Faculty/staff news update: June-July 2012
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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.

Jedd Beaudoin, producer, KMUW 89.1, and Mark Foley, volunteer commentator and WSU professor of music, received second place in the Kansas Association of Broadcasters competition's Editorial/Commentary category for Musical Space: Jingles.

Deema de Silva, director, TRIO-Student Support Services, has received a special invitation to be a discussion leader at an upcoming Oxford University Round Table in Oxford, England. The topic is "Higher Education: An Interdisciplinary Perspective."

Darrin DeFrain, associate professor, has been named chair of the Department of English. Former chair and associate professor Donald Wineke has retired after a 41-year career at Wichita State.

Amy DeVault, assistant professor, Elliott School of Communication, received first place, second place and honorable mention awards from the National Federation of Press Women 2012 Communications Contest after winning three first place awards (page layout, photography and newspaper/trade magazine) and one second place for feature story in the 2012 Kansas Professional Communicators' communications contest. First place state winners compete with other state affiliates of NFPW for national awards.

Amy DeVault presented "A Class Blog in a Visual Communication Class: Engaging Students, Building Community and Saving Paper" in the refereed research scholar-to-scholar session Great Ideas for Teaching at the annual Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication's August conference. She also was elected teaching chair in AEJMC's Visual Communication Division.

Carla Eckels, reporter, KMUW 89.1, received second place in the Kansas Association of Broadcasters competition's Spot News category for her story about an Easter egg hunt for the visually impaired.

Kimberly Engber, associate professor of English, has been named director of the Emory Lindquist Honors Program. Engber's own field of research focuses on American women writers.

Jean Griffith, associate professor, English, has been named the Tilford Commission coordinator by the Office of the Provost. The Tilford coordinator provides leadership and coordination of the Tilford Commission in support of the university's diversity goals and initiatives.

Jodie Herzog, associate professor, sociology, has been named chair of sociology. Former chair was Ron Matson, associate professor, who is serving as interim dean for the Fairmount College of Liberal Arts and Sciences for two years.

Mary Liz Jameson, associate professor, biology, was quoted in a June 5 news release from the Natural Science Collections Alliance, whose members testified before Congress the same day about the need for digitizing science collection data.

Cheryl Miller, assistant dean, Fairmount College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, received a first place award from the National Federation of Press Women 2012 Communications Contest after winning two first place awards (feature story and publication editing), and one honorable mention (feature story) in the 2012 Kansas Professional Communicators' communications contest. First place state winners compete with other state affiliates of NFPW for national awards.

Wilma Moore-Black, assistant director/curriculum coordinator, TRIO Communication Upward Bound, won a third place award from the National Federation of Press Women 2012 Communications Contest after first winning one first place award (achievement adviser); and one third place award for feature story in the 2012 Kansas Professional Communicators' communications contest. First place state winners compete with other state affiliates of NFPW for national awards.

Briana O'Higgins, reporter, KMUW 89.1, received first place in the Kansas Association of Broadcasters competition's Complete News Feature/Enterprise category for her series on AIDS in Wichita.

Natalie Olmsted, former development director, KMUW 89.1, former special projects director, WSU Foundation, has been named business manager for the College of Health Professions Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) program. She officially started her new position with the AEGD on Aug. 6.

Lisa Parcell, assistant professor, Elliott School of Communication, served as a research paper discussant for a scholar-to-scholar session for the AEMJC history division at the annual Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication's August conference.

Fletcher Powell, producer, KMUW 89.1, and Tanya Tandoc, volunteer commentator, received an honorable mention in the Kansas Association of Broadcasters competition's Editorial/Commentary for Tandoc's tribute to her mentors Rich Vliet and Norma Sowell.

Jay Price, associate professor, has been named chair of the Department of History. Former chair was Robert Owens, associate professor, who continues on the faculty.

Betty Smith-Campbell, professor and chair, School of Nursing, and Alicia Huckstadt, graduate program coordinator, nursing, presented information about the new Nursing Leadership and Administration degree to a group of working nurses and health care professionals on Aug. 2 at Via Christi St. Francis in Wichita.

Teresa Veazey, interim director, Ulrich Museum of Contemporary Art, was named 2012 Marketer of the Year by the Wichita American Marketing Association.

Eric Wilson, instructor and undergraduate adviser, Elliott School of Communication, presented "Bringing Media Relations into the Classroom: Developing Skills in a Practical Setting" in the refereed research scholar-to-scholar session Great Ideas for Teaching at the annual Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication's August conference.

Scott Wituk, director, Center for Community Support and Research, was named to the 40 under 40 Class of 2012. The annual 40 under 40 list comes from the Wichita Business Journal.

EMERITUS FACULTY
The following faculty members were nominated for emeritus status at the end of 2012 spring semester.
Delores E. Craig-Moreland, professor, community affairs
W. Stephen Hathaway, associate professor, English
James C. Ho, professor, physics and chemistry
Donald R. Wineke, associate professor, English
William E. Wynne III, university registrar
Melvin P. Zandler, professor, chemistry

IN MEMORIAM
Stedman Eugene "Ted" Cary, 73, retired professor, engineering physics, died on May 10. Memorial service has been held. He is preceded in death by his parents, Walter Eugene and Doris Cary; and brother, Robert Cary. Survivors include his wife of 23 years, Ginnie Cary; sons, Derek Thor Cary of Istanbul, Turkey, and Rick Edward Winfrey of Wichita.

Louise Lanora (Carmin) Kennedy, 81, WSU Controller's Office, died on June 2. Services have been held. She is survived by her sons, Bill (Cher) Kennedy of Linden, Va., and Joe Kennedy of Valley Center; grandchildren, Erin Kennedy and Patrick Kennedy; great grandson, Tyler Dunbar and great granddaughter, Natalie Kraus; brothers, Charlie (Marilyn) Carmin of Ellenwood, Everett Carmin, Jr. of Pratt, Keith Carmin, Jim Carmin and Mark Carmin, all of Oklahoma City; sisters, Joyce Culver and Connie (Jay) Schrock of Hutchinson, and Carol (Bill) Sayer. She is preceded in death by her husband, Joe Kennedy; and son David Wayne Kennedy. Services have been held. Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church, 550 N. Park Ave., Valley Center, KS 67214.

Diane Thomas Lincoln, 64, former assistant professor, painting and drawing, and former director of the School of Art and Design's decorative and ornamental painting program, died on June 5 in Wichita. She is preceded in death by her parents, Martha and Viron C. Thomas. She is survived by her husband, Gary Lincoln, of Wichita; brothers, Charles Thomas of Minneapolis, Minn., and Gregory Thomas of Lawrence, Kan. Donations may be made to the Kansas Humane Society, 3313 North Hillside Street Wichita, KS 67220 and Interfaith Ministries, 829 North Market Street Wichita, KS 67214.

David A. Wise, 53, supervisor, Physical Plant, died Saturday, June 2. Services have been held. He is survived by his parents, William D. and Donna L. (Pinon) Wise, Wichita; sister, Darcie Rudd; niece, Courtney Rudd; nephew, Grant Rudd; large extended family and many friends. Memorial contributions may be made to Woodridge Christian Church, 12111 E. 13th St., Wichita, KS 67206 or the American Heart Association, 8630 E. 32nd Ct. N., Wichita, KS 67226.

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