The University of Arizona

Year in Review: Humanities Recognizes Outstanding Achievements

December 2, 1999

Professor Delbert Phillips of the department of Russian & Slavic languages was named a University Distinguished Professor, the fourth to be named in the College of Humanities. He was nominated by Professor Adele Barker of comparative cultural and literary studies.

Professor Guadalupe Valdes of Stanford University will receive an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters at the May, 2000 Commencement. She was nominated by the department of Spanish and Portuguese because of her pioneering achievements in founding the field of Spanish for heritage learners (or native speakers).

Professor Thomas Miller, outgoing director of composition in the English department, was awarded the Modern Language Association's Mina P. Shaughnesssy Prize for the outstanding research publication in the field of teaching English language, literature, rhetoric and composition for his book "The Formation of College English: Rhetoric and Belles Lettres in the British Cultural Provinces."

Professor Eliana Rivero of the department of Spanish & Portuguese has been named a Phi Beta Kappa Lecturer for 1999-2000.

Other outstanding teaching and advising awards were presented to Roger Bowen in the English department, Dean's Distinguished Teaching Award; Thomas Willard in the English department, Distinguished Advising/Mentoring Award; Colette Sims in Africana studies, UA Foundation Meritorius Award in Teaching; Albrecht Classen of German studies, Provost's General Education Teaching Award; and Roxanne Mountford of the English Department, Lester and Katherine Sherrill Creative Teaching Award.

Onur Senarslan of the Critical Languages Program won a Fall 1999 Graduate Student Showcase Award for his multimedia project on American Indian languages of the Southwest.

The Southern Arizona Language Fair, sponsored for the fourth year by COH and the Partnership Across Languages, drew more than a thousand students and parents to the campus in April for a daylong program of competitions, entertainment, and cultural activities.

The department of English received a UA/Community Partnership Grant to work with ArtsReach, a nonprofit group that has worked since 1987 to help Native American students in Arizona experience success and growth through Creative Writing. The project culminated in a reading by more than 30 students on campus in April co-sponsored by the Poetry Center.

To mark the millennium, the Poetry Center has been presenting a special series of readings titled "Poetry Now and Next" featuring nationally renowned writers who have chosen an emerging writer to read with them. For more information about the Spring series, see the Poetry Center's Web site at http://www.coh.arizona.edu/poetry. Veteran arts administrator and award winning writer, Jim Paul, was been named the new director of the UA Poetry Center. He will assume his duties on Jan. 18.