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Theo Whitcomb ’19 was one of the winners of the Albert Crum Award for his essay “On a Fragile Frontier,” which offered both a personal account and research investigation of the effects of climate change in Bristol Bay, Alaska.

University of Redlands students and faculty were recently recognized with a range of honors. 


Miles Johnson won the Redlands Fortnightly Club prize, conducted through Phi Beta Kappa and given each year for the best research essay. Johnson’s essay was titled “'The Veil of Innocence’: James Baldwin and Ta-Nehisi Coates Address the Problem of the Color Line.”

Four students shared the Albert Crum Award, named for the New York psychiatrist and Phi Beta Kappa member Albert Crum ’53, who has generously supported it over the past three decades. Winning first place for their essays were:

  • Sera Gearhart ’19 for “Ranking Health Systems,” an econometric analysis ranking the effectiveness of primary care systems in twelve countries
  • Theo Whitcomb ’19 for “On a Fragile Frontier,” both a personal account and a research investigation of the marine, biological, and cultural effects of climate change in Bristol Bay, Alaska.

Winning second place were:

  • Aidan Coon '19 for “Ideology, Expansion, and Modernization: A Clarification of the Roots of the Cuban Missile Crisis” 
  • Chryse Kruse ’19 for “'Without invention nothing is well spaced’: A Spatial Approach to William Carlos Williams’”


Sana Tayyen, a visiting professor in the U of R Department of Religious Studies, was one of only 25 professors selected to participate in a faculty seminar on the teaching of interfaith understanding offered by the Council of Independent Colleges and Interfaith Youth Core. The five-day program in June at DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois, aims to broaden participants’ knowledge and strengthen their teaching of interfaith understanding through the development of new courses and resources.

Adjunct Professor Abraham Khoureis ’04, ’06 was recently named School of Business Mentor of the Year.

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

  • Barbara Conboy of the Communicative Sciences and Disorders Department for global impact, including engagement with learning communities beyond U.S. borders on the basis of scholarship, creative activity, and teaching
  • Karen Derris of Religious Studies for outstanding teaching
  • Sharon Oster of the English Department for outstanding research
  • David Soulsby of the Chemistry Department for outstanding teaching
  • Patrick Wing of the History Department for outstanding writing instruction

The U of R School of Business recognized:

  • Bing Bai for teaching innovation
  • Allison Fraiberg for outstanding writing instruction
  • Gloria Jew for excellence in teaching
  • Mehrdad Koohikamali for excellence in research
  • Mike MacQueen for:
    • Innovative teaching
    • global impact, including engagement with learning communities beyond U.S. borders on the basis of scholarship, creative activity, and teaching
  • James Pick for outstanding service
  • Satish Thosar for excellence in research
  • Joseph Vavrus for excellence in teaching
  • Xin Zhao for excellence in service

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

  • David Davamony of the Department of Counseling and Human Services
  • Casaundra McNair of the Department of Leadership and Higher Education
  • Margarita Ramirez of the Department of Teaching and Learning 

To see student honors announced as part of the 2019 commencement season, see the recent Bulldog Blog post “Kudos corner: student honors.” Do you have suggestions for someone who should appear in the next Kudos Corner? Let us know at bulldogblog@redlands.edu!