Last modified: Monday, February 4, 2002
IU professor and student honored by state educators
The Indiana Council for Continuing Education has announced its awards for 2002, and the honorees include two persons at Indiana University's Bloomington campus.
Albert Wertheim, IU professor of English and comparative literature and adjunct professor of theatre and drama, was selected as ICCE's 2002 Faculty Member of the Year. IU senior Syndee Gail Knight of Bloomington, Ind., was chosen as Student of the Year. The ICCE awards program recognizes outstanding contributions by staff in continuing education programs, as well as outstanding adult students.
Wertheim was selected, in part, for his innovative mobile classroom sessions en route to performances at the Indiana Repertory Theater in Indianapolis. During the trip to the theater, Wertheim sets the stage by introducing the day's performance, and on the way back to Bloomington he fields questions and leads a spirited discussion of the day's production. Due to the course's continuing popularity, the Bloomington Division of Continuing Studies has expanded the mobile classroom to include Actors Theatre of Louisville.
"Professor Wertheim also is a mainstay in IU's multiple-award-winning Mini University summer program, in which his courses are perennial favorites. His outstanding teaching abilities, coupled with his obvious commitment to lifelong learning, make Albert Wertheim a most worthy recipient of recognition by ICCE," said Ron White, director of the Bloomington Division of Continuing Studies.
Syndee Gail Knight is a first-generation college student who earned a GED and began her studies at Indiana University as an adult student. She earned associate's and bachelor's degrees in General Studies, was selected as a Chancellor's Scholar, and plans to pursue graduate studies in sociology.
"Her love of learning and refusal to let barriers impede progress toward her goals makes her a true poster woman for adult education," White said. "One of her IU professors noted early on that as a sophomore her work was more like the best graduate students' work. Another remarked that Ms. Knight was like a gem that sparkled and shone with scholarship, who told stories that needed to be heard."
Wertheim and Knight will be honored at a reception to be held in conjunction with ICCE's annual conference in Nashville, Ind., on March 1.