Faculty Recognition

Our faculty members are dedicated to the University of Kansas, its students and the community.  Each academic year listed below is exandable so you can view the honors our faculty members have received for their work.
Mugur Geana received the 2011 Baskett Mosse 
Award during the 2011 AEJMC conference
in St. Louis, MO.
Robert Basow and his J433 (Introduction to Strategic Communications) class visited the Kansas City Area Development Council on June 24th. The organization represents the top 250 employers in Kansas City, Kansas and Kansas City, Missouri. The class was hosted by two former students (Mary Nouelles, 2009 graduate and Jessica Nelson, 2011 graduate). (8/1/11)

Chuck Marsh was named the Stauffer Professor at the final faculty meeting of the Spring 2011 semester. (8/1/11)

Marsh served as a panelist at Scholars Day on July 20th. The recruitment event is sponsored by KU’s Office of Admissions. He also spoke on “Media in the United States” to visiting Fulbright Scholars on July 25th. Marsh’s book, More Noble Than Statues of Bronze: Isocratean Rhetoric and Modern Public Relations, has been accepted for publication by Routledge Publishing Company. (8/15/11)

Tien Lee was awarded the John Katich Award for Creativity. (8/1/11)

Carol Holstead received one of 26 GIFT (Great Ideas for Teaching) awards at the 2011 AEJMC (Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication) convention in St. Louis. Her idea was an assignment she used, a visual journal, in her Visual Communication course. The assignment was designed to stretch students’ visual, creative and problem-solving skills. (8/22/11)

Max Utsler has been elected to the University Athletic Committee for a three-year term. (8/22/11)

Jimmy Gentry has completed the 11-month financial planning certificate program in the Executive Education program at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Bloch School of Management. (11-14-11

Gentry has been named the chair for Teaching Standards Committee for the Media Management and Economics Division for AEJMC for 2011-12. During the summer he conducted a week-long webinar, “Unlocking Financial Statements,” for the Reynolds Center for Business Journalism and designed a new course, “Finance and Budgeting Fundamentals for Communicator,” for the School of Journalism and Mass Communication as the University of Iowa. (8-29-11)

Sue Novak’s teaching tips article Saying “I Do” to Gay Marriage Media Coverage in the Classroom was published in the AEJMC’s GLBT Interest Group newsletter Dis[curse]ive 7(3): 3-6. (9-5-11)

Peter Bobkowski has been awarded the Columbia Scholastic Press Association’s Gold Key for 2012. The honor recognizes his accomplishments “as a teacher and adviser in high school, as a graduate student who ably assisted with a state scholastic media organization in North Carolina and for your evolving role as a valued researcher on student media in the nation’s schools.” (2-27-12

Bobkowski has been selected to the Board of Directors of the National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA). His term begins October 1. (9-19-11)

Doug Ward’s article “iPads and the Embarrassment Factor” was published last week on the Chronicle of Higher Education website. http://bit.ly/qSWLux (10-3-11

Ward has been named the national journalism teacher of the year. Ward, Budig Professor of Writing, will receive the Charles E. Scripps Award and be recognized at an April 26 dinner in Detroit. (4-23-12)

Ward is one of five finalists for the 2011 Scripps Howard Foundation Journalism and Mass Communication Teacher of the Year Award. The award recognizes excellence in such areas as innovative teaching practices, mentoring of students and faculty, influences on curriculum, scholarship, and industry engagement inside and outside the classroom. The winner will be announced in February. (11-14-11)

Linda Lee has been selected to serve on the executive board of the Center for Global and International Studies at KU. (10-3-11)

Carol Holstead has been selected as the adviser to the KU chapter of Ed2010, a national organization for magazine and aspiring editors. The chapter was started by journalism student Maggie Young. The group had its first meeting Oct. 13 with a panel of three magazine editors: John Rockhold (managing editor of Mother Earth News), Jessica Kellner (editor of Natural Home and Garden) and Susan McCabe (associate editor at Leawood Lifestyle). All three are KU graduates. Mother Earth News and Natural Home and Garden are both produced by Ogden Publications in Topeka. The first meeting attracted 20 students. (10-17-11)

Mugur Geana has accepted an invitation to deliver one of the keynote speeches at the Strategic Initiative #2 (Promoting Health and Well Being) summit on December 2. The speech will focus on the role of communication as a key tool in the arsenal of health communicators addressing health disparities, as well as his experience in establishing multidisciplinary research collaboration. (11-7-11)

Dean Ann Brill has accepted an invitation to serve a four-year term on the KU Center for Research, Inc. Board of Trustees. KUCR is a 501c3 corporation that serves to manage the research and technology transfer enterprise for the KU Lawrence campus. (11-14-11)
The J-School was touted for excellence in two recent college guides. The Princeton Review praised the Journalism School’s program. The Fiske Guide to Colleges quoted students in the magazine as saying “The J-School is ‘amazing."(8/23/10)

Dick Nelson retired this past semester from the School of Journalism after more than 14 years of service. The Kansas City Press Club recently honored him with the 2010 Member of the Year award and, in recognition of his retirement and more than a decade of service on the Press Club's board of directors and other service, named the award "The Dick Nelson Member of the Year Award.” (6/14/10)

Simran Sethi has been named a contributing editor of Mother Earth News for her series “Greening House and Home.” (6/14/10)

Sethi was named a peer reviewer at the Journal of Sustainability Education. JSE is a peer-reviewed, open access trans- and interdisciplinary e-journal that serves as a forum for academics and practitioners to share, critique, and promote research, practices, and initiatives that foster the integration of economic, ecological, and social-cultural dimensions of sustainability within formal and non-formal educational contexts. (8/16/10)

Sethi has been nominated in the field of conservation for the 2011-2012 Rome Prize, a competition sponsored by American Academy in Rome. She also has been nominated for the Henry Crown Fellowship Program at The Aspen Institute. Established in 1997, the two-year fellowship seeks to develop the next generation of community-spirited leaders. (11/1/10)

Sethi has been named one of the 20 most influential women in green by EcoSalon. The list includes Nobel Laureate Wangari Maathai, Jane Goodall, EPA chief Lisa Jackson and NRDC founder Frances Beinecke. Read the story (12/13/10)

Sethi was invited to join the Montara Circle, a gathering of 50 influential leaders who are working together to create change in the Peruvian Amazon. The Circle convened Feb. 9-10 in Montara, Calif. Attendees included Dr. Larry Brilliant, former director of Google.org, Jeremy Affeldt, MLB pitcher, Kindley Walsh Lawlor, vice president of social and environmental responsibility for The Gap, and Gary Bolles, consulting producer of TED. Sethi also was an invited guest Feb. 9 of sustainable food leader Alice Waters to the Edible Schoolyard and Chez Panisse. (2/14/11)

