Outstanding faculty and staff recognized at Opening of School ceremonies

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KSU Foundation awards $180,000 in cash and stipends   KENNESAW, Ga. -- (Aug. 12) — At a…

Georgia (Aug 12, 2010)KSU Foundation awards $180,000 in cash and stipends

 
KENNESAW, Ga. -- (Aug. 12) — At a time of transition and tremendous growth, Kennesaw State University took time out to celebrate faculty and staff achievements at Opening of School events Wednesday.
 
At faculty and staff award ceremonies Wednesday, the “brightest and best” were recognized for their roles in helping the university continue on its quest to becoming a nationally recognized institution of higher learning.
 
“It is my pleasure to recognize those individuals who have truly excelled this past year – providing excellent service through their commitment and dedication to the goals and objectives of Kennesaw State University,” Papp said.
 
The KSU Foundation contributed $180,000 in awards for honored faculty and staff.
 
Katherine Kinnick, professor of communication and director of KSU’s pre-college programs was the 2010 recipient the KSU Foundation “Distinguished Professor Award” – the foundation’s highest faculty award.
 
“This year’s recipient has an outstanding record of accomplishment and dedication to excellence in teaching, scholarship and professional service,” KSU President Daniel S. Papp said. “She is a prolific and nationally recognized scholar on service learning, and gender and racial bias in the media, with her gender bias research being noted in one journal as ‘an example of the state of the art in feminist scholarship.’”
 
Kinnick received an award of $17,000 - $8,500 in cash and an additional $8,500 faculty development stipend.
 
Staff award-winners included the “Staff Employee of the Year” and the “Administrator of the Year,” each of whom received a $2,500 cash award from the KSU Foundation.
 
Elizabeth Starnes, IT professional and project manager for Enterprise Systems and Services took home the top staff award, while Brian Glankler, director of First Year and Undeclared Advising was named “Administrator of the Year.”
 
Additional 2009 faculty and staff award winners included:
 
Clendenin Graduate Fellows
·        Janeen Amason, School of Nursing, WellStar College of Health & Human Services
·        Laura Davis, Department of English, College of Humanities & Social Sciences
·        Marybeth Maguire, School of Nursing, WellStar College of Health & Human Services
·        Ivan Pulinkala, Department of Theatre, Performance Studies & Dance, College of the Arts
·        James Wright, Secondary & Middle Grades Education, Bagwell College of Education
 
Endowed in 2008, the Clendenin Graduate Fellows Program supports outstanding graduate students who are willing to give back to the university. The goal of the program is to identify and attract outstanding individuals who are committed to completing their master's or doctoral program.
 
Tommy & Beth Holder Faculty Awards
·        Dr. Keisha Hoerrner, Department of First Year Programs, University College
·        Dr. Laurence Sherr, School of Music, College of the Arts
·        Nancy Prochaska, Department of Management & Entrepreneurship, Coles College of Business
·        Brian Wooten, University Studies, University College
·        Dr. Catherine Lewis, Department of History and Philosophy, College of Humanities and Social Sciences
·        Dr. Nikita Patterson, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, College of Science and Mathematics
 
Established in 2008, the Tommy & Beth Holder Faculty Awards are designed to support innovative faculty initiatives for enhancing and expanding both undergraduate and graduate course studies. The awards provide research support for distinguished members of the faculty and are intended to supplement available resources and/or serve as seed money to encourage the development of new and/or current KSU courses.
 
Foundation prize for publications or creative activity
·        John S. Gentile, Department of Theatre, Performance Studies and Dance, College of the Arts
·        Rongbing Huang, Department of Economics, Finance and Quantitative Analysis, Coles College of Business
·        Pam B. Cole, Bagwell College of Education
·        LeeAnn B. Lands, Department of History and Philosophy, College of Humanities and Social Sciences
·        Daniela Tapu, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, College of Science and Mathematics
 
Established in 2003 by the KSU Foundation Board of Trustees, the foundation prize for publications or creative activity recognizes high quality publications or creative activities by a faculty member in each college of the university. Honorees receive the "Flame of Excellence," which is personally hand-crafted from Boron Glass rods by Klaus Widmann of the Frabel Studio. Honorees also receive $10,000 - $5,000 in cash and an additional $5,000 faculty development stipend.
 
Distinguished Professional Service Award
·        Timothy Hedeen, Associate Professor of Conflict Management and Coordinator of Cultural and Regional Studies Programs
 
The Distinguished Professional Service Award recognizes individual outstanding faculty contributions in the areas of professional service, research and creative activity, and teaching. The recipient of this award receives a total of $10,000 in cash and a $5,000 professional development stipend.
 
Distinguished Research & Creative Activity Award
·        David B. Mitchell, Professor of Gerontology & Distinguished Scholar in Gerontology
 
The recipient of the Distinguished Research & Creative Activity Award receives a total of $10,000 - $5,000 in cash and a $5,000 professional development stipend.
 
Distinguished Teaching Award
·        Amy Buddie, Associate Professor of Psychology & CETL Faculty Fellow for Advancing Undergraduate Research
 
The recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award receives a total of $13,000 - $6,500 in cash and a $6,500 professional development stipend.
 
Academic Support Award
·        Lisa L. Bauer
 
Administrative Support Award
·        Donna L. Golder
 
Campus Support Award
·        Maureen N. Patton
 
Staff Employee of the Year
·        Elizabeth Starnes
 
Staff Senate Scholarship Winner
·        McCree Lake
 
 
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Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering more than 70 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including doctorates in education, business and nursing, and a new Ph.D. in international conflict management. A member of the 35-unit University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing population of more than 22,300 students from 142 countries. KSU’s College of the Arts is one of only four Georgia institutions to have achieved full national accreditation for all of its arts programs.
 

 

 




A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers more than 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its more than 35,000 students. With 13 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia and the third-largest university in the state. The university's vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the region and from 92 countries across the globe. A Carnegie-designated doctoral institution, it is one of the 50 largest public institutions in the country. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu.

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