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SIOUX CITY– Morningside College has awarded its 2017 Sharon Walker Faculty Excellence Awards to David Elder, associate professor of writing and rhetoric; Brian McFarland, associate professor of chemistry; and Christopher Spicer, associate professor of mathematics.

Morningside President John Reynders presented the awards during the annual faculty banquet Nov. 11 at the Sioux City Country Club. The recipients, selected from a field of applicants by a panel of three outside evaluators, will each receive a $10,000 honorarium and $2,000 to use for faculty development.

Morningside alumni Jim and Sharon Walker of Wayzata, Minnesota, established the Sharon Walker Faculty Excellence Awards in 2003.

Criteria for selection include teaching excellence, effective advising, scholarship and service to Morningside College. The awards are based upon the accomplishments and activities of a faculty member during the previous academic year.

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