Alumni establish annual award The University of South Dakota has announced that a Sioux Falls couple has established an endowment to recognize distinguished faculty in the USD College of Arts & Sciences.
Three Richard & Sharon Cutler Faculty Awards in Liberal Arts � with a cash prize of $3,500 each payable through The University of South Dakota Foundation � will be given out annually to a faculty member in the humanities, mathematics/science, and social science divisions of the College of Arts and Sciences.
The Cutler Awards will be directed to faculty members who exemplify the liberal arts traditions of creating and disseminating knowledge, as measured by excellence in teaching and research. The first three Cutler Awards will be presented in spring 2004.
"It is a rare and generous donor who realizes the best way to deliver a first-rate liberal arts education is to reward and retain the high-quality faculty who make it possible," said Dean Matthew Moen of the College of Arts and Sciences. "This extraordinary gift from Mr. and Mrs. Cutler is consistent with our status as the public liberal arts university of the state, and consistent with our determined efforts to provide a world-class liberal arts education for all students, regardless of their major.
"The gift will assist faculty, and it will assist future generations of students who will receive a better education because of it," he continued. "The faculty and staff of the College of Arts and Sciences are extremely grateful to Mr. and Mrs. Cutler, and we are honored by their generosity."
The Cutlers are natives of Wessington Springs and currently reside in Sioux Falls. Sharon has served on the Board of Directors of the Senior Companions in Sioux Falls. She has served as a Big Sister at the Children's Home Society, a Sunday School teacher at the Methodist Church and a volunteer for Meals on Wheels, Our Home, and Senior Companions.
Rich graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in history from USD in 1963 and earned a J.D. summa cum laude from the USD School of Law in 1965. He was presented an honorary doctorate by the university in 1997. Cutler is chair of The University of South Dakota Foundation, co-chair of Campaign South Dakota and past chair of the board of trustees of the National Music Museum in Vermillion. He is currently a partner with Cutler, Donahoe & Mickelson.