Inaugural Cutler award recipients named at USD

Inaugural Cutler award recipients named at USD The University of South Dakota recently named the inaugural recipients of its prestigious Richard & Sharon Cutler Faculty Awards in Liberal Arts: Dr. Kaius Helenurm, department of biology; Dr. Emily Haddad, department of English; Dr. Judith Sebesta, department of history.

The awards were announced by Dean Matthew C. Moen at a recent faculty meeting of the College of Arts and Sciences. Recipients were selected by the dean and a faculty committee.

The awards were endowed by Richard and Sharon Cutler of Sioux Falls to recognize distinguished faculty in the College of Arts & Sciences.�Three awards � each carrying a $3,500 cash prize payable through The University of South Dakota Foundation � will be given annually, starting this year, to faculty who advance liberal arts education through teaching and research over a three-year span.

Dr. Helenurm, from the biology department in the sciences division of the Ccollege, was honored for his sweeping pedagogical contributions to biology and honors in the areas of genetics, conservation, and evolution; for close work with a number of successful students; and for a personal statement that spoke to the need for students to come to grips with probability, ambiguity, and complexity.

Dr. Haddad, from the English department in the humanities division, was honored for her role with an interdisciplinary civilization course; for exceptional efforts to teach students to write well in her courses; and for a research agenda that has evolved from 19th-century poetry in Islamic political and historical contexts, to cultural studies and the intersection of literary texts and political economy.

Dr. Sebesta, from the history department in the social sciences division, was honored for her role in teaching Latin and history; for a steady stream of papers and publications dealing with antiquity, Roman costume, and gender roles; and for innovative projects where teaching and research readily overlap, such as collaborative learning in art and archeology.

The Cutlers are natives of Wessington Springs.�Sharon Cutler has served on the board of directors of the Senior Companions in Sioux Falls.�Her many community activities include: Big Sister at the Children's Home Society, Sunday school teacher at the Methodist Church, and volunteer at Meals on Wheels, Our Home, and Senior Companions.

Richard Cutler graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in history from The University of South Dakota 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 currently chair of The University of South Dakota Foundation, co-chair of Campaign South Dakota, and is a past chair of the board of trustees of the National Music Museum in Vermillion.�He is an attorney with Cutler & Donahoe, LLP, in Sioux Falls.

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