2004 award recipients
Mr. Ed Husted
Professor Husted has dedicated tremendous energy in developing the university's paralegal studies program, ensuring its excellence so that it has been approved by the American Bar Association, a distinction conferred upon only 22 percent of such programs in the nation. He is highly regarded by his students for creating a dynamic learning environment, consistently receives the highest commendations in student evaluations and remains a respected mentor to his students as they pursue their professional legal careers. Professor Husted continues to seek new and innovative ways to impart information to students, from creative explanations in the classroom to distance education opportunities for rural students in virtual classrooms. In addition, he has maintained a close professional relationship with the legal community, so that his familiarity with trends and changes in the field remains fresh and vigorous.
Dr. Stephen C. Jewett
Dr. Jewett demonstrates great expertise in marine ecosystems and has devoted considerable effort to increasing scientific understanding of issues of critical importance for Alaska's oceans and coastal regions, including marine contaminants, oil spills and the environmental impact on oceans from factors ranging from changing weather patterns to coastline placer mining. He led the establishment of the university's Scientific Diving Program, now a statewide program recognized by the American Academy of Underwater Sciences, which has greatly enhanced the university's reputation as a leading research facility. Dr. Jewett's support of the diving program has laid the groundwork for further study by other scientists, exponentially increasing the impact of his own discoveries. He has also inspired a new generation of researchers through his enthusiastic support of graduate students and their projects.
Mr. Kade Mendelowitz
Professor Mendelowitz has provided service to the university through his unflagging support of the institution as an educational and cultural resource for Alaskans. His collaborations with community organizations have enhanced the university's reputation. He has devoted his considerable talents in a variety of ways, from stage production to classroom teaching to university administration. He has enthusiastically applied his creativity to the ever-expanding frontiers of new technology, blending artistry, communication and audience participation in web-based formats and groundbreaking theater productions. Mendelowitz has been named one of the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner Best Teachers in 2002 and has received the 2000-2001 College of Liberal Arts Teaching Excellence Award and a 1997 Best Production Award from the Alaska Community Theatre Festival.