Sethi served as faculty in the Presidio Graduate School certification program in sustainability, lecturing on social justice, corporate citizenship and sustainability communications June 5. (6/14/10)

Sethi nominated the Green Youth Media Arts Center for Worldchanging.com's attention philanthropy program, using a video created by students from her Green Reporting, Green Building, Green Justice class. The video, created by Josh Hafner, Bryan Dykman and Jordan Walters, was picked up by Current TV's website. (6/14/10)

Sethi moderated a panel at the Clinton Global Initiative University in San Diego, Calif., April 2, at the invitation of President Bill Clinton. The panel addressed growing concerns around urbanization and the need for greater infrastructure. It featured the following panelists: Van Jones, distinguished visiting fellow, Princeton University; Gavin Newsom, lieutenant governor of California and former mayor of San Francisco; Nan Shi, secretary general, Urban Planning Society of China; and Anu Sridharan, co-founder, NextDrop. Sethi moderated a panel, “The Urban Planet: Solutions for a Crowded World,” at the Clinton Global Initiative University in San Diego, Calif., April 2, at the invitation of President Bill Clinton. The panel addressed growing concerns around urbanization and the need for greater infrastructure. The video from the panel is online (Sethi’s plenary starts 13:25 into the video):  (4/11/11)

Sethi will co-teach a Poynter Institute training session May 16-20 called “Teaching the Craft of Writing (in the Age of Twitter).” More

Sethi’s Green Reporting, Green Building, Green Justice class is featured in Metropolis magazine. The magazine is dedicated to the intersection of culture, design and architecture, and the piece was written by 1990 J-School graduate Kira Gould. (10/25/10)

Sethi is a 2010 fellow in the Poynter Institute's Sense-Making project, a Ford Foundation-funded program that is studying the integration of new media and democratic values. As part of this effort, Sethi was an invited participant in Poynter's conference "Fact or Friction: Building the Bridge Between the Fourth and Fifth Estates" at the Newseum on June 29. (7/26/10)

Sethi participated in a climate change debate moderated by Saturday Night Live comedian Andy Samburg on July 7. The debate, featuring Sethi and climate skeptic Phelim McAleer, is part of a larger effort to encourage climate action through innovative means. (7/26/10)

Sethi facilitated a science cafe at Free State Brewery on behalf of the KU Museum of Natural History July 20. The event was titled "Being Green: A Discussion of Race, Ethnicity and Class" and focused on environmental justice. (7/26/10)

Sethi was a keynote at the BlogHer 2010 national conference in New York on Aug. 7. She was part of a panel entitled "How to Use Your Voice, Your Platform and Your Power." BlogHer is the largest gathering of female bloggers in the world. (8/16/10)

Sethi will present at the Center for Teaching Excellence Teaching Summit Aug. 17. Her presentation, "Curriculum as Conversation: Social Media in the Classroom (and Beyond)," is part of the Summit's innovation track. (8/16/10)

Sethi will keynote the 2010 Kansas Housing Conference in Topeka on Sept. 9. Her lecture will focus on the concept of housing justice and the ways in which government, business and civil society can work together to ensure fair and just housing for all. (9/6/10)

Sethi presented the Healthy House Institute's inaugural webinar on Creating an Environmentally-Friendly Home Sept. 30. HHI provides consumers with information to make their homes healthier. (10/4/10)

Sethi will lecture to the Fresno Youth Arts Project, a non-profit that supports arts education for at-risk youth in Fresno, on Nov. 4. Sethi will be joined by local muralist Dave Lowenstein to discuss sustainability, environmental justice and public art. (11/1/10)

Sethi and Dr. Julianne Malveaux, president of Bennett College for Women, will speak Nov. 11 at Wake Forest University in a lecture titled “My Neighborhood is Killing Me: Environmental Racism and a Call to Justice.” (11/18/10)

Sethi was featured on KCUR's "Central Standard," at 10 a.m., Nov. 30, discussing Tweeting 101, the use of Twitter in the classroom and the upcoming digital summit on “Telling Stories of Diversity in the Digital Age.” (11/22/10)

Sethi will participate in the Shift Network Greenshifters virtual series on advancing environmental conservation and building the green economy Nov. 17. Sethi will highlight tactics required to engage those who feel disconnected from their environment and disengaged from environmental discourse. (11/15/10)

Sethi will participate in "Protecting the Water Commons—Everyone's Business," a Q&A session with Maude Barlow, environmental journalist and advocate, Nov. 19. This is part of SRI in the Rockies, the annual national conference of the sustainable and responsible investing industry. Recently, the United Nations recognized the human right to water and sanitation, and committed each country to provide its people with equitable access to its water commons. What will this mean for the socially responsible investor? What is the role for the private sector in solving the world's water crisis? Barlow will share her knowledge of the struggle to make water a public trust and human right, and, in conversation with Sethi, will challenge participants to help realize this hard earned new right. (11/15/10)

Sethi was invited to write weekly commentaries on sustainability for the Asia Society, the leading global and pan-Asian organization working to strengthen relationships and promote understanding among the people, leaders, and institutions of the United States and Asia. Sethi also won one of five National Education Association awards for mobile innovations in the classroom. Sethi will be featured on the Martha Stewart Living Radio (on Sirius Satellite for the Living Today Show), airing live on Wednesday, August 3rd at 1:30 p.m. She will be discussing the socio-political barriers to environmental engagement. (8/1/11)

Sethi was selected to receive the National Education Association Foundation’s Challenge to Innovate Mobile Project Award and $1,000. Sethi incorporates tweeting into her students’ writing assignments and students are required to post tweets inspired by the course curriculum. (8/15/11) Sethi will be offering a lunchtime presentation Feb. 2 at KU's Center for Teaching Excellence on the use of social media in the classroom. (1/31/11)

Jeff Browne will deliver the keynote address at the Arizona Scholastic Press Association's Fall Convention, Sept. 29, 2010, at Arizona State University in Tempe. More (8/23/10)

Teresa Trumbly Lamsam serves on the editorial board for the Osage Nation. She reports that in a unanimous vote the Osage Nation Congress signed into law an amendment to protect newspaper staff in their assigned job duties from political influence and from being fired by tribal government elected officials. The editor of the Osage News already received such protection, but the previous law excluded newspaper staff members. You can view the Osage News. The details of the legislation can be read online  (4/25/11)

Lamsam serves on the Student Support Task Force for the reorganization of the Global Indigenous Nations Studies Program at KU. The task force focuses on current students, recruitment, retention, and relations with Haskell Indian Nations University. (3/14/11)

Lamsam, a visiting professor at the J-School this year, has received the 2010 Gutenberg Award for her work in Native journalism. The Gutenberg Award recognizes distinguished professional achievements of alumni from Abilene Christian University’s Journalism and Mass Communication Department. (7/26/10)

