Becky Varian is the new director of the Center for Student Progress at YSU. Varian, who has worked at the Center in various capacities since 2006, replaces Jonelle Beatrice, who was promoted this summer to executive director of Student Life. “The director’s job requires an individual who can serve in a dual capacity: understanding student learning and leading a complex, multifaceted department,” Beatrice said. “Becky has demonstrated true respect for students and an understanding of how they learn coupled with a mature, collaborative and direct approach to leadership. I know that the Center’s reputation for excellence will continue in good hands.” Varian earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Kent State University and a master’s in Education in Student Affairs Leadership from YSU. She came to YSU in 2006 as a graduate assistant in the CSP, became a coordinator in 2008, assistant director in 2010 and interim associate director in June 2013.
Stephen Ray Flora, professor, Psychology, and Courtney Allyn Polenick, 2011 master’s student in Applied Behavior Analysis, published the following peer reviewed articles: “Behavioral Activation and Depression in Older Adults: Theoretical and Practical Considerations” in The Behavior Analyst; “Increasing Social Activity Attendance in Assisted Living Residents Using Personalized Prompts and Positive Social Attention” in Journal of Applied Gerontology; and “Effects of Sugar Consumption on Human Behavior and Performance” in The Psychological Record. The Sugar Consumption article has been translated into German and will be published in Germany in the magazine “Skeptiker” Additionally, the rights for a Korean translation were sold to Flora’s 2004 award winning book, The Power of Reinforcement.
Lisa Long, associate director, Development, Rich Center for Autism, and Keisha Tyler Robinson, associate professor, Health Professions, are among the honorees selected for the 2014 25 Under 35 Awards from the Mahoning Valley Young Professionals and the Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley. The awards program, previously known as 40 Under 40, is in its ninth year of honoring the Valley’s best and brightest young professionals for excellence in their professional fields and commitment to their community. The honorees will be recognized at an awards ceremony set Feb. 13 at Stambaugh Auditorium. The 25 honorees and top three MVPs are selected by a committee formed by the Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley. Criteria are based upon professional and service categories.
Domenic Leo, adjunct professor, Art History, published the book, Images, Texts, and Marginalia in a Vows of the Peacock Manuscript, (NY, Pierpont Morgan Library MS G24) with a Complete Catalogue and Concordance of Peacock Cycle Manuscripts. The “Vows of the Peacock” was composed in 1312 in France.
Peter Norris, professor, Chemistry, gave the invited talk “Azidodeoxysugars; versatile intermediates in synthesis” at the Ninth Midwest Carbohydrate and Glycobiology Symposium and also at Otterbein University. The presentations highlighted recent work carried out by graduate and undergraduate students in Norris’ lab at YSU.