Ellen Holmes Pearson recently received the 2012 Board of Governors Excellence in Teaching Award. Having joined the History Department in 2003, Pearson teaches History and Humanities, and she has developed new courses such as American Indian History and History of the Atlantic World.
George Heard and Bert Holmes of the Chemistry Department were awarded a research grant of $290,975 from the National Science Foundation. The grant will support seven to eight chemistry majors for 10 weeks of summer research under their guidance and mentorship.
Brian Knopp, an adjunct instructor in the Literature Department, and Tommy Hays, the executive director of the Great Smokies Writing Program, collaborated with 10 other WNC authors to write "Naked Came the Leaf Peeper."
Holly Iglesias, lecturer in the Master of Liberal Arts Program; Daniel Pierce, chair of the History Department; Heather Newton of the Distance Learning Department; Richard Chess, professor of Literature; and Tommy Hays, executive director of the Great Smokies Writing Program, contributed to the writing of "27 Views of Asheville: A Southern Mountain Town in Prose & Poetry."
Mark Sidelnick, associate professor of Education and coordinator of Arts Education Licensure, has been named Art Educator of the Year by the North Carolina Art Education Association. Sidelnick was honored for his teaching, mentoring and significant contributions to art education statewide.
The Religious Studies Students Club received the 2012 Collaboration of the Year Award for its efforts last fall to organize an interfaith panel with the Muslim Student Association of UNC Asheville. The panel featured 16 participants from many religious groups and organizations in the Asheville area.
Sam Kaplan, associate professor of Mathematics, has been awarded the Southeastern Section Mathematical Association of America (MAA) Award for Distinguished Teaching of Mathematics. He was honored at the MAA's Southeastern Section spring 2012 meeting at Clayton State University in Morrow, Ga.
"Mineral Wealth, Bisbee, AZ" by Eric Tomberlin
Eric Tomberlin, assistant professor of Art, and Carrie Tomberlin, adjunct assistant professor of Art, were awarded honors in "Earth Through a Lens," an international juried photography exhibition, which is shown at both the Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego and in Rancho Mirage, Calif.