Patricia de Castries, Assistant Director of the Language Center, was awarded the 2004 Arnice Streit Award for Distinguished Service. The award, presented in April to de Castries, recognizes outstanding administrative contributions and unusually distinguished service to the School of Humanities and Sciences over a significant period of time. Awardees always demonstrate exceptional judgment and sensitivity in performing a particular responsibility; have a positive impact on the department or program; and exhibit creativity in meeting broad department or program objectives. The annual award, first presented in 1987, is named for Arnice Streit, a former associate dean of finance, and carries a $3,000 prize. In 1999, de Castries received an Amy Blue Award, which is given annually to staff members who are exceptionally dedicated, supportive of colleagues and passionate about their work.
Elizabeth Bernhardt, Director of the Language Center and Professor of German Studies, was named the Warren Shelden University Fellow in Undergraduate Education, part of the Bass program. Bass University Fellows are chosen based on their commitment to undergraduate education. Faculty from all seven schools, as well as senior fellows in centers and institutes, are eligible. The Bass Program sponsors an annual event for University Fellows and donors. Appointments are for five-year terms and are made by the provost on the recommendation of the vice provost for undergraduate education. Stanford will continue to name eight University Fellows each fall through 2005, when a full complement of 40 will be reached.