Faculty/Staff Accolades Archive

Francesca Soans, associate professor of communication studies, received the 2014 Loren Horton Community History Award from the State Historical Society of Iowa (SHSI) for the documentary "Sons of Jacob Synagogue."

The United States Sports Academy has awarded Chris Edginton, health, physical education & leisure services, its 2014 Distinguished Service Award. Edginton serves as the Secretary General of the World Leisure Organization, a non-governmental organization in consultative status with The United Nations. The award will be presented during the 2014 World Leisure Conference in September.

Carolina Wilson was installed as Division Secretary for the Iowa-Nebraska Division of the International Association of Administrative Professionals.


Patricia Geadelmann, special assistant to the president for board & governmental relations, has been named the Leadership Award recipient by the Iowa Campus Compact. These Engaged Campus Awards recognize individuals and groups in Iowa higher education for their work toward the Iowa Campus Compact mission of deepening and strengthening campus civic and community engagement.

Chris Schrage, UNIBusiness Global Opportunities Coordinator and UNI instructor of marketing, has joined the Board of Governors for NASBITE International, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of international trade and its activities. NASBITE is the accrediting organization for the Certified Global Business Professional credential.

Mary Herring, associate dean in the College of Education, co-presented the following sessions at the American Association for Colleges of Education 2014 Annual Meeting in Indianapolis Feb. 28 through March 3, 2014: Creating Culturally Competent and Confident Teachers - Mary Herring & Dwight Watson; Transformational Leadership to Develop TPACK-Ready Teacher Candidates; Intel Teach Pilot; and Leading Up! Advocating and Implementing Change as Associate Deans. 

The winners of the University Book and Supply Outstanding Teaching Awards for 2014 are Sarah Vander Zanden (College of Education/curriculum & instruction); Sheila Benson (College of Humanities, Arts, and Sciences/languages & literatures); Nicholas Schwab (College of Social and Behavioral Sciences/psychology); and Russell Guay (College of Business Administration/management). The UBS Outstanding Teaching Award honors pre-tenure faculty members who have shown significant contributions to the quality of teaching.

Jesse Swan, professor of languages and literatures, was recently selected to participate in the National Endowment for the Humanities Collaborative Research project on Shakespeare and Biography. Centered at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., the project brings together the best Shakespeareans and biographers.

Mary Herring, associate dean and professor in the College of Education, was recently named to Microsoft's 2013-2014 Worldwide Higher Education Board. The advisory board is composed of faculty members from the worldwide academic community convening to discuss the use of technology in the higher education community. Herring was chosen because of her demonstrated excellence in the field of technology usage in higher education.

Stephen Gaies, languages & literatures, was selected by the National Institute for Holocaust Education of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum to participate in the Conference for Holocaust Education Centers in February 2014.

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.

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