CCAD recognizes teaching excellence, outstanding seniors, faculty retirees

Apr 9, 2014

Columbus College of Art & Design recognized Liberal Arts Professor Lesley Jenike as the recipient of the 2014 Teaching Excellence Award, nine outstanding seniors and faculty retirees George Felton and Gregg Kumlien at an awards ceremony today at the Canzani Center on CCAD’s campus.

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

The Teaching Excellence Award is given annually to one educator 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, current CCAD students and faculty.

An American Academy of Poets prize winner, Jenike has had work published in literature journals around the country. 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 is 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.

The college also recognized one outstanding senior from each undergraduate major. The students are selected based on academic performance, work ethic and character.

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)

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.

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