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Franklin College faculty members receive awards

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Four Franklin College faculty members received awards during the 2013 commencement ceremonies on May 18.

Dan Callon of Whiteland was the recipient of the Clifford and Paula Dietz Award for Faculty Excellence. The award recognizes a faculty member who explains issues in their field of expertise to both faculty and staff in an effective way.

Callon is a professor of mathematics. He recently completed a five-year assignment to implement the college’s revised Liberal Arts Curriculum.

He focused on the design and integration of the mathematics curriculum and co-curriculum, incorporation technology in the mathematics classroom and professional development.


He is a 1977 graduate of Franklin College. He earned his master’s degree at Indiana University and his doctorate from the University of Cincinnati in numerical analysis. He was a tenured faculty member at Miami University (Ohio) before returning to Franklin in 1987.

His honors include the state Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics and the Distinguished Service Award, both by the Indiana Section of the Mathematics Association of America.

Callon and his wife, Debra, have two children, Emily and Nathan. His mother, Ruth Callon, is professor emerita of physical education and mathematics at Franklin College.

J. Thomas “Doc” Howald of Franklin, was the recipient of the Faculty Steering Committee Distinguished Service Award. The award is given to a faculty member who shows outstanding service to the college.

Howald, professor of philosophy and religion, received a bachelor’s degree from Franklin College in 1964 and earned his doctorate from Pennsylvania State University. Howald has also taught at Indiana University and Alderson-Broaddus College Austria Program. At Franklin, he also has taught in the science, history and political science departments.

Howald’s professional honors included the Roger D. Branigin Award for Excellence in Teaching; the Clifford and Paula Dietz Award for Faculty Excellence; and the Alumni Citation.

He has served the college in many capacities, including as department chairman for philosophy and religion since 1972 and faculty marshal since 2002. He also has served as chairman of the college’s United Way campaign.

He has been a commentator and respondent for the Indiana Philosophical Association.

He was the editor for the “Manual for Geologic Field Study of the Northern Rocky Mountains,” (Indiana University, 2002) and more recently for “Business Ethics for Dummies,” published this year.

Howald retired at the end of the spring semester but will continue to teach at the college.

Edward Chikwana of Franklin received the Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award. The award is given to faculty members who exhibit excellence in mastery of subject and effective communication.

Chikwana is an assistant professor of chemistry. He teaches general and analytical chemistry as well as instrumental analysis at the college.

He is involved in a project to make the college more eco-friendly by recycling used cooking oil from the cafeteria into biodiesel to power the college lawn mowers.

He also is working on a project to analyze the quality of water from Hurricane and Youngs creeks in the area surrounding Province Park in Franklin.

Chikwana was born and raised in Zimbabwe in southern Africa. He graduated from the Bindura College of the University of Zimbabwe.

He taught high school chemistry and math briefly at his alma mater before becoming an assistant lecturer at Bindura University of Science Education, also in Zimbabwe.

In 2002, he moved to the United States to complete graduate studies at Portland State University in Oregon.

Prior to coming to Franklin College in 2008, he taught at California State University–Chico and was involved in the chemistry summer program at Portland State University after he was awarded his doctorate in 2006.

Chikwana enjoys watching soccer and is often present at Franklin College’s home matches. He also enjoys hiking and traveling around the country with his wife, Vimbai.

Svetlana Rakic of Bloomington is the recipient of the Faculty Excellence in Scholarship Award. The award recognizes a faculty member’s academic achievement at the college and recognition and publications outside the college.

Rakic began teaching at Franklin College in 1996. She serves as a professor of art. A native of former Yugoslavia, she earned her master’s degree in art history from the University of Belgrade, Serbia, and her doctorate in art history from Indiana University.

She is the author of several books on Serbian Orthodox icons and the interrelation of modern art and religious thought. She has published extensively on post-Renaissance and modern art in American, Serbian and Bosnian journals and has given lectures and presentations at many scholarly institutions and organizations such as the University of California Berkley, the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, the European Science Foundation, Columbia University and University of Illinois at Chicago.

She is the recipient of Indiana University’s Esther L. Kinsley Award and Franklin College Faculty Travel and Faculty Excellence awards.

Her paintings were exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in Bloomington, Terre Haute and Franklin, as well as internationally in Germany and Serbia.

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