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Yetiv Honored at Outstanding Faculty Awards Ceremony in Richmond

Political Science and International Studies professor Steve Yetiz

Steve Yetiv, Old Dominion's 26th winner of a Virginia Outstanding Faculty Award, joined this year's 11 other honorees from the commonwealth's public and private colleges and universities in Richmond Feb. 16 for an awards ceremony and recognition before the General Assembly.

The recipients were introduced on the floor of the Virginia House of Delegates at the Capitol in the morning, and honored during a ceremony and luncheon at the Jefferson Hotel. Gov. Bob McDonnell spoke at the ceremony.

Yetiv, professor of political science and international studies, and his fellow recipients each received an engraved award and a $5,000 check underwritten by the Dominion Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Dominion Resources. Dominion Resources is the parent company of Dominion Virginia Power.

The Outstanding Faculty Awards program is administered by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV). The Dominion Foundation has fully supported the program since 2005. Since the first awards ceremony in 1987, 304 Virginia faculty members - including the 2012 recipients - have received this high honor.

"The council is pleased to once again partner with Dominion Resources to honor these extraordinary educators," said SCHEV director Peter Blake. "Each year we are impressed by the diverse accomplishments of these talented professors. The scholarship and dedication of these honorees is a testament to the strength of Virginia's unique system of higher education."

"Dominion is proud to have sponsored the Outstanding Faculty Awards since 2005," said Virginia M. Board, president of the Dominion Foundation and managing director of community affairs for Dominion Resources. "The commitment of these 12 individuals to discovering and sharing knowledge should inspire not only the students in their classrooms, but all Virginians."

The statewide awards program honors faculty members for excellence in teaching, research, knowledge integration and public service. This year's recipients were selected from a pool of 125 applications based on accomplishments that strongly reflect the missions of their respective institutions.

Yetiv is ODU's 26th winner since 1991, when sociologist Karen Polonko brought the university its first Outstanding Faculty Award, and only the fifth political scientist to win in Virginia's vaunted university system in the past 14 years. Over the past two decades, only the College of William and Mary has won more Virginia Outstanding Faculty Awards than ODU.

In addition to Yetiv, the 2012 Outstanding Faculty Award recipients are:

Giorgio Ascoli
Professor of Neuroscience
George Mason University

Kathleen Garces-Foley
Associate Professor of Religious Studies
Marymount University
Rising Star Recipient

Bryan Giemza
Assistant Professor of English
Randolph-Macon College
Rising Star Recipient

Robert Hazen
Professor of Earth Science
George Mason University

Douglas Hicks
Professor of Leadership Studies and Religion
University of Richmond

James Kahn
Professor of Economics
Washington and Lee University

Zina McGee
Professor of Sociology
Hampton University

Rasha Morsi
Associate Professor of Engineering
Norfolk State University
Teaching with Technology Recipient

Dr. Charles Poland
Professor of History
Northern Virginia Community College

Anne Stewart
Professor of Psychology
James Madison University

Lesley Wheeler
Professor of English
Washington and Lee University.

Photos and information about each of this year's recipients can be found on the SCHEV website at www.schev.edu/AdminFaculty/OFAprogramIndex.asp