Texas A&M University-Commerce’s Director of Visual Communications, Lee Whitmarsh, recently received a Golden Orchard Award for teaching. This is only the sixth time this award has ever been given.
The Dallas Society of Visual Communications bestows the Golden Orchard to college professors who have strengthened the Visual Communications profession and raised the bar by nurturing classes of outstanding communicators. They are recognized for a career’s worth of cultivating a Golden Orchard of consistent, significant and enduring impact on the design community through the contributions and creativity of their students.
“I thank the DSVC for this great honor and appreciate their recognition of the importance of education in the visual communication industry,” said Whitmarsh. “I consider it a privilege to play a part in the education of the next generation of conceptual thinkers and design problem solvers. After over twenty years of teaching, I still get excited about walking into that classroom because I am continually awed by my students. I hope they know how much they enrich my life.”
Josh Ege, an adjunct in the Visual Communications program for six years, presented Whitmarsh the award at the ceremony on June 1, 2013.
“Over Lee’s twenty-six year career, she has affected thousands of students’ lives and helped them start their careers,” said Ege. “She has developed a great program that continues to grow and deliver students into the career of visual communications that are prepared and ready to offer meaningful contributions to their employers. I know I am a better educator because of the example she leads by.”