Dean Lushniak, Jessica Duque, Amanda Grimes
May 17, 2018

The Spring 2018 SPH faculty and staff assembly included plenty of great news about school and department-level accomplishments, and laughter and good cheer during the faculty and staff awards.

Dean Boris Lushniak spoke warmly about this being the culmination of the SPH ten-year anniversary celebration, highlighting the various celebrations that happened over the course of the academic year. He noted that the SPH commencement ceremony, happening this Saturday, May 19th, will mark the end of our anniversary year and the start of our second decade. 

Dean Lushniak then presented ten-year service awards to Kelly Blake, Tracy Kennedy and Maurice Rocque. Andrew McCarty received a five-year award.

With a sly twinkle in her eye, Dr. Betty Brown emceed the faculty and staff awards, which were kicked off with the dramatic entrance of two students wearing lab coats, latex gloves and masks. They carried a Styrofoam cooler containing the award nominations which, Dr. Brown explained, had been sealed and kept in sterile conditions.

Where possible, last year’s winners presented this year’s recipients with their awards. The following faculty and staff members received awards:

Doris Sands Excellence in Teaching Award
Dr. Negin Fouladi 
2017-2018

George F. Kramer Practitioner of the Year Award
Dr. Muhiuddin Haider
2017-2018

Jerry P. Wrenn Outstanding Service Award
Dr. Robin Puett 
2017-2018

Research and Development Award
Dr. Amy Sapkota
2017-2018

Research and Development Award
Dr. J. Carson Smith
2017-2018

Leda Amick Wilson Mentoring Award
Dr. Amy Lewin
2017-2018

Viki Annand Staff Excellence Award
Bianca Garcia
2017-2018

Viki Annand Staff Excellence Award
Jessica Duque
2017-2018

Gloria S. Friedgen School Spirit Award
Dr. Elaine Anderson
2017-2018

Staff Teamwork and Community-Builder Award
Kristin Cipriani
2017-2018

Following reports from each of the departments, the group adjourned for a potluck lunch at the Lynne Reilly faculty/staff lounge and patio, with UMD Facilities Management's Tony Lapole manning the grill. 

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