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Faculty Salutes

on September 4, 2009 by Janet Edwards

Professor Marshall King, PhD
Marshall King, PhD

Farewell to Prof. Marshall King
The Maryville community mourned the sudden passing last summer of Marshall King, PhD, longtime professor of political science, mentor, colleague and friend. In reflecting on Prof. King’s tenure at Maryville, colleagues and former students said he touched their lives in many personal and lasting ways, but it was his commitment to students and their success that really set him apart.

Art & Design Program Appointments
Cheri Fister
, associate professor, has been named assistant dean and director of the College of Art & Design. John Baltrushunas, associate professor, is now program director for studio art, including art education and art history.

DeSanto Named Communication Program Director
Barbara DeSanto, EdD, joined the College of Arts and Sciences this summer as director of the Communication Program and professor of communication.  Prior to coming to Maryville, she was a professor and chair of the mass media department at Washburn University in Topeka, Ks. She earned her doctoral degree in mass communication and public relations from Oklahoma State University. An Accredited in Public Relations (APR) member with the Public Relations Society of America, DeSanto was named as a Fellow PRSA, which recognizes 20 years of leadership in the public relations field.

Sich Invited to National Conference
Jeffery Sich, PhD,
assistant dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and professor of biology, was invited to participate in the working conference Transforming Undergraduate Education in Biology: Mobilizing the Community for Change last month. Hosted by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Vision and Change in Undergraduate Biology Advisory Board and sponsored by the National Science Foundation, the conference included presentations by policymakers and funders.

Carrie Ellis-Kalton
Carrie Ellis-Kalton, PhD

Radio Program Features Ellis-Kalton
Carrie Ellis-Kalton, PhD
, director of Maryville’s psychology and organizational leadership programs and assistant professor of psychology, discussed issues regarding trauma as a call-in guest host on Loving Life with Kristin. The Los Angeles radio show is hosted by Maryville alumni Kristin Coleman, a former student of Ellis-Kalton’s.

Gournelos Attends Digital Storytelling Institute
Ted Gournelos, PhD,
assistant professor communication, attended a three day educators seminar focusing on the importance of teaching digital storytelling and how to integrate projects into the classroom.  Gournelos’s video can be viewed on YouTube.

Ross  Attends Research Retreat
Sandy Ross
, PT, DPT, MHS, PCS, associate professor and research coordinator in the physical therapy program, attended the Mechanisms Underlying Disordered Movement: Impairments with Force Generation research retreat in Pacific Grove, Calif, sponsored by the American Physical Therapy Association. The retreat brought together researchers and clinicians who are at the cutting edge of research related to mechanisms and impairments in force generation across a wide variety of neural and musculoskeletal medical conditions.

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