Faculty and Staff News and Notes
Brief items concerning recent faculty and staff achievements and professional activities may be submitted to the UCM News Bureau at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The members of the University of Central Missouri faculty and staff bring a wealth of knowledge, experience and a worldly perspective to UCM students through their professional development and research activities. Faculty and staff are encouraged to submit for publication on this page news about professional organization activity, professional conference attendance, research presentations and professional honors and awards, both on- and off-campus.
Dianna Bryant, associate professor of crisis and disaster management, was invited to Research Triangle Park, N.C., by the National Institutes of Health to participate in the review of applications submitted to the Requests for Applications ES-14-008 Hazardous Materials Worker Health and Safety Training (U45) and ES-14-009 Hazmat Training at DOE Nuclear Weapons Complex (UH4). These programs support grants providing education and training on handling hazardous material on the job, at disasters, and in DOE nuclear weapons complexes.
Dr. Richard Herman, chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance, recently was named one of nine Icons of Education in Kansas and Missouri by Ingram’s magazine. The Kansas City-based, monthly business publication made the announcement in its February 2015 issue. Herman was featured with higher education administrators from the University of Missouri, Kansas State University, Missouri University of Science and Technology, Washington University, Park University, Truman State University, Fort Hays State University, University of Missouri-Kansas City.
Dr. Jo Lynne Koehn, professor of accountancy in the School of Accountancy in the Harmon College of Business and Professional Studies recently received the Impact Award from the Missouri Society of CPAs, naming her as Missouri’s Accounting Educator of the Year. Koehn was recognized as a frequent and nationally published accounting researcher who has sought the additional training required to bridge online and classroom learning.
Dr. Patricia Antrim, chair of the Department of Education Leadership and Human Development and coordinator of the Library Science and Information Services program, has been named the recipient of the Special Service Award from the Missouri Association of School Librarians. Antrim will receive the award at the group’s spring conference in April in recognition of her years of service dedicated to the support of school lib
Laurel Hogue, director of Extended Studies, is serving a one year term as president of the North American Association of Summer Sessions. She was elected in 2013 as president-elect and assumed the presidency in November 2014 at the annual conference held in Chattanooga, Tenn.
Dr. Jenne Vanderbout, assistant vice president of alumni and development, was elected to the Council for Advancement and Support of Education District VI Board of Directors. Her appointment as secretary was confirmed during the District VI Conference, Jan. 11-13, in Denver. She will begin her three-year term July 1.
Nikki Freeman, instructor in the Department of Communication and associate director of forensics, was honored by Pi Kappa Delta, National Honorary Forensic Society, as the 2014-2015 recipient of the Bob R. Derryberry Award for Outstanding Contributions by a New Forensics Educator.
Amy Kiger, director of violence and substance abuse prevention, is one of seven professionals nationally who have been invited serve on the Everfi, Inc. Sexual Assault Advisory Council. Everfi provides online prevention education programs to over 700 colleges and universities. As a member of the advisory council, Kiger will help ensure Everfi's gender violence prevention program, Haven, reflects the latest research and meets federal guidelines for primary prevention.
M. Jenise Comer, professor of social work and BSW program director, has been elected president-elect of the board of directors of the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB). Comer will serve one year as president-elect, followed by two years as president and one year as past president.
Dr. David E. Ewing, associate professor of mathematics education, was named the recipient of the 2014 Outstanding Postsecondary Mathematics Educator Award by the Missouri Council of the Teachers of Mathematics.
Dr. Julie Rae Mollenkamp, Meridith Harmon Sauer Distinguished Professor of Theatre,was recognized by her peers in the National Communication Association's Theatre, Film and Multimedia division with the Lifetime Achievement Award.
Dr. Adrianne Fuller-St. John and Dr. Candice Moran, psychologists with the Counseling Center, earned full licensure as psychologists at the independent level of practice and certification as health service providers in Missouri.