CYAF Welcomes Two New Assistant Professors
Dr. Tonia Durden is the Early Childhood Extension Specialist at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her primary responsibilities include providing expertise and leadership in developing research based early childhood programming and resources that support the holistic development of young children. Her area of expertise and scholarly activity focuses on examining how educators and families can support the socio-cultural development and awareness of young children.
Dr. Jodi Letiewicz is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Child, Youth, and Family Studies where she currently teaches Insurance Planning, Retirement Planning, and Family Financial Planning. Her professional interests include research concerning consumer financial decision making and well-being especially among young adults, and how personality traits impact and predict financial outcomes. Her goal is to help improve financial outcomes for all consumers through both the financial marketplace and consumer perpective.
Brittany Dietrich, a senior in family science, is the recipient of a Mary Weiking Franken Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded to a Phi Upsilon member working toward a baccalaureate degree in family and consumer science or a related area.
Julia Kroeker, a first year doctoral student, with emphasis in child development/early childhood education has received a Geraldine Clewell Doctoral Fellowship. This fellowship is awarded to a doctoral student in family and consumer sciences or a related area who desires to teach at the college/university level. The student must be recommended by their major advisor.
**The Mary Weiking Franken Scholarship and Geraldine Clewell Doctoral Fellowship are offered by Phi Upsilon Omicron, a national honor society in family and consumer sciences, offering scholarships, fellowships and awards only to Phi Upsilon Omicron members.
Congratulations to Lisa King
Lisa King, Graduate Secretary has been awarded the 2012 Rose Frolik Award from the University of Nebraska Office Personnel Association (UNOPA). This annual award was established in 1988 to recognize a member who demonstrates the attributes of UNOPA's founder and first president, Rose Frolik. Rose was an enthusiastic, energetic person who challenged life and felt that how you do your work may be a lot more important than what you do. UNOPA members who have been active for at least the past five years are eligible for nomination. Recipients of this very special honor are presented with a personalized plaque commemorating their recognition, a year's membership to UNOPA, and a $600 cash award.
Dr. Carolyn Pope Edwards, has been named the 2012 University-Wide Outstanding Research and Creative Activity Award Winner. This Award is in honor of outstanding research or creative activity of national/international significance conducted by individual full-time members. The award is given for a sustained record of excellent accomplishment in research or creative activity, rather than meritorious service. Congratulations to Dr. Pope Edwards!
Dr. Yan (Ruth) Xia, is the recipient of the 2012 College of Education and Human Sciences Distinguished Teaching Award. The Distinguished Teaching Award is given annually to individuals who demonstrate the qualities of a "model teacher". The model teacher is one to whom colleagues would send their students to observe and emulate if their students had to follow in the footsteps of only one teacher. The one common component of the model teacher is that he or she has made a positive difference in the lives of a vast majority of the students with whom he or she has been in contact. Congratulations to Dr. Xia!
Dr. Rochelle Dalla is a recipient of the 2011-2012 UNL Parents Association Award. Parents nominate a faculty or staff employee who has made a significant difference in their student's life. Congratulations to Dr. Dalla!
Visiting Scholar to discuss his reasearch
Zsombor Rajkai, an associate professor from the Kyoto University in Japan, will discuss his research and attempt to give new interpretation of family (relations) in socialist and post-socialist societies as so-called transitional societies at 3:30 p.m., March 15 in Mabel Lee Hall, room 262. A reception will follow the presentation.
The title of Rajkai's presentation is "Family and Social Change in Socialist and Post-Socialist Societies: East Europe and East Asia."
Rajkai's expertise is in the role of family both in socialist modernization and in the subsequent systemic transformation. His research team focuses on understanding how marketization (from plan economy to market economy), changing social/family policies (with the state playing less paternalistic roles than before), as well as, the potential of newly emerging grassroots communities/civil society affect the intimate sphere/family in these transitional societies. Following the presentation, Rajkai will be available to discuss his presentation. The presentation is open to all interested faculty, staff and students.
Congratulations! to our award winning staff members!
- Diane Carson, recipient of the first CEHS Star Award
- Jan Harris, Floyd S. Oldt Silver Pen Award
- Julie Lanxon, Floyd S. Oldt Outstanding Staff Award
and Winner of the March Nebraska Board of Regents KUDOS Award
|Maureen Todd was the recipient of the 2012 Folsom Distinguished Dissertation Award. Internal and external reviewers considered dissertations for their clarity, scholarship, methodology, and contribution to the field. Maureen received a $1,000 check and a commemorative medal which was presented on February 2, 2012 at the Van Brunt Visitor's Center.|