Briar Cliff University is pleased to announce the recipients of its annual distinguished and service awards for faculty and staff of the University. Award winners were nominated by colleagues and announced at the University’s annual employee Christmas luncheon.
Ashley Pawlowski, Area Coordinator for Alverno and Toller Halls, received the Boventure Award. This awarded is presented to an employee who works to advance and achieve the integration of student curricular and co-curricular experiences through the creation of opportunities that promote the attainment of a holistic education.
Dr. Nathan Probasco, Honors Program Director and assistant professor of history, received the Emerging Faculty Scholar Award. This award goes to a faculty member who has taught at Briar Cliff University for five years or less and has demonstrated outstanding scholarship in teaching, research, creative work, community-based application of knowledge and/or the integration/synthesis of knowledge.
Dr. Susan Klappa, professor of physical therapy, received the Distinguished Faculty Scholar Award. This award is presented to a faculty member who has demonstrated outstanding scholarship in teaching, research, service to the University, creative work, community-based application of knowledge and/or the integration/synthesis of knowledge.
Kristy Sandman, athletic trainer, received the Distinguished Staff Award. This award goes to a staff member who has demonstrated over time extraordinary and consistent commitment to his or her responsibilities.
Alicia Harper, first-year academic advisor and Leadership and Service Coordinator, received the Community Impact Award. This award is presented to an employee who has contributed greatly to the achievement of the University’s outreach mission by undertaking efforts that are meaningful and responsive to community interests and needs.
Dr. Wilfrido Suarez, assistant professor of Spanish, received the Clare Diversity Award. This award goes to an employee who has demonstrated a respect and value for differing backgrounds and points of view along with efforts to foster a more inclusive and equitable learning and work environment within the University community.
Dr. Matthew Pangborn, Director of the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching and associate professor of English and writing, received the Innovation Award. This award is presented to an employee who has demonstrated creativity and offered a new or improved approach or opportunity related to innovative education.
In addition to the distinguished faculty and staff awards, several employees were also honored with Employee Service Awards for their years of service to the University.
For five years of service:
- Dr. Patrick Cross, Director of the Doctor of Physical Therapy program and professor of physical therapy.
- Catherine Grimsley, Director of the Pre-Licensure Bachelor of Science in Nursing program and assistant professor of nursing.
- Ben Irlbeck, Head Men’s and Women’s Golf Coach.
- Dr. Paul Korchin, Department Chair and assistant professor of theology.
- Jessica McCormick, Director of Academic Achievement.
- Carla Jo Morgan, Director of Health Services and campus nurse.
- Louise Paskey, Vice President for Student Development and Institutional Mission.
- Justin “Jay” Rhodes, Multicultural Programs Coordinator and first-year academic advisor.
- Trevor Schirman, Head Men’s Volleyball Coach.
For ten years of service:
- Dr. Stephanie Bell, associate professor of psychology.
- Nan Wilson, Department Chair and associate professor of art.
For 15 years of service:
- Renee Allan, Mailroom and Textbook Coordinator.
- Dr. Stephan Brown, professor of philosophy.
- Dr. Barbara Condon, professor of nursing.
- Sister Janet May, Director of Campus Ministry.
For 20 years of service:
- Brenda Parkhill, Director of TRIO Student Support Services.
For 25 years of service:
- Dr. Kenneth Berg, associate professor of education.
For 45 years of service:
- Sister Mary Jane Koenigs, Technical Services and Interlibrary Loan Librarian.