CVAD announces recipients of the Annual Outstanding Contribution Awards

Nov. 18, 2020: The College of Visual Arts and Design takes great pride in recognizing the outstanding work of its faculty and staff — the Annual Outstanding Contribution Awards is one facet of that recognition. Recipients of the 2020 awards were notified yesterday of their selection by the committee.

2020 Recipients

Photographic portrait of Johnnie Stark, head and shoulders

Faculty: Johnnie Stark, ('91, MFA, Interior Design), RID, IDEC, LEED AP ID+C, associate professor for interior design, Department of Design

“[Johnnie] is a highly dedicated professor who knows how to motivate her students to strive for excellence. Both in the classroom and in person, she is a dynamic and powerful communicator who possesses the ability to make challenging content easier to understand and digest. In spite of these impressive gifts, she is a humble and approachable person who loves to share her extensive knowledge with others.”

Portrait of Angela Vanecek, head and shoulders

Staff: Angela Vanecek, senior administrative specialist, Department of Studio Art

“Angela brings a considered and thoughtful approach to her work…[taking] the time to listen and make sure everyone is included in the conversation...She always sees the good side of people and encourages other staff members to do the same… Whether working with internal or external groups, Angela looks to find the best outcome for all involved and truly exemplifies the core values of the college.”


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