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Students and Faculty Receive Awards at Annual Honors Convocation

Hawkinson Award Winner Cherie Meacham, Ph.D.

CHICAGO (April 23, 2007) – The North Park community gathered in Anderson Chapel this morning to observe the University's annual Honors Convocation. The program included musical selections from the winners of the Student Performance Awards, held last month, and an address from Dr. Lee Sundholm, winner of last year's Zenos Hawkinson Award for Teaching and Campus Leadership.

In addition to student awards given by faculty across departments and schools, a number of faculty awards were given. The Kathryn Gleason Cook Award for Teaching Excellence and Leadership is given to a GOAL (Gains of Adult Learning) faculty member with demonstrated excellence in teaching, who has set high standards of academic achievement and motivated students to surpass it, and who has inspired students to become lifelong learners. This year the award went to Trevor James G'2004 S'2005, assistant professor of business administration.

Each year, North Park's Student Association recognizes one professor or staff member who has demonstrated a passion for and a commitment to caring for and living in true community with students, by presenting the Student Association Service Award. This year's recipient was Ronald Dluger, lecturer in communication arts.

The Zenos Hawkinson Award for Teaching and Campus Leadership is given to a faculty member who has made significant contribution to teaching and leadership at North Park in areas including, but no limited to: model classroom teaching, campus leadership, student mentoring, pioneering instructional methodology, or creative course development. Cherie Meacham, Ph.D. (pictured here), professor of Spanish, was honored with this award today.

In addition to departmental/school honors and the faculty awards mentioned above, students receiving Certificates of Honor were acknowledged. This honor is given to degree seeking students with at least 12 semester hours of credit at North Park and a GPA of 3.7 or higher.