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Faculty/staff news update: spring, summer 2011

Tuesday, June 14, 2011 | Share

Academe welcomes news from WSU faculty and staff about research, teaching and service activities. This column recognizes grants, honors, awards, presentations and publications, new appointments, new faculty, sabbaticals, retirements and deaths of our current and former colleagues.

Les Anderson
Les Anderson
Les Anderson, professor, Elliott School of Communication, won four first-place awards (non-fiction book, columns, feature photos, photography/writing); two second-place awards (columns, magazine editing); one third place; and four honorable mentions in the 2011 Kansas Professional Communicators communication contest. First-place winners compete with other state affiliates of the National Federation of Press Women for national awards, whose winners will be announced at NFPW's fall convention.

Ted D. Ayres, vice president and general counsel, gave the promotion speech for the eighth-grade class at the Gordon Parks Academy on May 23. This was the first group of middle-schoolers to attend all three years at the academy; there were 33 graduates.

Dan Close, associate professor, Elliott School of Communication, has been named a summer Dart Academic Fellow for the Dart Center. He will join 13 other journalism educators from North America, Australia and Great Britain at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism in New York from June 15-18 for intensive training on teaching accurate, ethical and sensitive coverage of tragedy.

Lynne Davis
Lynne Davis
Lynne Davis, Ann and Dennis Ross Endowed Faculty of Distinction in Organ, was featured on “It’s All Good,” a television show hosted by local personality Sierra Scott, on June 5. The show aired on KTWU Channel 5/33 in Wichita.

Amy Devault, instructor, Elliott School of Communication, had her manuscript “Social Networking in Higher Education: A Collaboration Tool for Project-Based Learning” accepted for presentation at the annual Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication conference in August in St. Louis, Mo.

Amy Devault, Elliott School, won first place in page layout for publication; four second-place awards (magazine editing, page layout, feature photo, audiovisuals); and one third place award in the 2011 Kansas Professional Communicators’ communications contest. First-place winners compete with other state affiliates of the National Federation of Press Women for national awards, whose winners will be announced at NFPW's fall convention.

Amy Devault and Les Anderson, Elliott School, share one of their second-place awards in the 2011 Kansas Professional Communicators’ communications contest for their editing on the 2010 Symphony in the Flint Hills magazine, filled with stories and photographs by communication students.

Anthony DiLollo, associate professor, communication sciences and disorders, recently co-authored an article that ranked third in the “Top 25 Hottest Articles” in the January-March 2011 Journal of Fluency Disorders. The article, “Client perceptions of effective and ineffective therapeutic alliances during treatment for stuttering,” covers the much debated topic of underlying factors that contribute to a successful or unsuccessful therapeutic interaction between clients and their clinicians.

Ed Flentje
Ed Flentje
H. Edward Flentje, professor, Hugo Wall School of Urban and Public Affairs, has been named interim president of Emporia State University, his alma mater. He will serve as interim president until the Kansas Board of Regents names a new president. Flentje does not plan to be a candidate for the presidency.

Kim Kufahl, marketing manager for the WSU Cooperative Education and Work-Based Learning, won first place for that office's annual report. First-place winners compete with other state affiliates of the National Federation of Press Women for national awards, whose winners will be announced at NFPW's fall convention.

Sal Mazzullo, professor, geology, WSU alumnus Brian Wilhite, and graduate students Beau Morris and Robert Turner were featured in the American Association of Petroleum Geologists “Explorer,” the flagship publication for the petroleum geology industry. The “Explorer” published two articles in the May issue detailing new research done by Mazzullo, Wilhite, Darwin Boardman from Oklahoma State University, and several graduate students.

Cheryl Miller, assistant dean of WSU's Fairmount College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, won a first-place award for newsletter editing in the 2011 Kansas Professional Communicators’ communications contest. First-place winners compete with other state affiliates of the National Federation of Press Women for national awards, whose winners will be announced at NFPW's fall convention.

Wilma Moore-Black, assistant director and curriculum coordinator, TRIO Communication Upward Bound, was presented the 2011 Communicator of Achievement Award at the Kansas Professional Communicators’ spring conference. She will compete with other state affiliates of the National Federation of Press Women for the national Communicator of Achievement Award, whose winner will be announced at NFPW's fall convention.

Wilma Moore-Black won a first-place award in the Kansas Professional Communicators’ annual communications contest for her advising on the TRIO Communication Upward Bound newsletter. Moore-Black also won a second-place award for book editing. First-place winners compete with other state affiliates of the National Federation of Press Women for national awards, whose winners will be announced at NFPW's fall convention.

Jay Price, associate professor, history, director, public history, was a consultant for KTWU, Channel 5/33, for what is now an Emmy-nominated Sunflower Journey episode on Wichita's Lebanese Heritage for Historical/Cultural/Segment. Price and his collaborative book “Wichita’s Lebanese Heritage” served as resources for the project.

Patsy Selby, vice president for finance and administrative services, WSU Foundation, will be a recipient of the Wichita Business Journal 2011 CFO Awards at a luncheon Thursday, June 16, at the Hyatt Regency Wichita. Selby is one of 11 local CFOs selected from more than 100 nominees. She has been at the WSU Foundation for 11 years.

Elaine Steinke, professor, School of Nursing, spent four weeks as a visiting scholar in the Department of Nursing and School of Health Sciences at Jonkoping University, Jonkoping, Sweden. There, she gave four presentations related to her research area of intimacy and the heart to undergraduate students, doctoral students, doctoral faculty and hospital staff, in addition to learning more about the Swedish educational and health care system.

In Memoriam
A. Richard (Dick) Graham, 76, professor and executive director emeritus of the Center for Technology Application (Mid-American Manufacturing and Technology Center), died in mid-May in Wichita. Services have been held. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Carol; children, Cara and Evan (Kristine); grandchildren, Margaret and Benjamin; and brother Sam (Dorothy) Graham of Kingman. Memorials have been established with Grace Presbyterian Church, 5002 E. Douglas, Wichita, KS 67208 and Botanica, 701 Amidon, Wichita, KS 67203.

William George Douglas Sharp, 71, former dean, W. Frank Barton School of Business, died May 28 at home with family in Stonebridge Village in Branson, Mo. Survivors include two brothers, James Agnew Sharp (Jan) of Peck, Kan., and David Sharp ( Julie) of Lee's Summit, Mo.; sister-in-law Kathy Sharp of McAlester, Okla.; brother-in-law Gene Wallis of Ardmore, Okla.; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends. Funeral services have been held. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1100 Pennsylvania Ave., Kansas City, MO 64105.

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