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College of Public Health and Human Sciences honors faculty and staff

During the college’s annual meeting earlier this month, awards were presented to the following hard working, committed, extraordinary faculty and staff.

Faculty Excellence Award
Professor Brad Cardinal, Nutrition and Exercise Sciences
This award was presented to Brad for his steadfast commitment to help students conduct and publish research and seek professional development, and for his excellence in teaching and his distinguished international service to his profession.

Excellence in Teaching and Mentoring Award
Assistant Professor Leslie Richards
, Human Development and Family Sciences
Leslie is highly regarded by peers and students alike for her knowledge of poverty and families, her dedication to every student she teaches and mentors, and her service to the LINC program and to the OSU community.

Excellence in Outreach Award
Renee Carr, Foods and Nutrition Instructor, Extension Family and Community Health, Nutrition and Exercise Sciences
Renee was recognized for her success in creating and delivering innovative and effective nutrition and physical activity programs that enhance the health and well being of children, families and communities.

Faculty and Staff Excellence Award
Nancy Creel, Office Coordinator
, Department of Public Health
This award was presented to Nancy for her competence, professionalism, tenacity, efficiency, skill, confidence, humor, compassion, flexibility, organization, ability to multi-task, honesty, patience, energy, productivity, grace, and “can do” attitude.

Taking Care of Life Award
Liz Gray, Assistant Dean for Academic Programs
, College of Health and Human Sciences
Liz was chosen for this award for her pioneering spirit, her design of student engagement programs, her dedication to every student’s success, her passionate service to our college and the OSU community and her tenacity to “get it done”!

Oregon Master of Public Health Program 2009 faculty awards

The Oregon Master of Public Health Program (OMPH) is a unique collaborative statewide degree program offered through Oregon State University, Oregon Health and Science University  and Portland State University.

Becky Donatelle:  2009 Excellence in Service Award
Associate professor Becky Donatelle has been a part of the OMPH Program since its foundation, serving as a member of the original OMPH Accreditation Planning Committee in 1995.  She serves as the Health Promotion Track Coordinator at OSU and has participated in several search committees. Her contributions extend to professional committees and university governance and participation in local, state and national organizations and have included: chair of the Department of Public Health at OSU, Graduate Student Coordinator, OSU Graduate Council, State Department of Education Violence Prevention Advisory Committee, as well as being a peer journal reviewer for several professional journals in her field.  Beyond Becky’s service, she is committed to her research and to the students and classes she teaches.  She is a mentor and tireless supporter of many graduate students.

Sheryl Thorburn: 2009 Excellence in Research Award
Associate professor Sheryl Thorburn was acknowledged for her research that is “pertinent, timely, valued, both nationally and internationally.”  She is one of a small number of researchers who examines discrimination in health care and its potential influence on health care attitudes and utilization. Her National Cancer Institute grant focuses on the potential impact of perceived discrimination and medical mistrust on Hmong women’s breast and cervical cancer screening behavior.  Sheryl led an NIH study that determined that substantial proportions of African Americans nationally endorse conspiracy beliefs about HIV/AIDS. Her publication record is outstanding and she inspires students to hone their research skills in her Research Methodologies and Evaluation classes.  Students find her a willing participant in their projects, someone who offers insight and motivates students to do their best.

Award recognizes lifetime achievements

Dr. Mike Maksud
This spring, Emeritus Professor Mike Maksud was honored by Michigan State University as he received their Department of Kinesiology Alumni Professional Achievement Award. He was recognized for his distinguished career that concluded at OSU where he was Dean of the College of Health and Human Performance from 1980 to 1995. Mike received his BS from the University of Illinois, his BS from Syracuse University and his PhD from Michigan State in kinesiology. Mike is a Fellow in the American College of Sports Medicine and the American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education. He was inducted into the University of Illinois-Chicago Athletic Hall of Fame and received the Distinguished Administrator Award from the National Association for Physical Education in Higher Education.