Monday, April 21, 2014  

Faculty excellence honored | ‘Legally Blonde’ comes to Donnell stage

Honorees at the Faculty Excellence Awards (front row, left to right) Kei Nomaguchi, Kristine Blair, Marilyn Shrude and Toni Sondergeld; (back row, left to right) Paul Johnson, Stephen Demuth, Ronald Scherer, Michael Coomes, and Mikhail Zamkov. (Not pictured: Laney Fugett)
FACULTY EXCELLENCE AWARDS SHOWCASE STELLAR ACHIEVEMENT

The University celebrated the achievements and contributions of its faculty April 16 at the Faculty Excellence Awards.

Dr. Michael Coomes, higher education and student affairs, was named the 2014 Master Teacher, the highest teaching award given by the University. His student nominators cited his commitment to their success and to the discipline.

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Dr. Stephen Demuth, director of graduate studies in the Department of Sociology, received the Faculty Senate Distinguished Service Award for his commitment to graduate education at both the department and University level.

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Distinguished Artist Professor Marilyn Shrude, one of the University's most accomplished and dedicated faculty members, was honored by Faculty Senate with the Lifetime Achievement Award. A professor of musicology, composition and theory, Shrude is widely known as a composer.

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Dr. Kristine Blair, chair of the English department, received this year's Recognition for Chair/School Director Leadership. During her tenure as departmental chair, Blair has led faculty and programmatic advancements.

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Laney Fugett, lecturer and faculty adviser for the visual communication technology program, received the President's Award for Academic Advising of Undergraduate Students. She is known for going the distance to help students succeed.

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Dr. Paul Johnson, leadership and policy studies, received the Recognition for Community Involvement especially for his engagement with the Ohio Schools Research and Education Foundation, helping local school boards pass levies.

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Dr. Ronald Scherer, communication sciences and disorders, was honored for being named a Distinguished Research Professor. Scherer has earned an international reputation for his pioneering work on the aerodynamic and acoustics of the human vocal tract.

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Dr. Mikhail Zamkov, physics and astronomy, has compiled an impressive record of achievement in the short six and a half years since he began his work on nanomaterials. The University recognized his success and the potential his research holds by presenting him the Olscamp Research Award.

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Dr. Kei Nomaguchi, sociology, has had an impact on the discipline, on students and on the public's understanding of the issues she primarily studies: parental and child well-being and gender and families. She received the Outstanding Young Scholar Award.

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Dr. Toni Sondergeld, educational foundations, leadership and policy, addresses fundamental questions about educational assessment and makes the answers available and usable. She was presented the Outstanding Young Scholar Award.

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THIRD FINALIST FOR ARTS AND SCIENCES DEAN TO VISIT

The last of three candidates for dean of the College of Arts and Sciences will visit campus April 23 and 24.

Each finalist is holding a public forum for the University community where they will address the topic: "Challenges and Opportunities Facing Colleges of Arts and Sciences in the 21st Century."

Dr. Eric Link, assistant dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Memphis, will hold his forum and meetings Wednesday (April 23):

  • 1:30-2:15 p.m., 107 Olscamp Hall, Meet and Greet for Arts and Sciences students
  • 2:30-3:30 p.m., 113 Olscamp Hall, Open Forum
  • 3:30-4:15 p.m., 113 Olscamp Hall, Meet and Greet for Arts and Sciences faculty
The forums will also be recorded and available on video stream.

Dr. Bryce Sullivan, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Belmont University, will hold his forum and meetings today (April 21).

Visit the Provost site for a link to the complete schedule, the candidates' curriculum vitae, their video streams, an evaluation form and other information.



"Legally Blonde: The Musical" opens Thursday (April 24) on the Thomas B. and Kathleen M. Donnell stage, presented by the Department of Theatre and Film, in partnership with Planned Pethood and Cutie's Fund.

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