Faculty Honored at Ceremony
Several faculty members were recognized for their achievements both in and out of the classroom at the Celebration of Scholarship Ceremony on Dec. 8.
Recipients of the Excellence in Professional Development Award, which is new this year, are pictured with NMU President Les Wong and Fred Joyal (Academic Affairs). They are (from left): David Prychitko (Economics), a leading representative of the Austrian School of Economics; Neil Russell (Physics), who has maintained an outstanding record of theoretical physics research while also teaching the standard course load and performing outreach duties; Kerri Schuiling (Nursing), an internationally recognized expert in the area of comfort and pain during childbirth who recently co-authored a textbook; Marek Haltof (English), who has become a world authority on film studies, particularly Eastern European and Australian national cinema; and Phillip Watts (HPER), a world expert in the physiological aspects of both sport rock climbing and cross country skiing. Each winner received $1,000 and a plaque.
The NMU Excellence in Teaching Award recipients were (pictured left to right) Kathleen Heikkila (Education), who was recognized for her ability to make course content meaningful and relevant while pushing her students to reach for greater goals; and Laura Soldner (English), a learning skills specialist who is known for gaining the trust and respect of her students. They also received $1,000 and a plaque.
Sandra Poindexter (Business) was given the TLC Faculty Award for 2005-06. She was recognized for implementing laptops into her courses and using university-related technology projects to enhance student learning. She received a paperweight and $300, which she is donating to the NMU chapter of the Association of Information Tech Professionals (AITP).
“They want to send a few of their members to the national convention, and have been trying to raise money via several avenues,” she said. “By donating my award money to AITP, I feel I’m contributing to extended learning. I believe that students benefit greatly by attending these national forums.”
Information on the awards can be found at http://www.nmu.edu/academic_affairs/awards/.