Awards presented at commencement breakfast

Trine University honored a number of faculty and staff members with awards during its annual commencement breakfast on May 7.

Several faculty received the McKetta-Smith Excellence in Teaching Awards, established for the faculty by Trustee Emeritus and 1937 alumnus Dr. John J. McKetta in 1989:

  • Bill Maddock, associate professor in the Ketner School of Business, received the Charles William, Nelle Paris & Mary Ann McKetta Excellence in Teaching Award and the Prof. Gerald H. Moore Overall Excellence in Teaching Award.
  • Danny Matthews, associate professor in the Department of Mathematics and Informatics, received the Helen Smith McKetta Excellence in Teaching Award.
  • Sarah Young, assistant professor in the Department of Humanities and Communications, received the Robert Ewing & Gail Stewart Smith Excellence in Teaching Award.
  • Vicki Moravec, Ph.D., professor and chair in the Department of Science, received the Robert Andrew & Anne Ewing Smith Excellence in Teaching Award.
  • Ryan Dombkowski, Ph.D., associate professor in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program, received the Merle J. & Anne Mae McKetta Thomas Excellence in Teaching Award.
  • Ryan Overton, Ph.D., associate professor in the Reiners Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, received the Charles & Sue Ragan Gelet Excellence in Teaching Award.
  • Stephen Carr, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, received the Steve & Mary Yacynch McKetta Excellence in Teaching Award.
  • Gary Green, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Reiners Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, received the Frank & Julia Gelet McKetta Excellence in Teaching Award.
  • Daryl Webber, Ph.D., associate professor and chair of the Wade Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, received the John J. & Mary Gelet McKetta Excellence in Teaching Award.

The 2016 Barrenbrugge Award for Faculty Excellence was presented to Haseeb Kazi, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Mathematics and Informatics. Established in 1984 and endowed by 1932 aeronautical engineering alumnus Charles C. Barrenbrugge, the award recognizes all-around excellence in teaching, scholarship and service to the university.

The Jannen Renaissance Scholar Award was presented to Amy Sayler-Nicholls, professor of English in the Department of Humanities and Communication. The award — endowed by Robert L. Jannen, chair emeritus of the board of trustees and TSU alumnus, and his wife Dolores — recognizes faculty members who best represent the ideals of the Renaissance, showing both breadth of interest and accomplishment.

Retired professor Jeanine Samuelson, Ph.D., of the Department of Humanities and Communication, and Karen Hamilton, Ph.D., retiring dean of the Franks School of Education, were conferred the rank of professor emeritus.

The Outstanding Faculty Scholarship Award was presented to Jamie Canino, Ph.D., associate professor in the Wade Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. Kimberly Beran-Shepler, P.T., of the Doctor of Physical Therapy program, received the Academic Service Award.

Thomas Smead received the Outstanding Adjunct Award in the School of Professional Studies. Jessica Sapp in the Rinker-Ross School of Health Sciences and Gregory Shull in the Ketner School of Business were recognized with Outstanding Adjunct Awards for the main campus. Robert Doolin received the Outstanding Adjunct Award in the graduate school.

President’s Awards for Excellence in Performance were given to staff members Jason Cable in Information Technology, Chuck Stommel in Campus Operations and Julie Pfafman in Academic Affairs.