Ross Honored with Moudy Award
Maryville’ University’s 2011 Anna Moudy Award for Excellence in Education was recently presented to Sandy Ross, DPT, MHS, PCS, coordinator of research and associate professor for the physical therapy program.
The award, which includes a $500 cash prize, is given annually to a faculty member who demonstrates an interrelationship between research/original work and classroom teaching which results in an exceptional learning environment. The University’s Faculty Development Committee chooses the award recipient. The award bears the name of the late Anna Moudy, a Maryville science professor who died in 1997.
“I have such a passion for research and teaching, it was truly an honor to be recognized by my colleagues at Maryville,” Ross said.
Ross has just completed a two-year National Institutes of Health grant focused on strengthening ankles of children with cerebral palsy to improve their walking patterns. The next step is reviewing the data and submitting results to scientific journals and conferences.
Kinder Elected to Rockwood School Board
Keith Kinder, EdD, assistant professor in the School of Education’s graduate leadership program, has been elected to the Rockwood School District Board of Education. Six candidates competed for three, three-year terms on the board. Kinder received 7,068 votes, or nearly 25 percent.
Kinder is a former principal of both Marquette and Eureka high schools in the district. In a recent interview, Kinder said his main reason for running was “to give back to the students, teachers, and community in Rockwood who gave me such a rewarding career for over 17 years and help Rockwood maintain its status as a premier school district. I am running for the board of education because I have worked in education with youth and adults my entire career with the singular purpose of helping them realize their dreams and helping them achieve the knowledge and ability to be successful in the next phase of their career. I hope to continue that dedication to the future leaders of tomorrow.”
Kavadlo to Keynote Conference
Jesse Kavadlo, PhD, associate professor of English, has been invited to serve as keynote speaker for the Missouri Modern Languages and Modern Technologies Conference (MO3), to be held June 3-4 at UMSL. The conference theme is “Community Building in the Language Classroom: The Power of the Social Network.” The tentative title for Kavadlo’s presentation is, “Metaphors We Teach By: Conduits, Architecture, and the Problem with Virtual Community.”
Bertolino Earns Statewide Honor
The Missouri Association for Marriage and Family Therapy has awarded Bob Bertolino, PhD, assistant professor of rehabilitation counseling, its 2011 Merit Award. The Merit Award is presented annually to a therapist who has made outstanding contributions to the field of marriage and family therapy.
In addition, Bertolino gave an invited presentation last March titled, “In Pursuit of Excellence: Six Principles of Effective Practice,” at the 2011 Psychotherapy Networker Symposium in Washington, DC. He also gave a plenary address, “The Invitations Before Us,” at the 2011 Missouri Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Conference (MOAMFT) in St. Louis, held this month.
On July 5, the fifth book co-authored by Bertolino and Bill O’Hanlon will be released: The Therapist’s Notebook on Positive Psychology (Routledge).