Faculty News & Awards

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Dr. John Ventura
 (Electrical & Computer Engineering) was honored with the Distinguished Lasallian Educator Award at the CBU Academic Convocation on August 28. The award — the highest presented by the University to faculty or staff — annually honors a CBU educator, nominated by his/her peers, who exemplifies the ideals of St. John Baptist de La Salle in the 21st century. Recipients must have been a Lasallian educator for at least five years, be actively involved in fostering the mission of Lasallian education, exemplify in his/her life the spirit of St. John Baptist de La Salle, and demonstrate an enthusiasm for the Lasallian tradition. Dr. Ventura is pictured above (center) with Brother Dominic Ehrmantraut, Director of Mission, and President John Smarrelli.

Other awards presented at the Convocation included:
Dr. Kathleen Sauser (Biology) was honored with the Dr. Marguerite Cooper School of Sciences Faculty Award.
Dr. Bevalee Vitali (Management/Marketing/Economics) was awarded the Outstanding Academic Advisor Award.
Dr. Divya Choudhary (Electrical & Computer Engineering) was awarded the Outstanding New Academic Advisor Award.

Endowed Faculty Chairs were awarded to:
 The Harry B. Solmson Chair Of Business Administration was awarded to Dr. James Allen (Management/Marketing/Economics).
 The Morrie A. & Lillian Moss Chair In Accounting was awarded to Dr. Jennifer Weske (Accounting).
 The Harold R. Krelstein Chair In Performing Arts & Communications was awarded to Nick Peña (Visual & Performing Arts).
 The Dr. John J. Shea Chair In Science & Mathematics was awarded to Dr. John Varriano (Physics & Natural Science).
 The Brother Bernard LoCoco Presidential Chair was awarded to Dr. Mark Scott (Physician Assistant Studies).
 The J. Everett Pidgeon Chair was awarded to Dr. Paul Shiue (Mechanical Engineering).

The following faculty members were granted tenure or received promotions for the 2014-15 academic year:
Dr. James Allen (Management/Marketing/Economics) has been promoted to the rank of Associate Professor.
Dr. Wendy Ashcroft (Education) has been granted tenure.
Dr. Divya Choudhary (Electrical & Computer Engineering) has been promoted to the rank of Associate Professor.
Dr. Bert Fulmer (Religion & Philosophy) has been granted tenure.
Dr. Karen Golightly (Literature & Languages) has been granted tenure.
Dr. Andrew Morgret (Accounting) has been promoted to the rank of Associate Professor.
Dr. Clayann Panetta (Literature & Languages) has been promoted to the rank of Professor.
Nick Peña (Visual & Performing Arts) has been promoted to the rank of Associate Professor.
Dr. Kathleen Sauser (Biology) has been promoted to the rank of Associate Professor.
Dr. Sue Trzynka (Nursing) has been promoted to the rank of Associate Professor.
Dr. John Ventura (Electrical & Computer Engineering) has been promoted to the rank of Professor.
Dr. John Young (Chemistry) has been granted tenure.