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Schelhaas honored with highest regional theater award
Theatre Arts Professor Jeri Schelhaas has been awarded the Region Five Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) Gold Medallion for 2007-2008. Schelhaas will receive the award at the American College Theatre†Festival in Omaha in January. Region Five includes all colleges and universities in seven Midwestern states.
The Gold Medallion is awarded to one individual in each ACTF region who has made an extraordinary contribution to the teaching and producing of theater and who has significantly contributed to the development of the KCACTF.
In the letter of nomination submitted by her colleagues in the theatre department, they noted:
- She mentors our freshmen theatre students well in Acting I and Introduction to Theatre. These students benefit from her perspective, professionalism, and time. She doesnít hesitate to work with students on challenging independent study projects and often mentors our student playwrights and directors.
- Jeriís directing is notable. Several of her productions have been held for ACTF (most recently last fallís As It Is In Heaven). One of her productions, All My Sons, was selected to travel to the regional ACTF festival in January 2004. She consistently chooses work to produce which challenges both our students and community to view theatre more seriously.
- Jeri has also been consistently involved in ACTF. From mentoring Ryan nominees, adjudicating shows, serving as a first round judge, judging some of the special awards, and attending the festival many times.
Schelhaas is retiring at the end of this school year.