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Honors Convocation to Honor Distinguished Teacher of the Year, Researchers of the Year

The 2007 Teacher of the Year is Dr. Kathryn Keller (right), an associate professor in the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing. Dr. Keller will receive the award at the 2007 Honors Convocation, to be held on Tuesday, April 17 at 5 p.m. in the University Theatre on the Boca Raton Campus. The Honors Convocation has been held annually since 1969, making it one of FAU’s longest-running traditions.

The event, hosted by President Brogan, also recognizes the University's researchers of the year, teaching and advising awardees and the Alumni Degree of Difference award recipientas well as a number of students including the University scholars. Board of Trustees Chair Norman Tripp will hand out the inaugural Nancy Blosser Service Award. Dr. Keller will deliver the keynote address at the convocation.

"I believe teaching involves connecting with students through the use of story, humor and knowledge to create an environment in which the student is engaged, entertained and challenged," said Dr. Keller. "Students and teachers alike must be open to questions and the exploration of new and greater challenges and possibilities, if they are to evolve and grow. If I can empower and excite students to rise to their highest potential through the communication of knowledge and an appreciation of their capabilities, then I feel that I have been successful as an educator and mentor."

2007 Honors
Convocation

Tuesday, April 17 • 5 p.m.
University Theatre
All members of the University community are invited to attend
(wine & cheese reception to follow ceremony)

Dr. Keller began her career in nursing as a registered nurse in the emergency department at Jackson Memorial Hospital (JMH) in Miami. She moved on to the Surgical ICU at Grady Memorial in Atlanta and then back to JMH to the Coronary Intensive Care Unit, where she found her niche. There she deepened her interest in electrocardiographic nursing concepts. Eventually she went back to school and obtained her master's degree in nursing as a clinical specialist in critical care and her Ph.D. in nursing from the University of Miami. Dr. Keller's primary research interest is in arrhythmia nursing knowledge. Find out more about Dr. Keller.

The Teacher of the Year selection process starts when student committees from each college review nominations submitted by students. Each college submits a finalist to a University-wide committee comprised of student representatives from all the colleges. The committee reviews each finalist’s personal statement, resumé and portfolio. The finalists also interview with the committee and offer short teaching presentations. In addition to Dr. Keller, this year's finalists are:
Dr. Frederick Bloetscher, civil engineering, College of Engineering and Computer Science;
Dr. Cecilia Campoverde
, social work, College of Architecture, Urban and Public Affairs;
Melissa Dallas, JD
, Barry Kaye College of Business;
Dr. Arthur Evans
, sociology, Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters;
Dr. Xupei Huang
, Charles E. Schmidt College of Biomedical Science;
Dr. Jennifer Peluso
, psychology, Charles E. Schmidt College of Science;
Dr. Angela Rhone
, College of Education; and
Dr. Timothy Steigenga
, Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College

The following awardees for 2006-07 will also be recognized at this year's ceremony:

UNIVERSITY RESEARCHERS OF THE YEAR
Creative/Scholarly
Professor of the Year
Dr. Allan Barsky, Social Work, College of Architecture, Urban and Public Affairs

Sponsored Research
Professor of the Year
Dr. Jie Wu, Computer Science and Engineeering, College of Engineering and Computer Science

Associate Professor of the Year
Dr. Yoshimi Shibata, Charles E. Schmidt Collefe of Biomedical Science

Assistant Professor of the Year
Dr. Mihaela Cardei, Computer Science and Engineeering, College of Engineering and Computer Science

UNIVERSITY TEACHING AND ADVISING AWARDS
Excellence and Innovation in Undergraduate Teaching
Dr. Patrick Bernet, Barry Kaye College of Business
Ms. Gina Carreno, Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters
Dr. Eric Chiang, Barry Kaye College of Business
Dr. Mary Lou Duffy, College of Education
Dr. Joseph Furner, College of Education
Dr. Marguerite Purnell, Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing
Dr. Khaled Sobhan, College of Engineering and Computer Science
Dr. Martin Solomon, College of Engineering and Computer Science

Excellence and Innovation in Undergraduate Advising
Dr. Prisca Augustyn, Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters
Dr. Terje Hoim, Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College
Ms. Marsha Lynch, College of Education

UNIVERSITY SCHOLARS
College of Architecture, Urban and Public Affairs – Deborah Bruce
Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters – Kristina Countryman
Barry Kaye College of Business – Deborah Donaldson
College of Education - Andrea Schlessel
College of Engineering and Computer Science – Jaime Fraser
Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College – Laura Owens
Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing – Joshua Phillips
Charles E. Schmidt College of Science – Natalia Acosta

DISTINGUISHED STUDENT AWARD
Charles E. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters – Rhonda Graves

PHI KAPPA PHI SCHOLARS
Charles E. Schmidt College of Science – Lorraine Fuhrman

FEMALE STUDENT ACADEMIC ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
Megan Coyne, soccer, communication

MALE STUDENT ACADEMIC ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
Ryan Kinsley, soccer, criminal justice

UNIVERSITY CLUB SCHOLAR
Christopher Vinci, College of Engineering and Computer Science

STAN AND RENEE WIMBERLY SCHOLAR
Eric Seymour, Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College

NANCY BLOSSER SERVICE AWARD
Hank Stern

The Alumni “Degree of Difference ” Award will also be announced at the event.



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