2009 Ringling College of Art and Design Faculty and Alumni Award Winners

    2009 Ringling College of Art and Design Faculty and Alumni Award Winners

    December 17, 2009 – The Ringling College of Art and Design Faculty and Alumni Awards honor Ringling College faculty and alumni whose contributions to their professions, support of the College, and impact on all of us who are part of this community have been exceptional.

    It is with great pleasure that we announce the winners of these awards for 2009:

    Robert O. Barkley Distinguished Educator Award - Kimberly Elam, Graphic & Interactive Communication, for her leadership, commitment to teaching, and exceptional contributions to Ringling College.

    New Achiever Award - Shawn Barber, Class of 1999, Illustration, in recognition of his notable professional achievement as an emerging artist.

    Outstanding Service Award - Jamie DeRuyter, Class of 1997, Computer Animation, with gratitude for his stellar leadership of the College's 75th Anniversary celebration.

    Distinguished Alumnus Award - Brandon Oldenburg, Class of 1995, Illustration, for his extraordinary accomplishments as an artist and entrepreneur.

    History of the Faculty and Alumni Awards
    In 2007, Ringling College trustee Robert O. Barkley inaugurated the Robert O. Barkely Distinguished Educator Award to honor a faculty member for exceptional teaching and contributions to the College.  As the son of a teacher, Barkley is aware that most teachers never receive the public recognition they deserve.  He pledged an award of $7,500 for each winner to be used for professional development.  Also in 2007, the College began formally recognizing outstanding alumni through the Distinguished Alumnus/a Award and Outstanding Service Award.  A New Achiever Award (for a graduate within the last ten years) was added in 2008.  Faculty, alumni, staff, and trustees were invited to nominate individuals for all of the awards.  Winners were chosen by the Alumni Advisory Council. 


    Benefactors Marilyn and Bob Barkley with Distinguished Educator Award Recipient Kimberly Elam, Department Head, Graphic & Interactive Communication