During the annual IU Founderís Day ceremonies in Bloomington this spring, two IU Northwest faculty members received high honors for their outstanding contributions to teaching and service.
Iztok Hozo of Valparaiso, professor of mathematics and chair of the Department of Mathematics received the Presidentís Award. The Presidentís Award was established in 1974, to recognize outstanding teaching, research or service on all of Indiana Universityís campuses.
Stephen G. McShane also of Valparaiso, interim director of library and librarian, archivist/curator of the Calumet Regional Archives, received The W. George Pinnell Award for Outstanding Service.
The University Faculty Council established the Pinnell Award in 1988, honoring the memory of the former executive vice president of the university who also served during his career as president of the IU Foundation and dean of IUís Kelley School of Business. Pinnell was known for his stewardship, leadership, initiative and service to the university, the state and the national government. The award recognizes faculty members or librarians who have shown exceptional breadth of involvement and depth of commitment in service to the university, their profession or the public.
Hozo says that his goal as a mathematics professor is not only to teach the students, but also to help them enjoy learning. He has created two courses that follow that philosophy. Mathematics and Politics, explores mathematics in a political and social context. Mathematics in the Workplace, which is offered by the Swingshift College program, offers a real-life approach to solving problems.
Cathy Iovanella, Swingshift College Coordinator, has observed Hozo while teaching and was awestruck at how he engaged the students to overcome their fear of math.
"Dr. Hozo is an excellent teacher who has a talent for bringing out hidden abilities in students while dispelling the stereotypes that surround math classes. And he brings a sense of humor and reality to the classroom that adds another dimension to the subject," Iovanella said.
Outside the classroom Hozo is developing two new bachelor of science majors, acting as co-director of a pre-calculus reform project and serves as a leader of the Gary Youth Gifted and Talented Program for middle school students. His other awards include the IU Northwest Founders Day Award in 1997 (co-winner) and the Teaching Excellence Recognition Award on three occasions. He was elected to the university-wide Faculty Colloquium on Excellence in Teaching in 2000 and received the Board of Trustees Award in 2001.
A collector by nature, McShane has turned a file cabinet of records and a pile of photo boxes into a library of more than 400 regional archives. He is the definitive source for historical information about the Calumet region. His published works include the book Moonlight in Duneland: The Illustrated Story of the Chicago South Shore and South Bend Railroad, co-edited with Professor of History Ronald Cohen.
To promote more scholarly interest in the history of the rail line, McShane contributed to founding the South Shore Line Heritage Foundation Advisory Committee. Currently he is collecting oral histories from rail line workers.
McShane was also instrumental in the development of the Shared Vision of the IU Northwest campus. He serves on numerous campus, professional and community committees. His roles have included president of the Northwest Indiana Arts and Humanities Consortium, charter board member of the Calumet Ethnic Heritage Alliance, and founding member and newsletter editor for the Historical Community of Northwest Indiana.
University wide, sixteen faculty members and four doctoral students were recognized for outstanding teaching, research or service to the university at the annual Founders Day celebration held Sunday, March 9 in Assembly Hall.