Gargus and Trott Recognized for Teaching Excellence by The Ohio State University's Honor Societies


Knowlton School Architecture Associate Professor Jacqueline Gargus and Landscape Architecture Lecturer Karla Trott were recognized by, respectively, the Sphinx Senior Class Honorary the Mortar Board Senior Class Honor Societies for their contributions to undergraduate education as teachers and mentors. Current student members of each society nominate Ohio State's faculty to show gratitude and recognition for continued excellence in and commitment to teaching at the University.

Gargus' architecture history classes and tireless and inventive study abroad programs were singled out as being among "The Ohio State University's best for making a difference in the lives of students." While Trott’s long-time contributions to the landscape architecture section and, in particular, the manner in which she simultaneously supports and challenges her students, were instrumental to her award.

The Sphinx Senior Class Honorary, a student organization in existence since 1907, each year “links” 24 Ohio State students from across campus into a community meant to honor individuals who exhibit exceptional character and potential for accomplishment. Founded in 1914, The Ohio State University chapter of Mortar Board preceded national Mortar Board by four years and helped to found the national organization.  Renamed in 2004 the Mabel G. Freeman Chapter of Mortar Board, the organization serves as a way for scholar-leaders at Ohio State to demonstrate the noble aims and ideals of the organization as they dedicate themselves to continued intellectual growth and service to the community while developing friendships that will extend well beyond their collegiate careers.