Awards and honors

If you or someone you know has received an honor, please e-mail the information to Cynthia King at

Bridgette Johnson, manager of field operations, parking and transportation services, received the February Crimson Spirit Award, which is given monthly to an employee who demonstrates superior service, creativity, problem solving, extra effort, or trust and respect in a difficult situation. Look for the nomination form under the Crimson Spirit Award link ONLINE @ to recommend an exemplary employee.

• A team of clinical experts and librarians assembled by the Essential Speech, Language and Hearing Bookshelf has named a book co-authored by Gail Chermak, chair, speech and hearing sciences, as the 2007 Speech, Language & Hearing Book of the Year. The book is the “Handbook of (Central) Auditory Processing Disorder.”

Rita A. Koontz, administrative services manager, Social and Economic Sciences Resource Center, has been elected chair of the nine-member Washington State Employees Credit Union’s board of directors, the first chair from eastern Washington in the credit union’s 50-year history.

Scott Fedale, director, and the Extension Communications and Educational Support video/multi-media unit have won the national American Distance Education Consortium’s “Barrier Buster” award for the Feb. 27 national webcast “The Strategic Case for Online Learning: Access, Engagement and Success.” Fedale hosted and co-produced the program. The award honors distance education programming focused on community development and action. Elements of the broadcast can be viewed ONLINE @

• The winners of the annual Association for Faculty Women graduate student awards for women are doctoral students Cortney A. Franklin (criminal justice) and Lia Nogueira (economic sciences) and master’s degree students Mary J. Rothlisberger (fine arts) and Teri L. Mayfield (philosophy).

Kathleen Warren, director of foundation relations for the WSU Foundation, has earned national recognition as grant professional certified, conferred by the Grant Professionals Certification Institute, Inc. (GPCI), an affiliate of the American Association of Grant Professionals (AAGP). The credential recognizes proficiency in standards that include tenure in the profession, education, demonstrated achievement and a commitment to service for public and private philanthropy.

• Members of the Sleep and Performance Research Center at WSU Spokane recently won national awards for abstracts from the Sleep Research Society. Devon Grant, study coordinator, and Adrienne Tucker, graduate student, won meritorious abstract awards. Lindsey Tompkins, research assistant, won an honorable mention abstract award.

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