RIO GRANDE, Ohio — The University of Rio Grande School of Arts and Letters announced its three recipients for the Fall 2015 Spotlight on Success.
The three award winners for this semester are Adam Hollingshead, a senior, Dr. Scott Beekman, associate professor of history, and Chad Lambert, class of 1994.
Chair for the School of Arts and Letters Benjy Davies said each semester Spotlight on Success recognizes a student, faculty member and alumni who have gone above and beyond in their studies, teaching and career.
“We started the spotlight on success about a year and a half ago because we wanted to highlight the accomplishments and personalities that make up the School of Arts and Letters,” Davies said. “This initiative also helps us share the success of our colleagues, students and alumni with future students and the community as well.”
Hollingshead, a double major in the history and English from Jackson, said he is glad the effort he puts into his studies has been noted by his professors.
“I was pretty excited my hard work has paid off. It is important to take time to recognize students with honors such as Spotlight on Success because when people know their work is appreciated, it gives them a confidence boost,” Hollingshead said.
Beekman, associate professor of history, joined the Rio family in the fall 2008 to teach American history. He also the faculty advisor for the history honors society, Phi Alpha Theta and the student veterans organization, as well as chair of faculty associations.
Beekman said he is grateful to be recognized for working hard at something he loves.
“I was honored to be picked for Spotlight on Success. I want to give a little back by trying to give students a thorough grounding in American history,” he said. “I really enjoy being here at Rio and directly interacting with the students working with them on a one on one basis.”
Beekman said when not interacting with students, he is writing his latest book, a biography of 19th century professional wrestler William Muldoon.
Lambert is a Rio alumni of the class of 1994, from Jackson. He majored in mass communications and says Rio gave him the work ethic to get where he is today.
“I started in radio as a part-time on-air personality in Dayton and wound up as a producer/writer on the Gary Burbank Show on 700 WLW. It was one of the top gigs available, and I had always wanted to work on the show. They respected my work ethic and gave me a part-time job producing the weekend show, which snowballed into a full-time producer gig. Rio taught me an appreciation of having the opportunity to get an education and the work ethic to pursue my careers.”
Lambert moved out of the radio business and has been writing comic books for 13 years, recently earning him three awards.
“About a month ago I won two Harvey awards, then two weeks later I went out to Los Angeles and won a Geeky award. To have all of these awards hit at once was amazing. I’ve done both self-published and some licensed work. The comic book business is a lot of hard work because you have to build your audience on your own and put in a lot of effort to make a name for yourself.”
Lambert now lives in Cincinnati with his wife, Angela, also a 1994 Rio graduate, and their two sons, Spencer and Sam.
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