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NIU College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Celebrating 50 Years


Liberal Arts and Sciences will honor 10
faculty, staff during Golden Anniversary

April 16 event caps 50th anniversary celebration

March 22, 2010

NIU’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences will honor 10 distinguished faculty and staff with a Golden Anniversary Faculty/Staff Award in Friday, April 16, ceremonies that cap the college’s year-long 50th anniversary celebration.

Selected from a large group of peers nominated for the award, the 10 honorees distinguished themselves by making a strong, positive difference in the development, growth and stature of the college during the last 50 years.

“The Golden Anniversary Faculty/Staff Awards recognize individuals who provided outstanding leadership and service to the college – in teaching, research, service, administration, program development and expansion,” said Dean Christopher K. McCord.

“Their achievements are very much in evidence today, in the Departments of Computer Science, English, Foreign Languages & Literatures, Geography, Mathematical Sciences, Political Science and Physics; the Division of Public Administration; and the Center for Southeast Asian Studies.”

Brief profiles on the Golden Anniversary Faculty/Staff Award recipients are online.

The entire university community is invited to attend the public recognition event for CLAS Golden Anniversary Faculty/Staff Award honorees at 2 p.m. Friday, April 16, at Altgeld Hall.

The event also will feature a keynote address on “Liberal Learning in the 21st Century” presented by Dr. Terrel Rhodes, vice president of the Office of Quality, Curriculum and Assessment for the Association of American Colleges and Universities. 

Perspectives also will be offered by NIU Lincoln Laureate Shay Galto; John Landgraf, president of Global Pharmaceutical Operations at Abbott Laboratories; and Professor Linda Sons, a Golden Anniversary Award honoree.

A reception will follow from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.