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Prize-winning work included the University’s EMBARK awareness campaign, which was recognized by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, the American Advertising Awards, the Davey Awards, and the Educational Advertising Awards.

Winners of the Phi Beta Kappa Essay Contest, open to all University of Redlands students, are:

  • Joellen Banks, who won a prize for her honors thesis in English literature, “Creative Maternity: The Biological Limitation of Birth Metaphors in Olive Moore’s Spleen”  
  • Damara Pratt, who was recognized for her autobiographical creative essay, “The Patriarchal Grip”  
  • Hannah Solomon ’18, who won the annual prize of for best research essay from the Redlands Fortnightly Club, one of the oldest literary clubs in the nation; Solomon presented her paper, “’The Struggle with Documents: Bloch and Ranke on History,” at a club meeting on April 12
  • Banks and Pratt, who shared the Albert Crum Award, named after a New York psychiatrist, Phi Beta Kappa member, and University of Redlands alumnus

Alexis Pence received the Alpha Association scholarship for a new inductee of Phi Beta Kappa who is planning to attend graduate school. Pence will pursue a master’s in wildlife science at Texas A&M University.

The Chapel Singers ensemble has been selected as a finalist in the University/College division of The American Prize national nonprofit competitions in the performing arts. 


Andrew Wall, dean of the School of Education, was named an Impact Academy Fellow, joining a cohort of leaders chosen for their commitment to improving educator preparation. Wall is one of 13 fellows chosen by the national group Deans for Impact for a year-long fellowship, aimed at empowering a new generation of leaders. Fellows kick off the year with a rigorous four-day academy in July, then extend their learning over the course of the fellowship through individual modules and ongoing leadership coaching from Deans for Impact member deans.  

During Commencement, the U of R College of Arts and Sciences honored the following faculty members:

  • Susan Goldstein with the U of R Global Impact Award, for engagement with learning communities beyond U.S. borders on the basis of  scholarship, creative activity, and teaching
  • Karen Derris and John Glover with Outstanding Service awards
  • Hillary Jenkins and Fang Ren with Outstanding Teaching awards
  • Shana Higgins and Lillian Larsen with Outstanding Research/Creative Activity awards
  • Jill Robinson with the Mortar Board’s College of Arts and Sciences Professor of the Year
  • Tamara Veenstra with the Virginia Hunsaker Innovative Teaching Award

The U of R School of Business recognized:

  • Kimberly Cass and Anne Viricel with Excellence in Teaching awards
  • Avijit Sarkar with an Excellence in Service award

The U of R School of Education named winners of the Adjunct Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award for contributions as highly effective teachers and a collaborative colleagues:

  • Lesley Davidson-Boyd of the Department of Counseling and Human Services
  • Denise Gideon of the Department of Teaching and Learning 
  • Paul Jessup of the Department of Leadership and Higher Education

The University of Redlands was listed in the top 10 percent of small schools for the number of U.S. Department of State Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships in the 2016-17 school year (the most recent data available), with five U of R students winning the scholarship for study or internships abroad.

The University’s awareness campaign, EMBARK, has received a number of honors. The Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) District VII awarded the campaign, developed by University Communications and Orange County advertising agency TRAFFIK, a Gold Award in Advertising, as “an example for others to emulate … the kind of work that brings respect to our profession.” EMBARK also garnered several American Advertising Awards, including a Silver in four categories—integrated branded content campaign, microsite, social media campaign, and online/interactive campaign. In addition, the campaign won a Silver from the 2018 Davey Awards (a national competition for smaller agencies) in the integrated not-for-profit campaign category, as well as from the national 2018 Educational Advertising Awards in the total advertising campaign category.

The American Advertising Awards, the advertising industry’s largest and most representative competition, also recognized the U of R Forever Yours fundraising campaign launch, conducted by U of R’s Advancement team with creative agency Michael Patrick Partners. The launch won a competitive ADDY Statue for demonstration of overall creative excellence, as well as a Bronze in the “cross-platform integrated branded content” category. 

The Bulldog Blog, launched by University Communications last August, also won a Silver from the American Advertising Awards.

To see student honors announced as part of 2018 commencement season, see the recent Bulldog Blog post “Kudos corner: student honors.”