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Faculty Achievements Honored at FSU Convocation

The recipients of the 2007 Faculty Achievement Awards, along with top graduating students from every degree program, will be honored at the Frostburg State University Honors Convocation at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, May 25, in the Pealer Recital Hall, Performing Arts Center.

This year’s Faculty Achievement Award recipients are Dr. Joan DeVee Dixon, Division of Performing Arts, for Academic Accomplishment; Dr. George W. White, Department of Geography, for Academic Accomplishment; and Dr. Amit J. Shah, Department of Management, for University and Community Service. The awards are made possible through generous gifts to the FSU Foundation, Inc.

When Dr. Dixon arrived at FSU, she was a nationally known pianist. Today, most of her international programs are on the pipe organ. Her transformation from piano to the pipe organ has entailed years of practice and dedication. Her organ recordings include three volumes of “The Psalms of Emma Lou Diemer,” “Psalms: The Lord’s My Shepherd,” “Psalms II: I Lift My Eyes to the Hills” and “Raise the Roof.” Her piano recordings include “Something Old, Something New” and sacred favorites in “Jubilee” and “Spirituals” by Diemer, and “Christmas” by Dixon. Dr. Dixon has performed at major venues for sacred music throughout the world. She shares her expertise with students through her teaching in performance studies as well as in music management classes. Her contributions—both her teaching and performances—have brought international recognition to FSU.

Dr. Shah gives back to his students, FSU, the community and his profession at all levels. He has served as Director of The Center for Community Partnerships, Director of External Relations for the College of Business, Chair of the Economic Development and Community Outreach Committee and Associate Chair for the Department of Business Administration. He also has served on the Cultural Events and International Studies Steering Committees, assisted University marketing efforts and has been the adviser of the award-winning student chapter of the Society for the Advancement of Management since 1990. In the community he has worked with the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, the Allegany County Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Allegany! and the Frostburg Business and Professional Association. Dr. Shah’s outreach activities have built positive connections that enhance the University and the region.

Dr. White, Associate Professor of Geography, focuses his teaching and research specifically on political geography, with emphasis on the complex and nuanced attributes of national identity. His work on the nations of Eastern Europe influences the debate on the role of territory in intergroup relations. He regularly presents papers at national and international conferences. His publications include “Contemporary World Regional Geography: Global Connections, Local Voices”; “Nation, State, and Territory, Vol. 1: Origins, Evolutions, and Developments” and “Multi-Ethnicity and Islamic Identity in Muslim Countries” in “Teaching about the Islamic World.” Dr. White has emerged as an important figure in academic geography circles. As chair of the Department of Geography, he ceaselessly promotes the department and FSU at the local, national and international levels.

In addition to the faculty awards, one graduating student per degree program will be honored for academic excellence and leadership. Faculty in each program have selected 14 graduate students and 36 undergraduate students who will be recognized. Twenty-eight undergraduate students will also be commended by receiving honors in General Education, based on completion of all requirements of the University Honors Program. For more information, call the Provost's Office at (301) 687-4211.

FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services, and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. You may request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office at (301) 687-4102, TDD (301) 687-7955.

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