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Celebrating CSLA

Among the CSLA students and alumni honored in 2015 for their accomplishments were (left to right) Steve Susanibar, Zhiqian Wang, Katelyn A. Brennen '12, Gabrielle Rejouis, Ivana Seric, Avontaque Kimber, Jacob Moorman, and Antanina Voit.

An awards ceremony recognizing faculty, staff, students and alumni was a concluding highlight of the spring semester for the College of Science and Liberal Arts (CSLA). Held in the Campus Center, the event on May 6 also featured a keynote presentation on biological and electronic olfaction by prominent researcher Dr. Alan Gelperin, who is with the Princeton Neuroscience Institute.

Awards were presented to honorees by CSLA Dean Kevin Belfield. Speaking of the CSLA alumni who were recognized, Belfield emphasized the range of educational choices offered by the college and the diverse career options available to graduates, including preparation for professional degrees in law and medicine.

Distinguished CSLA alumni honored this year were Ornthida Sae-Khow, Department of Chemistry and Environmental Science, and Katelyn A. Brennen, Department of Humanities. Sae-Khow completed a Ph.D. in chemistry in 2010 and now has major responsibility for project management at Siam Cement Group, one of Thailand’s leading industrial conglomerates. Brennen, whose 2012 bachelor’s combined studies in Science, Technology and Society with Communication and Media, has embarked on a career in environmental management with the Monmouth Conservation Foundation in New Jersey.

CSLA faculty and staff award recipients were Professor of Humanities Burt Kimmelman, Excellence in Research; Professor of Humanities Chris Funkhouser, Excellence in Service; Associate Professor of Mathematics Richard Moore, Excellence in Undergraduate Education; University Lecturer in History Kyle Riismandel, Excellence in Teaching by Instructional Staff; Research Professor of Physics Gregory Fleishman, Excellence in Research by Non-Tenure/Tenure-Track Staff; and Maureen O’Rourke, Department of History, Outstanding Staff Award.

CSLA undergraduates recognized for outstanding achievement were Antanina Voit, Chemistry and Environmental Science; Gabrielle Rejouis, History; Avontaque Kimber, Humanities; Jacob Moorman, Mathematical Sciences; and Steve Susanibar, Physics.

Graduate students honored were Zhiqian Wang, Chemistry and Environmental Science; Shelley McIvor, Humanities; and Ivana Seric, Mathematical Sciences.