This year's Frostburg State University Mentor Award was bestowed upon Judith Dieruf, of the FSU Visual Arts Department, for her dedication and guidance in education.
Dieruf was recognized at the Career Day Luncheon during this year's Homecoming weekend.
Dieruf has brought life to the graphic design and painting programs at FSU. Her previous experience in graphic arts benefited FSU in 1981 when Dieruf started the graphic design program. It became a major in 1987. As the current head of Painting and Drawing in the Visual Arts Department, she now oversees 40 students.
"Judy set high standards then passed along the knowledge necessary to meet those standards while remaining a calm influence. A sense of urgency and professionalism, paired with completing quality work, were traits Judy wanted her students to understand," Dieruf's former student wrote.
Dieruf also established the fine arts and graphic design internships for students, both local and regional. "Judy urged us to gain experience in our field outside of the classroom. She taught us how to think on our feet, out of the box, and to be resourceful. I have carried Judy's lessons with me my entire life," the former student noted.
Receiving her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Washington, Seattle, and her Master of Fine Arts degree from Montana State University in Bozeman, Dieruf also studied at Sorbonne, San Francisco State, Western Connecticut University, Cambridge University and the Academy of Arts in San Francisco. Prior to coming to Frostburg, she taught for six years at Minot State University in Minot, North Dakota.
Dieruf is currently a member of the American Association of University Professors, College Arts Association and several campus committees such as the President's Advisory Committee on Substance Abuse, Honors Committee and Career Day Committee.
She has exhibited her work numerous times both in this country and abroad and has taught 11 overseas classes at Oxford University, St. Edmund Hall, England, and the University of Trieste, Italy, in conjunction with Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
Each year the Mentor Award is given to a faculty member, current or retired, who makes or has made an impact on their students through personal and career-oriented inspiration.
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