FAIRFIELD — The American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) has chosen Fairfield University Professor Evangelos Hadjimichael of Woodbridge to receive its 2014 Outstanding Teaching Award for New England. Hadjimichael, founding dean of Fairfield University’s School of Engineering, is now professor of Physics and Engineering at Fairfield. The presentation will take place at the ASEE national awards next month in Indianapolis.
Said Bruce Berdanier, professor and dean of Fairfield’s School of Engineering: “Dr. Hadjimichael’s contributions to Fairfield University and his longtime dedication to its students and campus community are remarkable. Among his many achievements has been fostering young peoples’ passion to study engineering, while inspiring them to pursue careers in vital STEM-related industries.”
Hadjimichael’s accomplishments are indeed many. He was instrumental in merging the Bridgeport Engineering Institute with Fairfield University, thus establishing the School of Engineering, for which he was the founding dean. During his 15-year tenure as dean he established academic alliances that continue to provide a seamless pathway for community college students into the School of Engineering, and he introduced programmatic and curricular innovations, including an Assessment and Continuous Quality Improvement Process (ACQIP), which proved to be invaluable in the School gaining re-accreditation in 1999 and 2005 from the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology.
More recently, the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering elected Hadjimichael to membership in its select organization, and the State Legislature appointed him to the Connecticut Planning Commission for Higher Education.
STORRS — This summer the University of Connecticut will offer an online graduate certificate in leadership and diversity management in sport. Professionals working in sports organizations and intercollegiate or interscholastic athletic administration can take their career to the next level with this innovative new program. The curriculum is comprised of four 3-credit courses offered during the summer semesters. Students can complete the certificate taking two classes over two summer terms, or take individual courses at their own pace.
UConn’s Leadership and Diversity Management in Sport Certificate program is designed to help students develop the leadership skills needed to manage a diverse workforce in sport organizations. Students will develop diversity management practices, and work with UConn faculty with leadership and diversity management expertise, as well as recognized leaders in the field.
HAMDEN — Judy Thompson of Guilford, a clinical assistant professor of nursing and director of the nurse anesthesia program at Quinnipiac University, has been named 2014 Program Director of the Year by the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists.
“This is a national award, and the highest honor a CRNA program director can receive,” said Jean Lange, dean of the School of Nursing. “I attended the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists conference last August, and can attest to how highly Judy Thompson is regarded by her peers nationwide. We are most fortunate to have her as the director of our new nurse anesthesia program.”
Established in 1991, the Program Director of the Year Award is presented to a CRNA who has made a significant contribution to the educational process of student nurse anesthetists. The award recognizes the commitment of individuals to the profession of nurse anesthesia and the advancement of educational standards that further the art and science of anesthesiology and result in high quality patient care.
“It’s certainly an honor,” Thompson said. “I’ve been a nurse anesthetist for 35 years and a program director for 28 years. It has been the most rewarding experience of my professional life.”
Thompson has also developed a new graduate nurse anesthesia program at Quinnipiac that will start this summer.