Frostburg State University\u2019s Sydney Duncan Honored by Fantastic Organization

May 12, 2016
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Frostburg State University's Sydney Duncan Honored by "Fantastic" Organization

Dr. Sydney Duncan, associate provost at Frostburg State University, was presented with the Robert A. Collins Service Award at the 2016 International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts this spring. Duncan is only the 12th recipient in the award's 31-year history.

The award is named for the founder of the International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts (IAFA), Robert A. Collins, who was presented with the first award in 1985. It is a special recognition presented to "an IAFA board member or division head for outstanding service to the organization."

"The authors [that Duncan] gathered here annually call her, \u2018warm,' \u2018conscientious' and \u2018welcoming,'" said the conference's Publications Officer Judith Collins, daughter of the award's namesake. "Temporary crises and social disasters always descend on organization presidents. ... What continues to amaze me is that, while I'm sure our president gets angry, I couldn't swear to that in a court of law."

IAFA was founded in 1982 to organize the conference, which provides a legitimate scholarly venue for the exploration of fantastic elements in the arts, a topic of inquiry that had been marginalized by many in academia at the time.

Duncan has served on the IAFA board of directors for seven years and as president for the last three years. For the next three years, she will continue serving the board as immediate past president.

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