Mike Williams completed a month-long teaching assignment in Cagli, Italy in June. This was his third year teaching multimedia reporting in the small community in the eastern mountains of Italy. This year, like last, the study abroad program was offered by Marquette University. It was previously a program of Loyola-Baltimore. For more information, visit:(8/16/10)

Barbara Barnett is listed as the top productive researcher in AEJMC's Commission on the Status of Women in an article in Journalism and Mass Communication Educator. The ranking is based on submissions to AEJMC's annual conference. Barnett also was listed as the 11th most productive researcher at AEJMC. The University of Kansas was listed as the 26th most productive institution for paper acceptance at AEJMC. (8/23/10)

Barnett was a panelist at two AEJMC sessions, "The Feminization of HIV/AIDS and the Media: Responses and Case Studies" and the "Identity and Impact of Communication as a Discipline." (8/23/10)

Barnett has been elected to serve as vice chair of the Commission on the Status of Women for the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. (9/6/10)

Scott Reinardy was unanimously elected the inaugural chair of the AEJMC Sports Interest Group. Reinardy's term runs until August 2011. (8/23/10) Reinardy has been recommended for promotion to associate professor with tenure. (3/7/11)

Mugur Geana was featured in an article in The Oread, KU’s employee newsletter, on the campaign he is working on for the American Cancer Society. (7/26/10)

Geana was nominated to be a member of a statewide Media Advisory Committee for the Kansas Communities Putting Prevention to Work Program (KS CPPW) of the Kansas Department of Health and the Environment. The Committee is to inform the development and progress of a new Kansas Media Campaign to prevent and control obesity in Kansas. (9/6/10)

Geana was nominated as a Full Member of the University of Kansas Cancer Center in recognition of his work in cancer promotion and prevention. (10/11/10) Geana’s study, "Engaging diverse underserved communities to bridge the mammography divide," co- authored by a group of researchers from KUMC, has been published in BMC Public Health journal. (1/24/11)

Geana’s study, "Am I in? Influence of race and gender on short-exposure higher education advertising image appeal," co-authored by J-School graduate Joseph Erba (currently a doctoral student at UNC) and Laurie Philips (UNC), has been accepted for presentation at the 2011 ICA conference. (1/24/11)

Geana met with collaborators Jan. 27 from the University of Missouri, KUMC and the World Company in Lawrence to discuss and plan for the joint submission of a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) proposal to the National Institutes of Health. An innovative web application developed by Geana and Prof. Cameron, University of Missouri, will be used to enhance and complement the WellCommons website. (1/31/11)

Geana and PaulAtchley (KU Psychology Dept.) are the co-principal investigatorsfor the recently funded research proposal "The Texting and Driving Epidemic: Changing Norms to Change Behaviors." The grant award was approved by the KTRAN Research Program Council on April 1. The two-year award will help the J- School and Psychology students collaborate to develop and test a campaign to reduce driving and texting among KU students. If successful, the campaign will be replicated on other campuses across the country. (4/11/11)

Geana has been named a member of the Community Relations Action Team for the Healthy Communities Wyandotte Steering Committee. The Action team will focus on setting up an Information Clearinghouse to strengthen the public image of the Public Health Department, and also plan and implement outreach activities to address public health problems in Wyandotte County. (2/7/11)

Chuck Marsh's article "The National Review 'Fires' Christopher Buckley: Image Restoration and the Rhetoric of Severance and Restraint" has been accepted for publication in Public Relations Review. (6/14/10)

Marsh has been appointed to the editorial board of Public Relations Review. (10/4/10)

Marsh has received a Keeler Intra-University Professorship for Fall 2011 to enroll in Greek language courses and teach a course in KU's Classics Department. (11/29/10)

Marsh has been recommended for promotion to full professor. (3/7/11)

Marsh was a panelist Feb. 14 at Scholar Days, a KU Office of Admissions recruiting program for National Merit Scholarship finalists and semifinalists and their parents. (2/21/11)

Marsh's article “A Legal Semiotics Framework for Exploring the Origins of Hermagorean Stasis” has been accepted for publication in the International Journal for the Semiotics of Law. (8/16/10)

Tom Volek received an Achievement Medal for Civilian Service from the Department of the Army for his ongoing work on the J-School’s media and the military project. He received the award Oct. 1 during the “Bridging the Gap: A Military Experience for Journalists” workshop at Fort Leavenworth, Kan. The workshop was hosted by the J-School and the United States Army Combined Arms Center at Fort Leavenworth, and sponsored by a grant from the McCormick Foundation. (10/11/10)

Volek accompanied Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little, Ambassador David Lambert and Keith Yehle on a visit to the U.S. Army Combined Arms Center at Ft. Leavenworth, Kan., last week. The group met with Lt. Gen. Robert Caslen and other officials to discuss the KU media and the military program. (12/13/10)

Barbara Barnett and Tom Volek attended a retirement ceremony for Col. Steve Boylan at Fort Leavenworth. The ceremony was conducted by Gen. David Patraeus, who participated through a video teleconference from Afghanistan. Boylan was Patraeus's public affairs officer in Iraq. (11/1/10)

Kerry Benson served as a judge for the Business Marketing Association's annual Fountain Awards, which recognizes outstanding business-to-business advertising, public relations and promotion. The BMA will award the Kansas City winners on Nov. 17. (11/1/10)

Benson and Denise Linville are both finalists for the H.O.P.E. Award. The H.O.P.E. (Honor for Outstanding Progressive Educator) Award is the only KU award for teaching excellence bestowed upon faculty, exclusively by students. The senior class selects the winner. The Class of 1959 established the award to recognize outstanding teaching and concern for students. Senior class members select the winner by ballot and interviews. The winner will be announced at the Nov. 20 football game. (11/1/10)

Denise Linville is the 2010 recipient of KU’s H.O.P.E. Award. The H.O.P.E. (Honor for Outstanding Progressive Educator) Award is the only KU award for teaching excellence bestowed upon faculty, exclusively by students. The senior class selects the winner. The Class of 1959 established the award to recognize outstanding teaching and concern for students. Senior class members selected the winner by ballot and interviews. Linville was announced the winner at halftime of the Nov. 20 football game. Kerry Benson also was one of the five finalists for the award. See the 11/21 article in the Lawrence Journal World for more: http://bit.ly/i2oCK3 (11/22/10)

Doug Ward was featured in the May 10 issue of the Oread, KU’s employee newsletter. (6/14/10)

Ward also has been nominated for the Ned Fleming and Byron Shutz teaching awards. Nominees were chosen based on student feedback on the senior survey and a call for nomination to a group of randomly selected students this fall. The awards are part of the Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Awards. Winners will be announced during the spring semester. (11/18/10)

