Editing GSSW Magazine in one of the best parts of my job because it gives me the chance to interview and write about our terrific faculty, students and alumni. For example, two of our faculty members have won major national awards in the past few months. Professor Frank R. Ascione, our American Humane Endowed Chair and Executive Director of our Institute for Human-Animal Connection, received the 2010 George T. Angell Humanitarian Award from the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Angell Animal Medical Center. The award recognizes his exceptional dedication, caring and commitment to animals, their welfare and their quality of life. Past recipients have included people like Temple Grandin, Cleveland Amory, Mary Tyler Moore and R.K. Anderson, so we’re especially proud of this exceptional achievement!
Assistant Professor Eugene Walls received the 2010 Ernest A. Lynton Award for the Scholarship of Engagement for Early Career Faculty from the New England Resource Center for Higher Education (NERCHE) and the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities. The award recognizes the degree to which he connects his teaching, research and service to community engagement. Through his research, Professor Walls has established lasting partnerships with several agencies in Colorado, focusing on the needs of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) community. In fact, he views collaboration with community partners as indispensible in giving a voice to historically marginalized groups. In his courses, including one called “Disrupting Privilege,” Professor Walls also integrates community members into the teaching and learning experience for his students. Congratulations on this well-deserved honor!