LHU opens academic year with annual Founder’s Day Convocation Ceremony

LOCK HAVEN — The annual Founder’s Day Convocation ceremony for Lock Haven University marked the beginning of the 2019-20 academic year.

Founder’s Day Convocation traditionally recognizes outstanding faculty members who exemplify core values and who are acknowledged by their colleagues for exemplary scholarship, service and excellence in teaching.

Five faculty members were recognized for their outstanding commitment to scholarship, service and fostering student success.

Outstanding Scholarship

Marian Tzolov, professor in the Department of Geology and Physics, received the University Award for Outstanding Scholarship. Tzolov joined the LHU faculty as assistant professor in 2005 and was promoted to professor in 2015.

He received the University Award for Outstanding Scholarship in 2011, and is author and co-author of 51 research papers and 27 published conference presentations; six of his publications have been cited in other publications more than 50 times.

Outstanding Service

Kathleen Allison, professor in the Department of Health Sciences, received the University Award for Outstanding Service.

She has completed two community and public health education self-study reports and two self-study reports to maintain NCATE/CAEP accreditation, has taken students to the annual Health Advocacy Summit in Washington, D.C., is a leader with Phi Kappa Phi and the Society for Public Health Education and has worked on the Clinton County Healthy Community Board.

Excellence in Mentoring

The Peer Choice Award for Excellence in Mentoring was awarded to Sharon Stringer, professor in the Communication Department.

Stringer was presented with a plaque that reads, “Your long record of helping students develop and practice the skills they need to succeed in the communication fields is greatly admired by your peers.”

Excellence in Pedagogy

The Peer Choice Award for Excellence in Pedagogy was awarded to Marlene Jensen, associate professor in the Business and Computer Science Department.

Jensen was presented with a plaque that reads, “You prepare students for vocational success by teaching them the skills they need to solve problems for the real clients they serve in your coursework. You are a role model for anyone who wants to do authentic instruction.”

Excellence in Advising

The Peer Choice Award for Excellence in Advising was awarded to Curt Dixon, professor in the Health Science Department.

Dixon was presented with a plaque that reads, “Your ability to identify the strengths of individual students and help them forge academic programs that will later yield good jobs is greatly admired by your peers.”

Keynote speaker

Keynote speaker Dan Buccino, a clinical supervisor and student coordinator and director of the Institute for Civility at Johns Hopkins, spoke to attendees about the importance of civility and respect.

“Welcome to the first day of the best four years of your life. Welcome to Lock Haven University,” Buccino said as he began his address.

He encouraged the students to “at least show up,” if nothing else. Attend class, take part in events and activities, be involved — and be respectful and accepting of others.

Buccino, also a musician, spoke of his time as a young man and member of the punk rock band, the Insect Surfers.

“Even among the punk rockers, there were decent people,” he said, reminding others that there is good and bad in every setting or group and to seek out the good in everyone.

“Nice guys, and gals, often do finish first — not last,” he said, adding later that being civil is not about how you feel, but how you make others feel. “Choosing civility is very punk rock right now,” he said.


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