Faculty/Staff Accolades Archive

LaDene Bowen, associate director of the Institute for Decision Making, was awarded the Honorary Life Member Designation by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) for a lasting commitment to the field of economic development.

This year's recipients of the Regents Excellence Awards for Faculty include:

Carl Thurman, professor of biology, has an international reputation for research and is known for his integral role in undergraduate physiological education. Thurman is also involved in the selection of scholarship recipients for the Department of Biology.

Paul Siddens, associate professor of communication studies, has been a major figure in producing, directing, designing and writing at least 58 productions for UNI Interpreters Theatre since 2000.

Jennifer Waldron, associate professor of health, physical education and leisure services (HPELS), specializes in psycho-social perspectives of physical activity and is committed to making physical activity environments healthier and more equitable.

Catherine Zeman, professor of HPELS, has spoken nationally and internationally more than 110 times in her areas of expertise, most recently as a featured speaker and previous Fulbright Scholar for the Fulbright Association of Science and Technology's annual meeting.

Grant Tracey, professor of languages and literatures, is a fiction writer, film scholar and co-editor of the North American Review. He was cited by one nominator as a dedicated mentor who offers encouraging and detailed feedback to his students.

Helen Harton, professor of psychology, is a dedicated teacher and researcher. She also serves as chair of the University Institutional Review Board, coordinator of the graduate program in psychology and as faculty adviser to the UNI Middle Eastern Dance Troupe.

John Wiley & Sons Publishing has named the Department of Language and Literatures' Dr. Adrienne Lamberti (along with Dr. Anne Richards of Kennesaw State University) as editors of a new book series, Engineering Transformation: Conflict, Crisis, Adaptation. Wiley is consistently ranked in the very top tier of presses in the sciences, alongside presses including Oxford, MIT and Yale.

Christopher Martin, Mark Myers and Nadia Korobova have each been named Fulbright scholars for 2013-14. Martin, interim head and professor of communication studies, will undertake research in Hungary. Myers, assistant professor of biology, will conduct research in Colombia. Korobova, associate director for international students and scholars, will participate in the International Education Administrators Program in Germany and France.

Lisa Jepsen, an associate professor of economics, is the third recipient of the MidWestOne UNIque Academic Advising Award. Jepsen advises economics majors, is the pre-law adviser for the College of Business Administration, serves as UNI's faculty athletics representative and as the faculty adviser to the UNIBusiness pre-law club.

Martha Reineke, professor of philosophy and world religions, received the Class of 1943 Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching. Reineke has led a number of workshops for the American Academy of Religion and the Wabash Center for Teaching Theology and Religion.

At the fall faculty meeting, Rip Marston, professor of physical education and leisure services, received the Ross A. Nielsen Award. Marston has made outstanding contributions in the field of physical education and is the founder and director of UNI's Kindergym program.

Angeleita Floyd, UNI professor of flute, received the National Flute Association's Distinguished Service Award in New Orleans and the Class of 1943 Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching. Floyd has achieved more than 50 international and 83 national residencies in her career and is a past president of the National Flute Association.

Professor of art Roy Behrens gave the opening keynote address at an international camouflage conference in Sydney, Australia, on August 9. He was also interviewed on Australian national public radio.

Victoria Robinson, department head of educational leadership & postsecondary education, is one of 20 Iowans who will serve on a state commission that will play a key role in implementing the statewide Teacher Leadership and Compensation System.

UNI men's basketball, men's golf, women's golf, women's cross country and women's volleyball teams have been recognized by the NCAA for their latest multi-year Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores – the most for a single school in the Missouri Valley Conference.

Sons of Jacob Synagogue, a documentary directed by Francesca Soans, communication studies, and Dr. Robert Neymeyer received the Award of Excellence for Directing by the Iowa Motion Picture Association. The film was also recognized for the Award of Excellence for Soundtrack Audio Mix to Tom Barry, School of Music; Award of Achievement for Original Music Score to Rebecca Burkhardt, School of Music; Award of Achievement for Visual Effects to electronic media students Brandon Poll and Grant Atherton; and Awards of Achievement for Editing and for Documentary to Soans and Neymeyer.

The Graduate College awarded the Outstanding Graduate Faculty Teaching Award to Audrey Rule, curriculum & instruction; the Distinguished Scholar Award to Katherine van Wormer, social work.

Scott Peters, political science, has been awarded the Certificate of Merit of the Outstanding Advising Award - Faculty Academic Advising from the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA).

The Iowa Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators awarded the Outstanding Young Professional Award to Elizabeth Minard, a counselor in financial aid. The award recognizes the achievements of a financial aid professional who has been in the financial aid profession for five years or less and has already made significant contributions.

UNI's Distance Education Instructional Development and Support Team, Office of Continuing and Distance Education received the 2013 Innovators Award from the Iowa Distance Learning Association (IDLA). UNI team members include: Belle Cowden, Farah Kashef, Jonathan Last, Michael Savage and Joanna Thompson-Yezek.

The UNI Speech Team qualified 10 students in 34 events at the American Forensic Association National Individual Events Tournament (AFA-NIET) in Kansas. The AFA-NIET is the most selective and competitive collegiate national speech tournament. This is one of the largest contingents UNI has sent to AFA-NIET in the tournament's 35-year history. The team placed 10 out of 78 teams in team sweepstakes.

UNI received a STARS gold rating in recognition of its sustainability achievements from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). This is the second STARS gold rating UNI has received since 2011.

Nadia Korobova, international programs, has been awarded a Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD) grant for a study tour of Germany in June. Founded in 1925, the DAAD is a publicly-funded independent German organization that supports international academic co-operation. Past DAAD grant recipients include literary icon Susan Sontag and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jeffrey Eugenides.

Faculty, staff and students in the College of Humanities, Arts & Sciences (CHAS) took home 15 awards for design and advertising projects at the Cedar Valley ADDY Awards.

Ben Schafer, computer science, was appointed to a one-year term on the LEGO Education Advisory Panel. He was one of eight to 12 new panelists selected from more than 11,000 educators.

Melissa Beall, communication studies, is one of four inductees into the Central States Communication Association Hall of Fame.

Lindsay Cohn, political science, has been awarded an International Affairs Fellowship with the Council on Foreign Relations.

Recipients of this year's University Book and Supply Outstanding Untenured Teaching Award award are Ruth Chananie-Hill, sociology, anthropology and criminology; Elizabeth Lefler, psychology; Emily Machen, history; and Elizabeth Sutton, art.

UNI's Study Abroad programs were ranked No. 15 of the top 40 U.S. institutions among Master's Colleges and Universities and No. 9 of the top 20 leading institutions in the nation by participation in short-term study abroad among Master's Colleges and Universities by the 2012 Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange. UNI was the only public university in Iowa recognized for short-term study abroad programs.

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