Former Emerson Trustee Helaine Miller '55 (center) poses with faculty members Bethany Nelson and Robb Eason, who were honored during the Gold Key Honor Society ceremony April 22 in the Semel Theater, at the sashes that were given to inductees. (Photo by Dan O'Brien)
Students inducted into Gold Key are juniors who are graded in the top 5 percent of their class, and seniors who are in the top 10 percent.
Nelson, senior theatre educator-in-residence in the Performing Arts Department, and Eason, part-time faculty member in the Communication Studies Department, received the Helaine and Stanley Miller Award for Outstanding Teaching, and the Alan L. Stanzler Award for Excellence in Teaching, respectively.
“Without teaching there is no government, no Internet, no literature. Teaching changes the world,” Nelson said while accepting her award. “I love young people, especially my students. They learn from me and I learn from them.”
Each academic year, the Gold Key Honor Society selects two faculty members—one who is full-time and another who is part-time—who consistently receive high Teacher/Course Evaluation ratings. Nelson and Eason were also selected based on the number of nominations and other positive feedback by student officers of the Gold Key National Honor Society and Whelan.
In keeping with Gold Key’s standards of high academic achievement, an important criterion for selection is the high academic standards established by the faculty members.
The Miller award comes with a $1,500 stipend, and the Stanzler award comes with a $1,000 stipend.
Miller served as an Emerson Trustee from 1982-1988, and has been very active in the Alumni Association, especially in the 1970s. In 2001, Miller established the Helaine and Stanley Miller Award for Outstanding Teaching, and was instrumental in helping establish in 2005 the Kenneth C. Crannell Sr. Scholarship in Speech Communication and Public Leadership.
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.
Below is a list of students inducted into Gold Key.
Andrea Garza Erdmann
Kwon Sun Jung
Erin St. Pierre