Cameron University faculty members Dr. Thomas Labé and Katherine Liontas-Warren were honored last night with awards recognizing their contributions to Cameron’s academic community. Labé received the Award for Excellence and Innovation in Instructional Technology Integration. Liontas-Warren is the inaugural recipient of the Bhattacharya Research Excellence Award. Each received a stipend and a recognition plaque.
“It is a pleasure to recognize these dedicated educators for their outstanding commitment and contributions to student learning while also sharing their many talents with our local and extended communities,” says Dr. John McArthur, Vice President for Academic Affairs.
Members of the Cameron faculty nominated their colleagues for the awards. To be eligible, the award recipient must have been employed full-time at Cameron University for at least three years in a position with teaching as the primary responsibility.
Award for Excellence and Innovation in Instructional Technology Integration
The Award for Excellence and Innovation in Instructional Technology Integration, presented to Dr. Thomas Labé, Professor of Music, recognizes outstanding and sustained contributions in the use of instructional technology to increase student learning. in each of his classes, Dr. Labé has completely replaced the use of PowerPoint by developing content rich websites for each course by drawing on his expertise with computer graphics, HTML and audio/video content, as well as learning database and PHP scripting. The benefits of offering online resources to Cameron music students are numerous. One nominator noted, “In essence, each website contains all of the materials presented in class, listening materials/scores and a wealth of supporting information…With our 21st century music student being quite visually stimulated in the learning process, Dr. Labé has found a creative fashion of presenting timeless information and making it quite current and substantive.”
Bhattacharya Research Excellence Award
Made possible by the Sanjit Bhattacharya Endowed Lectureship for Excellence in Research, the Bhattacharya Research Excellence Award is presented for the first time this year to Katherine Liontas-Warren, Professor of Art and a member of the Cameron faculty for 25 years. Liontas-Warren has made consistently outstanding creative contributions in her field, has earned a national reputation as a printmaker and has exhibited her work internationally. In addition to her commitment to Cameron students, Liontas-Warren creates a substantial body of work each year as a practicing artist. Her work is frequently recognized in competitive juried exhibitions, and she is highly sought after to share her expertise in print and drawing media as a workshop presenter. To aid in her scholarly pursuits, Liontas-Warren has been awarded research grants, most recently used to develop a series of figure drawings working directly from the model. Her work was exhibited at the Oklahoma State Capitol earlier this year, and she is currently featured in a solo exhibit at the Kemp Center for the Arts in Wichita Falls.
April 19, 2011