Colorado State University’s Eddy Award Winners Announced; Eddy Lecture Series Set for Sept. 28

This year’s winners of the Willard O. Eddy Awards include an English professor, two Honors students from the colleges of Liberal Arts and Natural Sciences and the president of an organic farm.

The Eddy Teacher Award-winner this year is Martin Bucco, an English professor who is considered a "master teacher" by his peers. The Eddy Scholar Award will be presented to Honors Program students Timothy Shiner, a junior in psychology, and Stephanie Ogden, a senior in liberal arts.

The annual Eddy Awards are given in memory of Willard Eddy, who helped establish the Honors Program and was instrumental in promoting liberal arts education at the university during his 56-year tenure.

Highlighting the award series will be the Eddy Lecture by Frederick Kirschenmann, president of Kirschenmann Family Farms in North Dakota and a founder of Farm Verified Organic. He will discuss "Challenges Facing Philosophy as We Enter the 21st Century: Reshaping the Way the Human Species Feeds Itself" at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 28 in Room 212 Eddy Hall.

Kirschenmann also will present "My Father’s Garden" during an afternoon seminar at 3:10 p.m. Sept. 28 in Room 228 Lory Student Center. A discussion will follow the presentation.

Both talks are free and open to the public.

After earning a doctorate in philosophy from the University of Chicago in 1964, Kirschenmann joined academia as a teacher and administrator. In 1976, he returned to the family farm to convert the 3,500-acre grain and livestock operation into an organic farm. The farm has been certified organic since 1980. In July, Kirschenmann became director of the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University.

English Professor Martin Bucco, the Eddy Teacher Award winner, is regarded by his peers as a "master teacher" with a "relaxed, humorous style." One student noted, "The passion, dedication, knowledge and lifelong appreciation and understanding of literature that Dr. Bucco has shared with his students and with Colorado State University is in itself worthy of commendation.

"The hallmark of Dr. Bucco’s career has been his 36 years of teaching in the University Honors Program… his tireless, selfless dedication to students superbly answers the challenges set forth by the custodians of the Eddy Teaching Award."

Another student noted that Bucco was appointed an Honors professor by Willard Eddy himself in 1964. Eddy helped create the Honors Program and developed the university’s first classes in philosophy, logic, ethics and more than 20 other courses still offered in the College of Liberal Arts. Eddy began his career at Colorado State in 1936 and, though retiring in 1974, continued teaching part-time until his death in 1993.

The Eddy Scholar Award will be presented to Honors Program students Timothy Shiner, a junior in psychology, and Stephanie Ogden, a senior in liberal arts. Shiner was born in Pueblo, Colo., and plans to pursue a master’s in student affairs administration. Ogden, a native of Houston, Texas, moved to Boulder, Colo., with her family when she was 13 years old. She has done volunteer work for low-income families at a dental clinic and spent time in St. Petersburg, Russia, on a study-abroad program.

This year marks the first time Eddy Scholar awards have been presented to two students.

Call 491-6315 for more information on the Eddy Lectures on Sept. 28. For details on the Eddy Award series, call the College of Liberal Arts at 491-5421.