Faculty, students receive awards at YSU Honors Convocation

Twenty-four faculty members and hundreds of students will receive awards at Youngstown State University’s annual Honors Convocation at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 23 in the Chestnut Room of Kilcawley Center on the YSU campus.

Among the honorees are recipients of the Distinguished Professorship Awards, as well as Watson Merit Awards for outstanding department chairpersons.

The recipients:

For excellence in teaching

Lauren Cummins, Teacher Education

Francois Fowler, Dana School of Music

Patricia Hauschildt, English

Christine McCullough, Art

Matthew Paylo, Counseling, Special Education and School Psychology

Jennifer Pintar, Human Performance and Exercise Science

Salvatore Sanders, Health Professions

Thomas Smotzer, Mathematics and Statistics

Janet Williams, Teacher Education


For excellence in scholarship

Ou Hu, Economics

Karen Larwin, Educational Foundations, Research, Technology and Leadership

Kenneth Learman, Physical Therapy

Xiangjia Min, Biological Sciences

Yogesh Uppal, Economics

Thomas Wakefield, Mathematics and Statistics

Xiaolou Yang, Accounting and Finance


For excellence in service

Louise Aurilio, Nursing

Chester Cooper, Biological Sciences

Amy Crawford, Communication

Cryshanna Jackson, Political Science

Birsen Karpak, Management

Jay Kerns, Mathematics and Statistics

Tom Oder, Physics and Astronomy

Jeffrey Tyus, Communication


Watson Merit Award (for department chairs)

Janice G. Elias, Human Ecology

Ray Shaffer, Accounting and Finance