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Shepherd honors graduate students, faculty

ISSUED: 1 June 2012
MEDIA CONTACT: Valerie Owens
(Shepherd honors graduate students, faculty)

Shepherdstown, WV--Shepherd University's Division of Graduate Studies held its fourth annual awards banquet on May 3 in the Storer Ballroom, honoring two graduate students and one faculty member with distinguished graduate studies awards.

The honorees were Jessica Salfia of Martinsburg, distinguished graduate student of scholarship award; Sage Ober, of Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, distinguished graduate student of professionalism award; and Dr. John "Quincy" Adams, distinguished graduate faculty award.

Salfia, who earned a master of arts in curriculum and instruction, and Ober, who earned a master of arts in college student development and administration, were nominated and selected from more than 200 graduate degree-seeking students.

The finalists for the distinguished graduate student of scholarship award were Salfia, Katie Branson, Melanie Goldsborough, Aaron Rock, and Mary Alice Ross.

The finalists for the distinguished graduate student of professionalism were Ober, Aaron Rock, Jessica Salfia, and Eric Trio.

Nominees were sought from each of the five degree programs, including master of arts in teaching, college student development and administration, master of arts in curriculum and instruction, master of business administration, and master of music in music education, and the awards were decided through an application process that was judged on pre-determined criteria and reviewed by a panel of faculty members. Salfia and Ober each received $300 awards, personal plaques, and their names placed on a permanent plaque.

Dr. John "Quincy" Adams, a graduate faculty member teaching in the college student development and administration program, was selected from faculty members who were nominated from the graduate program coordinators and fellow faculty. Nominees were considered by a peer-reviewed panel from multiple disciplines to determine the finalists and winner based on teaching, scholarship, and community service. Dr. Mark Andrew Cook, of the master of music, music education program, was the other finalist. Dr. Adams received a personal plaque, his name placed on a permanent plaque, and a $500 professional development award.

Dr. Suzanne Shipley, Shepherd president, gave opening remarks, and Dr. Scott Beard, dean of graduate studies and continuing education, presided over the event. The evening's keynote speaker was Dr. Roberta DeBiasi, associate professor of pediatrics, George Washington University School of Medicine; associate chief, director of Fellowship Training Program; and attending physician, Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases Children's National Medical Center/Children's Research Institute.

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Dr. Roberta DeBiasi, keynote speaker for the Division of Graduate Studies awards banquet.

Dr. Scott Beard, dean of graduate studies, presents John "Quincy" Adams with the distinguished graduate faculty award.

Pictured left to right is Dr. Mark Andrew Cook, Dr. Roberta DeBiasi, Melanie Goldsborough, Mary Alice Ross, Jessica Salfia, Katie Branson, and Dr. Suzanne Shipley; back row: Dr. Scott Beard, Sage Ober, Dr. John "Quincy" Adams, Aaron Rock, and Eric Trio.

Dr. Scott Beard, dean of graduate studies presents Sage Ober, of Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, with the distinguished graduate student of professionalism award.

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