Ward has been elected to Faculty Senate for the 2011-12 school year. (5/2/11)

Ward moderated a paper session on the business of journalism last week at the American Journalism Historians Association national convention in Tucson. Ward is a member of the AJHA board and attended its annual business and planning sessions. He also oversaw the group's auction and raffle, which raised more than $1,500 this year. That money is distributed to graduate students to help defray their costs in attending the convention. (10/11/10)

Ward recently served as an outside reviewer for a tenure packet from the University of North Carolina. (11/18/10)

John Hudnall received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Journalism Education Association at the JEA- National Scholastic Press Association convention held last week in Kansas City, Mo. Hudnall served 19 years as the executive director of the Kansas Scholastic Press Association. (11/15/10)

Malcolm Gibson received the James H. Ottaway Fellowship to participate in the American Press Institute seminar on Digital Delivery, Nov. 8-9, in Reston, Va. The seminar explored how traditional media could maximize use of emerging media, including expanding revenue potential. (11/15/10)

Tien Lee has been appointed to the Editorial Advisory Board of the Asian Journal of Communication, a major academic journal based in Singapore. (11/29/10) Lee has been elected to the KU Executive Council of Graduate Faculty. (5/2/11) L

Linda Lee has been elected to KU’s Executive Committee of Latin American Studies. Lee is a member of the Center for Latin American Studies. (3/14/11)

The Midwest Democracy Project won third place in journalistic innovation in the National Headliner Awards announced this week. This was the project led by Pam Fine last semester in collaboration with the Kansas City Star and the University of Missouri. She received a $100,000 grant from the Ethics and Excellence Foundation to fund internships and scholarly research for the Midwest Democracy Project. (4/4/11)

The Midwest Democracy Project, a collaboration of the KU J-School, the University of Missouri Reynolds Institute and The Kansas City Star to develop new and better ways for citizens to get and give trustworthy information, is kicking off this week. Pam Fine was awarded a $100,000 grant from the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation on behalf of the partnership to hire recent graduates from KU and MU to serve as project fellows. The fellows will work on a variety of reportorial and citizen engagement projects in connection with the midterm elections. The grant also includes funding for student enterprise projects and academic studies. More information on the grant project will follow. (9/6/10)

Pam Fine has been named 2011 co-chair of the membership and marketing committee of the American Society of Newspaper Editors. (4/25/11)

Fine was a panelist Aug. 31 in the first of a series of online radio panels focusing on digital journalism issues, sponsored by the Online News Association. The discussion focused on the ethics of real-time journalism, including a look at how updates, reports and photos "going live” within seconds affect journalistic ethics and mission. David Boardman, executive editor of the Seattle Times, and Anthony Moor, lead local editor of Yahoo!, were the other panelists for the discussion lead by digital media consultant Amy Webb.  hear a replay of the showpage=onaon(9/6/10)

Fine will be at Colorado State University this week as part of a journalism accreditation site team. (10/25/10)

Fine was a judge for two different journalism contests in recent weeks including the Toner Prize for Excellence in Political Reporting, created this year to honor the late New York Times reporter Robin Toner. Fine worked with Toner at the Atlanta Constitution early in their careers. Fine also was a judge for the Florida Society of Newspapers Editors contest. (4/4/11)

Mike Williams will be the J-School's new Director of Special Projects and Innovation. Scott Reinardy will assume track chair responsibilities for News and Information. Patty Noland will join the Kansan Board. (5/9/11)

Jimmy Gentry has been named to the campus Financial Literacy Advisory Board. The board is part of a new campus effort focused on educating students about how to manage money, how to create and follow budgets, and how to control debt. (10/11/10)

Gentry spent the first week of January organizing and teaching at "Strictly Financials," a four-day program that teaches business journalists how to understand and analyze financial statements. He also spent a day teaching journalism professors how to teach students how to understand financial statements. The program, now in its fifth year, is sponsored by the Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism at Arizona State University's campus in Phoenix. (1/24/11)

Gentry will present two sessions: “Sherman's Best: Teaching Tips from the Barry Sherman Teaching Award Winners” and “Teaching Business Journalism: Different Approaches,” which is part of the Teacher of the Year session. Dean Ann Brill was a panelist on “Recruitment & Retention of Underrepresented Faculty & Staff: Hit & Miss” as part of the Tilford Conference on Diversity & Multiculturalism. KU hosted the conference Oct. 12. (10/18/10)

Ann Brill chaired the accrediting site team visit for the journalism department at St. Cloud State University in Minnesota, Nov. 7-10. (11/15/10)

Jackie Thomas is a judge for the National Press Foundation’s Excellence in Online Journalism Award. The award, honoring “achievement in the rapidly changing field of internet journalism,” will be presented at the Foundation’s annual dinner in March. (10/25/10)

David Guth served as a panelist April 20 in an all-day webinar, "Speaking About Communication," sponsored by Pearson Higher Education. His one-hour presentation was entitled "Collaborative Service Learning in a Capstone Course." He fielded questions from Alaska, Texas, San Diego, Boston and Florida. Approximately 200 people pre-registered for the webinar. (4/25/11)

Carol Holstead will present the awards for the Student Magazine Contest and attend the Magazine Division board meeting.

Sue Novak has written a monthly column, “Critter Care,” for the Lawrence Journal-World since 2005, and is vice president of the Lawrence Humane Society. Her recent column was featured on the blog.(6/14/10)
Mugur Geana received this year’s John Katich Award for Creativity from the School of Journalism. The annual Katich Award goes to a tenure-track or tenured faculty member in the School of Journalism who has demonstrated creativity in teaching, research, service or a combination of these areas. The $1,000 award is named in honor of John Katich, a dedicated teacher who loved students and inspired them to excel. He was on the School of Journalism faculty from 1986 until his death in Oct. 2001. His many achievements included the establishment of the sales curriculum, the enhancement of the professionalism of KJHK radio and the creation of KUJH-TV. Katich’s commitment to students and accomplishments as a teacher inspired the J-School, his family and his friends to establish this award. Barbara Barnett, a previous recipient of the award, and Tim Bengtson, Strategic Communication track chair, helped select Geana. In their judge’s comments they noted, “Mugur can make a complicated solution simple and accessible. His creativity shines through his research, his teaching and his service.” They also noted, “Like John Katich, Mugur brings to his colleagues and students the combination of creativity and collaboration that helps us all succeed.” Previous award recipients include: Rick Musser, 2006; Bob Basow, 2007; Barbara Barnett, 2008; and Doug Ward, 2009. 
Geana was chosen by the KU Center for Teaching Excellence and Teaching Excellence Advisory Members (TEAM) for the Best Practices Institute. The overall goal for the Best Practices Institute is for faculty to identify something positive they can add to their teaching. An additional goal is the building of relations among KU colleagues to share work about teaching and a resource for each other in ongoing growth.

