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Cheryl Linthicum
Ronald Binks
Cheryl Linthicum and
Ronald Binks

President's Distinguished Achievement Awards: Ronald Binks and Cheryl Linthicum

(April 27, 2004)--Cheryl Linthicum, associate professor of accounting, and Ronald Binks, professor of art and art history, are recipients of the 2004 President's Distinguished Achievement Awards for Teaching Excellence for tenured and tenure-track faculty members.

Nine distinguished achievement awards and the Chancellor's Council Outstanding Teaching Award will be presented April 28 in the John Peace Library Building Regents' Room at the UTSA 1604 Campus.

Cheryl Linthicum teaches at the undergraduate, graduate and executive levels and is a trailblazer in the use of technology in the classroom. Last fall, while teaching two 250-student sections of an undergraduate accounting course, she utilized WebCT to give her students personalized attention. In her executive-level classes she introduced ALEKS, an artificial intelligence-based system to create individualized learning modules for each of her students.

Teaching at UTSA since 1993, Linthicum has consistently received high teaching evaluations. She is noted for going above and beyond what is expected to help students excel. She incorporates real-world cases into the classroom and has a passion for international accounting.

Last summer she taught in a national accounting program at Regent's College in London, and this spring she traveled to China to select students for a College of Business program.

"I like teaching at all levels," she said. "Undergraduates keep you young-minded, and allow you to look at things differently. Graduate students make you think, and it is exciting to help direct and shape their careers."

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Ronald Binks, professor of art and art history, demonstrates an impressive teaching career. He has taught at UTSA for 27 years and recently completed his 40th year of full-time teaching in higher education. He received the President's Award for Creative Achievement in 1998.

Binks is credited with substantially preparing students in the essential conceptual, technical, aesthetical and historical components of art in classes ranging from introductory to graduate-level.

"In all of my years of teaching, no one I know instructs with more clarity, rigor, passion and success than Professor Binks," said Steve Reynolds, professor of art and art history.

"Although I teach painting and drawing, I have pursued photography all my professional life and have been exhibiting frequently," said Binks. "This led me to teach a photography course at the urging of the art students. But my most significant contribution, for me, has been introducing students to other places and cultures."

In 1991 and 1992, he took students on weekend excursions to see art in Monterrey, Mexico. In 1993, he worked with Sheila Johnson, UTSA professor of German, to develop the interdisciplinary spring break study tour of Berlin, Germany, and created the course Berlin Art and Culture. According to student Jill Pankey, the experience was "an eye-opening, educational event that pushed my art to another level."

"I have repeated this course every year, and every year the participating students declare it to be the most singular event in their academic career, as it is for me," said Binks.

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