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Harold E. Cheatham (Clemson University former chapter president) will be one of six to receive Pennsylvania State University’s 2012 Distinguished Alumni Award, the school’s highest honor for an individual, early next month. He is Emeritus Dean of the College of Health, Education, and Human Development and Emeritus Professor of Counseling and Education Leadership at Clemson University. Cheatham has written widely on the psychosocial development of black college students; multicultural counseling and theory; and cultural pluralism. He earlier held teaching and administrative positions at Penn State, the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, and Case Western Reserve University. A Fulbright scholar, National Board Certified Counselor, and former president of the American College Personnel Association, Cheatham earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Penn State and advanced degrees in counseling/higher education administration from Colgate University (master’s) and Case Western (doctoral).

Christine Derbins (Louisiana State University), a sophomore distance runner pursing degrees in mathematics and mass communications at Louisiana State University (LSU), was named the LSU Tiger Athletic Foundation 2012 Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year. She also earned a Wally Pontiff, Jr., Academic Excellence Award from the school.

Margaret Dunkle (Hood College), lead research scientist at the Department of Health Policy at George Washington University and founding director of the Early Identification and Intervention Collaborative for Los Angeles County for children with disabilities and developmental delays, was one of six innovators inducted into the Maryland Women’s Hall of Fame by the Maryland Commission for Women. A press release cites her as “author, activist, and an unsung heroine of Title IX, the 1972 landmark legislation that prohibits sex discrimination in schools and colleges receiv­ing federal funding.” She wrote an influential 1974 report that provided the template for Title IX’s athletic requirements. Her subsequent manual, Competitive Athletics: In Search of Equal Opportunity, published by the-then U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, propelled progress for female college athletes. Dunkle also commissioned the 1991 study, How Schools Shortchange Girls, and helped develop the 1980 Science and Technology Equal Opportunities Act. She has more than 100 publications to her credit and has testified nine times before Congress. Other accolades include the Hammer Award from Vice President Al Gore’s National Partnership for Reinventing Government and the Activist/Policy Award from the Women Educators of the American Educational Research Association.

Irene Haney (Boise State University) has been appointed the executive director of the Fruitland, Idaho, office of Heart ‘n Home Hospice & Palliative Care. She has worked in numerous areas of nursing such as critical care and home health and has held many leadership positions.

Michelle Lee Bruell Hofmann (California State University, Northridge), an adjunct instructor of journalism at Los Angeles Pierce College and a veteran reporter, was one of five merit winners of “Stories Campaign,” a contest run by News University (NewsU), an e-learning project within the Poynter Institute on journalism. More than 100 entrants wrote about how NewsU transformed them; there were also one grand prize winner and one honorable mention. NewsU held an earlier “Stories Campaign” in 2008.

Freeman A. Hrabowski, III (University of Maryland, Baltimore Campuses), president of University of Maryland, Baltimore County, since 1992, made Time magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in the World” list for 2012 for “turning a humble commuter school into one of the nation’s leading sources of African Americans who get Ph.D.s in science and engineering.” He also was one of seven visionaries from the public, private, and nonprofit sectors lauded as a 2011 Top American Leader by the Washington Post and the Harvard Kennedy School of government; others included Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey and Sheila C. Bair, former chair of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.

Kimberly Lisanby-Barber (Western Illinois University) was named the Illinois 2012-2013 Elementary School Principal of the Year by the Illinois Principals Association (IPA), in affiliation with Horace Mann multiline insurance company for educators. She leads the Lincoln Elementary School in the Spring Valley Community Consolidated District No. 99. In her 15 years as principal, Lisanby‐Barber has impersonated Abraham Lincoln and walked the plank when not writing grants and coordinating pedagogic programs, according to a local news story. The 30-year veteran in education also is the IPA legislative chair at the state level and has been appointed to the principals’ panel of the Illinois State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board. The award comes with a $1,000 honorarium.

Sam Massell (Georgia State University) received the inaugural Sam Massell Leadership Award from the Atlanta, Ga.-based Buckhead Business Association at its annual luncheon. Kasim Reed, Mayor of Atlanta, made the presentation to Massell, who was Atlanta mayor from 1970 to 1974. Massell’s 22 years in politics also spanned eight years as president of what’s now the Atlanta City Council. Inducted into numerous area halls of fame, Massell heads the Buckhead Coalition, an organization of Atlanta business and civic leaders. Earlier credits include 20 years as a realtor and winning three “Outstanding Transaction of the Year” citations by relevant state associations; and more than a dozen years in the tourism business and serving as president of the Travel Industry Association of Georgia. Massell additionally was a board member of the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games and president of the National League of Cities. He currently sits on numerous civic and educational boards.

Joseph Thiel (Montana State University) was one of seven Montana State University seniors to win a 2012 Torlief Aasheim Community Involvement Award, the university’s top honor for student service. The chemical engineering major is student regent on the Montana University System Board of Regents. He also has helped bring clean water to Kenyans as chair and project leader of his school’s chapter of Engineers Without Borders.

The following members published books:

Dianne Ebertt Beeaff (University of Arizona), Spirit Stones: Unraveling the Megalithic Mysteries of Western Europe’s Prehistoric Monuments; 320 pages, with photographs; Five Star Publications, October 2011; $19.95 paperback. “Sharing both the pragmatic and spiritual significance of Western Europe’s prehistoric stone monuments, stone circles and burial chambers,” Beeaff, in her fourth book, “challenges readers to reflect on humanity’s common ancestry, culture and connection,” according to a press release. Go online to

Billy H. Dean (Western Kentucky University), Underground; 291 pages; Xlibris, April 2011; $29.99 hardcover, $19.99 paperback, $9.99 ebook. “At the turn of the century, the city of Louisville was growing. There were gangs of young men in the outlying villages, villages that were being swallowed up as the city expanded around them. Robert O’Brien had his own gang, and his fortune and influence were expanding at an alarming rate,” a press release states. Go online to

Jack Grubbs (United States Military Academy), The Dryline: A Seiler Murder Mystery; 532 pages; The Small Press, January 2012; $16.99 paperback and $7.99 and $9.99 ebook. The second installment “opens with Tom Seiler returning to Texas to aid his brother Don in the final design of a unique oil-slug extraction system worth billions,” according to a press release. “When one of Don’s workers turns up dead … the brothers find themselves pitted against a group of ruthless oilmen. …” Go online to

Art Myers (San Diego State University), Paris Mine: Snapshots Less Seen of the City of Light … and Beyond; 228 pages; Photographic Gallery of Fine Art Books of San Diego, Calif., June 2011; $19.95 paperback. His latest collection “of black and white photographs includes scenes of Paris and other French cities. Locations in England, Portugal, Italy, and Spain are featured as well,” a press release states. “For those yet to visit these seductive places, the photographs are a gleeful tease. For those who have already traveled to Paris and some of its easily reached neighbors, they will rekindle pleasant memories.” Go online to

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