Crystal Lumpkins was selected as a KU Faculty Seminar participant by the KU Center for Teaching Excellence and the Teaching Excellence Advisory Members (TEAM). Participants will read and comment on reflections on learning written by faculty members around the country. The group then discusses the ideas in five seminar meetings during Fall 2010, leading to the development of their own representation of the intellectual work done in their teaching. They will present ideas in an electronic poster forum that is shared with other universities.
Lumpkins was recommended to be a member of the University of Kansas Cancer Center (KUCC), by the KUCC membership committee. Her primary program assignment is to Cancer Control and Population Health. The other areas include Cancer Prevention; Drug Discovery and Experimental Therapeutics; Risk Factors for Carcinogenesis and Clinical Research.
Lumpkins was selected as a BIRCWH scholar at KU Medical Center in June. BIRCWH, Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health, is a faculty development program to strengthen women’s health research at the University of Kansas and to promote interdisciplinary research.
Lumpkins Participated in the Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) Best Practices Institute. CTE and TEAM (Teaching Excellence Advisory Members) selected her application, along with a dozen other KU faculty campus-wide. The two-day seminar took place in May, with a follow-up session in August. The institute assists faculty with increasing teaching effectiveness and building relationships with other KU faculty to share resources and experiences for continued growth.

Dick Nelson was honored by the Kansas City Press Club with the 2010 Member of the Year award and, in recognition of his retirement from KU and more than a decade of service on the Press Club's board of directors and other service, named the award "The Dick Nelson Member of the Year Award.”

Tom Eblen, retired faculty member and general manager of the University Daily Kansan, was named to the Hall of Fame of the Kansas Press Association.

Linda Lee was honored at KU’s annual Celebration of Teaching reception May 5. Each year, the Center for Teaching Excellence hosts this reception for a select group. CTE solicited from departments and divisions the names of two outstanding undergraduate students. These students met with their peers and identified a faculty member from their department whose teaching has had a major and beneficial impact on students. Lee was chosen from the J-School.

Jerry Crawford was honored at KU’s annual Celebration of Teaching reception May 5. Each year, the Center for Teaching Excellence hosts this reception for a select group. CTE solicited from departments and divisions the names of two outstanding undergraduate students. These students met with their peers and identified faculty members from their department whose teaching has had a major and beneficial impact on students.

Linda Lee also was chosen from the J-School for the honor.

Kerry Benson was a finalist for KU’s Honor for Outstanding Progressive Educator (H.O.P.E.) Award, KU’s highest teaching honor selected by students.

Chuck Marsh was a national finalist in the Scripps Howard Foundation Journalism & Mass Communication Teacher of the Year competition.

Kelly Crane was selected for the 2009-10 class of Staff Fellows. Coordinated by the Office of the Provost, the program seeks to engage staff at a deeper level in the life of the university and offer collegial support to explore career goals and professional development. The fellows support and strengthen the mission of KU by providing university leadership with proposals for programs or resources designed by the fellows through individual or group projects.

John Hudnall received the Journalism Education Association’s (JEA) highest honor, the Carl Towley Award, at the 2009 JEA convention in Washington, D.C. The award is presented to a JEA member whose work is unusually beneficial and of superior value to the national JEA and to scholastic journalism.

Jimmy Gentry was named the new Clyde M. Reed Teaching Professor in the School of Journalism. The Reed family established this professorship to honor excellence in teaching at the J-School.

Ann Brill was selected as a member of the 2010 class of the Alumni of Notable Achievement by the University of Minnesota's College of Liberal Arts. ANA members are nominated by the CLA alumni, faculty and staff. Of the college's 115,000 graduates, only 1,200 have been selected as Alumni of Notable Achievement.

Carol Holstead was selected as the Budig Teaching Professor of Writing for 2009-2010. Former KU Chancellor Gene Budig and his wife, Gretchen, provided the lead support for the establishment of this award. In addition to the title, Carol will present a lecture during spring semester about the importance of good writing. Ted Frederickson was the recipient last year.

Simran Sethi
• Is the winner of the 2009 KU Center for Sustainability Leadership award. According to the KU Center for Sustainability, “Sethi was recognized for her efforts to raise awareness and inspire action both in the classroom and the broader community. Her commitment to sustainability and service learning helps students make real world connections to environmental issues and support the local community. Outside of the classroom, Simran is a member of Lawrence's Sustainability Advisory Board, is writing a book on contemporary environmentalism, and blogs for The Huffington Post and Alternet, stimulating a national dialogue about sustainability.”
• Was nominated to be a 2010 TED fellow. TED is a non-profit devoted to "ideas worth spreading" that convenes leaders from areas of Technology, Entertainment and Design and hosts the annual TED Conference in Long Beach, Calif., featuring speakers including Al Gore, Jane Goodall, Jeff Skoll and Dave Eggers.
• Was named a green crusader by Indian-American magazine, along with Dr. Ashok Gupta, Program Director for the National Resources Defense Council and human rights advocate Anuradha Mittal
• Is the 2010 winner of the ACPA (American College Personnel Association) Sustainability Award, recognizing the efforts of an individual who has championed sustainability within academia. The award was presented March 22 at the ACPA 2010 convention in Washington, D.C.
• Has been nominated for a Women's Leadership Award at Chatham University. The University is the alma mater of environmental journalist and activist Rachel Carson and is home to the Rachel Carson Institute, dedicated to promoting the awareness and understanding of significant and current environmental issues through national and regional conferences, debates, lecture series, seminars, panel discussions and other educational programs.
• Has been named a contributing editor of Mother Earth News for her series “Greening House and Home.”

