Faculty/Staff Achievements, August 2012

Steven Brown, professor of English, gave an invited post-conference workshop on at the 43rd annual conference of California Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, an organization serving teachers in California and Nevada. The workshop was titled “Best Practices for Teachers of ESL Listening: Back to Basics.”

Frank Akpadock, senior research associate and regional scientist, and Tom Finnerty, associate director of the Center for Urban and Regional Studies, completed a technical report titled “Measuring the Economic, Innovative and Entrepreneurial Impacts of the Youngstown Business Incubator (YBI) on the Mahoning and Shenango Valleys Region” consisting of Mahoning and Trumbull counties in Ohio and Mercer County in Pennsylvania. The study estimated a gross fiscal impact of $54.4 million and 706 employment positions in fiscal year 2011.

James A. Conser, YSU professor emeritus of Criminal Justice; Dan F. Ponsingle of Lorain County Community College; John M. Hazy, YSU associate professor of Criminal Justice; and Ashley R. Kilmer, former YSU graduate student of Criminal Justice now in the Ph.D. criminology program at the University of Delaware, authored a monograph titled “The History and Evolution of the Ohio Council of Criminal Justice Education: 1971-2011.” The Ohio Council of Criminal Justice Education published the monograph.

Sharon Shanks, lecturer at the Ward Beecher Planetarium, received the International Planetarium Society’s Service Award at the annual IPS Conference earlier this summer in Baton Rouge, La. The Award is given to an individual or institution whose presence and work in the planetarium field has been an inspiration to the profession and its members. Shanks, a YSU alum, was recognized for her work over the past six years as executive editor of Planetarian, the quarterly IPS professional journal. In addition, Shanks was named a Fellow of IPS at the awards banquet. IPS consists of 900 members representing planetariums around the globe.

Brenda Crouse, professional academic advisor in the College of STEM, has been recognized nationally as Outstanding Advisor for Sigma Alpha Lambda, a national leadership and honors organization. Crouse, who has earned three degrees from YSU, has served eight years as advisor for YSU’s Sigma Alpha Lambda Chapter. She was nominated for the national Sigma Alpha Lambda award by Kara Miller, president of YSU’s student SAL Chapter.