Kasey Hudak and Liz Keptner, who received the Academic Affairs Director’s Award for Outstanding Accomplishment in Innovation and Applied Learning. Hudak, assistant professor of corporate communication, and Keptner, director of the multimedia innovation center and lecturer in communications, were honored for their Intercultural Theory and Research course, which combined intercultural theory and research, digital storytelling and an embedded travel experience to the Netherlands in a collaborative and co-curricular format. Students learned valuable intercultural concepts such as acculturation and culture shock, uncertainty avoidance, and high- and low-context communication theories textured through both historic and modern lenses of the Netherlands.
In addition to a commemorative plaque, the above recipients will receive additional travel funding for academic purposes in this academic year. The faculty/staff awards committee included Chair Todd Retzlaff, Ana Serrano, Roger Egolf, Tom Dubreuil, Diane McAloon, Joy Reed, and Corianne Thompson.
Staff honored for inspired and dedicated work ethic included: