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Winter 2009 | Volume 32, Number 1 | Campus

Professors Earn Peer Awards

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From left: Schlee, Holmes, and Grauf-Grounds (Fitch not shown)
From left: Schlee, Holmes, and Grauf-Grounds (Fitch not in photo)

In 2008, four Seattle Pacific University professors received top awards from their respective professional associations.

Last February, the Washington Music Educators Association (WMEA) selected Professor of Music Education and Chair of the Music Department Ramona Holmes as the 2008 Higher Education Music Educator of the Year. In part, the award recognized Holmes for a summer music program she oversees at SPU designed to help K–12 music teachers find practical continuing education. It’s just one of “the outstanding contributions Ramona has made to music education,” of-fers Jo Caldwell, editor of WMEA’s VOICE magazine.

Then, in March, the Washington Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (WAMFT) recognized Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy Claudia Grauf-Grounds as its 2007 Supervisor of the Year. According to Julie Wood, WAMFT president, Grauf-Grounds was chosen for her clinical and ethical excellence while fostering strong relationships with the students she supervises.

April brought two more awards. The Northwest Osteopathic Medical Foundation (NWOMF) gave Associate Professor of Biology Cindy Fitch the Founders Award for top pre-med advising. “Cindy’s enthusiasm and preparation have been instrumental in guiding students into osteopathic schools,” says Margaret Johnson, NWOMF program director.

Finally, the Marketing Educators’ Association (MEA) selected Professor of Marketing Regina Schlee as its Conference Paper Co-Author of the Year. The paper by Schlee and her collaborators suggests a marketing curriculum for the relatively new field of social entrepreneurship. “These recommendations are likely to influence how thousands of marketing students are taught in the future,” states Barbara Gross, MEA president for 2008–09.

—Photo by Daniel Sheehan

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