Mugur Geana
• Has developed a ten-episode radionovela focused on promoting colon cancer screening to Latinos in Kansas City. The radionovela, supported by a grant from the American Cancer Society, will be broadcasted starting June 16 on La Super X 1250AM, the Kansas City radio station with the largest Latino audience. The radio component is part of a larger health promotion campaign Geana is developing in collaboration with the Department of Family Medicine, KUMC and El Centro, Inc. • Attended the Grant Writing Workshop at the 2010 NCURA Region IV Conference in Omaha, Neb., Sunday, April 25.
• Is the co-investigator and recipient of an intervention grant awarded by the American Cancer Society. The $8,500 award will be used to promote colorectal cancer screening among medically underserved populations in Kansas City and Northern Missouri. Geana will help develop the communication materials and the dissemination strategy to be implemented by the regional ACS chapter.
• In continuing his pilot research conducted in the summer of 2009, has been named co-principal investigator for a $6,000,000 multicentric, multidisciplinary grant proposal addressing health communications for aging populations. If awarded, the proposal will bring $500,000 for research to the KU J-School over the next three years.
• Received a $24,200 subaward from the HRSA-Department of Health and Human Services/Academic Administrative Units in Primary Care, to help build capacity for new collaborations and the training of learners such as medical students and residents on developing new collaborative initiatives, in technologies and techniques for research and clinical service and advocacy.
• New Facebook research application is currently in the beta testing phase. The application, which runs on the Facebook online social Web site, allows a researcher to utilize the social network to compose and send surveys to Facebook members. The application utilizes four types of questions, which are highly customizable and have the option to embed images as part of the question, thus allowing for its use in visual communication research. Based on a programmable algorithm, the application can provide feedback or deliver a "reward" to the test taker in accordance with his/hers pattern of answers to the survey. 
• Was awarded $14,000 as principal investigator for a subcontract from the Department of Preventive Medicine, KUMC, to work on increasing participant recruiting for the “Implementation Intentions to Promote Colon Cancer Screening in Rural Primary Care” study, funded by the NIH-National Cancer Institute. Dr. Kimberly Engelman, Ph.D., is the principal investigator for the NIH award.

Crystal Lumpkins is the recipient of a two-year NIH minority supplement to an RO1 grant titled “Tailored Touch Screen Colorectal Cancer Prevention in Urban Core Clinics.” The grant is a supplemental grant to Dr. K. Allen Greiner’s four-year grant at the KU Medical Center. Lumpkins will serve as principal investigator on a study that will examine spirituality and religiosity in CRC screening targeting minorities and underserved populations.

Jerry Crawford and his students recently worked with the Kansas Bureau of Investigations on a special project preparing an in-depth video history of the KBI.

Jerry Crawford and junior Danielle Hochman worked with the Kansas Bureau of Investigation to produce a video history of the agency. The KBI celebrated its 70th anniversary in July and held an award celebration that featured a 25-minute documentary produced by Hochman. The documentary traced the origins of the agency to the more well-known crimes, such as the BTK killer case. The documentary will serve as a historical archive for agents and employees to view for years to come. The celebration was dedicated to the brave, devoted, and loyal women and men who, as past and present employees, have contributed to making the State of Kansas a safer place to live, relieved the suffering of victimized families, and prevented countless crimes through their tireless efforts. The celebration was attended by retired and current KBI employees, along with several past governors and attorneys general of Kansas. Governor Mark Parkinson praised the organization’s efforts and Attorney General Steve Six was on hand to speak and view the documentary. Crawford and Hochman also produced an additional 18.5 hours of interviews that also will be archived for historical reference at the KBI. The bureau plans to use all the material in their training and in a library setting. Crawford and Hochman are looking at possibly producing other short documentaries on specific cases discussed in the interviews. Doug Ward has been chosen to participate in the 2010 Course Redesign Colloquium sponsored by Instructional Development and Support. As part of the colloquium, he will receive a $500 instructional fund that he intends to use to create online components for Multimedia Editing.
Mugur Geana visited Texas Tech University between Oct. 26 and Nov. 1 as a recipient of the Big 12 Conference Travel Grant. Geana had meetings with scholars and administrators from the College of Mass Communications and he established a framework for research collaboration between the Experimental Research Media Lab from KU and the Center for Communications Research from TTU. The first joint research project is expected to start before the end of the Fall 2008 semester and will focus on exploring relationships between visual media, health messages and obesity. Geana is also working with scholars from KUMC and Texas Tech to prepare a collaborative grant proposal to be submitted to the National Institutes of Health in 2009.

Doug Ward has been awarded the School's General Research Fund grant for 2009.

Susanne Shaw received the Gerald Sass Award for Distinguished Service to Journalism and Mass Communication from the Association of Schools of Journalism and Mass Communication for her dedication to accreditation as executive director of the Accrediting Council since 1986. (AEJMC 2008)

Jimmy Gentry was presented with the Media Management and Economics Division’s Barry Sherman Teaching Award on Aug. 7. The award recognizes excellence and innovation in the teaching of media management and economics. Over the past 25 years, Gentry has taught thousands of communicators and journalists how to understand the language of business.

Simran Sethi's videos on environmental justice in Southeast Los Angeles launched on Sundance Channel's “The Good Fight.” She also interviewed Nobel Laureate Wangari Maathai for the series. Simran Sethi was nominated as a potential delegate for the Asia Society's upcoming Asia 21 Young Leaders Summit held in Tokyo, Japan, November 14-16. Simran Sethi was featured in the June issue of Natural Health in a feature on green weddings. Kelly Crane was featured in the Business Section of the KC Star in an article entitled “Relevance is key for grad school” on June 11.

She discussed the growth of the program and trend toward more specific degrees. Dennis Gagnon (alum) and Joshua Vaughn (current student) of the Marketing Communications graduate program were also featured online. David Perlmutter was profiled for his blogging research and experience in The Lawrence Journal-World’s KU section on Aug. 16. Kelly Crane was featured in this week‘s Oread in the article “Curious collections, unique hobbies abound on the hill.” Crane has played guitar since she was 12, and is a member of an all-female acoustic trio, “East of Eden.”

Doug Ward's paper "Inside Journalism History: Some Assumptions and Ideas That Shape the Field" was a runner-up for outstanding faculty paper at the American Journalism Historians Association convention in Seattle Oct. 1-4.

Simran Sethi was featured in November's Travel and Leisure magazine alongside Joseph Stiglitz, Adam Werbach, and Alice Waters as part of the Global Vision Awards on eco-tourism.

Sethi was nominated for a 2008 Sustainability Leadership Award. The KU Center for Sustainability gives these awards to recognize the achievements of individuals, programs and projects making important contributions to sustainability at KU by promoting the values of environmental, economic and social responsibility.

A review of David Perlmutter's book "Picturing China in the American Press: The Visual Portrayal of Sino- American Relations in Time Magazine; 1949-1973" (Lanham, MD: Lexington, 2007) appeared in the International Journal of Communication. Kerry Benson was a finalist for the 2008 H.O.P.E. Award.

Doug Ward was chosen as a semifinalist. Mary Klayder, a KU honors lecturer in English, received the award on Nov. 15 in the second half of the Jayhawks' home game against Texas.

Jerry Crawford was awarded the "Outstanding New Faculty Facilitator" award for his work this semester with students in the LA&S Learning Communities Program. The Learning Communities Program is an innovative academic initiative designed for first-time freshmen, as well as upper-level students at KU. Each LC is typically composed of a group of 20 students who are co-enrolled in two core courses and a seminar course that focuses on a particular theme. These courses fulfill requirements of majors and the professional schools. The LC Program invites students into small interactive learning groups with faculty and staff, and includes interesting co-curricular events, such as speakers, cultural and social activities. LCs offer both residential and non-residential options, creating enhanced academic support and opportunities for friendships.

