April 26, 2013

“Distinguished Day” At Texas A&M Monday Will Honor 46 Students, Faculty And Staff

Texas A&M University officials have set aside Monday (April 29) as “Distinguished Day” during which they will honor for their excellence a total of 46 students, faculty and staff – including a 1:30 p.m. Rudder Theatre ceremony for the 24 recipients of the 2013 Distinguished Achievement Awards.

“We are fortunate to have students, faculty and staff who demonstrate the highest standards of excellence,” said Texas A&M President R. Bowen Loftin in his weekly campus update. “Twenty-four faculty and staff members, 16 graduate students and six new University Distinguished Professors will be honored at “Distinguished Day” events Monday for all that they do to maintain Texas A&M’s culture of excellence.”academic building

Texas A&M and The Association of Former Students have selected 24 outstanding members of the school’s faculty and staff to be honored with 2013 Distinguished Achievement Awards at a ceremony planned for 1:30 p.m. Monday in Rudder Theatre. The campus community is encouraged to attend and show their support for the awardees.

These university-level awards were first presented in 1955 and have since been awarded to 954 professionals, including this year’s recipients, who have exhibited the highest standards of excellence at Texas A&M.

The awards are presented in recognition of outstanding excellence in teaching; research; student relations; staff; administration; extension, outreach, continuing education and professional development; and graduate mentoring.

Sixteen students pursuing masters’ and doctoral degrees have been named Texas A&M Distinguished Graduate Students for 2013. Officials with the Office of Graduate Studies say the recipients are being recognized for exemplary accomplishments in doctoral research, master’s research and teaching. They will be honored at a Monday morning ceremony.

“Graduate students contribute to the research and teaching effectiveness of our faculty, while also advancing scholarship through their own scholarship and completion of their own advanced degrees. Thanks to the support we receive from The Association of Former Students for these awards, we are able to recognize these students, who are among the best and brightest in their fields,” noted Karen Butler-Purry, associate provost for graduate studies. “They play a vital role in strengthening quality in academics at Texas A&M and carrying that experience with them throughout their careers.”

The title of “university distinguished professor” at Texas A&M is a designation underscoring that a faculty member is pre-eminent in his or her academic discipline nationally and internationally. University officials have named six more faculty members as university distinguished professors, effective with the start of the new academic year on Sept. 1.

Texas A&M Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Karan Watson announced their selection and explained the significance of the designation.

“University Distinguished Professors represent the highest level of achievement for our faculty,” Watson emphasized. “They are recognized as pre-eminent authorities in their fields and their accomplishments are exemplified by outstanding teaching, mentoring, discovery and service. They demonstrate to the world the high quality of scholarship underway at Texas A&M University.”

As part of Distinguished Day, President Loftin and the Texas A&M Foundation will host a reception Monday evening recognizing the six new university distinguished professors and honoring all faculty members holding that title. Currently 66 faculty members hold the prestigious title.

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