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April 18, 2005

Faculty, staff honored at Purdue Honors Convocation

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue faculty and staff received several special honors on Sunday (April 17) during the university's annual Honors Convocation at the Elliott Hall of Music.

Each of Purdue's academic areas presented awards for excellence in teaching, and there were four additional honors for special academic endeavors. Award winners were:

• Kirby D. Hayes, assistant professor of food science, College of Agriculture Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award.

• Charles A. Calahan, assistant clinical professor of family studies, Mary L. Matthews Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching in the College of Consumer and Family Sciences.

• Mary B. Nakhleh, associate professor of curriculum and instruction, College of Education Outstanding Teacher Award.

• James M. Longuski, professor of aeronautics and astronautics, A.A. Potter Best of Engineering Teaching Award.

• Robert D. Stewart, assistant professor of radiological health, School of Health Science Robert R. Landolt Award for Excellence in Teaching.

• Ralph Webb Jr., professor of communication, College of Liberal Arts Excellence in Education Award.

• Bradley J. Alge, assistant professor of management, School of Management Outstanding Undergraduate Teacher Award.

• Michael E. Criswell, clinical assistant professor of nursing, School of Nursing's LaNelle E. Geddes Excellence in Teaching Award.

• Michael B. Kays, associate professor of pharmacy practice, School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Professor Henry W. Heine Award for Excellence in Teaching.

• Dennis J. Minchella, professor of biological sciences, College of Science Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award.

• Rodney C. Vandeveer, associate professor of organizational leadership and supervision, College of Technology James G. Dwyer Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching.

• Simon J. Kenyon, associate professor of veterinary clinical sciences, School of Veterinary Medicine Alumni Outstanding Teaching Award.

• Sandra K. Monroe, assistant vice president for student services, Helen B. Schleman Gold Medallion Award. The award, which consists of a medallion and $1,500, honors significant contributions by a staff or faculty member to the education and well-being of women students at Purdue. Monroe has served in her current position since 1998 and has been affiliated with student affairs at Purdue since 1976. Monroe currently serves as a liaison between the Office of the Vice President for Student Services and the 14 departments within the student services division.

• David D. Nolte, professor of physics, the Herbert Newby McCoy Award. The award, which consists of $4,000 for Nolte and an additional $7,000 toward his research, has been given annually since 1964 to a student or faculty member at Purdue for their contributions to science. Nolte was honored for his contributions in the field of photorefractive effects in semiconductors, which led to the development of the most sensitive dynamic holographic recording materials documented to date.

• Krannert School of Management faculty members Roy M. Dejoie and Deborah L. Saks, along with library sciences faculty member Harold P. Kirkwood, the Class of 1922 Helping Students Learn Award. The trio won the award for their work, "Helping Teams Succeed Through the Development and Implementation of a Team Dynamics Course." The recipients will divide a $4,000 cash prize, and their departments will divide a $2,000 academic expense account.

• Kathryn S. Orvis, assistant professor for youth development and agriculture education, Award for Excellence in Distance Learning, Best Credit-Granting Program. Orvis was honored for her distance-learning course, entitled "Horticulture 590G: Introduction of Agricultural Biotechnology."

• Robert W. Bennett, associate professor of clinical pharmacy, Award for Excellence in Distance Learning, Best Noncredit Program. Bennett was awarded for his distance-learning course, entitled "Internet-Based Diabetes Self Management Certificate Program."

The awards for Excellence in Distance Learning recognize professional accomplishment and innovative approaches to "teaching-at-a-distance." They spotlight initiatives in distance learning that are under way throughout the Purdue system.

Writer: Aaron Martin, (765) 496-3133, martinac@purdue.edu

Source: Jim Vruggink, director of special projects, (765) 494-2086, jvruggink@purdue.edu

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