May 11, 2006

Annual Cutler Award Recipients Named at The U

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The University of South Dakota recently named the recipients of its prestigious Richard & Sharon Cutler Faculty Awards in Liberal Arts. The award winners this year include Dr. Jose Flores of the Department of Mathematical Sciences; Dr. Terry Robertson of the Department of Communcation Studies; and Dr. Matt Fairholm of the Department of Political Science and acting director of the W.O. Farber Center for Civic Leadership.
The awards were endowed by Richard and Sharon Cutler of Sioux Falls, S.D. to recognize distinguished faculty in the College of Arts & Sciences. Three awards - each carrying a $3,500 cash prize payable through The University of South Dakota Foundation - are given annually to faculty who advance liberal arts education through teaching and research over a three-year span.

Dr. Flores was honored for his work with students in the classroom and over the internet; for receiving a Governor's grant that allowed him to teach math through computer animation; for a regular commitment to undergraduate research, and for research focused on differential equation theory and mathematical modeling of insect predators/pests, that has led to approximately one dozen publications.

Dr. Robertson was chosen for student teaching evaluations that rival any in the College of Arts and Sciences; for preparing and delivering fourteen different undergraduate/graduate classes, including participation in the IdEA program of the university; for a publication record at The U. that includes nine articles, two book chapters, a book entitled “VideoStyle, WebStyle, and NewStyle,” and a forthcoming anthology entitled “Political Communication Frameworks”.

Dr. Fairholm was chosen for exceptionally strong course evaluations in the leadership program; for out-of-classroom contributions that include supervision of many Honors theses, sessions with Vermillion community leaders, work with communities such as Alcester; and for approximately one dozen publications in the fields of public administration and leadership.

The Cutlers are natives of Wessington Springs, S.D. Sharon Cutler has served on the board of directors of the Senior Companions in Sioux Falls. Her many community activities include: Big Sister at the Children's Home Society, Sunday school teacher at the Methodist Church, and volunteer at Meals on Wheels, Our Home, and Senior Companions.

Richard Cutler graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in history from The University of South Dakota in 1963, and earned a J.D. summa cum laude from the School of Law in 1965.  He was presented an honorary doctorate by The U in 1997. Cutler is the past chair of The University of South Dakota Foundation, co-chair of Campaign South Dakota, and is a past chair of the board of trustees of the National Music Museum in Vermillion. He is an attorney with Cutler & Donahoe, LLP, in Sioux Falls.

A hi-resolution photo of the award winners is available at (Pictured, left to right: are Terry Robertson, Jose Flores, and Matt Fairholm).  

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