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Retired history professor Steven Cord, who lives in Columbia, Md., recently published The Golden Key to Continuous Prosperity: How to Vote Yourself a Tax Break, released by Author House.  Cord also is the author of Henry George: Dreamer or Realist?, published by University of Pennsylvania Press, and Society at the Crossroads, issued by Aurora Press.

At the Pennsylvania School Counselors Association Conference, Claire Dandeneau of the Counseling Department received the postsecondary-level Counselor Educator of the Year Award.  At the same conference, Tricia Hurtack Murin ’97 of Ebensburg, a counselor in the Penn Cambria School district, received the association’s Multi-Level School Counselor of the Year Award.

The Criminology Department’s Rosemary Gido received the first annual Lifetime Achievement Award for contributions to the field of corrections from the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Corrections Section at the annual conference in Chicago in March. 

Wang Xi has been selected to receive a chair professorship of China’s prestigious Cheung Kong Scholars Program. Sponsored by China’s Ministry of Education and the Hong Kong-based Cheung Kong Group, Inc., the program seeks to enhance China’s academic competitiveness and to attract overseas academicians who are placed at China’s top research universities to lead research projects.  Of fourteen overseas scholars who have been awarded Cheung Kong Scholars Chair Professors in humanities and social sciences for the term of 2005-2008, he is the only historian, joining seven economists (including one Nobel Prize laureate), three statisticians, two linguists, and one legal scholar from such U.S. institutions as Harvard, Columbia, and Cornell. During his tenure, he will be expected to design and lead a research project focusing on the history of American state and nation building, teach courses, and direct graduate theses in the field of American history.