- J. Michael Young Outstanding Academic Adviser Award
- 1996 KU Mortar Board Outstanding Educator Award
- Curator of the Wilcox Museum 1970 to 2001
- Fulbright scholar and a Capps fellow at the American School of Classical Studies in Greece from 1954 to 1957
Elizabeth C. Banks is a highly respected educator as well as a past curator of the Wilcox Museum at KU. Banks taught at the universities of Missouri, Columbia and Kentucky-Lexington before coming to KU in 1966. She is also curator of the Wilcox Classical Museum. In 1991, she received the J. Michael Young Outstanding Academic Adviser Award, an award presented annually to KU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences faculty whose advising makes a difference for their students. Banks has a doctorate from the University of Cincinnati and was a Fulbright scholar and a Capps fellow at the American School of Classical Studies in Greece from 1954 to 1957.
While curator of the Wilcox Museum Elizabeth “Betty” Banks oversaw the collections move back into Lippincott Hall. The collection had been moved and kept in storage due to a lack of space during and after the depression. In July of 1970 Betty Banks took over as curator and in 1985 the museum was restored to its original splendor with the addition of several new pieces. Banks curated the collection until her retirement in 2001 when Professor Paul Rehak was hired and made curator.
Elizabeth “Betty” Banks was more than a curator, she was also an outstanding educator serving as an associate professor in classics until her retirement. Banks remains a Friend of the Hall Center and an active Lawrence resident. She currently retains the title of Emeriti Faculty in the Classics Department at the University Of Kansas.
Betty Banks Discussing February Sisters & Rights Movement at KU