Campus News - November 12, 2001
David Stuart, associate provost for Academic Affairs and professor of
Anthropology and Architecture and Planning at UNM, recently received an honorary
degree, Doctor of Humane Letters, from West Virginia Wesleyan College.
The degree was awarded by unanimous vote of the faculty and Trustees of West
Virginia Wesleyan College to recognize Stuarts role in promoting access
to higher education through UNM programs.
In a citation from the college, Stuart was recognized for his passion for the
cultural foundations of the American Southwest and the ancestral puebloan peoples.
This is a great honor, said Stuart. I was the first student
to graduate with a major in Anthropology earned in the state of West Virginia
a region where, at that time, relatively few went on to college.
At UNM, Stuart created the Internet Pilot Project, the Universitys first
on-line instruction initiative.
He created UNMs evening, weekend and summer programs to better fit the academic requirements of New Mexicos diverse population.
He also initiated the Graduation Project, which offers tuition assistance and
special services to students who, for various reasons, left the University in
good standing before graduation. This program helped more than 600 former, dropout
students to earn degrees from UNM a success rate five times greater
than predicted from national studies.
Stuart is a 1967 graduate of West Virginia Wesleyan College. He earned a master of arts and Ph.D. degrees in anthropology from UNM.
UNM Professor Howard Waitzkin is one of 12 in the United
States selected for the first Fulbright New Century Scholars Program, a new
U.S. State Department initiative.
For 2001-2002, the research focus is Challenges of Health
in a Borderless World.
Waitzkin is director of the Division of Community Medicine in the Department of Family and Community Medicine.
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