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2nd Annual Teacher Inspiration Award Ceremony

The 2nd Annual Teacher Inspiration Award Ceremony were held by the Computer Science Department at UT Dallas on Friday, 10/24/2014.  Inspiration Awards were given to teachers who inspired Computer Science students at UT Dallas to pursue an education in Computer Science (CS).  Teachers were nominated by freshmen students from the CS Department.  The program was created and organized by Dr. Janell Straach, a Senior Lecturer in the CS Department. Dr. Linda Morales and Ms. Mary Vogel helped to make the event a huge success!  Recipients of the 2014 2nd Annual Teacher Inspiration Awards are listed in the following table:

 

Teacher School City
Sean Campbell Philips Exeter Academy Exeter, NH
Eric Ferrante Cupertino High School Cupertino, CA
Bill Hill (James Hill) Creekview High School Carrollton, TX
Elaine Hitch Flower Mound High School Flower Mound, TX
Ann Horton Plano East Senior High Plano, TX
Tracy Ishman Plano West Senior High Plano, TX
Scott Kaufman Frisco High School Frisco, TX
Lubna Lorena Clements High School Sugar Land, TX
Brenda McGurgan Highland Park High School Dallas, TX
Leon Schram John Paul II High School Plano, TX
Henry Vo Richardson High School Richardson, TX
Annette Walter Friendswood High School Friendswood, TX
Linda Woessner Carroll Senior High School Southlake, TX
Denise Schnitker Denison High School Denison, TX
Milton Guerra Health Careers High School San Antonio, TX
Marilyn Turmelle School of Science and Engineering Dallas, TX
Johnny Rolando Flores Townview Magnet Center Dallas, TX
Becky Heslep Plano Senior High School Plano, TX
Nilima Shett Vidya Valley Maharashtra, India
Beverly Trollinger New Braunfels High School New Braunfels, TX
Joseph Payne Centennial High School Frisco, TX
Donna Orozco Trinity High School Euless, TX
David Culp Dewitt Perry Middle School Carrollton, TX
Nathan Schutz Hebron High School Carrollton, TX
Heidi Leventhal Yes Prep Gulfton Houston, TX
Jeremiah McMillan Jack C. Hays High School Buda, TX
Gail Womack South Garland High School Garland, TX
Jessica Patterson Westwood High School Austin, TX
Cynthia Gallatin Plano Senior High School Plano, TX

 

After lunch, some faculty members from the CS department talked about some undergraduate and graduate programs at UT Dallas.

 


Dr. Mark Spong talked about the growth of the Engineering and CS Department at UTDallas.
Dr. Mark Spong, Dean of the Eric Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science,  talked about the growth of the Engineering and CS Department at UTDallas.

Dr. Gopal Gupta talked about CS Programs
Dr. Gopal Gupta, Head of the Computer Science Department, talked about CS Programs

Senior Lecturer, John Cole talked about Outreach & Workshops.
Senior Lecturer, John Cole talked about Outreach & Workshops.

Dr. Jerry Alexander talked about Internships.
Dr. Jerry Alexander, Assistant Dean for Student Development, talked about Internships.

Dr. Ivor Page talked about CS^2, Competitive Programming and Scholarships.
Professor Ivor Page talked about CS^2, Competitive Programming and Scholarships.

Dr. Ovidiu Daescu talked about research at UTDallas.
Professor Ovidiu Daescu talked about research at UTDallas.

LLC Director, Mary Jane Partain talked about the LLC.
LLC Director, Mary Jane Partain talked about the Living Learning Centers (LLC).

Professor Janell Straach organized the event.
Professor Janell Straach organized the event.  Thank you Dr. Straach!

Certificates of appreciation were given to each teacher by Dr. Mark Sprong and Dr. Gopal Gupta.  After lunch, the teachers attended several demonstrations about the research being done by the CS department.  Teachers, who were able to attend the event are pictured, in alphabetical order, in the following table.


David Culp, Perry MS
David Culp, Perry MS, with Geoffrey Bergman

Johnny Flores
Johnny Flores, Townview Magnet Center, with Citlali Barron

Cynthia Gallatin, Plano SHS
Cynthia Gallatin, Plano SHS

Bill Hill, Creekview HS
Bill Hill, Creekview HS

Elaine Hitch, Flower Mound HS
Elaine Hitch, Flower Mound HS

Ann Horton, Plano East SHS
Ann Horton, Plano East SHS, with Frank Reuben

Tracy Ishman, Plano West SHS
Tracy Ishman, Plano West SHS, with Shayan Moonadjer and Georgly Klimenko

Heidi Leventhal, Yes Prep Gulfton
Heidi Leventhal, Yes Prep Gulfton

Brenda McGurgan, Highland Park HS
Brenda McGurgan, Highland Park HS

Donna Orozco, Trinity HS
Donna Orozco, Trinity HS, with Mavis Francia

Denise Schnitker, Denishon HS
Denise Schnitker, Denishon HS, with Daniel Lecheler

Nathan Schutz, Hebron HS
Nathan Schutz, Hebron HS, with Nasir N. Ratnani

Beverly Trollinger, New Braunfels HS
Beverly Trollinger, New Braunfels HS, with Christian Briggs

Marilyn Turmelle, School of Science and Engineering
Marilyn Turmelle, School of Science and Engineering, with Hailemeskel Lakew

Henry Vo, Richardson HS
Henry Vo, Richardson HS

Annette Walter, Friendswood HS
Annette Walter, Friendswood HS, with Matthew Stamy

Linda Woessner, Carroll SHS
Linda Woessner, Carroll SHS

Gail Womack, South Garland HS
Gail Womack, South Garland HS

At the language lab, the teachers learned about how technology is being used to understand and correct speech defects.  At the motion lab, the teachers watched a demonstration in the 3D motion lab.  One teacher-volunteer used the 3D equipment to walk around in a virtual world, while the rest viewed a display of the virtual world the volunteer was navigating.


Language Lab Demo
Language Lab Demo

Motion Lab Demo
Motion Lab Demo

Grad Student Demo
Grad Student Demo

The Department of Computer Science at UT Dallas [www.cs.utdallas.edu] is one of the largest CS departments in the United States with more than 750 undergraduate, 500 master, and 125 PhD students.  They are committed to exceptional teaching and research in a culture that is as daring as it is supportive.

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