Hackemer honored with Truman and Beverly Schwartz faculty award

Hackemer honored with Truman and Beverly Schwartz faculty award Dr. Kurt Hackemer is the recipient of the inaugural Truman and Beverly Schwartz Distinguished Faculty Award at The University of South Dakota.

The award will be given every third year to an outstanding tenured faculty member in the College of Arts and Sciences who has demonstrated a truly exceptional level of creativity and productivity in scholarship, teaching and service, and who shows great promise of continuing such achievement.

The award winner must also demonstrate broad contributions to his/her profession, and demonstrate a strong contribution to a challenging and stimulating educational atmosphere at the university.

The award is the result of a gift bestowed by Truman and Beverly Schwartz. Both grew up in South Dakota and both graduated from USD. The Schwartzes donated land they owned in the area to the USD Foundation, which was in turn sold and the proceeds established an endowment to fund the award.

Truman and Beverly were both involved in education and credit professors at USD for inspiring their careers.

"We wanted to do something for USD. Not only did it bring us together but we got really fine educations here. Since both of us were in education all our careers, we wanted to help facilitate contributions to people like Kurt," Mr. Schwartz said.

The Schwartzes have a long history at USD. Beverly's mother and father and Truman's father all received their degrees from The University of South Dakota. This was yet another motivation for their generous gift and establishing the distinguished faculty award. After getting to know recipient Kurt Hackemer, both Truman and Beverly agree that the arts and sciences department made a wise selection.

"Dr. Hackemer was selected by the committee for his careful mentorship of students and his excellent teaching evaluations, for an ongoing record of scholarship that includes release of a second book in 2005, and for a service record that involves many of the most significant task forces and programs of the university," said Matt Moen, dean of the arts and sciences department.

The award consists of an annual allotment of about $4,000 for each of three years. The award is not a salary supplement, but rather is used to further the scholarship, teaching and service of the honoree. Appropriate expenditures might include supplies, books, journals, equipment, travel, stipends for students and assistants, or any other normally allowed expense that furthers the academic mission of the university.

Hackemer says the money will help open doors to resources important for a book project he is working on to share the history and interaction of the Dakota Territories and the Civil War. Hackemer says the Civil War is America's most cataclysmic event and this region has an interesting history from that era that he would like to explore further.

"Truman is a faculty member. He understands what it is that we do and he very explicitly set this up to support the kind of research that we want to do and we want to carry out. I'm thrilled to be the first person to be able to take advantage of it," Hackemer said.

Sometime during the tenure of the award, Hackemer will make a presentation related to his scholarship in an appropriate college or university forum. The award funding will begin on July 1, 2005.

Truman Schwartz is a Freeman native who graduated from the department of chemistry at USD in 1956, and went on to become a Rhodes Scholar. After receiving his Ph.D. from MIT, he worked for Procter & Gamble and then enjoyed a distinguished career as a professor at Macalester College. He served as department chairperson, dean of faculty, and he published nine books and numerous articles in the general areas of physical chemistry and chemical education.

Beverly Schwartz grew up in Vermillion and graduated from USD 's School of Education, also in 1956. She taught middle school students with learning disabilities for 25 years in public schools in St. Paul, MN. The Schwartzes have lived in St. Paul for the past 38 years.

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