ATHENS, Ohio (Feb. 7, 2007) -- Benita Blessing, an Ohio University assistant professor in the College of Arts and Sciences; David Holben, associate professor in the College of Health and Human Services, Human and Consumer Science; Chao-Yang Lee, assistant professor in the College of Health and Human Services, Hearing, Speech and Language Sciences; Linda Rice, assistant professor in the College of Arts and Sciences; and Jane Z. Sojka, associate professor in the College of Business, were recognized as University Professor at the Ohio University Founders Day Celebration on Feb. 2.
Since its establishment in 1970, the University Professor has been an important way for students to acknowledge outstanding faculty members. After professors are nominated, a student committee conducts an extensive interviewing process, including sitting in on classes, before selecting the winners; each University Professor receives $2,000 and may teach two classes on a subject of his or her choosing.
"This day gives us an opportunity to recognize the highest achievements of our faculty and students," Provost Kathy Krendl said. "And it lets us give an update on where we are in terms of our goals and objectives related to the academic plan."
The Founders Day celebration observes and honors Ohio University's rich history and acknowledges current individual contributions that make it an outstanding academic institution that looks ahead to a vibrant future.
The day also featured a poster presentation tied to the Vision OHIO academic plan as well as an evening lecture by the winner of this year's Distinguished Professor Award.
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