Karen Fosheim, Professor of Music
Dept. of Music
Delta State University
Cleveland, MS 38733
662-846-4622         kfosheim@deltastate.edu

To Whomever it may concern:

    I am writing in support of Dr. James Tomek. I have known Dr. Tomek for over five years. He is highly respected by students and faculty at delta State University.
    Dr. Tomek is a scholar and teacher who truly thinks and acts in an interdisciplinary way. He has a unique perspective to offer because of his background in literature, poetry, French language and culture, film and the arts. In addition, Dr. Tomek is involved in the creative process of making music. Although he has been studying piano for only five years, he has already mastered sonatas by Mozart and Beethoven, contrapuntal pieces of JS Bach, and works by Chopin, Schumann, Liszt, Debussy, and Prokofief, to name but a few. He also reads extensively about music, seeking to understand its history, theory, and aesthetic purpose. Dr. Tomek is an avid music supporter, always present at performances, and extends his knowledge and love for music into his scholarly and teaching activities, as well as his daily life.
    Dr. Tomek is a scholar and master teacher. He seeks to look beyond the surface of a topic and address its deeper issues. He challenges students and colleagues to join him in the search for truth and meaning. Many students have commented to me that Dr. Tomek is "a different kind of teacher" who has opened their eyes to analyzing words, phrases, and ideas that are commonly taken for granted in our culture. He demands that students not accept, but KNOW. Personally, I have had the opportunity to study French with Dr. Tomek, and was enlightened and educated not only in French language and culture, but also in the realm of learning and thinking. I came away from the experience with much that could be applied to my own discipline.
    Dr. Tomek is active in the sharing of ideas in the Delta State community and throughout the region through his poetry, papers, and lectures on a variety of topics. Several years ago, Dr. Tomek gave a very interesting presentation on Proust and musical memory to Delta State music students. I have had the opportunity to collaborate with him on several projects combining music with poetry, French language and literature. Dr. Tomek is a fine educator, scholar, and colleague. I give him the highest recommendation.