The achievements and contributions of BGSU faculty were celebrated at the annual Faculty Recognition Reception on March 29, hosted by the Office of the Provost.
Ten faculty members and one University unit were honored, and faculty were recognized for their years of service to the University.
One of the University’s highest honors for faculty, the Master Teacher Award, went to Dr. Stephannie Gearhart, English. Selected by the Student Alumni Connection, the designation is given to faculty with an especially deep commitment to students and, in Gearhart’s case, in recognition of her extraordinary ability to spark students’ interest in and understanding of Shakespeare.
Faculty Senate presented six of the awards, which came with $1,000 and commemorative plaques.
For his long career of world-class research and energetic commitment to bettering the life of the University, Dr. Neocles Leontis, chemistry, was presented the Lifetime Achievement Award.
Interim dean of the College of Business Administration Madhu Rao, former chair of applied statistics and operations research, was recognized with the Distinguished Service Award in honor of his longtime work on behalf of his department, the college and the University. In addition to the cash prize and plaque, the Distinguished Service Award also includes a reserved parking space for a year.
Dr. Margaret Zoller Booth, director of the School of Educational Foundations, Leadership, Policy, was honored with the Faculty Mentor Award for her dedication to helping junior faculty.
Two campus leaders were chosen for the Chair/School Director Leadership Award. Dr. Cindy Hendricks, director of the School of Teaching and Learning in the College of Education and Human Development, and Dr. Katerina Rüedi Ray, director of the School of Art, were cited for their tireless efforts on behalf of their areas.
The Unit Recognition Award went to the University Libraries for its excellence in managing the relocation of the Learning Commons.
The Office of Sponsored Programs and Research presented the Olscamp Research and Outstanding Young Scholar awards.
Sociologist Dr. Susan Brown, a co-founder and co-director of the National Center for Family and Marriage Research, won the prestigious Olscamp Research Award. Her research into trends in divorce has been highly visible and influential.
Dr. Ksenija Glusac, chemistry, was named this year’s Outstanding Young Scholar for her vigorous research agenda in the area of new organic molecular compounds for renewable and nonpolluting sources of energy.
The President’s Award for Collaborative Research and Creative Work went to Dr. Ellen Broido, higher education and student affairs, for her project with graduate student Kirsten Brown studying the gendered experience of women faculty and classified and administrative staff with extended service to a single university.
With stacks of coupons in hand, 40 BGSU sorority members set out March 23 for a little “extreme” shopping for charity. Their purchases will help restock the food pantry at Nightingales Harvest, which helps low income families who are battling cancer.
Casey Greene, a criminal justice major from Dayton and Pan-Hellenic vice president of service, came up with the idea. “Anything that deals with cancer is close to my heart,” Green explained, “I lost my sister to cancer.”
Green met Lisa Kronbach-Eisenbach, the founder of Nightingales Harvest, during the Service Learning Fair and says she just fell in love with her mission. “I wanted something different this year for the sororities and they seemed to really enjoy the hands on aspect.”
Each chapter received a $150 gift card, donated by Kronbach-Eisenbach and the help of a professional extreme coupon shopper. They also clipped a massive amount of coupons.
“She does this with a lot of organizations,” Greene said. “She has the money to fill the pantry, but not the manpower needed to extreme coupon.”
After stops at Kroger and Giant Eagle, the group’s total bill came to $1,709, but thanks to coupons, they only spent $851, which comes out to a savings of $858.
“We bought so much, her pickup truck was filled to the max,” said Greene. “A few of us are going to the food pantry to see how full it is.”
Kronbach-Eisenbach met with the group last month to teach them the ins and outs of extreme couponing. Greene is hoping that knowledge will help the chapters with their other philanthropic projects.
“A lot of chapters do food philanthropy. I really wanted to teach them this skill so they could save money.”
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