2015 Professional Achievement: Honors and Recognition, External

  • January 21, 2015
    Bhattacharya Selected as Concha Delgado Gaitan CAE Presidential Fellow for 2014–15

    Usree Bhattacharya, Department of English, has been selected as a Concha Delgado Gaitan CAE Presidential Fellow for 2014–15. The fellowship is administered by the Council on Anthropology and Education (CAE), a section of the American Anthropological Association, and "intended to support professional development and mentoring in the field of educational anthropology for scholars early in their academic careers." Dr. Bhattacharya recently attended the American Anthropological Association 2014 Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., where she was honored as a recipient of this fellowship.

    February 17, 2015
    Belch Receives American College Personnel Association Honor

    Holley Belch, professor in the Department of Student Affairs in Higher Education, has been awarded Annuit Coeptis by the American College Personnel Association (ACPA). Annuit Coeptis is an honor that recognizes distinguished contribution to administration, teaching, service, and/or scholarship within the student affairs profession. The award celebrates the lives of Professors Philip A. Tripp and Ursula Delworth, two stalwarts of the profession, known for engaging their colleagues in conversation on a range of professional topics.

    In the letter of nomination for the award, Belch was recognized for teaching that “strives to connect students with the subject matter in a meaningful way,” scholarship that is “focused directly on advancing the student affair profession’s understanding of how best to address some of the most difficult problems faced by practitioners,” and service that is described as “considerable and significant to multiple professional organizations.” Belch will be honored at the ACPA annual convention in Tampa, Fla., March 4–8, 2015.

    August 3, 2015
    Benjamin Participates in Learning Communities Think Tank

    Mimi Benjamin, assistant professor of Student Affairs in Higher Education, was one of nine invited participants at a learning communities think tank, sponsored by Elon University’s Center for Engaged Learning.

    The Elon University faculty and staff, along with faculty and staff from across the nation, discussed current practices in learning communities as well as the research about and advocacy for these programs. Participants anticipate working on learning community-focused projects resulting from the think tank. Benjamin’s edited book, Learning Communities from Start to Finish, which was published in March 2015, was provided to all the participants.

    September 1, 2015
    Baunoch Invited to Teach Voice in Rome

    Joseph Baunoch, Department of Music, was invited to be on faculty for the Opera Festival di Roma held in Rome, Italy. He spent two weeks in summer 2015 teaching voice students from all over the country.

    He taught voice as well as aided in the students preparation for two operas, Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro and Puccini’s Suor Angelica.

    Baunoch has been invited to return for the company’s next season in 2017.

    September 23, 2015
    Metz Receives Mathematics Hall of Fame Award

    Mary Lou Metz received the Hall of Fame Award from the Pennsylvania Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

    The Hall of Fame Award is presented to a mathematics educator in Pennsylvania who is regarded by his/her peers as making the greatest impact on mathematics students and has continually exemplified excellence as a mathematics educator. Metz has given years of dedicated service to the field of mathematics education in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

    She taught high school mathematics at Rockwood Area High School in Somerset County, Pa. for 27 years and served as mathematics department chair and mathematics curriculum coordinator. During her tenure, she received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics Teaching. Metz then served for four years as a Resident Fellow in Mathematics for the University of Pittsburgh’s Institute for Learning, where she provided professional development in the teaching of mathematics to teachers, coaches, and administrators in urban school districts across the U.S.

    Metz has been a member of the IUP Mathematical and Computer Sciences Department since 2007, in addition to being an alumna of IUP.