During the annual Honors Convocation on April 11, Stephens students and faculty were recognized for their scholarship and achievement. 

Kate Berneking KogutNumerous students were recognized with academic awards while Associate Professor Kate Berneking Kogut, Ph.D., received the Distinguished Teaching Award, and Music Program Coordinator Rusty Elder received the Michael Bowling Distinguished Advising Award. Both awards are based on nominations from students.

Kogut, who teaches English and creative writing in the School of Creative and Performing Arts, said that the award is humbling and incredibly rewarding, especially because it comes from Stephens students.

“Whether in our personal or professional lives, no one grows or flourishes alone and I am deeply grateful to be surrounded by amazing individuals,” she said. “I only hope that they all know how much they continually inspire me.”

Kogut is a writer and a script consultant. She most recently had her short play “Tied Up” featured as part of Potluck Productions’ Friday Play Reading in Kansas City. Her plays have been produced, showcased and workshopped in California, New York, Chicago and in venues in the South and the Midwest. Kogut also writes, directs and produces short films through her production company, Envelope Sky Creative. She earned her B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. in Theatre at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

RustyElderElder, who has taught in the Stephens music program for 18 years, also is a member of the First-Year Faculty Adviser program that pairs first-year students from all disciplines with experienced faculty dedicated to their success.

“The Distinguished Advising Award means a lot to me because of the impact advising can have on the success of our students,” he said. “While no one can be a perfect adviser (any more than we can be a perfect teacher or administrator), I hope that our dedication to doing our best yields the best results possible for our students.”

He credited his First-Year Faculty colleagues, past and present, who have inspired him to build his advising skills.

Elder previously received the College’s Distinguished Teaching Award. A percussionist, he performs for numerous musicals, revues and recitals throughout the year. He earned an M.M. and B.S. from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Click for a complete list of award recipients.


Tags : Student Success, Faculty Excellence, College & Campus, School of Creative & Performing Arts, English/Creative Writing

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