The University of Rochester will recognize the recipients of this year's Goergen Awards for Contributions to Undergraduate Education in the College during the College's annual Convocation on Friday, Sept. 9. The Goergen Awards were first presented in 1997 and are named for and sponsored by trustee and former board chairman Robert B. Goergen '60 and his wife, Pamela.
James Farrar, professor of chemistry; Emil Homerin, professor of religion; and David Primo, assistant professor of political science, will receive the Goergen Award for Distinguished Achievement and Artistry in Undergraduate Education.
Ovide Corriveau, senior operations officer in the College of Arts, Sciences, and Engineering, will receive the Goergen Award for Distinguished Contributions to Undergraduate Learning in the College.
Beyond individual achievement, the 2005 Goergen Award for Curricular Achievement in Undergraduate Education will recognize the Department of Biomedical Engineering and the Department of Political Science for undergraduate curricular programs in each department.
Farrar joined the faculty in 1976 as an assistant professor and teaches courses in physical chemistry and quantum chemistry. He is a recipient of the University's Edward Peck Curtis Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching and has served as chair of the chemistry department. Homerin teaches Islamic and Arabic studies and also created a course in religious iconography drawing on the architecture of Mt. Hope Cemetery for case studies. He joined the faculty as an assistant professor in 1988. Primo has taught American politics at the University since 2002. He has created courses focusing on money and business in politics, positive political theory, and the nature of entrepreneurship. Corriveau oversees all logistical operations in the College, such as new construction, renovation, space planning, and maintenance assessment and planning, and serves as liaison between the College and facilities. He has been with the University since 1970 and was named to his current position in 1998.
The Convocation ceremony celebrating the start of the academic year begins at noon on Dandelion Square. It will be followed by a picnic for students, faculty, and staff in the College.
Note to Editors: Corriveau lives in Webster; Farrar and Primo are residents of Brighton; and Homerin is a resident of Irondequoit.