Simran Sethi received the Smith College Medal, an award presented each February on Rally Day, to outstanding alumni. The Smith College Medal was established in 1962 to recognize alumni “who, in the judgment of the trustees, exemplify in their lives and work the true purpose of a liberal arts education.” Read the news release. Doug Ward was a nominee for the Outstanding Educator Award given by the KU chapter of the Mortar Board national honor society. Nominees are chosen based on their devotion to academics, teaching style, accessibility, knowledge of their subjects and other qualities identified by the KU chapter. The five winners, from art history, molecular biosciences, business, political science and biology, were announced in December.

Pam Fine was quoted in the latest edition of American Editor, the magazine of the American Society of Newspaper Editors, in an article on the impact news industry changes are having on J-Schools.

The summary of David Guth’s study, “Untapped Potential: Evaluating State Emergency Management Web Sites 2008,” will be reprinted in the next issue of TsuInfo Alert, the newsletter of the National Tsunami Hazard Mitigation Program. It is distributed to approximately 600 emergency managers, legislators and tsunami scientists of the five Pacific coast states, the Pacific Rim and worldwide.

Kim Callahan won first place for Best Front Page design in the Suburban Newspapers of America Awards contest.

Simran Sethi was featured in the January/February issue of Sierra Club magazine, discussing environmental media. Simran Sethi's environmental justice series “The Good Fight,” for Sundance Channel was a finalist in the News & Politics: Series category in the 13th Annual Webby Awards.

Barbara Barnett and Tien Lee have been recommended for promotion and tenure at the University of Kansas by the provost. The final decision will be made at the end of the month by the chancellor. Following that official decision, the School will host a gathering in their honor.

Simran Sethi, Lacy C. Haynes professional-in-residence, has been appointed as an associate professor at the J-School.

Jerry Crawford, Hearst visiting assistant professor, was appointed as an assistant professor at the J-School. Doug Ward received this year’s John Katich Creativity Award from the School of Journalism.

Bob Basow and Barbara Barnett, previous winners of the award, selected Ward, noting “His nominators made a strong case for him, offering evidence of his creativity and imagination in the classroom and his dedication to working with students as a coach and mentor.

Doug Ward is an ‘evangelist for editing.’ His nominators praise his imaginative approach to teaching, reporting that his creative continuum extends from ‘obiter dicta,’ (a periodic compilation of journalists ups and downs) to crossword puzzles on AP style. Doug's teaching strengthens students' foundation in the most fundamental of journalistic skills. Known to students as an expert with an open door, he serves as both mentor and coach inside and outside the classroom, helping students develop high standards of fairness and accuracy. His knowledge of copy editing and his passion for teaching make him an exemplary choice for the Katich Creativity Award.” The $1,000 award is named in honor of John Katich, a dedicated teacher who loved students and inspired them to excel. He was on the J-School faculty from 1986 until his death in Oct. 2001. He valued ideas that helped students learn and get excited about learning. Among his achievements were the establishment of the sales curriculum, the enhancement of the professionalism of KJHK and the creation of KUJH-TV. John’s commitment to students and accomplishments as a teacher inspired the school, his family and friends to establish this award. Previous recipients include: Rick Musser, 2006; Bob Basow, 2007; and Barbara Barnett, 2008.

Kelly Crane has been selected as a 2009-10 KU Staff Fellow. She is one of twelve fellows who have been invited to participate. The fellows represent a variety of units, interests, and job classifications from the Lawrence and Edwards Campuses. The purpose of the program is to make KU a stronger institution by providing opportunities for selected staff to take part in a structured program of professional development that includes skill and leadership development, the opportunity to gain broader knowledge of KU, and the completion of an individual project of interest that enhances the Staff Fellow’s home unit.

David Perlmutter will be the new director of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Iowa. He begins the appointment June 30.

Kerry Benson is one of five finalists for the Del Shankel Teaching Excellence Award given by KU student athletes.
The McCormick Tribune Foundation awarded the School a $50,000 grant to support. The Media and Military program that brings officers from Ft. Leavenworth to learn how to work with media and takes students to the Fort for a three-day “bootcamp.Tom Volek is coordinating the program.

Rick Musser received a $106,000 grant from the Kansas Health Institute to research and evaluate the effectiveness of a three-year program of the Association of Health Care Journalists in Columbia, Missouri. The Missouri program to train working journalists in health care reporting is supported by a grant from a consortium of Kansas and Missouri health foundations.

David Guth received a $65,514 grant from the KU Transportation Research Institute for a nationwide study of the effectiveness of state emergency management agency Web sites. David Perlmutter is co-principal investigator in a multidisciplinary research project on “Improving Highway Workzone Safety” that is funded by the KU Transportation Research Institute for 2008-2009. He works on ways to improve public message campaigns on workzone safety.

Mugur Geana received a New Faculty General Research Program grant to research “Identification of Key Communication Channels/Messages for the Efficient Delivery of Health-Related Information to the Baby Boomers Generation. The amount is $7,600. Linda Lee received an undergraduate research assistant grant for a student to assist her on a book on global marketing that she is writing with the dean of the Negocia business school in Paris

Kerry Benson was one of five finalists for the 2007 HOPE Award presented by the KU senior class. This was her fourth time as a finalist.

Simran Sethi was named Goddard Fellow at New York University’s first residential college for freshmen, and received the Environmental Media Award for the Sundance Channel original series, “Big Ideas for a Small Planet.” She also was appointed as a non-resident fellow of The Asia Society and will write internationally-syndicated articles for its Project-Syndicate.org.
Barbara Barnett:
--Received the Mary Ann Yodelis Smith Award for Feminist Scholarship for 2007 from the Commission on the Status of Women of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication at the August convention in Washington. Her proposed study, “Omniscience and Omnipotence: An exploration about motherhood in news coverage of the Andrea Yates trials” has the potential to make significant contributions to the literature of gender and media, the commission said. 
-- was chosen to attend the Poynter Institute Workshop on Teaching Diversity Across the Curriculum in May 2007.

Mugur Geana was selected to attend the Journalism Teaching Workshop at Indiana University in summer 2007.

Douglas Ward won two awards for papers at the American Journalism Historians Association Conference in October. The awards were: Top faculty paper for “Mapping the Women’s Magazine of the Early 20th Century: A geographic analysis of Ladies Home Journal Readers, 1911-1955;” Best article published in American Journalism for “From Barbarian Farmers to Yeoman Customers: Curtis Publishing Co. and the Search for Rural America, 1910-1930.”

Peggy Kuhr’s “Rosedale Project: KU’s Excellence in Journalism Camp” received a second place award in the AEJMC Scholastic Journalism Division Innovative Outreach competition. Presentation on the project at the national convention in August, 2007.

