Honors Convocation is November's Centennial event

On Tuesday, Nov. 12, a university faculty artist will have her name sculpted into the faculty honors history. Campus faculty and students and area residents are invited to attend the convocation.

Linda Ganstrom, associate professor of art, will be presented the President's Distinguished Scholar Award during the annual Faculty Convocation program Nov. 12.

Events begin at 3:30 p.m. in the Black and Gold Ballroom of Memorial Union and will include Ganstrom's scholarly address, "Deeply Rooted Awakening." Following the lecture, President Edward H. Hammond will present the President's Distinguished Scholar Award to Ganstrom.

The award was first bestowed in 1989 at the suggestion of the Faculty Senate. Since then, Hammond has conferred the honor on a faculty member each year.

Nominees for the President's Distinguished Scholar Award are evaluated for their performance in service and instruction with the primary focus placed on their research and creative activities.

Ganstrom has had photographs of her artwork published in several contemporary ceramic books, including: The Best of Pottery II, The Ceramic Design Book and 500 Teapots. Five pieces of her installation artwork were exhibited last spring at the Kansas City Artists Coalition, the Museum of Nebraska Art and other venues.

She will receive a check for $1,000, a certificate, lapel pin and a medallion especially designed for the convocation by Jim Hinkhouse, former FHSU professor of art.

A plaque recognizing Ganstrom will also be placed in Memorial Union.

Several years ago President Hammond saw FHSU's Centennial looming in the future. Heeding words of advice from presidents before who had worked on monumental projects, he started planning early.

Hammond created the Centennial events to commemorate FHSU's foundation 100 years ago.

The Centennial events began in 1997 with the Contemplation Garden dedication and have continued through the 2002 year with other events such as the freshman group photos and McCartney Hall's rededication.

December's centennial event will be Forsyth Library's commemoration.

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