College of the Arts awarded by KSU Foundation
By Lauren Highfill
Associate Professor of Theatre and Performance Studies Karen Robinson and Associate Professor of Visual Arts Joe Remillard were recognized at the 2008 Kennesaw State University Foundation Awards ceremony last month.
Robinson won the Distinguished Teaching Award for which she received $13,000. “It’s an extraordinary honor to receive this award,” said Robinson. “It’s very affirming to receive recognition for work I’m passionate about that helps me keep growing as a teacher.” In addition to teaching, Robinson serves as COTA’s representative for the university’s “Get Global” Quality Enhancement Program.
Half of the funds Robinson received from the KSU Foundation is designated for travel and professional development. “I plan to spend the money on traveling to conferences, cultural study abroad and trips for research, perhaps to New York City and Chicago where I have visited theatre companies that influence my teaching,” said Robinson.
Remillard won the $10,000 Foundation Prize for the College of the Arts for his solo exhibition of his Italy-inspired paintings at the Trinity Gallery in Atlanta. The foundation prize specifically recognizes high-quality publications or creative works by a member in each of six KSU colleges. “Naturally, the award is a great honor,” said Remillard. “It is wonderful to be recognized by others for doing something that you love to do.”
Remillard is co-director of KSU’s first full semester study abroad in Montepulciano, Italy this fall and has spear-headed KSU’s presence in the city over the past 10 years. “The prize money will be put to good use,” he said. “I’ve tentatively scheduled to have an exhibition of my work at the Museo Civico of Montepulciano in 2009. Because of the exhibit’s international component, the logistics and expenses of putting it on will be large. The foundation award money will help a great deal.”