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CAS Dean George Watson (center) with alumni honorees (from left) Frank B. Wickes, Johanna E. Murphy, Emily Young Denney and Maj. Gen. John R. Ewers Jr.
The University of Delaware’s College of Arts and Sciences
(CAS) recognized the accomplishments of alumni, faculty and students at
its annual spring Celebrating Achievement and Success event.
Held Tuesday, May 19, in the Roselle Center for the Arts, the 2015
celebration recognized four alumni and five faculty members with college
Dean George Watson also honored faculty members and students who previously received University awards this year, along with 29 promotion and tenure appointments that were announced earlier this month.
Watson presented college Alumni Achievement Awards to:
Emily Young Denney, who earned a bachelor’s in communication
in 1998 and a master’s in 2006, is head of global communications at West
Pharmaceutical Services, where she leads a team responsible for
designing, implementing and managing the company’s external and internal
communication strategy. In 2012, she was recognized by the Healthcare
Businesswomen’s Association as a “Rising Star” for her professional
Maj. Gen. John R. Ewers Jr. graduated from UD in 1981 with
majors in philosophy and political science and then earned a Juris
Doctor degree from Georgetown University Law Center. He served in
numerous capacities in the U.S. Marine Corps, including two deployments
to Iraq, and earned the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star and Meritorious
Service Medal, among many other military decorations. In 2014, he was
promoted to major general and became staff judge advocate to the
commandant of the Marine Corps.
Johanna E. Murphy earned her degree in political science in
1992 and went on to a successful career in marketing, where she has
worked with some of the biggest brands in the fashion industry,
including Calvin Klein, Burberry and Kate Spade. Now the chief marketing
officer at Ivanka Trump, where she is developing the company’s overall
brand strategy, she has been named one of the top 50 women in brand
marketing by Brand Innovators.
Frank B. Wickes, who graduated from UD in 1959 with a
bachelor’s degree in music and later earned two master’s degrees, is the
Carruth Alumni Professor Emeritus at Louisiana State University, where
he served as director of bands for 30 years, until his retirement in
2010. At LSU, he conducted the wind ensemble and taught graduate courses
and also was director of the Tiger Marching Band, which in 1997 was
unanimously named the outstanding marching band of the Southeastern
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Faculty honorees are (from left) Thomas Leitch, James Brophy, Alenka Hlousek-Radojcic, Stephen Bernhardt and Jennifer Naccarelli, with CAS Dean George Watson.
The college honored five faculty members with awards for outstanding advising, teaching, scholarship and service.
Jennifer Naccarelli, assistant professor of women and gender
studies, received the CAS Excellence in Advising Award for her
dedication to her students and her work in collaborating with colleagues
at UD to benefit students and advisers. Watson quoted a student who
said Naccarelli “truly cares and takes time to get to know all of her
students [and] is able to connect them with the right resources and
Alenka Hlousek-Radojcic, associate professor of biological
sciences, was presented the college’s Excellence in Teaching Award for
her skills in the classroom, where she adapts her style to best fit the
needs of students. In presenting the award, Watson cited her “commitment
of time and energy to student success in out and of the classroom,
coupled with recognition by her colleagues of a respect for diverse
So many faculty members exhibited a high level of scholarship, Watson
said, that two recipients were named to receive this year’s Excellence
in Scholarship Award.
James Brophy, Francis H. Squire Professor of History, was
recognized for his productive and influential career in the field of
modern European history. The author of over 30 articles and book
chapters, he has written two important books and is at work on a third.
“His work is highly influential,” a colleague wrote, “and he has a truly
international reputation in the most prestigious circles of academia.”
Thomas Leitch, professor of English, also received the
Excellence in Scholarship Award, for his work as a leading scholar in
the field of film adaptation studies and Hitchcock studies and as an
admired film and literary critic. His eight books and numerous essays
were described by a colleague as “foundational — not only routinely
cited but deeply relied on as guides in an area that is extremely
Stephen Bernhardt, Unidel Andrew B. Kirkpatrick Jr. Chair in
Writing, professor of English and director of UD’s Institute for
Transforming Undergraduate Education (ITUE), received the college’s 2015
Excellence in Service Award. “His service has been exemplary, both on
campus and in the professional arena,” Watson said, citing his work with
ITUE in “promoting problem-based learning initiatives across campus
with tremendous impact.”
Also at the Celebrating Achievement and Success event, Watson
recognized Cecil Dybowski, professor of chemistry and biochemistry,
whose selection as the 2015 Francis Alison Faculty Award recipient, UD’s highest competitive faculty honor, was announced earlier.
Other faculty members and graduate students who previously received University awards were honored at the college event as well.
Those included three faculty members who were presented Excellence in Teaching awards at this month’s Faculty Senate meeting: Ralph Begleiter,
Edward F. and Elizabeth Goodman Rosenberg Professor of Communication
and the founding director of the Center for Political Communication; Anthony Middlebrooks,
associate professor in the Organizational and Community Leadership
Program in the School of Public Policy and Administration; and Margaret Stetz, Mae and Robert Carter Professor of Women and Gender Studies and professor of humanities.
In addition to the University’s faculty awards for teaching, two CAS
graduate students received Excellence in Graduate Student Teaching
awards for their work as teaching assistants: Jessica Conrad, doctoral student in the Department of English, and Zachary Voras, doctoral student in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.
Watson also recognized the graduating seniors, both with majors in
the College of Arts and Sciences, who previously received awards from
the UD Alumni Association as the outstanding woman and man in the Class of 2015. Elizabeth Quartararo received this year’s Emalea Pusey Warner Award, and Mark Rucci received the Alexander J. Taylor Sr. Award.