Arts and Architecture honors four faculty, staff members with Excellence Awards

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- The Penn State College of Arts and Architecture recently honored four faculty and staff with awards for excellence at its annual awards ceremony April 4.

Kirk Dimond, academic adviser in the Stuckeman School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, received the Award for Excellence in Advising and Mentoring. Although he has only been with the Stuckeman School for a short time, Dimond’s superior knowledge of the programs, coupled with his professional and pleasant personality, has greatly enhanced the advising atmosphere of the school. Kirk advises all of the school’s undergraduates, deftly handling challenges that come his way. Putting students at ease and demonstrating a true understanding of the nuances of the curriculum, Kirk can empathize with what the students are going through and can also inspire them to tackle what lies ahead. These empathic skills are undoubtedly a byproduct of his own education and experience, which includes a bachelor of landscape architecture degree from Utah State University, a master of science in landscape architecture degree from Penn State and professional experience in an architectural firm.

Kirk Dimond accepts award from College of Arts and Architecture Dean Barbara Korner

Kirk Dimond accepts award from College of Arts and Architecture Dean Barbara Korner

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Robin Thomas, assistant professor of art history, received the Faculty Award for Outstanding Teaching. He began the tenure track at Penn State in 2008. His primary teaching field is European architectural history, 15th to 18th centuries. He is cited as a superlative teacher by students in both large-enrollment General Education courses and challenging graduate seminars, and has received outstanding scores in all his evaluations. His main field of research is 18th-century Neapolitan architecture and urbanism, and he recently published a book, "Architecture and Statecraft: Charles of Bourbon’s Naples 1734-1759." He has also established himself as a conscientious and engaged adviser of both undergraduate and graduate students, exhibiting caring mentorship of graduate students in their thesis work. Thomas holds a bachelor of art degree in Italian studies from Emory University, and a master of arts, master of philosophy and doctorate from Columbia University.

Robin Thomas

Robin Thomas, assistant professor of art history and recipient of College of Arts and Architecture Faculty Award for Outstanding Teaching

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Tracey Accordino, administrative support assistant in the Department of Art History, and Bob Klotz, information technology consultant in the School of Music, received the Staff Award for Outstanding Service.

Accordino was hired in 2008, bringing to her position a strong background in computers, Web design and audio-visual. Striving to achieve well more than the requirements of her position, Tracey approaches tasks with great vigor and care for detail. She has become the resident guru for the AV set-ups that the department controls in its seminar room and conference room, making life smoother and teaching easier for Art History faculty members. Prior to this position, Tracey was employed for five years as a project assistant at Blazosky Associates, an environmental consulting firm. She has an associate degree in computer information systems from South Hills School of Business and Technology.

Tracey Accordino

Tracey Accordino, recipient of College of Arts and Architecture Staff Award for Outstanding Service

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Bob Klotz has numerous roles in the School of Music, serving as IT consultant during the day and professional audio engineer on nights and weekends, recording student and faculty concerts and engineering CD recording. He is a regular member of the school’s Technology Committee and has helped to develop a five-year computing plan for computer purchases and upgrades. Bob lent his expertise as a professional audio engineer to the recent renovation of a former computer lab into a recording studio, which also benefited from his attention to detail. Bob holds a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from Lafayette College and has extensive experience as a design engineer, product engineer and software/hardware engineer. He also records his own music and operates a freelance audio production service.

Bob Klotz

Bob Klotz accepts College of Arts and Architecture Staff Award for Outstanding Service from Dean Barbara Korner

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Last Updated January 09, 2015