When the Sterling College Psychology Department was honored last week for winning the second annual "Department of the Year" award, the reason for the choice was clear: Sterling's psychology professors recruit personally and form relationships with their prospective students even before they start classes at the College.
David Harmon not only teaches art, he creates it, submits it-and wins awards for it. In 2009 Harmon has had two works accepted at juried art shows, and one of those pieces was awarded third place in the show. "Few of our students realize how much competition there is in the arts," said Harmon, a professor in the Sterling College Art and Design Department. "But the competition to get work accepted at juried shows and then considered for awards is good for us- as artists and as people."
When author Molly Griffis shared the true story of Old West outlaw Elmer McCurdy, whose body was embalmed so well it was mistaken for a "dummy" and stored in a Hollywood prop room-until the arm fell off and a bone was revealed, her audience gasped. When children's book illustrator Christopher Canyon played "Grandma's Feather Bed" on his guitar, his audience sang along and laughed at the pictures Canyon created to bring the John Denver song to full, animated life.