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Students, faculty honored at Gold Key ceremony


Former Emerson Trustee Helaine Miller '55 presented the Helaine and Stanley Miller Award for Outstanding Teaching at the Gold Key Honor Society ceremony on April 24. 

Emerson honored 85 students and two outstanding faculty members at a Gold Key Honor Society induction ceremony April 24 in the Semel Theater.

Students inducted into the Gold Key Society meet stringent criteria for academic achievement. Gold Key members must have completed 48 credits with the College; juniors are in the top 5 percent of their class, and seniors are in the top 10 percent. At the ceremony, inductees received certificates, and seniors also received a gold sash to wear at Commencement.

The 2012–13 Gold Key officers are President Laura Franzini '13, Vice President Marissa Koors '13, and Secretary Rebecca Isenhart '13.

Two faculty members were also recognized at the ceremony for their excellence in teaching. The Helaine and Stanley Miller Award for Outstanding Teaching, which is given each year to a full-time faculty member, went to Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) Assistant Professor Ruth Grossman. She teaches an undergraduate course on Language Disorders and graduate courses on Language Acquisition, Cognitive Communication Disorders, and the Neurologic Bases of Communication.  Interim Department Chair Wyatt Oswald, who nominated her said, “Ruth’s classes are dynamic and challenging, generating extremely positive feedback from students.” Helaine Miller ’55, who is also a former Trustee, presented the award to Grossman. Last year’s Miller Award winner, Scholar-in-Residence Eileen McBride, delivered the keynote address. She teaches psychology courses such as Developmental Psychology and The Psychology of Gender, Race and Ethnicity. 

Morgan Baker has won this year’s part-time instructor award, the Alan L. Stanzler Award for Excellence in Teaching. She has taught writing at Emerson College for 18 years, including such courses as Introduction to Creative Nonfiction and Introduction to Magazine Writing. Morgan Baker said, “Emerson means a great deal to me.  I love the students and the work I’ve done there.  Thank you so much for this honor.” 

Donor Alan L. Stanzler is a former Trustee and Overseer of the College. The award was created in honor of his father, Harold Stanzler, who for many years was a part-time faculty member at the University of Rhode Island.

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