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Awards for excellence in teaching, scholarship and faculty service granted during Annual Convocation

AUGUST 27, 2003 - As a part of its Annual Convocation held August 26, Muskingum College has recognized three of its faculty members for excellence in teaching. The awards were presented by Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. George E. Sims.

The William Oxley Thompson Award for Excellence in Teaching was awarded to Assistant Professor of English Jane Varley. This award is named in honor of an alumnus whose career combined teaching, ministry and service as president of Miami University and The Ohio State University.

In presenting the award, Dr. Sims said, "We see, every day, the contributions Dr. Varley makes to excellence in teaching here at Muskingum, and it is for those contributions that we honor her today."

Dr. Varley joined Muskingum College in 2000. She received her Ph.D. from the University of North Dakota and her bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Idaho.

The William Rainey Harper Award for Outstanding Scholarship was granted to Associate Professor of Philosophy Dr. Todd Lekan. This award is named for an alumnus who was a renowned scholar and educator and the first president of the University of Chicago.

Dr. Sims said of Dr. Lekan's work, "His many scholarly pursuits at Muskingum are an important part of college's overall commitment to excellence."

Lekan joined Muskingum College in 1996 and earned his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and his bachelor's and master's degrees from The Ohio State University.

The Cora I. Orr Faculty Service Award was bestowed upon Professor of Spanish Dr. Russell V. Brown. It is named in honor of a Muskingum faculty member and administrator who served the college with devotion and distinction for four decades.

In presenting the award, Dr. Sims said, "Dr. Brown on campus is a near constant presence which supports and encourages our students."

Dr. Brown came to Muskingum College in 1975. He earned his Ph.D. and his master's degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his bachelor's degree from Ohio Wesleyan University.