Oct. 8, 2002
Contact: Ward Mullens

Eastern Michigan University Honors Six Outstanding Faculty
During Annual Teaching Excellence Awards

YPSILANTI – Eastern Michigan University honored six members of its faculty recently at the 12th Annual Teaching Excellence Awards Sept. 28. The awards honor faculty who have distinguished themselves in the classroom.

“Recognition of excellence in teaching is extremely important. It’s a core principle and value at EMU,” said Paul Schollaert, provost and vice president for academic affairs.

The recipients were:
Judy Sturgis Hill, of Ypsilanti, assistant professor of communication. As a student, Hill was EMU’s first national forensics champion and first inductee in to the National Forensic Association Hall of Fame. She received a master’s degree in communications from EMU and is working toward a doctorate at Wayne State University.

Frederick “Skip” Hunter, of Ann Arbor, professor of art. Hunter has been a professor of art at EMU since 1967. He has a master’s degree in fine arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and did his graduate work in metalsmithing and jewelry under the tutelage of Fred Fenster, a nationally-known figure in art metalwork.

Motoko Tabuse, of Dexter, professor of foreign languages and bilingual studies. She is director of The Japanese National Honor Society at EMU and has a doctorate in foreign language studies from Ohio State University.

Gregory Huszczo, of Ann Arbor, professor management. Huszczo is currently president of the Michigan Association for Industrial/Organization Psychology. His book “Tools for Team Excellence” was one of the executive program’s book-of-the-month club selections. He has a doctorate in industrial/organizational psychology from Michigan State University.

Marylyn Lake (posthumously), professor of special education. Lake was dedicated and inspirational, and tremendously knowledgeable about students with disabilities, their families and the special education profession,” said one anonymous nominator. “She epitomized superior teaching achievement. Her support and commitment to providing the best services for children and adolescents with disabilities stands as her legacy.”

Lake received a doctorate in learning disabilities/generic special education from the University of Michigan.

Darcelle White, of Plymouth, associate professor of business and technology education.“The intensity and depth of her commitment to supporting her students is inspirational to her fellow educators,” said Judy Mack, learning center specialist, The Holman Learning Center. “White brings a wealth of both scholarly and practical knowledge to her classroom. Her 13 years as an attorney and administrator with the UAW Legal Services provide myriad experiences for her classes.”

White received a juris doctorate from the University of Detroit School of Law.

Each recipient received a medallion and a certificate.