Award for Instructional Excellence
Award for Diversity
Emile during a standing ovation from the audience.
June 7, 2001, the IC was awarded both of the Brotman
Awards which were presented at the annual University
Recognition Ceremony. The IC is the first program to
receive two Brotman Awards in the same year.
UW President McCormick announced the IC as one of the
Brotman Award recipients, the staff and students of the
IC began to clap and cheer wildly. This photo of IC
director, Emile Pitre, was taken during the applause.
Delivered at the University Recognition Ceremony
of all I wish to congratulate the Interdisciplinary Writing
Program on winning this award also. I have long held in high
regard those who possess both the talent and ability to teach
writing effectively, but to do so across disciplines is even
more impressive. My esteem for writers goes as far back as
high school where my all-time favorite teacher taught English
will probably not be surprised when you learn that our Writing
Center Coordinator, Nicky Stein, played a key role in the preparation
of supporting documentation which was submitted to the selection
committee. I believe that I speak for the entire instructional
staff when I say that we are honored that the teaching academy
gave the Instructional Center the opportunity to participate
in this process.
Instructional Center reflects the mission of the Office of
Minority Affairs. Under its auspices, our central focus is
increasing the graduation and retention rates of EOP (Educational
Opportunity Program) students by challenging and encouraging
them to develop their academic skills. Through a goal-oriented
approach, we encourage all IC students to work toward maximizing
their academic potential in order to improve their chances
of gaining admission to graduate and professional schools.
have achieved a measure of success as a result of the efforts
of our instructional staff, a group of dedicated, credentialed,
and motivated teachers who encourage high academic performance
and strong persistence toward graduation. A high caliber tutoring
corps, whose members also serve as models of success, further
augments these efforts.
we are extremely pleased and honored to have been recognized,
we are also well aware of the challenges that lie ahead. It
is my hope that receiving this recognition will serve as a
catalyst that inspires our unit to accelerate the development
of innovative strategies which when implemented will further
the achievement level of students in "gateway"
courses where they have traditionally underperformed relative
to the class average. And courses that are critical for acceptance
into majors where EOP students have been historically underrepresented.
closing, we would like to thank those faculty, staff, students
and former tutors who wrote letters of nomination and letters
to support the Instructional Center's nomination for this distinguished
am personally indebted to Andy Montana, a retired chemistry
professor from Cal State-Fullerton who for two years volunteered
at the IC's Chemistry Study Center. Also Drs. Millie Russell
and Roger Grant for believing that the IC was a viable candidate
for the Diversity Award. And finally, on behalf of the entire
staff at the Office of Minority Affairs Instructional Center,
we thank the selection committee and Regent Jeff and Ms. Susan
Brotman for making this award possible. Today was a good day!
Thank you very much.