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Campus Notes

on May 18, 2011 by Janet Edwards

Celebration Honors Faculty and Staff
Many awards and recognitions were presented during the annual Faculty and Staff Celebration held Thursday, May 12.  President Mark Lombardi presented a Strategic Excellence Awards to Peggy Lauer, serials coordinator, for her efforts toward campus sustainability, and to Pam Culliton, director of health and wellness, for her work on behalf of students. Faculty Award recipients included Felix Kwan, PhD, associate professor of economics; Rebecca von der Heyde, MSOT, assistant professor of occupational therapy. Maryville University Staff Association award recipients were Laura Josehart, director of marketing and community relations, and Kelly Mock, associate director for the Center for Academic Success and First-Year Experience. Longtime 2011 Service Award recipients included Jenny Lane, payroll supervisor (35 years); Wanda Avetia, staff accountant (30 years), Gloria Neiman, reference assistant (30 years); Deborah Ely, reference supervisor (25 years); Tom Kempf, manager of telecommunications (25 years); and Karen Scholbe, director of student accounts (25 years).

Christine Phillips

New Volleyball Coach Named
Christine Phillips has been named the new head volleyball coach. Phillips takes over a team that finished 4-28 last season and 2-12 in Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) play. Phillips comes to Maryville from Gardner-Webb University in Boiling Spring, N.C., an NCAA Division I institution, where she served in the same position for six years. Prior to Gardner-Webb, she served as the head volleyball coach at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., also DI, for 11 seasons. During that time, her teams made three appearances in the NCAA tournament (1997, 1999 and 2001) and won the Big South Conference titles those same seasons. She was named the Big South Coach of the Year in 1997 and 2003.


Student Advisers of the Year Named
Maryville’s student Advisers of the Year, as selected by students and announced by the Center for Academic Success and First-Year Experience, include professors Rebecca von der Heyde, MSOT, assistant professor of occupational therapy; Peter Green, PhD,  assistant professor of psychology; and Jason Williams, director of the sport business management program; and Penny Green, coordinator of teacher certification for the School of Education.

Students and Faculty Travel to Guatemala in New Initiative
A group of students and faculty members from the music therapy and occupational therapy programs have embarked on a new initiative in Antigua, Guatemala. The trip is a two-week, collaborative service learning program at an orphanage ( Their goal during this first year is to provide purposeful activities and contribute to the quality of life for the residents, immersing themselves in the culture of the country and sharing their time and talents. Members of the trip are blogging about their experiences here.

Donna Ford, PhD


National Education Expert Visits Campus
Donna Ford, PhD, professor of education and human development at Vanderbilt University, and the nation’s leading expert on identifying and serving gifted African American students, spoke to a group of gifted program directors, teachers of the gifted and others at a special lecture in Maryville’s Buder Family Student Commons recently.  Ford is the author of several books, including Reversing Underachievement Among Gifted Black Students and Multicultural Gifted Education.




Magnolia: Hot Off the (Letter) Press
The seventh edition of Magnolia, Maryville’s annual art and literary publication edited and designed by students, is now available. Photography, prose, poetry and art works by students, faculty, staff and alumni are featured. Complimentary copies of Magnolia may be picked up at University Library, the University Bookstore, the College of Arts and Sciences main office and the Art & Design building. A reception for the new edition is planned for next fall.



Michael Kiener, PhD, CRC

Kiener to Lead Rehab Services, Counseling
Michael Kiener, PhD, CRC, associate professor, has been named director of the Maryville University Rehabilitation Services and Counseling programs. About 85 students are currently enrolled as undergraduate and graduate students in the programs.

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