General faculty meeting features remarks by President Kopp, presentation of awards


0393Awards of distinction were presented and retiring faculty were recognized during the spring general faculty meeting held yesterday at the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center.

The meeting included remarks from President Stephen J. Kopp and Faculty Senate Chair Eldon Larsen. Three people received the Distinguished Service Award and three received the Distinguished Artists and Scholars Award. To qualify for Distinguished Service Award, individuals must have at least 20 years of service at Marshall University, a record of distinguished service to the university and/or college, and a record of distinguished teaching as evidenced by peer, administrative and/or student evaluations. The Distinguished Service Award winners, each of whom will receive $1,000, are:

  • Dr. Mary Jo Graham, professor, Early Childhood Education;
  • Dr. Barbara Nicholson, professor, Leadership Studies
  • Dr. Mary Grassell, professor, Art and Design

Three individuals received the Distinguished Artists and Scholars Award. To be eligible for the Distinguished Artists and Scholars Award, faculty members must either be tenured or hold tenure-track appointments. The purpose of the award is to recognize distinction in the fields of artistic and scholarly activity on the part of the Marshall faculty. The senior recipients of the Distinguished Artists and Scholars Awards receive $2,000 apiece while the junior recipient receives $1,000. The Distinguished Artists and Scholars Awards were given to:

  • Dr. Joshua Hagen, professor and chair, Department of Geography, Senior Award in Arts, Business, Education, Humanities, and Social Sciences;
  • Yoram Elitsur, M.D., professor in pediatrics, School of Medicine, Senior Award in Science and Technology;
  • Ian Hagarty, assistant professor, School of Art and Design, College of Arts and Media, junior recipient in all fields.

Two people received the John and Frances Rucker Graduate Adviser of the Year award, which acknowledges the contributions of Marshall’s outstanding graduate advisers. They are:

  • Dr. Jonathan Lent, assistant professor, College of Education and Professional Development;
  • Dr. Eldon Larsen, professor, College of Information Technology and Engineering.

Sixteen retiring faculty, who have a combined 377 years of service, were recognized. They include:

  • Richard Abel, assistant professor, Integrated Science, College of Science, 7 years;
  • Dr. Daniel Babb, professor, Chemistry, College of Science, 41 years;
  • Dr. Laura Boswell, associate professor, Special Education, College of Education and Professional Development, 9 years;
  • Dr. Elizabeth Evans, assistant professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine, School of Medicine, 11 years
  • Dr. Jeanette Farmer, professor, Special Education, College of Education and Professional Development, 7 years
  • Dr. Mary Jo Graham, professor, Early Childhood Education, College of Education and Professional Development, 20 years
  • Dr. Cynthia Kolsun, assistant professor, Leadership Studies, College of Education and Professional Development, 3 years
  • Dr. Glenda Lowry, associate professor, Family and Consumer Science, College of Education and Professional Development, 27 years
  • Dr. Jeffrey May, professor, Biological Sciences, College of Science, 22 years
  • Dr. Clayton McNearney, professor, Religious Studies, College of Liberal Arts, 42 years
  • Dr. Mary B. Moore, professor, English, College of Liberal Arts, 19 years
  • Dr. Stephen O’Keefe, professor, School Psychology, College of Education and Professional Development, 38 years
  • Dr. Judith Silver, professor, Mathematics, College of Science, 29 years
  • Dr. David Allan Stern, professor, Safety Technology, College of InformationTechnology and Engineering, 37 years
  • Dr. John Walden, professor, Family and Community Health, School of Medicine, 31 years
  • Dr. W. Joe Wyatt, professor, Psychology, College of Liberal Arts, 34 years

Also recognized at the meeting were five faculty award winners, announced last week. They are:

  • Dr. William Palmer, professor of history, Charles E. Hedrick Outstanding Faculty Award;
  • Dr. Judith Silver, professor, department of mathematics, Marshall & Shirley Reynolds Outstanding Teacher Award;
  • Dr. Anne Axel, assistant professor, department of biological sciences; Dr. Kristen Lillvis, assistant professor, department of English; and Dr. Zelideth Maria Rivas, assistant professor, department of modern languages, Pickens-Queen Excellence in Teaching Awards.

Following the meeting a reception to honor the retiring and award-winning faculty took place in the lobby of the Performing Arts Center.

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Photo: Dr. William Palmer (right) receives the Hedrick Outstanding Faculty Award from President Kopp.