CALE 2019 Awards Ceremony
Frances B. Huston Award Winners
Every year, each of CALE’s seven departments chooses a student to receive the Frances B. Huston Medallion. This award recognizes graduating seniors who have achieved academic excellence with a 3.75 or higher GPA and who have demonstrated outstanding leadership qualities at Eastern and/or in the community.
These are the Huston Award recipients from CALE for 2018-19 and their faculty escorts:
Tayler Parkin with faculty escort Senior Lecturer Chris Tyllia
Nicole Rigsby with faculty escort Assistant Professor Shelly Shaffer
Grace Caraway with faculty escort Associate Professor Tracey McHenry
Modern Languages & Literatures
Chad Edwards with faculty escort Professor Terrance MacMullan
Ethan Seid with faculty escort Senior Lecturer Julia Salerno
Physical Education, Health and Recreation
Harli Spurgeon with faculty escort Associate Professor Garth Babcock
Theatre and Film
Madalyn “MJ” Daly with faculty escort Senior Lecturer Jeff Sanders
Dean’s Excellence Award Winners and Faculty Mentors
Celebrating excellence in student contributions, achievements, faculty inspiration and student mentorship, the Dean’s Student Excellence Award recognizes outstanding graduating seniors who have demonstrated distinguished excellence and achievements within their department, the college, university and the community.
These are the 2017-2018 Dean’s Excellence Award Winners and their mentors:
Leslie Kolke with faculty mentor Senior Lecturer Chris Tyllia
Kristin Abshire with faculty mentor Assistant Professor Gus Nollmeyer
Amber Walker with faculty mentor Assistant Professor Gus Nollmeyer
Grace Caraway with faculty mentor Assistant Professor Ian Green
Alexandria Nepean with faculty mentor Senior Lecturer Polly Buckingham
Modern Languages and Literatures
Connor Dempsey with faculty mentor Associate Professor Miguel Novella
McKindsay “Kindsay” Dow with faculty mentor Professor Florian Preisig
Taylor Clarke with faculty mentor Professor Kristina Ploeger-Hekmatpanah
Physical Education, Health and Recreation
Drake Chaves with faculty mentor Professor Jeni McNeal and Assistant Professor Katie Taylor
Jessica Sharpe with faculty mentor Assistant Professor Katie Taylor
Theatre and Film
Evan Hoff with faculty mentor Assistant Professor Chase Ogden
CALE Excellence Award Winners
These individuals embody the college’s mission and values. The purpose of the six college awards is to recognize and commend outstanding faculty and staff who have put forth extraordinary commitment to represent their department, the college and the university.
Classified and Exempt Excellence Award
Gail Forsgreen from the Writers’ Center
Faculty Teaching Excellence Award
Catherine Girard from the Art Department
Faculty Scholarly and Creative Activities Excellence Award
Drew Ayers from the Theatre & Film Department
Faculty Service Excellence Award
Katie Taylor from the Physical Education, Health and Recreation Department
Team Excellence Award
The Office of Field Experience in the Education Department: Tim Sedor, Carissa Gran and Jared Cramer
Campus Partner Excellence Award
Adam Klinger from the Information Technology Department
The title Professor Emeritus is awarded to those professors who, upon retirement, are recognized for their excellence in teaching, intellectual contributions and service to the university, college and department throughout their career. This year, Professor Henry-York Steiner was awarded emeritus status.
Professor Henry-York Steiner, English Department
Professor Henry-York Steiner is retiring after sixty-one years of college and university teaching, fifty of which have been here at Eastern Washington University. An alumnus of Grinnell College (BA), Yale University (MA) and the University of Oregon (PhD), he joined Eastern’s administration and faculty in 1968. As dean of Undergraduate Studies (1968-79), he helped create and nurture the programs now known as American Indian Studies, Africana Studies, Chicano Education, University Honors and Environmental Studies. As a deeply respected and popular professor, he has taught 20 different graduate and undergraduate courses, ranging from composition to English and American literature to folklore, mythology, rhetoric, philosophy and religion, environmental studies and recreation.
Hank Steiner is known to students, administrators, faculty and many people in supporting roles over the decades for his intellect, compassion and integrity. He has been a model and mentor to generations of students and faculty. One of his colleagues recently said, “When I grow up, I want to be Hank Steiner.”
Unfortunately, there is only one original. Fortunately, we have had the joy of learning with and from him. In addition, Henry-York Steiner has served 48 years on the 49 Degrees North Ski Patrol and the National Ski Patrol System as a patroller, administrator, instructor and instructor trainer. His wife, Lori, is a recipient of an EWU Alumni Award. It is safe to say that Henry-York Steiner’s contributions to our community and to so many individuals are greater than mere words can express.
Retiring Faculty & Staff
These retiring CALE team members provided distinguished service and exemplified the mission and values of their department, the college and the university.
Lecturer Christina Booth, Education Department
Chris earned her Master of Education degree from Lesley College in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Her areas of specialization are Elementary and Early Childhood Education.
Before coming to EWU, Chris was the director of the United Church of Christ after-school care program and currently directs University Preschool in Cheney. Her hobbies and interests include spending time with her family, going to church and the theatre, reading and traveling.
Senior Lecturer Teiko Stradling, Modern Languages and Literatures Department
Retiring after 26 years of service at Eastern, Teiko Stradling earned two bachelor’s and two master’s degrees from EWU, ranging in subjects from psychology and business administration to teaching English as a second language.
Teiko served as an adjunct instructor of Japanese at EWU for eight years and a lecturer of Japanese for another eight years before her promotion to senior lecturer of Japanese in 2010. In her time at EWU, she has coordinated with various folks to bring different scholars to campus, like calligraphy specialists, Japanese educational system specialists, DNA scholars and Japanese poetry specialists.
Debbie Moradi, Art Department
A key administrative classified member of the Art Department, Debbie Moradi is retiring after 30 years of service at Eastern. She plans, organizes and coordinates the daily operations of the different art programs. Debbie has held 14 different jobs during her time at Eastern. She believes that this flexibility has proved to be challenging in a good way and has afforded her the opportunity to work among some remarkable people. Her favorite positions have been in the Art and Physics Departments. She says that the EWU students are the reason she loved working here, and it was always a privilege to help them no matter what department she found herself in. In her spare time, she loves to tat, knit and sew.