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Third Annual STAR Awards Held

For Immediate Release: June 11, 2012

Contact Sherry Mercurio, Director of Public Relations, 614.947.6581

Columbus, OH —

On Saturday, June 9, Franklin University, a leading educator of working adults, held its third annual Scholarship, Teaching, Advancement, and Results (STAR) awards ceremony in Ross Auditorium.  More than 100 adjunct faculty members were recognized during the event.

Individuals were nominated for a STAR award by their Lead Faculty members based upon their overall contribution to the program in which they teach and student evaluations and feedback with regard to the quality of the instruction they provide.

2011 Platinum STAR Recipients
Jessica Hamlin – College of Arts, Sciences, and Technology
Robert Sievers – College of Business
Andy Dorr – College of Health and Public Administration

2011-2012 Excellence in Mentoring Awards
The Office of Teaching Effectiveness also recognized recipients for the Excellence in Mentoring and Promising New Adjunct Faculty Awards. Two individuals received the Excellence in Mentoring Awards for the 2011-2012 academic year. Winners were selected based on their mentees’ feedback, as well as their mentees’ performance in the mentored class, and their adherence to program policies and procedures.

2011-2012 Excellence in Mentoring Award Recipients
Dr. Bob Barrett
Harlan Schottenstein

2011-2012 Promising New Adjunct Award
The Promising New Adjunct Faculty Award is awarded to the adjunct faculty member who shows exemplary promise for a rewarding teaching career at Franklin University. The award is given based upon student evaluations and feedback as well as Lead Faculty recommendation.

2011-2012 Promising New Adjunct Faculty Recipient
Vanessa Kumar



Andy Dorr      
Jessica Hamlin      
Robert Sievers      


Alyncia Bowen      
Venkat Gudivada      
Kristan Jones      
Roger Kisiel      
Wendy Neaville      
Kerri Rodenbaugh      


Miriam Abbott Diana Frole Ann Remley Patricia Wiseman
Wendy Adelmann Timothy Gagliardo Thomas Richards Timothy Wiseman
Adam Andrews Mary Garman Marilyn Rofsky Eric Zhang
Larry Baker Michael Gray Richard Rozzell  
Bob Barrett Jacqueline Hagerott Debra Ryle  
Wendy Bartkus David Hedrick Terry Satterfield  
Harold Bashor C'Lamt Ho Harlan Schottenstein  
Dean Blackstone David Hodges Christine Seebon  
Meryl Bodner Wanda Hoerle Brenda Seidel  
Wayne Booker Heather Houchard Charlie Shu  
Stephanie Bost-Chi Alvin Igwebuike Gary Sigrist  
Deborah Bowsher Sherry
James Sims  
Brad Bradford Angela Johnson Thomas Smith  
Anastasia Britt Rebecca
James Spadafore  
Judy Buchholtz Atiba Jones Stephen Stewart  
Jane Campanizzi-Mook Richard Jones Eric Sumners  
Dennis Cashman Michael Lydon Paul Sweeney  
Niccole Chandler Hyatt Sharon Massen Dean Taylor  
April Childers Julie McDonald Anthony Vander
Tina Comston Erin Mentel-Gaeta Denielle Vazquez  
Carol Corkern Jodi Miller Michael Viren  
Deborah Cummings Elizabeth Murch Stephanie
Alisa DiSalvo Eric Neff Brad Wahl  
John Downs Barbara Pietro Julie Walcoff  
Amy Eaton Carol Pitman Wendy Walker  
Roger Engle Bethany Poore Sherry Weisgarber  
Nancy Fidler Jeffrey Racz Frederic Wilkerson  
Klaus Fricke LaTashia Reedus James Wilson  


Franklin University expands the term “academic quality” beyond its conventional definition to include elements specific to the University’s nontraditional student body. From the students’ perspective, quality largely equates to the experience they have in the classroom, whether on campus or online.

The STAR awards are one more element utilized by Franklin University to help assure adjuncts play a key role in each student’s experience.

About Franklin University
Founded in 1902, Franklin University is one of the leading and most experienced educators of adult students. The University offers applied, in-demand undergraduate, master's and doctorate programs that enable adult learners to achieve their educational and professional goals.  From entrepreneurs to CEOs, more than 45,000 Franklin alumni can be found around the world contributing to the communities in which they live and work. Students can take classes through Franklin through its Main Campus in downtown Columbus, Ohio, two central Ohio locations, in Beavercreek, at co-locations across Ohio, Indiana, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, and online. In addition, the University's MBA program is offered internationally through agreements with institutions in Europe and the Middle East. Further information regarding Franklin University can be found at

Franklin University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC), the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE), and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).


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