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Faculty, staff earn Phoenix Awards for contributions to local arts

The artistic contributions of three faculty and staff members have won recognition from the Lawrence Cultural Arts Commission.

Two professors in the School of the Arts and an arts educator at the Lied Center have been named three of the five 2010 Phoenix Award winners. They are Carol Ann Carter, professor of painting; Anthea Scouffas, director of education at the Lied Center; and John Staniunas, chair and associate professor of theatre. The awards were presented Nov. 7 at the Lawrence Arts Center.

The Phoenix Awards are designed to recognize outstanding artistic achievement in the Lawrence community. Recipients are nominated by their peers and community members and selected by the Lawrence Cultural Arts Commission.

Carter won in the visual arts category; Scouffas in the educator in the arts category; and Staniunas in the performing arts category. They join a group of more than 100 local artists who have been recognized by their peers and the community since the awards’ inception 14 years ago.

Geography faculty member wins Woodyard International Educator Award

Peter Herlihy, associate professor of geography, is the recipient of the 2010 George and Eleanor Woodyard International Educator Award.

The award recognizes faculty on the Lawrence campus who have demonstrated outstanding leadership in strengthening KU’s international dimension in curriculum development, study abroad programs, relationships with international partner institutions and collaboration with international colleagues in significant research and publications.

Since his arrival at KU in 1993, Herlihy has immersed himself in international scholarship. He became acting director of the Center of Latin American Studies this fall after serving as associate director since 2005. His colleagues note his creation of relationships between KU and universities and institutions in Central and South America, including the Bowman Expedition, which trains geographers through extensive foreign travel and data collecting. Graduate students appreciate his instilling in them a professional commitment to having international careers through research and language proficiency.

Vice provost elected to board of international educators association

Charlie Bankart, assistant vice provost for International Programs, has been elected as a member of the board of directors of NAFSA: Association of International Educators for a three-year term beginning in January.

With 10,000 members, NAFSA is the world’s largest professional association promoting international education and providing professional development opportunities in the field. The 16-member board guides the work of the association through its strategic planning, and members are responsible for heading up national task forces assembled for the purpose of helping NAFSA achieve its strategic goals and objectives.

In International Programs, Bankart oversees international grant development, coordinates programming and outreach efforts and serves the needs of international students, employees and scholars. Before coming to KU in 2005, he spent six years in leadership positions in the Office of International Programs at Indiana University. Bankart is completing a doctorate in higher education administration at KU. Bankart was a Fulbright Fellow in South Korea in 2003 and served in the Peace Corps in Hungary from 1994 to 1996.

Family and community medicine professor wins teaching award

John N. Dorsch

John N. Dorsch, associate professor of family and community medicine, received the 2010 Ruth Bohan Teaching Professorship Award.

The award recognizes excellence in teaching and seeks to continue the tradition of outstanding education in the medical school. Nominations are reviewed by a selection committee, and School of Medicine Executive Dean Barbara Atkinson makes the final selection.

Dorsch earned his medical degree at KU and completed his family medicine residency at Wesley Medical Center in 1982. He entered private practice in Hays. As a volunteer community faculty member, he hosted KU medical students for their rural preceptorships. Dorsch left private practice in 1988 to become a career medical educator at KU’s School of Medicine-Wichita in the Family Medicine Residency Program at St. Joseph Hospital. Since 1999, he has been a family and community medicine associate professor, focusing on medical student education.

Former faculty member elected president of Seneca Nation

Robert Porter, former professor of law at KU, has been elected president of Seneca Nation. Porter was raised in Allegany Territory, educated at Syracuse and Harvard universities and is a recognized expert in tribal law.

Porter’s wife, Odie, is a former budget director at KU and now is executive director of the Seneca Nation Capital Improvements Authority.

School of Medicine-Wichita names new human resources director

Todd Lewis is the new human resources director at the School of Medicine-Wichita.

Previously, Lewis was human resource manager at Youthville. His responsibilities at the school will include leading the human resources team in areas of recruitment, training, employee relations, compensation and benefits.

Business professors earn awards for published articles

School of Business professors Tailan Chi, Paul Koch and Jane Zhao have been awarded the 2010 Guy O. and Rosa Lee Mabry Best Paper Awards for their published articles.

The awards are given yearly to recognize and encourage outstanding research by faculty members and include a $1,500 cash prize.

Chi’s article, “A Dynamic Model of the Choice of Mode for Exploiting Complementary Capabilities,” was published in 2009 by the Journal of International Business Studies. He joined the School of Business in 2003 in the management and leadership area.

Koch’s article, “Sell on the News: Differences of Opinion, Short-Sales Constraints and Returns Around Earnings Announcements,” was published in 2009 by the Journal of Financial Economics. He has been a faculty member since 1988 and teaches in the finance area.

Zhao’s article, “A Multilevel Perspective on Knowledge Transfer: Evidence from the Chinese Automotive Industry,” was published in 2009 by the Strategic Management Journal. She joined the School of Business in 2005 in the management and leadership area.

The awards are given by the School of Business Research, Evaluation and Development Team and are funded by an endowed gift from Guy Mabry, a distinguished alumni and member of the school’s board of advisers.

Staffer invited to join State Department-sponsored trip to South Africa, Nigeria

Daphne Johnston represented KU as part of a U.S. State Department delegation during a three-week trip to South Africa and Nigeria in October.

Johnston, associate director and coordinator of international undergraduate admissions for International Student and Scholar Services, was selected as one of five members of the South Africa-Nigeria Reconnect-Plus delegation on a special educational diplomacy effort. She was in South Africa for one week at the Triennial African EducationUSA Advisors Conference, where she presented two sessions and networked with advisers from 46 African countries and U.S. admissions officers from more than 50 institutions. Johnston then spent two weeks in Nigeria, visiting secondary schools and federal, state and private universities and meeting thousands of students, parents, counselors, teachers and faculty at six undergraduate and graduate EducationUSA university fairs.

The EducationUSA Reconnect-Plus delegation to Nigeria and South Africa, funded by the U.S. State Department and administered by the College Board, was a pilot program designed to provide information and guidance to students and families through admissions workshops about higher education opportunities at U.S. accredited institutions and to develop or enhance linkages between United States and local institutions. The project offered a new and expanded aspect of the EducationUSA Reconnect visits for experienced representatives of accredited U.S. colleges and universities that have served as campus hosts for the U.S. Based Training Program and related initiatives. KU had hosted a USBT delegation in April of this year under Johnston’s facilitation.

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Kevin Liu, associate director, Confucius Institute


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