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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., May 9, 2003 -- The College of Liberal Arts held its annual Recognition Reception on Wednesday to recognize graduating seniors; outstanding student achievement; outstanding teaching, creative and scholarly activity; and service by individual faculty members.

Outstanding graduating seniors were recognized by their respective department chairs, who described their achievements.

Outstanding faculty members also were recognized. These awards are based on voting by department chairs who accept nominations from faculty members. Faculty recipients for outstanding achievement for 2003 are:

  • Wayne Hoover (Department of Psychology), Outstanding Teaching
  • Jeff Noonan (Department of Music), Outstanding Creative Activity
  • Michael Hogan (Department of English), Outstanding Service

Hoover has taught psychology for 30 years and was recently honored by students, colleagues and friends who contributed to endow a student scholarship in his name.

Noonan, who teaches guitar and lute, has established the Southeast Guitar Ensemble, which has performed extensively in the region with such groups as Early Music St. Louis and

The Kingsbury Ensemble. He also has directed a number of musical performances, including the Southeast Missouri Music Academy’s recent production of Benjamin Britten’s children’s opera “Noye’s Fludde.”

Hogan, who came to Southeast in 1965, directs the English Teaching Assistant Program which trains writing teachers in a graduate program that is nationally recognized for its excellence.

For the first time since the College of Liberal Arts was established 15 years ago, a local citizen was recognized. Sam Blackwell, arts and leisure editor of the Southeast Missourian, was given a special award for his reporting on cultural events for the past 11 years. Dr. Martin Jones, dean of the College of Liberal Arts, awarded Blackwell the title of “Champion of the Arts” and gave him a plaque in recognition of his excellent cultural arts events reporting.

Dr. Martin Jones, dean of the College of Liberal Arts, said, Blackwell “has exemplified the highest values of the liberal arts and has especially fostered the visual and performing arts through his journalistic artistry. As the arts and leisure editor for the Southeast Missourian, Sam Blackwell has carefully and consistently chronicled the myriad cultural activities of our community for the past eleven years. His has been a singular voice calling the citizenry to attend and participate in the wide variety of cultural arts events happening in our region.”


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