On being a Foundation Fellow. (MTNA: Foundation news).I am writing these few paragraphs to demonstrate my support for the FOUNDATION's many commendable endeavors and the concept of FOUNDATION Fellow recognition.
Complete and total surprise! That was my reaction at being named a FOUNDATION Fellow last March at the 2001 MTNA MTNA Music Teachers National Association
MTNA Middle Tennessee Nursery Association (McMinnville, Tennessee) National Convention in Washington, D.C. My last-minute rush from the airport to the banquet certainly added to the drama. There were jokes and smiles from people at my table. "You finally decided to show up?" The waitress graciously served my food even though everyone else was finished.
Wolfing down dinner, I wasn't paying full attention to the announcements. Halfway through dessert my name was called, and I honestly thought a mistake had been made--perhaps I was "hearing things." But the fact was that former students had made a decision to honor me by making contributions to the FOUNDATION Fellow program. I was so proud to be on that stage! Not proud of my few accomplishments, but of the support of such fantastic teacher-musicians who remain devoted to their students and to MTNA, and who continue to enrich the lives of young people on a daily basis.
This experience affected me profoundly. My response has been to establish a new MTNA FOUNDATION endowment. Dr. Gary L. Ingle in·gle
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[Perhaps Scottish Gaelic aingeal, fire, light. , Jennifer Martin Jennifer Martin is an American voice actress who provides the voice of Ms. Sara Bellum, who is the Mayor of Townsville's assistant, in the Cartoon Network animated television series The PowerPuff Girls. and others helped get the paperwork in place. Our "Endowment for Diversity" is a project dear to my heart. Its objective is to award local associations matching funds Noun 1. matching funds - funds that will be supplied in an amount matching the funds available from other sources
cash in hand, finances, funds, monetary resource, pecuniary resource - assets in the form of money to projects that encourage musical diversity. Our goal is to begin making such awards by next year, when the required principal amount has been reached.
Members of the MTNA ad hoc Committee ad hoc committee A committee formed with the purpose of addressing a specific issue or issues, which theoretically is disbanded once its raison d'etre is finished on Diversity, appointed by Joan Reist, NCTM NCTM National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
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NCTM Nationally Certified in Therapeutic Massage , when she was MTNA president, made me well aware of the need for expanding the scope of MTNA. Our objectives include more diverse programs and membership, reflecting the music of American subcultures and of worldwide music teaching traditions.
There are many MTNA old-timers more deserving of recognition than I--folks who have given continuously of their energy, time and talent to national, state and local projects. I would urge their friends and former students to consider surprising those individuals with a FOUNDATION Fellow recognition at the next National Conference. They might even arrive at the banquet on time!
Loran Olsen, Ph.D., is professor emeritus of music and Native American Studies Native American Studies is an academic discipline that studies the experience of people of Native American ancestry in America. Closely related to other Ethnic studies disciplines such as African American studies, Asian American Studies, and Latino/a Studies, Native American at Washington State University Washington State University, at Pullman; land-grant and state supported; chartered 1890, opened 1892 as an agriculture college. From 1905 to 1959 it was the State College of Washington. . He was named a 2001 MTNA FOUNDATION Fellow.
Editor's Note: As part of an ongoing series of personal experiences by FOUNDATION Fellows, Loran Olsen, NCTM, was asked to write this testimonial.