Members of Omicron Delta Kappa, Centre College’s leadership honor society, hosted the annual Life Stories event on April 6, featuring an all-star line-up of College faculty who shared personal accounts of the academic and career journeys that led them to Centre. Speakers for this year’s program were Associate Professor of Chemistry Jeffrey Fieberg (Division III), H.W. Stodghill, Jr. and Adele H. Stodghill Professor of Art Stephen Powell (Division I) and Gordon B. Davidson Associate Professor of History Amos Tubb (Division II).
Jeffrey Fieberg joined the faculty at Centre College in 2005 and was named a Centre Scholar in both 2008 and 2014. His current research interests are in nanotechnology and artists’ materials. In 2011-2012, he performed a sabbatical at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, where he investigated Undergrowth with Two Figures by Vincent van Gogh.
Fieberg serves on campus not only as an associate professor of chemistry and chair of the chemistry program but also as a faculty liaison for the Centre softball team and as the faculty advisor for several student clubs. Off campus, he has directed both the Centre-in-London and the Centre-in-Strasbourg programs, and he has led a CentreTerm course to Paris and Provence to teach “Molecular Modernism: Manet to Matisse.” Fieberg has won several awards, including the Kirk Award for Excellence in Teaching (2007), the C. Eric Mount Jr. Student Appreciation Award (2007), the Outstanding Professor Award from Greek Life (2008 and 2009) and the David Hughes Award for Excellence in Teaching and Service (2010). He was named co-Most Dramatic Professor in Kentucky by Kentucky Monthly in 2010 and is often described as a “larger-than-life personality” whose “energy is palpable both inside and outside of the classroom.”
Fieberg graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a B.S. in chemical physics from Centre College. He received his M.S. in chemistry from the University of Illinois and his Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Texas.
Stephen Powell is an internationally known artist whose elaborately colored glass vessels are held in permanent collections throughout the world. He has been featured on CBS-TV’s Sunday Morning and Kentucky Educational Television and in print media including American Style, Glass, Ceramics Monthly and Kentucky Monthly, which named him one of Kentucky’s top 20 artists of the 20th-century. Powell was one of eight Americans chosen for Venezia Aperto Vetro 1998, a prestigious glass exhibition in Venice. He demonstrates his technique around the country, including at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah. During sabbatical leaves from Centre, Powell has been a guest teacher and artist in the Soviet Union, Australia and New Zealand.
Powell has been a professor of art at Centre College since 1983. He was named 1999 and 2000 Kentucky Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Counsel for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). He has held Stodghill Professorship since its inception in 2004. He was also awarded the 2004 Acorn Award for outstanding professor at a Kentucky college or university.
Powell holds a B.A. in painting and ceramics from Centre and an M.F.A. from Louisiana State University.
Amos Tubb is the Gordon B. Davidson Associate Professor of History, and was named a Centre Scholar in 2009. Before coming to Centre, Tubb taught at University of California-Riverside. His research interests include the British Civil War and the Commonwealth. He has published such articles as “Printing the Regicide of Charles I and Mixed Messages: Royalist Newsbook Reports of Charles I’s Execution and the Leveller Uprising.”
Tubb is animated in the classroom and warm-hearted outside of the classroom. He is extremely dedicated to the success of his students, constantly challenging and guiding them forward.
Tubb holds a B.A. from the University of California-Davis and received his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from University of California-Riverside.
by Amy Clark Wise
April 9, 2015