President announces Antone Awards recipients
President Jane Gerety, RSM, has announced the latest recipients of grant awards from the Antone Fund for Academic Excellence: Dr. Carol Gibbons, associate professor in the Department of Mathematical Sciences; Dr. Jayme Hennessy, associate professor in the Department of Religious and Theological Studies; and Dr. Jay Lacouture, professor in the Department of Art.
Gibbons and Hennessy received the Special Projects Award, while Lacouture received the Recognition Award.
Established in 2004, the Antone Fund for Academic Excellence is intended to recognize and support faculty who engage in activities that enhance their ability to be premier teachers and scholars and advance student scholarship.
Special Projects Award
Gibbons and Hennessy received the Special Projects Award for their joint interest in the geometric patterns of Islamic tiling and their spiritual effect upon the viewer and maker. They will use the award to visit Naji family craftsmen to learn how the tile and patterns are constructed and produced today, and to defray travel expenses to Spain and Morocco to visit mosques and palaces.
Lacouture received the Recognition Award for his dedication and enthusiasm for the University’s art program. This past year, he helped to execute the annual conference of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts, placing Salve Regina in the spotlight of the national conference. Lacouture has also planned and coordinated several other events, and participated in exhibitions at the Newport Art Museum, the Warwick Art Museum, Spring Bull Gallery and the University of Rhode Island’s Feinstein Campus in Providence.