Dr. Paula Boire, associate professor of music at Fort Hays State University, will be presented the President's Distinguished Scholar Award during the annual Faculty Convocation program at 3 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 28.
Campus faculty, staff and students and area residents are invited to attend the convocation held in the Black and Gold Ballroom of Memorial Union, in which Boire will deliver her scholarly address, "Romanian Art Song: Forged in the Refiner's Fire." Following her address, President Edward H. Hammond will present the President's Distinguished Scholar Award to Boire.
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.
Boire's scholarly endeavors focus on her dual interest in performance and musicology. A Comprehensive Study of Romanian Art Song, her four-volume monograph published in the summer of 2002, has been honored at a Romanian Festival held at Central College in Pella, IA. Boire holds a thorough comprehension of Romanian musical culture, having lived the content of her book through diligent work of translating texts and reflecting upon the meaning, nuances and technical demands of the songs. In appreciation for her work, Boire was invited as an honored guest to the first National Competition and Festival for Romanian Art Song held in Brasov, Romania, during May 2003.
In addition to her comprehensive work, she has also published three articles in refereed journals, including The National Association of Teachers and Singing Journal and The Flutist Quarterly.
She will receive a check for $1,000, a certificate, lapel pin and a medallion especially designed for the award by Jim Hinkhouse, FHSU emeritus professor of art.
A plaque recognizing Boire will also be mounted in the Memorial Union.