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HEHD Awards of Excellence 2015

The College of Health, Education and Human Development is pleased to announce five Awards of Excellence this year recognizing outstanding faculty and staff members who consistently excel in their positions and demonstrate exemplary contributions to students, the College, and its mission. The five awards reflect the varied dimensions of the faculty and staff roles and the potential to excel in teaching; research, scholarship, and creative accomplishment; advising and mentoring; and service and outreach. Our awardees received a framed certificate, $250 in faculty development funds, and the awardees names will be placed on a permanent plaque in the first floor lobby of Edwards Hall.

Khoa Truong, Ph.D.

Award of Excellence in Teaching - Khoa Truong, Ph.D.

Khoa Truong is an Associate Professor of Department of Public Health Sciences. The nominees are faculty members who demonstrate excellence in sharing knowledge with, eliciting insight of, and promoting informed action by learners. Some quotes about this year's award winner:

  • "He has a made significant academic accomplishments by teaching 8 different courses and has played a significant role in the development of our PhD program."
  • "His teaching philosophy is to create an encouraging yet demanding environment to facilitate students to move out of their comfort zone, discover their ability, build new skills and expand their knowledge and imagination."

Gregory Ramshaw, Ph.D.Award of Excellence in Research - Gregory Ramshaw, Ph.D.

Gregory Ramshaw is an Assistant Professor of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management. Nominees for the Award of Excellence in Research are faculty members who demonstrate excellence in asking questions of importance, systematically obtain answers to the questions, and share the results of this process in appropriate public forums. Quotes supporting this year's award winner:

  • "He is the faculty member every Department Head would like to have on their staff."
  • "He has an excellent international research reputation, uses modern communication methods to stimulate discussion of his research and that of others, and has guided graduate students in two countries to successfully complete their programs."
  • "He also contributes by writing and securing grants to sustain his research program."

Kathleen Meyer, M.S.Award of Excellence in Academic Advising - Kathleen Meyer, M.S.

Kathleen Meyer is the Senior Lecturer and Internship Coordinator in the Department of Public Health Sciences. The nominees for this award are faculty and staff members who have demonstrated that they advise and counsel students in obtaining their personal and academic goals. Here are some quotes from letters of support for this year's award winner:

  • "She "goes the extra mile" with students."
  • This example was provided by a colleague. "Recently, I received a panicked email from a student who should be graduating this semester. As it turns out, iROAR had moved several of his classes around in the system and was indicating he would be two hours short of a degree requirement category. Fortunately, she also checks on their degree progress when advising the students during their internship and she had a critical piece of information (a printed version of the student's degree progress report) that allowed us to determine which classes had moved around in the system. All I had to do then was to complete and route a form to move those courses back. In this case, it was her attention to detail that "saved the day"!"

Arelis Moore de Peralta, Ph.D.Award of Excellence in Graduate Student Advising/Mentoring - Arelis Moore de Peralta, Ph.D.

Arelis Moore de Peralta is a Research Assistant Professor in the Institute on Family and Neighborhood Life. Nominees are faculty or staff members who demonstrate that they advise, counsel and mentor students in developing their personal goals and professional careers. Some quotes about this year's award winner:

  • "She consistently goes above and beyond what is expected of a graduate advisor, remaining open to all students who wish to talk and reaching out to students she knows may be struggling."
  • "Professionalism is paramount in her approach to her work and is a hallmark of her ability to effectively engage students and colleagues alike."

Eric Walker, MHA, RVT, RDCSAward of Excellence for Innovation - Eric Walker, MHA, RVT, RDCS

Eric Walker is a Clinical Director of Cardiovascular Imaging Leadership Programs and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences. Nominees are faculty or staff members who have shared expertise through creating innovative practices, policies or procedures which deliver outstanding benefit to teaching, research and/or service/outreach. Here are some quotes from letters of support for this year's award winner:

  • "He has implemented the use of standardized patients for our junior-level students this year and the impact on their knowledge and ability to articulate their newly acquired clinical information has been impressive."
  • "This 'hands's on' experience (compared to practicing on their cohort members) has enabled our CVT student to engage and comprehend the intricacies of scanning people of various ages, sizes, and health conditions."

Congratulations to all of the award winners and thanks to all those who participated in this "Celebration of Excellence" process.


2015 HEHD Graduate Student Awards of Excellence

The College of Health, Education and Human Development is pleased to announce fourteen 2015 Graduate Student Excellence Awards. The College annually recognizes graduate students who are distinguished through academic achievement, scholarship, community service, and perseverance. Award winners received a beautiful engraved desktop paperweight award.

School of Nursing:

  • Sourat Darabi
  • Kimberly Gillespie
  • Jill McCreight
  • Ashley Palmer
  • Pamela Sisk

Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management:

  • Cindy Hartman
  • Matthew Hughes
  • John Mgonja
  • Agnes Sirima

Institute on Family and Neighborhood Life:

  • Albina Balidemaj
  • Laura Bogardus

Youth Development Leadership Program:

  • Lindsay Hicks
  • Valerie Smith
  • Rebekah Wilkes

Congratulations to HEHD Graduate Student Excellence Award winners!