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Seven Society Honors Graduate Teaching Assistants

April 26, 2001-- Thirteen graduate teaching assistants from the University of Virginia were honored Wednesday, April 25, at the Rotunda during the fifth annual Seven Society Awards Banquet to honor outstanding teaching.

The TAs all were finalists for the Seven Society Graduate Fellowship for Superb Teaching, a $7,000 award given by the U.Va. philanthropic society. The award recognizes a teaching assistant who embodies the highest ideals of teaching at the University: dedication to students, substantial knowledge of the subject matter, and skill in conveying passion for that knowledge.

Unlike teaching awards based on departmental or faculty recommendations, former students nominate TAs for the Seven Society fellowship. Four undergraduate students also served on the selection committee.

Kelly Erickson of the Department of Government & Foreign Affairs received the 2001 Seven Society Fellowship.

Jason Kehler of the Department of Drama was named winner of the 2001 Dr. Frank Finger Graduate Fellowship, also announced at the banquet. Funded by a gift of J. Huston

McCollough II in honor of Dr. Frank Finger, Alumni Professor of Psychology, the $4,500 fellowship is awarded each year to a graduate teaching assistant from the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, in recognition of stimulating and organized classroom teaching.

"The decisions of the committee were difficult, given the high standards set by the finalists," said award coordinator Jann Lacoss, faculty consultant at U.Va.’s Teaching Resource Center. "The nominees all exemplify outstanding teaching at the University. They have had a great impact on undergraduates and are all worthy of highest recognition for their accomplishments."

The other finalists honored at the banquet were:

Tim Brelinski, Department of Classics

Maria Celeste Delgado-Librero, Department of Spanish, Italian, & Portuguese

Gail Dempsey, Department of Chemical Engineering

Fred Drogula, Department of History

Matthew Goldfeder, Department of Government & Foreign Affairs

Ryan Higginbottom, Department of Math

Melin Huang, Department of Physics

Ann Martella, Department of Spanish, Italian, & Portuguese

Michael Powers, Department of Classics

Brian Schoen, Department of History

John Worozbyt, Department of Sociology

Contact: Bob Brickhouse, (804) 924-6856

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Contact the Office of University Relations at (804) 924-7116. Television reporters should contact the TV News Office at (804) 924-7550.
SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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