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Topeka, Kan. — The Kansas Independent College Association proudly announced the selection of 18 college faculty members, including Baker University Assistant Professor of English Marti Mihalyi, to receive the association’s inaugural Faculty of Distinction award. The honorees will be recognized at a workshop and award luncheon on the campus in Topeka on Oct. 21.
The KICA Faculty of Distinction program celebrates excellence and achievement among faculty at the 18 accredited private colleges and universities in Kansas. Throughout their existence, these colleges, which included the oldest colleges in Kansas, have emphasized the importance of classroom teaching, personal attention to each and every student, and a commitment to character, values, and learning through every facet of their graduates’ lives. The 2014 KICA Faculty of Distinction honorees exemplify this approach to college education and serve as models for educators everywhere.

“It’s inspiring to know these faculty and see how they live the mission of our independent colleges,” said Matt Lindsey, president of the KICA. “A common thread we saw among them is their gift for balancing a commitment to hold each student accountable for real, meaningful learning and a strong sense of empathy for the value of each student as an individual. Or as one nominee was described: they ‘have the ability to facilitate greatness in our students.'”

Faculty of Distinction honorees are nominated by the chief academic officer of each KICA member institution. This year’s recipients encompass multiple disciplines, including the natural sciences, business, history, and theology, as well as auto restoration, music, and others. They include departmental chairs, individuals who teach and contribute to student life and athletics, and adjunct instructors who are practicing professionals in their chosen field.

The 2014 KICA Faculty of Distinction are Marti Mihalyi, Baker University, English; Christine Glenski, Benedictine College, accounting; Aaron Yoder, Bethany College, health and physical education; Allen Jantz, Bethel College, education; Larry Anderson, Central Christian College, ministry and theology; Karen Judy, Donnelly College, natural sciences; Jennifer Jay, Friends University, family and marriage therapy; Kevin Wilder, Hesston College, Bible and ministry; Michael Russell, Kansas Wesleyan University, history; Greg Delort, Manhattan Christian College, family studies; Ed Barr, McPherson College, auto restoration; Mark Hamilton, MidAmerica Nazarene University, communication; Kelly McFall, Newman University, history; Steven Foulke, Ottawa University, history; Tamara McEwen, Southwestern College, biology; Erin Laudermilk, Sterling College, athletic training; Jesse Schumacher, Tabor College, accounting; William Krusemark, University of St. Mary, music.

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The Kansas Independent College Association, founded in 1976, is a 501(c)4 organization that works to provide support and services to the independent colleges of the state. The member institutions are Baker University, Benedictine College, Bethany College, Bethel College, Central Christian College, Donnelly College, Friends University, Hesston College, Kansas Wesleyan University, McPherson College, Manhattan Christian College, MidAmerica Nazarene University, Newman University, Ottawa University, Southwestern College, Sterling College, Tabor College, and the University of Saint Mary. For more information, visit www.kscolleges.org.

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