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Faculty awards recognize scholarly works

September 02, 2008

Twelve faculty received awards at the opening faculty meeting Aug. 20 for scholarly and creative works, and Professors Susan Milstein and Sue Singer were honored with 25-year service awards.

Academic Provost Tom Falkner presented book awards to Mona Kerby, professor of Library Science, for award-winning children’s book, “Owney, The Mail-Pouch Pooch;” Mary Bendel-Simso and LeRoy Panek, both professors in the English Department, who co-edited “Early American Detective Stories;” and James Lightner, College historian and professor of Mathematics emeritus, who wrote “Fearless and Bold,” that narrates 140-history of WMC, now McDaniel College.

Scholarly publications were presented to faculty who published five or more articles in recognized publications within a three-year period. These included the following faculty and subjects: Susan Bloom, professor of Art, on digital painting and drawing in Photoshop; Sam Case, professor of Exercise Science and Physical Education emeritus, on health and performance studies in Alaska and Antarctica; Lauren Dundes, associate professor of Sociology, on an eclectic range of subjects – all in collaboration with McDaniel students; Stephanie Madsen, associate professor of Psychology, on adolescence and emerging adulthood; Wendy Morris, assistant professor of Psychology, on the subject of “singles;” Pavel Naumov, assistant professor of Computer Science, on mathematics and computer science; and Deb Vance, assistant professor of Communication, on a range of communications topics.

Creativity awards in the area of fine or performing arts were presented to Jonathan Slade, assistant professor of Communication, who wrote, produced and edited a documentary on crabs for Maryland Public Television, and Uriel Quesada, assistant professor of Spanish, who published several short stories and essays.

Milstein and Singer joined the Economics and Business Administration Department in 1983, both are certified CPAs, hold MBAs and have taught accounting. Milstein is recognized for the expanded course offerings for students to complete a major or minor degree in Business Administration as well as a minor in Accounting and has successfully prepared students to sit for the national CPA exam. Under her guidance the VITA Program (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) was initiated and 18 years later, is annually recognized by the IRS for exceptional cost-free tax preparation service provided by McDaniel students to the local community.

Singer, who retired from full-time teaching in 2006, led the first group of McDaniel students to study in Budapest in 1998. An auditing and tax specialist, Singer is a member of several national and state CPA associations and also served on the Maryland Association of Certified Public Accountants’ Quality Higher Education Initiative Committee.

A complete listing of the 2008 Faculty Awards is available online.