Kennesaw State honors outstanding faculty and staff

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Recipients of KSU Foundation Distinguished Faculty Awards, staff awards honored at annual…

Georgia (Aug 15, 2014)Recipients of KSU Foundation Distinguished Faculty Awards, staff awards honored at annual ceremonies

KENNESAW, Ga.  (August 15, 2014) — The Kennesaw State University Foundation awarded more than $120,000 to outstanding faculty and staff across the university in an Aug. 14 ceremony.

The foundation distributed $104,000 in cash and awards for professional development to Kennesaw State professors who excelled this past year at teaching, research and/or creative activities and service at the 2014 Faculty Awards Ceremony. An additional $17,000 was awarded from the KSU Foundation for staff and administrator awards.

“Kennesaw State University is grateful to the KSU Foundation for the variety of recognition programs and professional development funding for faculty and staff,” said KSU Provost Ken Harmon. “The ovreall amount provided by the foundation exceeds that of any other university in the University System of Georgia.”

Harmon noted that the foundation also presented the Clendenin Scholars award earlier this summer, which will provide graduate tuition waivers plus $20,000 and $15,000, respectively, to two Kennesaw State students based on their pursuit of doctoral and master’s degrees.

The top faculty award, the $17,000 KSU Foundation Distinguished Professor Award, was given to Harrison Long, interim associate dean of the College of the Arts and associate professor of theater and performance studies, who was praised by his peers for his integrity and genuineness throughout his 20-year career.

“Our recipient is an award-winning professional, scholar, teacher and dedicated leader both on and off campus. Colleagues consistently note our recipient’s passion for all aspects of faculty life, specifically highlighting his all-around sterling reputation,” said Harmon.

Cheryl Matson, director of Admissions Operations in the Enrollment Services department, was recognized as the administrator of the year; Ana Sahasrabudhe, business operations professional in the Office of the Dean, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, was recognized as the staff employee of the year. Each was awarded $5,000.

Other faculty awards:

·      KSU Foundation Distinguished Teaching Award: Margaret Baldwin, senior lecturer of theater and performance studies, for her contributions to every aspect of teaching and her deep commitment to make a difference in the lives of her students. 

·      KSU Foundation Distinguished Research and Creative Activity Award: Nikolaos Kidonakis, professor of physics, in recognition of his career as a prolific nationally and internationally recognized scholar in high energy physics who has written more than 100 articles and book chapters with more than 5,000 citations. 

·      KSU Foundation Distinguished Professional Service Award: Thomas Pusatari, professor of psychology, in recognition of his decade-long record of institutional service at the departmental, college and institutional levels as well as disciplinary service and leadership at the national level.

·      KSU Foundation Prize for Publications or Creative Activity:

o   Adam Kirkpatrick (College of the Arts), for his iphone app “Sing with the Best”

o   Divesh Sharma and Vineeta Sharma (Michael J. Coles College of Business), for their article “Do Former Audit Firm Partners on Audit Committees Procure Greater Non-Audit Services from the Auditor?” 

o   Katherine H. Ingram (WellStar College of Health and Human Services), for her article “Limitations in the Use of Indices Using Glucose and Insulin Levels to Predict Insulin Sensitivity: Impact of Race and Gender and Superiority of the Indices Derives from Oral Glucose Tolerance Test in African Americans.”

o   James Elledge (College of Humanities and Social Sciences), for his book “Henry Darger, Throwaway Boy: The Tragic Life of an Outsider Artist”

o   Nikolaos Kidonakis (College of Science and Mathematics), for his article “Next-to-Next-to-Leading-Order Collinear and Soft Gluon Corrections for T-Channel Single Top Quark Production”

Other distinguished staff support awards:

o   Lois Leahy, academic division

o   Jennifer Coleman, administrative division

o   Serkan Ozsoy, campus division

Staff Senate scholarship awards:

o   Veronica Jones, Kaleigh Kendrick and Virginia Rogers


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