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Mars Hill University Honors Beth Vogler and Joy Clifton
Two members of the Mars Hill College faculty have been recognized by their peers for excellence in teaching and for making a difference in the lives of students.
Dr. Beth Vogler (right, in photo), professor of social work and dean of the Division of Fine Arts and Professional Programs, has received the 2013 Gibbs Outstanding Teacher Award. Joy Clifton (left, in photo), instructor of physical education, has received the 2013 Snow Caring Award.
The Gibbs Award was established in 1970 in memory of Robert S. Gibbs, Sr., who served on the Board of Trustees at Mars Hill College from 1903-1943. The purpose of this award is to encourage and reward a member of the faculty who has exhibited: outstanding performance as a classroom teacher, outstanding development of teaching methods and materials, and a positive influence on students and other teachers.
According to Dr. John Wells, executive vice president of Mars Hill University, Vogler is known on campus, not just as someone who strives for academic excellence, but as a professor who leads by example in the arena of character development. An example of Vogler’s work for social justice includes the One Million Bones project on campus, which raised money and awareness to fight genocide in the “hotspots” of the world.
“Beth is one of the very best examples of a professor who provides a classroom without walls,” Wells said. “She nurtures the relationships of mentorship with her students that make learning personal and that set apart the Mars Hill educational experience. She consistently works to provide time for her students’ learning experiences both in and out of the classroom.”
Past recipients of the Gibbs award include: Kathy Newfont, Lucia Carter, Rick Cary, Phyllis Smith, Cathy Adkins, Joe Blair, Carol Boggess, Virginia Bower, Jo Ann Croom, Julie Fortney, Harry Hughes, Noel Kinnamon, Kathy Meacham, Scott Pearson, Don Russell, and Alan Smith.
The Snow Caring Award was established in 1999 by A.C. and Nancy Snow in memory of their daughter Melinda Jean Snow, a 1988 graduate of Mars Hill College. Also chosen by the Mars Hill faculty, its focus is the personal concern and mentorship shown by the recipient, both in and out of the classroom.
The Snow Award is given by the faculty division chairs to a faculty member whose life and teaching style reflect the personal concern for students Melinda Snow treasured during her years at MHC.
According to Wells, Joy Clifton shows her ongoing advocacy for students through her involvement in initiatives which crucially affect the student experience at Mars Hill University. Among the most crucial of these involvements is heading the committee which plans SLAM (Student Liberal Arts Mosaic) on campus. SLAM provides a forum for undergraduate student research and has become an integral part of the research initiatives at Mars Hill.
“The way Joy mentors students makes the Mars Hill educational experience personal to each individual” Wells said. “Joy is a consistent voice in support of students. Her approachable manner and genuine concern for students’ well-being make her a true asset for Mars Hill and as an avid Lions’ fan, she cheers the university’s athletic teams louder than anyone else.”
Past recipients of the Snow Caring Award include: Ashby Walker, Beth Vogler, Noel Kinnamon, Virginia Bower, Julie Fortney, Teresa Stern, Allen Shelley, Laurie Pedersen, Jane Renfroe, Brenda Russell, Gail Sawyer, and Tom Plaut.