First Cherry Award Finalist to Speak About Ronald Reagan and the Cold War

Sept. 30, 2011

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Dr. Allen J. Matusow, The W.G. Twyman Professor of History and associate director for academic programs at the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy at Rice University, will present "Did Reagan Win the Cold War?" at 3:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 3, in Kayser Auditorium at Baylor's Hankamer School of Business, 1428 South Fifth St.

Matusow is one of three finalists for the Cherry Award, a program designed to recognize exceptional teachers while encouraging others to value teaching. Each finalist receives $15,000, as well as $10,000 for their home department, and is invited to present a series of lectures at Baylor as well as on their home campuses. The winner of the Cherry Award, to be announced next spring, will receive a monetary prize of $250,000 and the opportunity to teach in residence at Baylor during fall 2012 or spring 2013. The Cherry Award winner's home department will receive an additional $25,000 to foster the development of teaching skills.

Matusow is the first of the finalists to speak at Baylor this fall. Other finalists include Dr. Heather Macdonald, Chancellor Professor of Geology at The College of William and Mary, and Dr. Brian Coppola, The Arthur F. Thurnau Professor and professor of chemistry at the University of Michigan.

Macdonald will present "Behind the Scenes: From Strong Geoscience Courses to an Energized Community" at 3:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 24, in Room D109 of the Baylor Sciences Building, and Coppola will present "The Liberal Art of Chemistry: Stories about Human Nature" Wednesday, Nov. 2., in Room D109 of the Baylor Sciences Building.

For more information about the Cherry Award finalists, visit Baylor Cherry Awards .

by Carmen Galvan, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805

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