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March 25, 2008

Media Contact: Hannah Buchanan
Public Affairs Specialist
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The University of Texas at Tyler

UT Tyler Faculty Senate to Hold Awards Gala, Begin Tradition

Uniquely-designed medallions will now be presented to research and teaching award recipients at The University of Texas at Tyler, UT Tyler President Rodney Mabry announced.

Current UT Tyler faculty members who have received research and teaching awards from 1976 through 2007 will be honored in an awards gala at 6:30 p.m. March 28 at Tyler’s Hollytree Country Club. Each will receive a specifically-constructed medallion, which faculty will wear in future university graduation ceremonies. The UT Tyler Faculty Senate serves as sponsor for the event.

“We wanted to do something special for all of our awardees both past and present and are grateful to have the support of administration,” said Dr. Barbara Haas, UT Tyler Faculty Senate president. “In recent years, UT Tyler has given stipends to those who received any of our four faculty/research awards. Now they will also receive an exquisitely crafted medallion that will become a great UT Tyler tradition and add to our graduation ceremonies.”

The official UT Tyler seal is engraved on the front of the medallion. The name of the award recipient, the specific award and the year it was given are inscribed on the back. Different colored ribbons are used to distinguish among the various awards.

The current awards at UT Tyler are the UT Tyler Piper Professor Nominee, Chancellor’s Council Teaching Award, the White Fellowship Teaching Award and the President’s Scholarly Achievement Award, all of which have stipends attached to them.

“Beginning next spring semester, future awardees will be given the same individualized medallions to wear to future graduation ceremonies,” Haas added.

Retirees and those professors awarded promotion and/or tenure for the 2007-08 academic year also will be recognized, Haas said.

For more information, contact Haas, 903.566.7021 or bhaas@uttyler.edu.

One of the 15 campuses of the UT System, UT Tyler offers excellence in teaching, research, artistic performance and community service. More than 70 undergraduate and graduate degrees are available at UT Tyler, which has an enrollment of more than 6,000 high-ability students at its campuses in Tyler, Longview and Palestine.


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