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Horning Awards announced

The Advisory Committee for the Horning Support Program for Humanistic Scholarship is pleased to announce the program’s fall 2011 awards. These awards met the criteria of the Horning Endowment both to improve and extend the teaching of humanities to the sciences and other disciplines at Oregon State University and to extend humanistic knowledge in ways that demonstrate the importance of the liberal arts to the sciences.

The Mary Jones and Thomas Hart Horning Endowment was created through a bequest to the university from the late Benjamin B. Horning, an OSU alumnus who went on to a distinguished career in medical education and philanthropy. Dr. Horning saw the need for a deeper understanding of the humanities by students in the sciences and other technical areas. The endowment was designed to create a closer link between science and the humanities.

Fall 2011 awards were made in the following categories:


Jim Blumenthal, Philosophy
Marisa Chappell, History
Gary Ferngren, History
Karen Holmberg, English
Mark Porrovecchio, Speech Communication
Kara Ritzheimer, History
Susan Rodgers, English
Stuart Sarbacker, Philosophy
Stacey Smith, History

Visiting speakers and conferences:

Courtney Campbell, Philosophy
Elizabeth Helman, Theatre Arts
Hung-yok Ip, History
Jonathan Kaplan, Philosophy
Susan Meyers, English

Root wins two awards

Professor Elizabeth Root in the department of speech communications was
was awarded the top faculty paper award and the Ralph Cooley award for the outstanding paper in the International and Intercultural Communication Division at the National Communication Association’s annual convention. This was for the paper titled: “The Voice at the Front of the Room: Identity Dialectics of the Intercultural Communication Instructor” and was co-authored by Tara Hargrove, Matthew Petrunia, and Anchalee Ngampornchai.

She also received the top paper award for the Intercultural Communication Interest Group with the Western States Communication Assocation for a paper titled: ” ‘I came back as a new human being’: Student Descriptions of Intercultural Competence Acquired through Education Abroad Experiences” which was co-authored with Anchalee Ngampornchai.

OSU prof publishes book on pragmatism

Mark Porrovecchio has published a book on Schiller titled “F.C.S. Schiller and the Dawn of Pragmatism” by Rowan & Littlefield Publishing Group. Schiller, the foremost first generation British pragmatist, was one of the most vocal proponents of pragmatism in the late 1800s and early 1900s.


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