John Hudnall was chosen to receive the Outstanding Educator Award from the AEJMC Scholastic Journalism Division at the August 2007 convention. He chaired the division from 2003 to 2005. Sue Novak, director of the Bremner Center, received a first place award from the National Federation of Press Women, for a column she writes about the Lawrence Humane Society and animal care issues.

Tom Eblen, who retired in 2001 after 15 years as Kansan general manager, received the Clyde M. Reed Master Editor Award from the Kansas Press Association in May. Malcolm Gibson was elected president of the Kansas Associated Collegiate Press in April.
It represents advisers and students at 30 four- and two-year colleges.

Ted Frederickson was named the first Gene Budig Teaching Professor of Writing at the School for 2007-2008.

Bob Basow received the John Katich Creativity Award from the School.

Kerry Benson was a finalist for the HOPE Award, given by the KU Senior Class and Board of Class Officers. She has been a finalist three times.

Benson and Ward were chosen by the School’s graduate students to be honored at the KU Center for Teaching Excellence 2007 celebration of teaching.
Linda Lee
 was awarded a general research fund grant by KU in April to conduct interviews for a study of a culturally-sensitive marketing campaign that introduced Tropical brand fruit drink in Costa Rica.

Richard Musser
 was awarded a mini-grant of $5,000 by WaterLINK to direct an environmental reporting project in summer 2006 in partnership with The Lawrence Journal-World. His summer class will develop articles on water issues in Douglas County.

Douglas Ward was awarded a new faculty research grant in April to support his work on “A New Brand of Business: Curtis Publishing and the origins of market research.”

Charles Marsh
 received a sabbatical leave for fall 2006 to complete a book, “Classical Greek Rhetoric and Modern Public Relations.”
--Received both the Kemper Fellowship from the University and the HOPE Award from the KU senior class during 2005-2006.

Max Utsler
 received an Educator in the Newsroom Fellowship from the Radio Television News Directors Association to report for WEEK-TV in Peoria, Illinois, during July 2006, received a Faculty Fellowship to attend the National Association of Television Programming Executives conference in January, 2006, in Las Vegas.

Utsler and Bob Basow were chosen by the KU Center for Teaching Excellence to participate in its Faculty Seminar in fall 2006.
Susanne Shaw received the Outstanding Educator Award for 2004 from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication Newspaper Division in August 2004.

Charles Marsh was one of eight finalists for the HOPE Award given by the KU senior class in November.

Kerry Benson and Malcolm Gibson were nominees.

Bob Basow received the first Center for East Asian Studies Faculty Service Award in fall 2004.

Malcolm Gibson was an honorary initiate of the Order of Omega, honorary society for members of the student Greek community. He was initiated in February and recognized in May at the Interfraternity Council and Panhellenic Awards night.

Dean Ann Brill was selected as one of 15 fellows in the inaugural class of the Journalism and Mass Communication Leadership Institute administered by the Association of Schools of Journalism and Mass Communication. The new program is funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

Barbara Barnett was chosen to participate in the American Press Institute Educators Workshop, held in June 2005.

David Guth's accreditation by the Public Relations Society of America was extended for three more years.

Kristen Swain and Douglas Ward were selected to present papers and participate in the fall 2005 Faculty Colloquium of the Hall Center for the Humanities.

Kristen Swain and Max Utsler were selected to participate in the Center for Teaching Excellence Best Practices Institute in fall 2005.

Tim Bengtson was recognized at the Kansas-Nebraska women's basketball game in February for teaching excellence and the work done by his students on a Strategic Campaign to promote the team and sport.
Dick Nelson received the Kansas City Press Club Silver Award for outstanding service on its board of directors.

Tom Volek was one of seven finalists for the HOPE Award, given by the KU senior class. Tim Bengtson, Denise Linville and Max Utsler were among 20 semi-finalists.

Peggy Kuhr was one of seven finalists for the Del Shankel Teaching Excellence Award, selected by a committee of KU student athletes.

Kerry Benson and Malcolm Gibson were honored at the Center for Teaching Excellence Celebration of Teaching reception. They were chosen by journalism students.

The School received a Black Faculty and Staff Council Achievement Award in recognition of its support and commitment to students of color.

John Hudnall is president of the Scholastic Journalism Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.

Ann Brill is vice chair of the Professional Freedom and Responsibility Committee of AEJMC and will become its chair in August 2004.

María Len-Ríos is on the editorial board of the Journal of Web Site Promotion. The first issue came out in May 2004. Media coverage of recent research findings by Len-Ríos regarding the digital divide and media usage in the Kansas City metro area appeared in Associated Press news in November.

Bob Basow was named Del Brinkman Professor of Journalism for 2003-2004.

Rick Musser was selected to participate in a Seminar on "Teaching About Trauma" at the University of Southern California.
Dean James K. Gentry received the Society of American Business Editors and Writers' Distinguished Achievement Award at the society's 40th anniversary meeting in Boston in April. The award has been presented annually since 1993 to those who have advanced business journalism through nurturing others and through outstanding career performance. Dean Gentry was SABEW's first executive director, serving from 1985 to 1991, presiding over its growth from 130 members to more than 1,000. Now it has 3,200 members.

Charles Marsh received two awards for academic papers from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. His work on "Aristotelian Causal Analysis and Advertising Copywriting" was the outstanding faculty research paper in the open division in the AEJMC Southeast Colloquium. His paper on "Literary Journalism and Aristotle's Poetics" placed second in the magazine division and will be presented at the 2003 national convention.

Kerry Benson and Malcolm Gibson were among seven finalists for the HOPE Award, given by the University's senior class, and Tim Bengtson, a former winner, was nominated.

Larry Baden received two awards from student honor societies. The Golden Key National Honor Society presented him its award for excellence in teaching, advising and service. The Order of Omega gave him its outstanding faculty award. The group represents the students in the top 3 percent in grade point averages among all fraternities and sororities.


Shannon Campbell and Maria Len-Rios were chosen to attend the Clinical Research Roundtable on "Exploring New Models for Engaging the Public in the Clinical Research Enterprise," sponsored by the Institute of Medicine in Washington. Participating organizations included the Centers for Disease Control, Genentech, the American Cancer Society, WebMD and the Washington Post.

Len-Rios was one of 40 scholars invited to participate in the California Endowment's Conference on Food and Beverage Marketing to Children in June 2003. The conference involving representatives of universities, nonprofit organizations and advocacy groups nationwide discussed ways to combat childhood and teen obesity. Len-Rios was one of 15 educators selected to attend the Poynter Teaching Workshop at Indiana University in summer 2003.

Bob Basow was appointed to the International Advertising Education Committee of the American Academy of Advertising