This honor came as a total surprise to me! Because it was so unexpected it was quite emotional to think that the arts were being honored in such a special way. I was nominated by Stacey Hettes and will always be appreciative that unbeknown to me, she had been following me for the years following the first time I taught at Penland…. Thank you Stacey and thank you Dr. Nayef H. Samhat, President of Wofford for this incredibly special recognition!