CCAD Honors Teaching Excellence, Outstanding Seniors, Faculty Retirees

April 10th, 2014 by Amanda Pierce
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Lesley Jenike. Photo by Tyler Dunlavy

Liberal Arts Professor Lesley Jenike was honored with the 2014 Teaching Excellence Award. Photo: Tyler Dunlavy

Columbus College of Art & Design recognized the recipient of the 2014 Teaching Excellence Award, nine outstanding seniors, and two faculty retirees at an awards ceremony on April 10 in the Canzani Center.

Lesley Jenike, a Liberal Arts professor and widely published poet, was selected as the winner of the 2014 Teaching Excellence Award. The award is given each year to celebrate the exemplary efforts faculty members contribute to the college as a whole, using the classroom setting to engage and enhance students’ experiences. Nominations are accepted from alumni and current CCAD students and faculty.

Jenike was selected from 108 nominations, solicited from students, alumni, faculty, and staff.

A student said that Jenike is “eternally understanding and shows deep concern for the development of our skill.”

An American Academy of Poets prize winner, Jenike has served as a CCAD faculty member for five years. She published her second full-length book of poetry, Holy Island, and a new poetry chapbook, How We Came Ashore, within the last five months. She was a finalist for the Marsh Hawk Press and Anthony Hecht poetry prizes and has had fellowships and scholarships from the Ohio Arts Council, Sewanee Writers’ Conference, and Virginia Center for Creative Arts.

“Lesley is an active and successful writer and is able to teach CCAD students about creative writing and analysis of literature from an authentic place of professional success,” said Kim Landsbergen, associate professor and director of Liberal Arts. “She has a rare combination of kindness and efficacy that encourages students to succeed and holds them to high standards.”

Jenike earned her undergraduate degree from Emerson College, her master’s in poetry from Ohio State University, and her doctorate in American literature and poetry from the University of Cincinnati.

Past Teaching Excellence Award recipients include Charlotte Belland, George Felton, Vicki Golden, Tamara Peterson, Dave Burghy, Kelly Malec-Kosak, Ariana-Sophia Kartsonis, Jim Lutz, and Mark Hazlerig.

This year’s ceremony included the annual Outstanding Senior awards. Nine faculty-selected seniors were recognized from each undergraduate major.

This year’s outstanding seniors include:

  • Cassandra Douglas, Industrial Design: North Canton, OH (Hoover High School)
  • Nigel Ewan, Advertising and Graphic Design: Columbus, OH (Home schooled)
  • Kyle Franklin, Fine Arts: Marion, IL (Johnston City High School)
  • Kevin Harkness, Animation: Franklin, TN (Fred J. Page High School)
  • John Hochstetler, Cinematic Arts: Westerville, OH (Westerville North High School)
  • Ashleigh Jones, Fashion Design: Westerville, OH (Central High School)
  • Thomas Kirkeberg, Illustration: Ramnes, Norway (Horten Videregaende Skole)
  • Carolyn Zurawka, Interior Design: Beavercreek, OH (Beavercreek High School)
  • Derick Whitson, Photography: Mansfield, OH (Mansfield Christian School)

Feature stories about each outstanding senior will be published on the CCAD News Blog beginning April 30.

Outstanding seniors. Photo by Sean Dunn

Nine outstanding seniors were recognized at an awards ceremony on April 10. Photo: Sean Dunn

During the event, the college also honored faculty retirees George Felton, Liberal Arts professor, and Gregg Kumlien, Foundation Studies professor.

Felton is the author of the textbook Advertising: Concept and Copy and will retire this year after 37 years of teaching at CCAD. His essays have appeared in The New York Times, Advertising Age, Newsweek, and The Wall Street Journal. His copywriting has been selected for Communication Arts, HOW, and Print magazines. He received an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Greater Columbus Arts Council and a Columbus Literary Award from GCAC and Thurber House. Felton earned his undergraduate degree from Duke University and his master’s degrees from DePauw University and Ohio State University.

Kumlien will retire after 25 years of teaching at CCAD. His work revolves around political and psychological content that combines realism with various forms of mixed media and has been exhibited in many solo and group shows throughout the United States and China. Kumlien earned his undergraduate degree in drawing and painting from University of Wisconsin and his master’s degrees from University of Madison and University of Wisconsin.

This year’s Teaching Excellence Award nominees included Casey Bradley, Dave Burghy, Kim Burghy, Catherine Cupps, Anita Dawson, John Fergus-Jean, Matt Flegle, Andy Friz, Carol Griffith, Hiroshi Hayakawa, Lesley Jenike, Patrick Kenney, John Kortlander, Jeannine Kraft, Gordon Lee, Joe Lombardo, Robert Loss, Justin Marteney, Michael May, Stewart McKissick, Doug Norman, Kelly Nye, Susan O’Connor, Chris Payne, Djahangir Pirasteh, Tom Richner, Neil Riley, Rob Robbins, Erik Turocy, and Tom Williamson.

The following faculty were honored with nominations but were ineligible because they either have been recent recipients or have not yet worked six semesters at CCAD: Ineligible nominees included Charlotte Belland (2007 recipient), Kelly DeVore, George Felton (2007 recipient), Phil Garrett, Vicki Golden (2008 recipient), Michele Hill, Ariana-Sophia Kartsonis (2012 recipient), Jim Lutz (2013 recipient), Kelly Malec-Kosak (2011 recipient), Rebekah Matheny, Matt Mitchem, Matthew Mohr, Terry Monnett, Adam Osgood, Jennifer Peters, Tamara Peterson (2009 recipient), Cat Sheridan, Jason Schwab, and Rebecca Zomchek.

Douglas attended Hoover High School, Ewan was home-schooled, Franklin attended Johnston City High School, Harkness attended Fred J. Page High School, Hochstetler attended Westerville North High School, Jones attended Central High School, Kirkeberg attended Horten Videregaende Skole, Whitson attended Mansfield Christian School, and Zurawka attended Beavercreek High School.

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