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Students to Receive Record Amount of Scholarship Money During A&S Week

Grammy-Award Winning Trumpeter to Open the Week's Festivities

Feb. 8, 2008

Story Contact:  Christian Basi, (573) 882-4430,

Columbia, Mo. – This year’s Arts and Science Week will be filled with distinctive recognitions as well as activities for the entire community. Taking place February 10-15, the week will mark an end to the college’s year-long centennial celebration.

“The arts and sciences remain with us, even after we finish our degrees,” said Michael J. O’Brien, dean of the college. “This week serves as a reminder of how knowledge of those subjects is vital to our lives.”

Friday’s A&S Week banquet will honor Distinguished Alumni Award recipients, student scholarship recipients, and faculty Chalk Award winners. This year the departments of geological sciences, chemistry, communication and theatre will host alumni who are recipients of the Distinguished Alumni Awards. This year’s four recipients will visit campus for two days during the week to teach classes and spend time with students and faculty (names and biographies are attached.)

At an awards ceremony on Monday, more than 200 students will be awarded more than $100,000 in scholarships. This is the largest amount of money awarded to students in the college’s history.

“We will be celebrating the careers of four terrific pioneers in their own fields, while focusing on students who will someday become pioneers in their own ways,” said Ted Tarkow, associate dean of A&S.

Select faculty and staff will be honored this week through Chalk Awards. Voted on by students, the awards recognize excellence in teaching and advising. (A full list of winners is attached.)

Other events during the week include a concert on Sunday by “Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis.” Marsalis is a world renowned trumpeter and nine-time Grammy winner. The concert is at 7 p.m. in Jesse Hall auditorium. Other events include a talent show on Tuesday evening in Jesse Wrench auditorium, as well as an etiquette evening on Wednesday that will feature lessons on appropriate job interview attire. Arts and Science Week, a Valentine’s Week tradition for more than 30 years, is sponsored by the Arts and Science Student Council.


                                          2008 Arts and Science Week Schedule of Events
Sunday, Feb. 10
• Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis
     o 7 p.m., Jesse Hall Auditorium
     o Concert is open to the public and tickets are available through the We Always Swing Jazz Series,

Monday, Feb. 11
• Scholarships/Awards Reception
     o 3:30 p.m., Stotler Lounge, Memorial Union
• Service Activity(Monday – Wednesday)
     o Students will deliver box lunches to businesses and groups as part of a fundraising project for the Meals on Wheels program.

Tuesday, Feb. 12
• Talent Show
     o 7 p.m., Jesse Wrench Auditorium
     o The top three winners will receive scholarships from the A&S Student Council. The public is invited to attend the performance. There is no charge, and tickets are not required.

Wednesday, Feb. 13
• Etiquette Evening
     o 5:30 p.m., Reynolds Alumni Center
     o Amanda Nell will be presenting a dinner and presentation on polite social behavior, sponsored by the Career Center. Included is a what-not-to-wear session on choosing clothing for job interviews.
Thursday, Feb. 14
• Graduate School Exhibition
     o 10 a.m., Stotler Lounge, Memorial Union
     o Representatives of MU’s graduate programs display information about their units to undergraduate students who are considering pursuing masters and doctoral degrees. Representatives from pre-professional organizations, such as medicine and law will attend as well.

Friday, Feb. 15
• A&S Banquet
     • 6 p.m., Reynolds Alumni Center
     • Students, faculty, staff, alumni and guests will gather for dinner and an awards ceremony to honor Purple, Blue and Green Chalk Award winners and recipients of Distinguished Alumni Awards.

                         2008 Arts and Science Week Distinguished Alumni Awards Recipients

The Distinguished Alumni Awards recognize several alumni whose professional contributions have enhanced their respective disciplines and the lives of others, while also reflecting well on the College of Arts and Science.

Martha George, BS '76 geology, of Midland, Texas is a leading contributor to the development of domestic energy resources. At WesternGeco, she has been integrally involved in the development and management of 2D and 3D seismic data in the Permian Basin, which comprises West Texas and Eastern New Mexico and accounts for 25 percent of the United States domestic oil production

Tarek Mansour, PhD ’82 chemistry, is vice president of medicinal chemistry at Wyeth Research, where he directs research in oncology, metabolic diseases and inflammation. Under his leadership, several compounds are in various stages of clinical evaluation.

Michael Mulvihill, BA ’94 communication, is vice president of research and programming for Fox Sports in New York City. Mulvihill has primary responsibility for scheduling all of the network’s programming and played a key role in Fox’s current six-year, $4.3-billion NFL deal and eight-year $1.6-billion NASCAR deal.

Ethel Pitts Walker, PhD ’75 theatre, is a professor of theatre at San Jose State University. Walker also teaches in the departments of African-American studies and creative arts. She is a recipient of that university’s Outstanding Professor Award. 

                                                             Chalk Award Recipients

Purple Chalk Teaching Award recipients:
• Frances Dickey, assistant professor, English
• Master Sergeant Keith Glindemann, military science
• William Horner, assistant teaching professor, political science
• Megan McKinstry, adjunct instructor, German and Russian studies

Blue Chalk Advising Award recipients:
• Devin W. Lammy, research specialist, family and community medicine
• Nicole Monnier, assistant teaching professor, German and Russian studies

Green Chalk Teaching Assistant Award:
• Kathy Denker, communication
• Bob Hartzell, art