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Three Lycoming College faculty and staff members were honored with teaching and service awards at the College's Honors Convocation on April 18. The awards are given on the basis of dedication and service to the College.
Dr. Gary R. Hafer has been awarded the 2010 Constance Cupp Plankenhorn Alumni Award for Faculty Excellence. An associate professor of English, Hafer began his career at the College in 1992. Specializing in rhetoric and composition, Hafer works with students to become more effective, accessible writers through traditional classroom teaching and through conferences with each student writer in his classes. He has published essays on writing instruction which have appeared in College English, The Journal of Developmental Education and Computers and Composition. Hafer also serves as the production design editor for Brilliant Corners, a journal of jazz and literature, in charge of graphic and typographical design of each issue. In addition to teaching writing, he has taught courses in linguistics and literature. Hafer earned a bachelor's and master's degree from Kutztown University and a Ph.D. from Purdue University. He is completing work on a book, "Write from the Beginning: A Syllabus for Teaching Writing in All Courses."
Dr. Cullen Chandler is the recipient of the 2010 Junior Faculty Teaching Award for excellence in teaching. He is an assistant professor of history. Chandler, who joined Lycoming in 2003, has taught courses that specialize in ancient history, medieval Europe, the crusades and the rise of Islam. In addition to his teaching duties, he is writing a book manuscript on the Carolingian Spanish March, which examines the rule of the Frankish empire when it expanded its reach south of the Pyrenees into Spain from 778-814. Chandler earned a bachelor's degree from Austin College, a master's degree from Fordham University and a Ph.D. in early medieval civilization from Purdue University.
Andrew Kilpatrick received the Makisu Award, which the student body presents to a faculty or staff member for extraordinary service and dedication. Kilpatrick, who joined the College in 2005, is the director of residential life and conferences. His office is responsible for providing a living/learning environment that will help residents grow as individuals and as students. He is the advisor to Kappa Delta Rho fraternity and teaches a class in the religion department every other spring. Kilpatrick earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Scranton and sacred theology degrees from Pontifical Gregorian University and Academia Alfonsiana, both in Rome, Italy, where he lived for 10 years.