Campus News 2008

For Immediate Release
September 12, 2008

Schreiner announces Nancy and Cecil Atkission Professorships

Schreiner University has announced that Dr. Lydia Kualapai, associate professor of English, and Dr. Bob Holloway, associate professor of chemistry, are the first recipients of a Nancy and Cecil Atkission Professorship. The endowed professorship was established in 2008 to increase the University’s ability to recruit and retain faculty members whose abilities and qualifications contribute significantly to the quality of Schreiner’s academic program. Recipients have a three-year term.

“We are excited about the two initial Atkission Professors. Coming from the humanities and the sciences, English and chemistry, they represent the breadth of learning available at Schreiner,” Dr. Tim Summerlin, president of Schreiner, said. “Different as their disciplines are, Dr. Kualapai and Dr. Holloway have in common a passion for individual learning and a commitment to exploring and implementing ways to be more effective teachers. With these two outstanding professors, the Atkission Professorship is launched in brilliant fashion.”

Summerlin went on to say, “We are grateful to Nancy and Cecil Atkission for having the faith and foresight to make possible this means of recognizing outstanding faculty at Schreiner and to support their work. Establishing this initial professorship is a milestone in Schreiner’s growth.”

Kualapai, who is chairman of the Schreiner English department, has taught a variety of courses since coming to the University, including literature of Hawai'i, religious motifs in literature, Judaic and Islamic studies, as well as American literature and twentieth-century fiction. She is deeply involved in campus activities, including the Monday Night Fiction series, and has received both Schreiner’s Excellence in Scholarship award and Elmore Whitehurst Award for Creative Teaching.

Dr. Holloway with studentsHolloway also teaches across a broad spectrum, including courses in biochemistry, organic and inorganic chemistry, chemical research, Freshman Seminar and critical thinking. He has received Schreiner’s award for Excellence in Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity and twice received the Elmore Whitehurst Award for Creative Teaching. He was made a Fellow of the Texas Academy of Sciences in 2007.       

“One of my goals when I became provost was to enhance the atmosphere of scholarship on the university campus,” said Dr. Mike Looney, who is Schreiner’s vice president for academic affairs, provost and dean of faculty. “Due to the great generosity of Nancy and Cecil Atkission in establishing this professorship, we are able to reward two of the finest scholars at Schreiner. We thank the Atkissions for their support of the University.”

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