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Loyola invests professors from College of Humanities and Natural Sciences and College of Music and Fine Arts

Loyola press release - April 20, 2009

On Thursday, three professors from the Colleges of Music and Fine Arts and Humanities and Natural Sciences were honored at the 2009 Loyola University New Orleans Investiture Ceremony. Held annually, the ceremony honors faculty who have demonstrated extraordinary teaching, mentoring and leadership by awarding them distinguished endowed professorships. Endowed professorships are established with $100,000 or more in funding and are used to enhance teaching, research and scholarship activities.

“Endowed professorships are designed to recruit superior new faculty and retain faculty whose research, teaching, or public service have uniquely contributed to the missions of their departments and the institution,” says the Rev. Kevin Wm. Wildes, S.J., Ph.D., president of Loyola. “These new professorships support the work of outstanding Loyola faculty, significantly advancing their work as teachers, scholars, and researchers.”

Constance Mui, Ph.D., professor of philosophy, was invested with the Rev. Youree Watson, S.J., Distinguished Professorship in Arts and Sciences. This professorship was established through a grant by the Edward G. Schlieder Educational Foundation in 2002, in memory of Watson, a former professor of philosophy at Loyola.

Sanford Hinderlie, professor of music, was invested with the Rita O. Huntsinger Distinguished Professorship in Music. The professorship was established in 1998 through a gift from Merl Huntsinger in honor of his wife, Rita Odenheimer Huntsinger. Rita Huntsinger, a member of the music visiting committee and an honorary member of the university board of trustees, has been an active volunteer with the College of Music and Fine Arts for many years.

Gerald Cannon, assistant professor of visual arts, was awarded the Edward and Adelaide Benjamin Distinguished Professorship in Music and Fine Arts. This professorship was made possible by generous gifts from the Benjamins. Mrs. Benjamin, an honorary member of Loyola’s Board of Trustees, is a long-time volunteer for Loyola and an avid supporter of music in New Orleans.

“The stature of the university is a reflection of the caliber of its faculty, and the faculty defines the character of the university. We are committed to enlightening young minds, to advancing the frontiers of knowledge, and to serving the public good,” said Wildes.

Being selected for an endowed professorship is one of the highest honors a faculty member can receive, according to Wildes. The State of Louisiana encourages such faculty excellence through the Louisiana Board of Regents State Matching Program, the Education Quality Support Fund. The state will match faculty endowment gifts by 40 percent to create distinguished professorships.

“Shared public and private funding for the scholarly enterprise has become an integral piece of the success of our academic mission,” said Edward Kvet, provost and vice-president for Academic Affairs. “Our distinguished professors help to lead our university into excellent academic areas while upholding our Jesuit ideals.”

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