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For Immediate Release:
Office of Public Relations
Fairleigh Dickinson University
1000 River Road
Teaneck, NJ 07666
285 Madison Avenue
Madison, NJ 07940
Kathryn Douglas Receives Pillar Award
Madison, NJ, Sept. 29, 2003—Kathryn Douglas, director of Freshman Intensive Studies, College at Florham, has received the Pillar of Fairleigh Dickinson University Award in recognition of her work as an educator, program director, and mentor.
The Morris County resident was named director of FIS—a multidisciplinary program featuring intensive academic support for freshmen—in 1987. At the time, the program was only three years old and had an enrollment of 25 students. Since then, it has grown to 100 and now features peer mentoring, a student advisory board, cultural enrichment, and experiential learning opportunities.
Ms. Douglas, “driven by an impressive work ethic, stellar intellect, and remarkable depth of feeling, has ensured that students from widely different backgrounds have the tools needed to excel,” according to College at Florham Provost Kenneth Greene. “The program’s great success is a reflection of her character and dedication. Even though the program has tripled in size, she still takes the time to learn about all the students and how they can best realize their potential.”
In addition to directing and developing the FIS program, Ms. Douglas teaches in the English Department, serves on various committees, is a scholar in the field of children’s literature, and is a key member of a team that has developed a minor in children’s studies.
The Pillar Award is given annually to recognize exceptional individuals within the university who, over time, have made extraordinary contributions to the character and quality of the institution, its community and culture.