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Congratulations to distinguished award winners E. Edward Kawakami and Nick Winkler

May 24, 2018

Carthage closed the 2017-18 academic year by presenting two annual awards to distinguished employees at a faculty/staff luncheon May 24 in the Todd Wehr Center. 

Congratulations to E. Edward Kawakami and Nick Winkler.Congratulations to E. Edward Kawakami and Nick Winkler.E. Edward Kawakami, assistant professor of music and director of orchestral activities, received the 2018 Distinguished Teaching Award. Nick Winkler, associate dean of students, received the 2018 Distinguished Staff Award.

Since the Board of Trustees created the faculty award in 1967 to formally recognize superior teaching, a confidential committee has selected the yearly recipient.

Nominators gushed about Prof. Kawakami’s “compassionate ways of interacting with students” and praised him for establishing “the most inclusive environment [they] have seen on campus.” As part of his duties, he directs the Carthage Philharmonic.

“At the very end of last year’s season, the graduating seniors in fact publicly thanked him for making things actually harder, more challenging, and more time-consuming for them, because they had been able to see what raising the bar in such fashion had brought about: an absolutely wonderful philharmonic orchestra,” Professor John Isham said in his introduction.

Before joining Carthage in 2014, Prof. Kawakami held a variety of musical roles in California, Florida, and abroad. He has a Ph.D. in music education (emphasis in orchestral conducting) from Florida State University.

The Staff Council selected Mr. Winkler for the staff award, which recognizes exceptional performance in service, teamwork, attitude, and reliability. Nominators view him as a true point person in the Division of Student Affairs, both for the knowledge he has accumulated over 15 years at the College and for his eagerness to contribute.

Retiree Judy Steinbrecher, the previous year’s winner, made the announcement.

“With a primary role as conduct officer, it would be easy for [Nick] to have a negative perspective,” she said. “However, he has a talent for turning a potentially negative situation into a positive interaction.”

Colleagues called Mr. Winkler instrumental in the rollout of an online check-in system for students last fall. He also serves on a variety of committees across campus.

Congratulations to these two honorees!