The Humanities Division honors faculty, alumni, and students at the 2021-22 Spring Awards

ByTommie C. Curtis

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Elaine Sullivan, professor of background, was awarded the Dizikes College Teaching Award. Sullivan handed out scholarships, in her title, to college students who have produced incredible tutorial strides during the 2021-22 faculty calendar year: Athena Kwan, Ryan Hart, and Sage Michaels.

On June 3, UC Santa Cruz’s Humanities Division the moment again marked the conclude of the college yr with their Spring Awards, a ceremony that celebrates the achievements of learners, instructors, and alumni. Marking the minute in her opening remarks, Chancellor Cynthia Larive instructed the dozens in attendance at the Cowell Ranch Hay Barn and looking at on-line, “It’s this sort of a satisfaction to figure out the operate you have carried out. It speaks to your motivation to yourselves, to your colleagues, to this college, and to the Humanities them selves.”

A person crowning moment of this year’s ceremony was the bestowing of the Dizikes School Educating Award to Elaine Sullivan, Affiliate Professor of History. A member of the UC Santa Cruz faculty given that 2013, Sullivan was picked to get the award by a panel of her colleagues and her pupils. As Humanities Division Dean Jasmine Alinder recounted in her introduction, Professor Sullivan was praised for her devotion and compassion and her means to provide “a lecture to existence. From a single instant to the subsequent, pupils went from quietly scribbling lecture notes to buzzing with enjoyment.”

Sullivan recognized the award with no compact sum of humility and humor, commenting that the difficulties of instructing courses online thanks to the pandemic introduced up uncommon inner thoughts of stress in her and saluting her students for mounting to meet up with the instant. 

As aspect of her award, Sullivan was ready to hand out scholarships, in her identify, to students who have made remarkable tutorial strides all through the 2021-22 college 12 months. Individuals items had been specified to a trio of fourth 12 months historical past majors: Athena Kwan, Ryan Hart, and Sage Michaels.

The ceremony commenced with another distinctive honor, bestowing the 2022 Humanities Distinguished Undergraduate Alumni Award upon Mark Zemelman, who just retired as the senior vice president and standard counsel for nonprofit health-related group Kaiser Permanente. 

Zemelman entered UC Santa Cruz in 1972, studying chemistry at Crown College. But it was a program in Western Civilization taught by William Hitchcock that improved the program of his instruction and his lifetime. As he remembered in his acceptance speech, Hitchcock taught him that “even even though we are born into a historical context, we link ourselves with the previous and future” and that by recognizing all those connections, “we can essentially make a actual change.” 

This year’s Spring Awards party was also marked by the introduction of two new awards: The Jay Household Humanities Scholarship For Undergraduates Centered on Social Justice and Variety, and the Mollie Cass Sater Memorial Scholarship in Jewish Scientific studies. The previous is a $5,000 scholarship that was handed to Maria R. Hele who is at this time pursuing a double main in Essential Race and Ethnic Scientific studies and Feminist Studies. The latter prize, which supports an undergraduate student with financial need to have who shows a potent fascination in Jewish Research, was awarded to Maia Zelker to assistance her undertaking looking into Hebrew poetry.

What’s mentioned higher than signifies only a fraction of the several awards handed out at the ceremony. Click on right here to see the complete record.