Professor John Van Kirk, Department of English, received the 2012 Distinguished Artists and Scholars Award, senior recipient in the field of Arts, Social Sciences, Humanities, Education and Business. He is the author of the short story, In the Shadow of Katahdin, published in the Journal of Literature and Art, (2010). In 2011, John was the The Iowa Review Writing Contest prize winner for his short story, Landscape with Boys. John has also received a Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation Creative Fellowship which included a two week residency at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Amherst, VA in July 2011. His novel, The Enchanted Pond, is scheduled to be published by Red Hen Press in 2013.