Professor Lisa Shabel has been a remarkably successful professor and mentor to students in her 16 years in this department. Recent graduates single her out as one of the most inspiring teachers they have ever had. Now the university has added its recognition. This year Professor Shabel received the Ronald and Deborah Ratner Award for Distinguished Teaching in the Arts and Humanities. She is pictured here with some of her current students, just after receiving the award in a surprise ceremony in her classroom.