Allyson ShecklerAssistant Professor of Art History and Associate Chairperson, Visual & Performing Arts Department
Whether examining the marble carvings of Italian Baroque sculptor Bernini, delving into the story of Michaelangelo's, "David," or exploring the connection between art and religion among the ancient ruins of Rome, Assistant Professor of Fine Arts, Allyson Sheckler, is passionate about Art History.
This passion is what makes her so popular with her students and earned her the Louise F. Hegarty Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2007.
"Professor Sheckler is one of those teachers who truly makes a difference," said fine arts student Bridget Connors '09. "She takes her time to listen to what you have to say, and her love of the subject shines through when she gets excited over the smallest detail in a sculpture or painting."
"She brings a natural energy to the classroom and a refreshing twist on material that she has undoubtedly taught time and time again," added Gillian Fruh '07, who majored in psychology and fine arts. "she encouraged us to think outside the box and write eloquently about art."
It came as no surprise to her students when, to a standing ovation, Sheckler received the Hegarty Award. Sheckler, however, was caught off-guard. "This is the first time in my entire life that I am speechless. I'm floored. I'm honored. I'm thrilled," she told the audience of more than 1,500.
-- Stonehill Alumni Magazine, Winter 2008