For release: June 22, 2009
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Erica Glover Edwards, U of M undergraduate student in art education, is the first
recipient of the University of Memphis Donalyn Heise Art Education Leadership Award,
established by Donalyn Heise, associate professor of art education at the University
of Memphis, this year.
The award recognizes an art education major that has demonstrated commitment to the
profession through outstanding service and leadership, and understands the role of
quality arts education in transforming the lives of individuals and community.
"Erica is a natural teacher, nurturing, professional, visionary, competent in the
processes and content of arts education, who wants to make a difference through quality
arts education," Heise says.
|Erica Glover (right) with Micki, one of her students, at Martha's Manor
This past semester, Edwards participated in the art department's alternative arts
practicum at Martha's Manor, and adult day center for mentally challenged women in
Memphis. Noticing that one of her students needed a pair of glasses, she convinced
her boss at Eclectic Eye, a Memphis eyewear boutique, to perform a free exam, while
Edwards herself paid for a new pair of glasses.
"Erica always goes above and beyond to do quality work," Heise notes.