Stephen Bricher '86, associate professor of mathematics, was named the Edith Green Distinguished Professor. Tyrone Marshall, professor of theatre arts and director of the theatre arts program, received the Samuel I. Graf Faculty Achievement Award.
This is the second time Bricher has been named the Edith Green professor, and only the first time in 23 years that it has been given to the same person twice. Bricher's student evaluations were stellar, with students consistently praising his teaching style and his availability to help students outside of the classroom.
"He is an absolutely amazing professor," one student wrote. "Despite large class sizes, he knows each of his students individually. He often comes in at night to provide additional help before exams. Students tend to do very well on exams, not because they are easy, but because he is sure to pay attention to whether or not students are understanding what he is teaching."
Bricher teaches a wide range of mathematics courses and often offers independent study projects on using differential equations to model physical phenomena. He helps students prepare for actuarial science exams and teaches advanced courses specially designed for students who want to attend graduate school in mathematics or a math-related field.
Bricher is regularly involved in undergraduate research projects with students. The students typically present their work at national mathematics meetings such as MathFest, which is sponsored annually by the Mathematical Association of America. He is also actively involved in mentoring students, serving as a Colloquium faculty member and as an advisor to a wide variety of students, from those majoring in mathematics to those with no interest in math. Bricher graduated from Linfield in 1986 and has a Ph.D. from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He was a post-doctoral research associate at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland.
The Edith Green Distinguished Professor Award is made annually to a Linfield faculty member who has demonstrated outstanding performance in teaching and related faculty roles. The professorship is held by the recipient for one year. It is named for the late Edith Green, a former Oregon Congresswoman and Linfield trustee.
Marshall has taught at Linfield since 1987 and has created scenic designs for over 70 productions at Linfield. He has designed sets for regional professional theatres, most recently in January for "Proof" at Artists Repertory Theatre in Portland. He teaches all of the design-related classes at Linfield including drawing and design, stagecraft, scenery, lighting and costume design, and make-up. Marshall is active with the Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival and is the recipient of a Kennedy Center Medallion and Meritorious Achievement Awards for his scenic designs for "Transfiguration," "Crimes of the Heart," "The Madwoman of Chaillot" and "Les Liaisons Dangereuses." His work has also been recognized by the Northwest Drama Conference which presented him with the Horace Robinson President's Award in 1998. In addition to his design, Marshall has also stepped into the director's role at Linfield for "Wally's Cafe," "Crimes of the Heart" and most recently, "Waiting for Godot," the final production in Linfield's Pioneer Theatre.
Marshall has played a major role in the planning and execution of Linfield's new theatre facility which will open this fall. He attended weekly construction meetings and visited the site virtually every day, creating a photographic record of the construction process. Because of his attention to the needs of the project, costs were contained so successfully that available funds were able to cover far more of the amenities in the facility than what was originally envisioned. Marshall has a bachelor's degree from North Texas State University and a master of fine arts degree from Southern Illinois University.
The Samuel I. Graf Faculty Achievement Award is given to a faculty member who has accomplished during a particular year some outstanding achievement, beyond his or her regular duties, that is worthy of special recognition. That accomplishment might involve research, publication or some other special academic or civic achievement. The award is named for the late Samuel I. Graf, former Linfield trustee and a recipient of an honorary degree from Linfield in 1959.