Written by Dwight Bachman
Peter Drzewiecki, associate professor of environmental earth science and assistant chair of the Department of Environmental Earth Science, was named the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities System Winner of the Board of Regents/CSU Teaching Award.
Drzewiecki was recognized for his innovative use of outside-the-classroom education, including a mix of lab, field trips and student research projects. He has established an internship program for geology majors at the Connecticut Geological Survey, and his students frequently present the results of research from his class at regional professional conferences and campus symposia. Students uniformly consider his classroom teaching to be accessible and engaging.
The BOR/CSU Teaching Award is granted to faculty members who have "distinguished themselves as outstanding teachers for at least five years and have a minimum of a two-year track record of promoting instructional improvements for their programs or departments."
Jamel Ostwald, associate professor of history, was honored at the campus level for his research work. Ostwald has compiled an impressive record of research and creative activity and recently published "Vaubaun Under Siege: Engineering Efficiency and Martial Vigor in the War of the Spanish Succession," an award-winning book in military history. He also contributed three chapters on various aspects of 17th and 18th-century European military history in books published in Europe and the United States, and has written several book reviews in the peer-reviewed Journal of Military History.