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MU Alumni and Faculty Received Awards at Arts & Science Banquet

Feb. 22, 2010

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Kelsey Jackson, JacksonKN@missouri.edu, (573) 882-8353

Tyrone Flowers (in the middle) was awarded a Distinguished Alumni Award during Arts and Science Week. The MU Department of Sociology held a reception in his honor.

Tyrone Flowers (in the middle) was awarded a Distinguished Alumni Award during Arts and Science Week. The MU Department of Sociology held a reception in his honor.

Arts and Science Week at the University of Missouri provides a unique opportunity for the college to recognize its best alumni and faculty. The banquet on February 19 honored Distinguished Alumni Award recipients and faculty Chalk Award winners.

The Distinguished Alumni Award was presented to three A&S alumni who graduated from the departments of sociology, biological sciences and art (names and biographies below). The awards recognize alumni whose professional contributions have enhanced their respective disciplines and the lives of others, while also reflecting well on the College of Arts and Science.

“These distinguished alumni represent the best of the A&S community,” said Michael J. O’Brien, dean of the college. “Arts and Science week serves as a reminder to students, faculty and staff of the importance of the arts and sciences.”

The Purple, Blue and Green Chalk Awards also were presented to faculty, advisers and teaching assistants respectively. Arts and Science Student Council acknowledged the teaching excellence of select faculty members through Purple Chalk Awards, pay tribute to advisers through Blue Chalk Awards and honored teaching assistants with Green Chalk Awards.

The 2010 Arts and Science Week Distinguished Alumni Awards Recipients

The Distinguished Alumni Awards recognize several alumni whose professional contributions have enhanced their respective disciplines and the lives of others, while also reflecting well on the College of Arts and Science.

Tyrone J. Flowers, BA ’93 Sociology, JD ’98, of Kansas City founded Higher M-Pact, Inc., a non-profit community-based organization that mentors high-risk, urban youth and their families to create a solid foundation for academic success. He also serves on the board of directors of the Kansas City Kansas School Foundation for Excellence.

Dan L. Lindsley, BA ’47 Zoology, MA ’49 Biological Sciences, worked as a biologist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory from 1954 to 1967, and then moved to the University of California- San Diego as a professor of biology. He retired in 1991 and currently pursues an active research program as a research professor of biology.

Matt Taylor, BFA ’99 Art, has worked on the art side of the recording industry for more than a decade. His art director position at Warner Bros. Records led to a Grammy in 2006. That same year, Taylor started his own boutique design company, Varnish Studio, Inc. His work has since been nominated for two more Grammys for album packaging.

Chalk Award Recipients

Purple Chalk Teaching Award recipients:

  • Etti Naveh-Benjamin, visiting assistant professor, psychological sciences
  • Ray Ronci, associate teaching professor, English

 Blue Chalk Advising Award recipient:

  • Jill Edwards, academic adviser, psychological sciences

 Green Chalk Teaching Award recipients:

  • Kenneth Hettie, Chemistry
  • Zachary Parsons, Chemistry
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