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Faculty & Staff News

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

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.

Deb Orr, assistant professor of elementary and childhood education, and Beth Rutt, director of student activities, recently were honored by the Missouri Association of School Administrator. Orr was was one of eight recognized regionally with the Outstanding Emeritus Educator Award. Rutt was one of eight recognized regionally with the Friend of Education Award for her service on the Warrensburg R-6 Board of Education.

Laurel Hogue, vice provost for extended studies, recently participated on a panel, "Understanding and Solving the Skills Gap," at the National Workforce Solutions Advisory Board spring meeting at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

John Zey, professor of safety sciences, recently was named an AIHA Fellow by the American Industrial Hygiene Association. Only five percent of the AIHA membership qualify for the honor.

Mike Jeffries, innovation and academic technology specialist for the Center for Teaching and Learning, recently attended the Learning Spaces Collaboratory Roundtable Think Tank UMKC. This roundtable discussion brought together 19 academic faculty and administrators and professional architects from around the Midwest to explore new questions which focus on the future of planning 21st century learning spaces for 21st century learners.

Dianna Bryant, CIH, CSP, associate professor of crisis and disaster management, was awarded the Golden Seed Award by the American Industrial Hygiene Association at the annual conference. She was nominated for her more than 25 years of mentoring and advising industrial hygiene students. In addition to her many years of service working with AIHA Student Chapters on the Local Sections Council, she mentors early career professionals throughout the United States and abroad.

Jeff Imboden, director of the Office of the Performing Arts and Warrensburg Arts Commissioner, and Christian Cutler, director of the Gallery of Art and Design, Warrensburg Arts Commissioner and newly appointed board member of MCA, recently attended Citizens Day at the Legislature and the 2017 Missouri Arts Awards Ceremony in Jefferson City, sponsored by the Missouri Citizens for the Arts (MCA) and the Missouri Arts Council, respectively.

Steve Burns has been named coordinator of Graduate Education and Research, and Drew Burkeybile has been named assistant director for Graduate Education and Research.

Jennifer Pint, academic advisor in the Harmon College of Business and Professional Studies, was named recipient of the Outstanding Academic Advising Award-Primary Role by the Missouri Academic Advising Association in September 2016. She will received the Region 7 Award for Excellence in Advisinig-Primary Role from the Global Community for Academic Advising at the group's regional convention in late February.

Shellie Hewitt has been named director of Graduate and International Student Services, effective Jan. 1, 2017. She assumes the role after serving as interim director.

Paul Polychronis, director of the Counseling Center, has recently published the third of three articles in peer-reviewed journals. One article appeared in Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, among the American Psychological Association's top four journals with high circulation. Two other articles were published in the Journal of College Student Psychotherapy. 

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