CSB/SJU Faculty Honored

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May 10, 2002

ST. JOSEPH, Minn. - Faculty and staff members from the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University were honored at the academic affairs awards ceremony on Monday, May 6.

Sister Mary Grell Teacher of Distinction Award: Larry Davis, associate professor of geology and biology. Mary Grell, a noted biologist, served students at CSB/SJU for more than 35 years with intelligence, skill, dedication and genuine affection for them.

Robert L. Spaeth Teacher of Distinction Award: Joseph Farry, professor of political science. The award is named in honor of Spaeth, who died in 1994. He served as dean of the college at SJU for nine years in addition to offering lengthy terms of service as professor of liberal studies and director of freshman symposium.

Advising awards: Jeanne Cofell, cross divisional, education department advisor; Elaine Rutherford, fine arts, art; Richard Ice, humanities, associate professor of communication; Richard White, natural science, associate professor of chemistry; and Scott Johnson, social science, associate professor of political science.

Tenure and promotion to associate professor: Br. Dennis Beach, OSB, philosophy; Jeff Kamakahi, sociology; Jean Keller, philosophy, gender and women's studies; Rev. Michael Patella, OSB, theology; Br. David Rothstein, OSB, English; and Andrea Shaker, art.

Promotion to professor: Carolyn Finley, music; Jan Holtz, psychology; Henry Jakubowski, chemistry; Brian Johnson, chemistry; Lynn Moore, education; Lisa Ohm, modern and classical language; Charles Rambeck, economics; and Marcus Webster, biology.

Appointment of professor emeritus: Rev. Alberic Culhane, OSB, executive assistant president of alumni relations; Rev. Daniel Durken, OSB, professor of theology; and Joseph Farry, professor of political science.

Outgoing department chairs: David Bennetts, professor of history; and Paul Pladson, professor of accounting.

Kay Wolsborn, professor of political science, was recognized for serving as joint faculty assembly chair.

10 years of service: Jeff Anderson, associate professor of peace studies, department chair; Camilla Krone, associate professor of modern and classical language; Vincent Smiles, associate professor of theology, department chair; Scott Johnson, associate professor of political science; and S. Susan Wood, SCL, professor of theology.

15 years of service: Barbara Hansmeier, associate professor of nursing; Jan Holtz, professor of psychology; Dean Langley, professor of physics; and Kathleen Ohman, professor of nursing.

20 years of service: Tom Kirkman, associate professor of astronomy and physics; Dee Lamb, professor of education; Amy Olson, professor of nutrition, department chair; Jean Ochu, associate professor of accounting; and LuAnn Reif, assistant professor of nursing.

25 years of service: Dan Finn, professor of economics and theology; Kim Kasling, professor of music; Judy Knutson, associate professor of nursing; Rev. Robert Koopman, OSB, professor of music; John Merkle, professor of theology; Gary Prevost, professor of political science; Edmund Sass, professor of education; and Kathleen Twohy, professor of nursing, department chair.

30 years of service: S. Nancy Hynes, OSB, professor of English; Michael Opitz, professor of English; and Roselyn Schmitt, professor of philosophy.

Rev. Roger Kasprick, OSB, theology, was recognized for 42 years of service; and Rev. Wilfred Theisen, OSB, professor of physics, liaison officer, was recognized for 43 years of service.

Retiring: S. Baulu Kuan, OSB, associate professor of art; Joseph Farry, professor of political science; Rev. Daniel Durken, OSB, professor of theology and Rev. Alberic Culhane, OSB, executive assistant president of alumni relations.

Teacher-Scholar Award: Linda Mealey, professor of psychology.

The College of Saint Benedict for women and Saint John's University for men are partners in liberal arts education, providing students the opportunity to benefit from the distinctions of not one, but two nationally recognized Catholic, Benedictine, residential undergraduate colleges. Together, the colleges challenge students to live balanced lives of learning, work, leadership and service in a coeducational environment.