer, assistant professor of art, was appointed to the Board of the Illinois Higher Education Art Association for a two-year term beginning Oct. 1, 2011.
Matt McCarter, assistant professor of English, was nominated for the prestigious Pushcart Prize in Short Fiction for a short story he wrote that was published in “A Few Lines Magazine.” McCarter also completed his new book, Homo Redneckus: On Being Not Qwhite in America, which can be purchased on Amazon.com.
Van Plexico, associate professor of history and political science, was presented with the Best New Pulp Character Award for his fictional character, John Blackthorn, of Blackthorn: Thunder on Mars, at the Windy City Pulp Conference 2012.
Kurt Range, associate professor of horticulture/AGRI and HORT program coordinator, was recognized as the Outstanding Young Alumnus by the College of Agriculture at SIUC.
Dianna Shank, professor of English, served as one of the organizers of the annual convention of the Conference on College Composition and Communication in St. Louis in April 2012. In addition, she presented a paper titled, “Using Race as a Writing Prompt in First Year Composition.”
Dale Threlkeld, professor emeritus of art, sold one of his works to Lewis and Clark Community College. It was part of an exhibit of Threlkeld’s work that was featured in the Alton Telegraph and on vimeo.com.
Bob Weck, associate professor of biology/department chair, co-authored an article on the cave systems of southwestern Illinois that was published in the winter issue of Illinois RiverWatcher, the newsletter of the Illinois RiverWatch Program. Weck also was elected president of the Illinois Speleological Survey (ISS), a nonprofit group of scientists and cavers dedicated to exploring, studying and conserving caves and karst features in Illinois.
Leo Welch, professor emeritus of biology, was elected to the Eastern Illinois University Board of Trustees. He serves as secretary, while also serving as a member of the Executive Committee. Welch is the board liaison to Illinois Board of Higher Education, serving on the university’s Strategic Planning Committee. Also, he chairs the Academic and Student Affair Committee and the Board of Regulation and Policy Committee.