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Three colleges, the University Libraries and the Office of Disability Services were among the ODU divisions that recently presented annual awards to faculty, staff and administrators.

* The College of Business and Public Administration presented six awards for 2003-04. Each honor includes an award of $500.

Outstanding Service - John Ford, professor of marketing. The award is presented in recognition of outstanding service to the department, university and community.

Outstanding Teaching - Bill Crouch, associate professor of MIS/decision sciences, and Barbara Bartkus, associate professor of business management. This award is based on student evaluations, grade distributions, breadth of teaching duties and rigor of courses as illustrated by the nominee's teaching portfolio for the previous two years.

Outstanding Researcher (senior) - Ling Li, assistant professor of MIS/decision sciences. The award is given in recognition of journal articles and conference proceedings published, research grants awarded and seminars given over the past five years.

Outstanding Researcher (junior) - Yuping Liu, assistant professor of marketing. This award is given in recognition of journal articles and conference proceedings published, research grants awarded and seminars given over the past five years.

Outstanding Faculty Adviser - Roya Ardalan, lecturer of MIS/decision sciences. The award is presented to the faculty member who has excelled in advising students on how to be successful in their college career and beyond.

Outstanding Staff Member - Kathy Heins, program support technician. This award is given to the staff member who has excelled in providing assistance to the students, faculty and administrators within the college .

* The Frank Batten College of Engineering and Technology presented awards in five categories to faculty and a staff member who excelled in a particular area. Each winner receives a commemorative plaque and a reserved parking space for a year.

Excellence in Teaching - Vijayan Asari, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering

Excellence in Research - Sacharia Albin, professor of electrical and computer engineering

Excellence in Faculty Advising - Richard Jones, lecturer of engineering technology

Excellence in Industry Partnering - Alok Verma, associate professor of engineering technology

Excellence in Support Operations - Geraldine Dutton, program support technician for the engineering management department.

* The College of Sciences presented two awards, each of which includes $1,000:

Gene W. Hirschfeld Faculty Excellence Award - Charles Sukenik, associate professor of physics. This award recognizes a faculty member who is a highly valued teacher and an accomplished professional or one who shows exceptional promise in his or her academic discipline.

Outstanding Adviser - Jennifer Adamski, lecturer in chemistry and biochemistry. Nominees credited her exceptional leadership and service to the college and university. She is credited with developing a creative solution to address the problem of high failure rates in Chemistry 115.

* The University Libraries presented two awards. Both recipients receive $200 and will have their names engraved on a plaque displayed in Perry Library.

Librarian of the Year - Paul Showalter. Perry Library's business reference librarian since July 2001, he is committed to providing the best customer service to both external and internal customers. He also has developed excellent working relationships with the business faculty. One of his many achievements was handling the library's annual book sale, which generated the largest amount of proceeds last year in its history.

Staff Member of the Year - Mona Farrow. A university employee since 1973, Farrow has been with the library since 1990, where she is Microforms Services supervisor. She was cited for her willingness to accept additional responsibilities. She serves as the library liaison with the photocopy contractor and is credited with revitalizing the second-floor collection. She was also cited for her excellent customer service and her work as "a tireless advocate for the library user."

* The Friends of the Old Dominion University Library presented its 10th annual Outstanding Achievement Award to Cynthia Jones.

Jones was honored for her research in the area of fisheries science and applied population ecology, for which she has received national and international recognition. Her award reads in part, "The vast oceans encircling our planet and teeming with an almost infinite variety of living creatures are not only the subject of Dr. Cynthia Jones's research, but the oceans could also serve as a metaphor for this distinguished scholar's breadth of expertise. As director of the Center for Quantitative Fisheries Ecology, she works in a multidisciplinary environment which calls upon her knowledge of biology, chemistry, statistics and computer science."

* The Office of Disability Services presented its Outstanding Teacher of the Year award to Kerry Kilburn, senior lecturer of biological sciences. She received a $100 gift certificate to Barnes & Noble and a plaque.

One of 12 faculty nominated for the award by Old Dominion students with disabilities, Kilburn was cited for her accessibility, effective teaching methods, ability to convey knowledge of the subject matter, willingness to assist and consideration of students' individual needs.

This article was posted on: May 14, 2004

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