Gasque honored for service to humanities Thomas Gasque, professor of English at The University of South Dakota, received a Lifetime Achievement Award for Distinguished Service to Humanities at the recent South Dakota Humanities Council (SDHC) conference in Hot Springs.
The award recognizes Gasque's nearly 30 years of participation in humanities activities in the state. He has served on the first Council of Humanists; co-organized the only joint meeting of SDHC and the South Dakota Arts Council in 1995 (with USD English professor Nancy Zuercher); edited a collection of essays to celebrate the 25th anniversary of SDHC; and presented numerous SDHC-sponsored programs over the years. The Lifetime Achievement Award has been given only 12 times in the past 30 years.
Gasque received his A.B. degree from Wofford College in Spartanburg, NC in 1959. He continued his education at Emory University in Atlanta, GA, where he received his M.A. in 1962. Gasque earned a Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, TN in 1970. Gasque came to The University of South Dakota in 1968 where he has taught a number of courses in the English department. He currently teaches courses in Old English language and literature, Middle English, and name study. Gasque's most current publications include Lewis and Clark's Onomastic Assumptions, Looking Back to Beaver and the Head: Male College Nicknames in the 1950s, and Murnam or Wrecan: The Idea of Revenge in Beowulf.
Other USD humanists and members of the USD English Department attending the conference were Brian Bedard, Alice Gasque, Rita Olson, Cecilia Ragaini, Victor Singingeagle, Norma Wilson and Nancy Zuercher.