2/8/13 ASHLAND, Ohio - Eight Ashland University faculty members were honored during the University’s 27th annual Academic Mentor Awards recognition ceremony held Feb. 1. The program recognizes faculty whose academic leadership with regard to students extends beyond the classroom. The mentors, each nominated by an Ashland student were presented an engraved silver plate at the event held in John C. Myers Convocation Center.
This year’s Mentor Award recipients are: Dr. Joe Mackall, professor of English; Dr. Jason Ellis, associate professor of education; Judi McMullen, adjunct instructor in the College of Business and Economics; Dr. Carla Abreu-Ellis, associate professor of education; Dr. David Vanata, associate professor of health sciences and director of dietetics; Tim McCarty, professional instructor of digital media; Dr. Brent Mattingly, assistant professor of psychology; and Dr. Cindy Moseman, assistant professor and chair of family and consumer sciences.
Friends, colleagues and family members attended the luncheon, joined by members of Ashland’s administration and Board of Trustees. Provost Dr. Frank Pettigrew welcomed the guests and presided over the event, while President Dr. Frederick Finks commended the award recipients and the students who nominated them.
Dr. Jeffrey Russell, dean of the Dauch College of Business and Economics; Dr. Dawn Weber, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences; Dr. James Van Keuren, dean of the Schar College of Education; Faye Grund, interim dean of the Schar College of Nursing and Health Sciences; and Gary Courtright, academic affairs committee chair, presented the awards.
Students nominated faculty and staff members using the criteria of: history of their relationship, how they benefited academically, how their personal development has been enhanced by their mentor and what impact the mentor has had on the student’s progress at the University. Selections were made by the Academic Affairs Committee of the Ashland University Board of Trustees from the information included in the nomination letters.
Students who submitted winning nominations included: Jacob Ewing, a senior from Wooster, majoring in creative writing, nominating Mackall; Larissa Berry, a senior from Norwalk, majoring in integrated mathematics, nominating J. Ellis; Rebecca Reed, a December graduate from Norton who graduated with a degree in executive management, nominating McMullen; Abbie Carle, a junior from Willoughby, majoring in intervention specialist, mild to moderate education, nominating C. Ellis; Ivana Petrovic, a junior from Brunswick, majoring in dietetics, nominating Vanata; Megan Wise, a senior from North Canton, majoring in broadcasting and speech communication, nominating McCarty; Rachel Carson, a senior from Columbus, majoring in psychology, and Sarah Guarino, a senior from Avon Lake, majoring in psychology, both nominating Mattingly; and Jessica Bates, a senior from Dalton, majoring in child and family studies, nominating Moseman.
In nominating the recipients of this year’s Mentor Awards, the students wrote one-page essays about their mentors. Passages from these essays were distributed at the luncheon.
Ashland University, ranked in the top 200 colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category for 2013, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University (www.ashland.edu) values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students.