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Sienkewicz receives Hatch Award for Distinguished Service

04/21/2015
Thomas Sienkewicz, the Minnie Billings Capron Professor of Classics at Monmouth College, is the recipient of the 2015 Hatch Academic Excellence Award for Distinguished Service.
  
Behind Sienkewicz’s service award is 20 years of leadership in the college’s off-campus study program. He was its coordinator from 1993 to 1995 and again from 1998 to 2010. During that time, Sienkewicz created and wrote basic guidelines, including procedures for approving and evaluating potential off-campus programs, and safety and security protocols for existing ones. He increased the number of off-campus programs available to Monmouth students and established the college’s connection with the International Student Exchange Programs (ISEP). Sienkewicz further broadened opportunities by establishing exchange programs in France, Scotland, Sweden and Japan.
 
“Tom’s passion for generating and maintaining deep learning opportunities for Monmouth students through off-campus study is tenacious and exemplary,” said David Timmerman, dean of MC’s faculty. “It is wonderful to imagine all of the students who have benefited from his excellent work and been inspired and transformed by traveling with him in course trips.”
 
Nominations for the award are made by faculty colleagues. Wrote his nominator, “Tom has invested countless hours figuring out travel, coordinating academic programs and attending meetings. … He has led many trips abroad: six to Rome; four to Greece; two to Turkey; and one each to France, Spain, and Naples.”
  
Funded by the late 1957 Monmouth graduate W. Jerome Hatch, a retired executive for American National Can, the Hatch Awards were established in 2004 to recognize outstanding work by MC faculty in areas of teaching, scholarship and service. Through cash stipends they honor faculty who have excelled in their academic disciplines and who have served as an inspiration to both their students and their colleagues.
 
Last year, Sienkewicz received two other honors. He was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Illinois Classical Conference and earned a prestigious Meritus Award for his sustained and distinguished service to the classics profession.
 
Sienkewicz, who serves as the chief executive and financial officer of The Classical Association of the Middle West and South (CAMWS), holds a bachelor’s degree from College of the Holy Cross and a master’s degree and Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University.