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February 2014 Notes of Distinction

Friday Feb 07, 2014


Whether it’s a published article or book, a prestigious award, or speaking engagement, members of Indiana University Northwest’s faculty and staff continue to show their wealth of expertise. Here are the most recent top achievers that have made a name for themselves, and IU Northwest.

Officer Amanda Earley, of the IUPD-NW was recently honored with the Gary Martin Award for Mental Attitude. The award signifies her extraordinary mental attitude throughout her 15 weeks of academy training with the Northwest Indiana Law Enforcement (NILEA). The award is named for the late Gary Martin, who had served for many years as a professor in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs as well as served as Chief of Police for the Lake County Sheriff’s Department. The award has been bestowed upon a candidate during each NILEA graduation ceremony since the academy’s inception in 2006. Officer Earley is the first member of the IUPD-NW to be honored with this award.

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Officer Rosemary Quinones, along with her colleague Officer Earley, also recently graduated from the NILEA, which provides in-service training programs to more than 1,800 police officers, offering in-service training classes and two 15-week basic recruit academy classes annually. The state of Indiana requires that all newly hired law enforcement candidates pass this 15-week, 600-hour training course.

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Officers of the IUPD-NW were special guests at the 5th District Chili ‘N Chat Community Forum in Gary. At the forum, Councilwoman Kimberly Robinson highlighted the community engagement efforts of the IUPD-NW, represented at the forum by Chief Patricia Nowak, Chief Wayne James, Sgt. Melvin Blakely, Officer Brandon Campbell, and Officer Clifford Caldwell.

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Joseph Pellicciotti, Vice Chancellor of Administration and SPEA Professor, has been selected by Indiana State Bar Association (ISBA) president, James Dimos, as co-chair of the ISBA Written Publications Committee.  The Written Publications Committee reviews and approves all articles on professional subjects prior to publication in the Association’s journal.  The committee also oversees the annual Harrison Legal Writing Awards competition.

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Jeri Pat Gabbert, Vice Chancellor for University Advancement and External Affairs, recently presented a webinar, “Make the Ask! The Fundamentals of an Effective Solicitation,” for the Association of Lutheran Development Executives (ALDE). She also made the same presentation at the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) Conference in January.

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Congratulations to the following individuals who have been awarded IU Northwest Regional Research Grants for 2014.  The funding for these grants is provided by the Office of Academic Affairs in conjunction with matching funds from the Office of the Vice President for Research at Indiana University.     

Tanice Foltz, Professor of Sociology and Monica Solinas-Saunders, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice for their project entitled Student Victimization Survey.

Iztok Hozo, Professor of Mathematics and Dipika Gupta, Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at IUSM-NW for their project entitled Peptidoglycan recognition proteins – a role in asthma.

Julie Peller, Associate Professor of Chemistry; Zoran Kilibarda, Associate Professor of Geosciences; and Harold Olivey, Assistant Professor of Biology for their project entitled Fluorescence Microscopy for IU Northwest Science Departments and Research Projects

Jie Wang, Assistant Professor of Computer Information Systems for her project entitled A Scalable Framework for Reputation-aware Online Evaluation From User-generated Content

Susan Zinner, Associate Professor in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs for her project entitled Infant Mortality Conference

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Congratulations to the following individuals who have been nominated for IU Northwest’s Founders Day Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Full-time: William Allegrezza, Peter Avis, Vesna Balac, Anne Balay, Subir Bandyopadhyay, Jon Becker, Matthew Benus, Eve Bottando, Lawrence Brewerton, Jonathyne Briggs, Atta Ceesay, Spencer Cortwright, Frances Daniel, Rosalinda DeLuna, Steve Disney, Tanice Foltz, Adrian Garcia, Janice Grskovic, Michelle Guan, Marshelia Harris, Charles Hobson, Ju Park, Zoran Kilibarda, Kelly Knaga, Glann Lauzon, Tom Long, Kevin McElmurry, Elena Mrozinske, Brian O’Camb, Harold Olivey, Ana Osan, David Parnell, Scooter Pegram, Micah Pollak, Axel Schulze-Halberg, Stephanie Smith, Doug Swartz, Danny Tsataros, John Tsolakos, Marilyn Vasquez, Tia Walker, Alex Wang, Alicia Wright.

Adjunct: Ausra Buzenas, Lisa Glancy, Michael Griffin, Albert Martin, Maureen Rutherford, Patricia Wilson, Steven Zolvinski.

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Nicole Anslover, Professor of History recently appeared as a guest on C-SPAN's television show, "First Ladies: Image and Influence", in conjunction with her new book Harry S. Truman: The Coming of the Cold War.

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Congratulations to the following members of the campus community who were honored at the Faculty/Staff Appreciation Night, held during a recent men’s basketball game for their individual contribution, support, and positive influence to the university and to our student-athletes.

Honored during halftime were: Charles Gallmeier, Mark Hoyert, Megan Jenks, Darrell Jones, Vesna Kilibarda, Catherine Lazo-Miller, Christopher Young, Jennifer Campbell, Dorothy Ige, Earl Jones, Toni Szymanski, Natasha Brown, Steve Dunphy, Julie Peller, Micah Pollak.

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