At the Winter Reception: Beineke Medal and Special Achievement Awards

At the College of Arts and Sciences’ 2017 Winter Reception, Dean Eric Carl Link presented three Arts & Sciences faculty with awards. Professors Ann Argast (geology) and Bruce Kingsbury (biology) were presented with the College’s Beineke Medal for Services to the Liberal Arts and Sciences. Professor Emeritus Art Friedel (chemistry) was honored for his 50+ years of service to COAS, IPFW, and all those he helped.

Below are the transcripts of the introductions Dean Link gave when bestowing the awards on our faculty on Friday, January 27, 2017:

Anne Argast—Geology—Beineke Medal—January 27, 2017

Professor of Geology, Anne Argast came to IPFW in 1985. She did her undergraduate work in geology at the University of Rochester, and her M.A. and Ph.D. at the State University of New York at Binghamton.

Dr. Argast is a scholar of considerable reputation, but her work at IPFW has extended far beyond the laboratory. To be sure, everyone knows Dr. Argast. Like so many on campus, Argast served on many search committees for both faculty and staff in offices across campus. She served on the IPFW Faculty Senate for many years. And she chaired and was the lead advisor in geosciences multiple times over the course of her time at IPFW.

She also participated in a variety of community outreach efforts. Argast has been the go-to resource for many in the region with questions about rocks, minerals, and all manner of “meteorites” that have been unearthed in the corn and soy fields of Indiana and beyond. She also spent time showing community members, potential students, and others around geosciences’ classrooms and labs, helping area Cub Scouts earn their geology-related badges, providing talks at area gem and mineral shows, offering insight through news stories, and engaging in programs such as science fairs, campus and high school visit events, and more.

As her colleague Jim Farlow shared, “In her time at IPFW, Dr. Argast has consistently championed a broad liberal arts education program at IPFW.” She has always been a strong advocate for a capstone education course as part of general education. Along with her advocacy for capstone courses, Argast pushed to provide dedicated office space for undergraduates working on their capstone projects (this would be Science Building, room 270). Through projects and advocacy such as this—a hallmark Argast is known for across campus—Argast has played a vital role in the success of so many students in geosciences.

One of her most significant contributions to the intellectual life of IPFW is the founding of her lab. Argast worked with her family in funding the purchase of a scanning electron microscope for The Argast Family Imaging and Analysis Lab. By many measures the most successful lab of its kind on campus, the Argast Family Lab allows IPFW “students to be better prepared to meet the demands of prospective employers, as well as help our faculty in their research efforts; while at the same time being a recruiting tool for both top students and faculty.”

As the director of the lab, Dr. Argast has provided significant outreach to area industry and supported faculty and student research. Since its opening, the lab has completed projects for local, regional, and national businesses, supported teaching and research activities conducted by students and faculty in multiple departments, and brought in hundreds of billable hours to support the growth and upkeep of the lab.

For this lifetime of work and dedication to the students of IPFW, the College of Arts and Sciences proudly awards her the Beineke Medal for service to the liberal arts and sciences at IPFW.

Bruce Kingsbury—Biology—Beineke Medal—January 27, 2017

For those who may not know: Bruce is a California boy – growing up in the wilds of southern California. He sought his education on the mean streets of Claremont, San Diego, and Riverside, running the halls at Pomona College, San Diego State, and even UC-Riverside.

After terrorizing Southern California for a while, Bruce joined The College of Arts and Sciences Department of Biology in 1992, and working his way up through the ranks in the typical manner. What hasn’t been typical, however, is Bruce’s engagement with his discipline, his college, and his students over the course of those many years. Bruce has distinguished himself as a highly regarded teacher, a tireless and generous service provider, a leader in community engagement and outreach, a fine administrator, and a scholar of the first rank with a national reputation in his field.

Over the course of his career, Bruce has published numerous articles, multiple books, and has delivered dozens of scholarly presentations, in addition to bringing in close to three million dollars in external grants and contracts to the university. He has mentored, by his estimate, over 100 undergraduate and graduate students. He has served as chair of the Department of Biology, presiding officer of the Arts and Sciences faculty, and currently serves as Associate Dean in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Of course, all of the grants that have supported this work have supported countless students as well, and students from all over campus have worked with Bruce and the ERC over the years on a wide variety of projects.

As both Department Chair and as Associate Dean, Bruce has worked tirelessly to promote the work of the college, its faculty, and its students. On personal note, I have not only benefitted from having him on the college team, but I have learned from him and relied on his institutional knowledge, his optimism, his vision, his expertise, and his commitment to clear thinking, reason, and the future.

Join me in congratulating Professor Kingsbury on his dedication to the liberal arts at IPFW as we present him with the Beineke Medal.

Art Friedel—Chemistry—Special Achievement Award

Today you are witnessing something we rarely see on campus in winter: Professor Emeritus of Chemistry, Art Friedel! While we’re used to our friend appearing during the warmer months to teach and serve on our campus, winter sightings have been few of late.

In many ways, the history of IPFW is the history of Art Friedel. Or, put another way, one cannot tell the history of IPFW without talking about Art Friedel.

Art arrived at IPFW—actually, it was what we now call Kettler Hall—in 1967. When he arrived, students paid $15/credit and an assistant professor earned about $9,000 a year. He came to IPFW after receiving B.S. and M. Ed. degrees from the University of Pittsburgh, followed by a Ph.D. from the Ohio State University.

It would take too long to list all of Art’s accomplishments, but we will try to provide some highlights.

  • Few on campus have contributed as much time to the work of university, college, athletic, academic, departmental, and so many other committees.
  • Art directed the Northeastern Indiana Regional Science Fair for 22 years, and served on the Board of Directors of Science Central from its initial formation until 1997.
  • He served as director of the Regional Science Fair for over 20 years.
  • His awards include:
    • Chemist of the Year in 1984 by the Northeastern Indiana Section of the American Chemical Society.
    • He won the Outstanding Teacher Award in 1988
    • First recipient of the IPFW Lifetime Alumni Board Member Award in 1990
    • Member of the FACET class of 1991
  • Art funded and lent his name to both a chemistry scholarship and an athletic scholarship.
  • He participated in more community outreach and local programs that even he can remember. For example, Art has helped in some capacity or another at Lego League tournaments, science camps, athletic booster clubs, and more.
  • If you want to hear some good stories, ask Art about chaperoning students on a science fair trip to Baltimore, or the time the science fair was in the Coliseum during Komets hockey season, or ask him about the time in 1975 when he was on a faculty exchange in Nottingham, England, and wound up escorting Princess Margaret at a garden party at Commonwealth House in London.

But, I suspect that the stories that mean the most to Art are the countless stories of secondary education science teachers whose careers he helped launch. It’s not much of an exaggerations to say that if you wanted to teach in the sciences in Fort Wayne in the second half of the twentieth century, you needed to know Professor Friedel. Let’s do some math: let’s say Professor Friedel was instrumental in helping to launch the careers of five science education students per year, on average, over a 50 year career. If those folks all taught 150 students per year over the course of, on average, a 25 year teaching career, that would mean that Professor Friedel has played a vital role, directly and indirectly, in the education of almost one million students. A powerful legacy, to be sure.

For all of these reasons and more, we wanted to take a moment tonight to express our appreciation to Professor Friedel for more than 50 years of service to IPFW. Please join me in congratulating and thanking Art.

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