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Susquehanna University Faculty Members Earn End-of-Year Honors

May 19, 2009

SELINSGROVE, Pa. – Two Susquehanna University faculty members received academic awards for exemplary service to the institution at the school’s Commencement service May 10.

Geneive Henry, associate professor of chemistry, was awarded the John C. Horn Lectureship for outstanding scholarship and conscientious service to the university. The award is named for a former long-time member and chair of Susquehanna’s board of directors. As this year’s recipient, Henry will deliver a public lecture during the 2009-10 academic year.

Henry earned her bachelor and doctoral degrees at the University of the West Indies and did postdoctoral work at Harvard University and Michigan State University. She joined the Susquehanna University faculty in 2003. An organic chemist, she focuses her research on organic synthesis and natural product chemistry from rare and endemic plants of Pennsylvania and Caribbean regions. Henry has collaborated with scientists at Michigan State on studies with plants that showed potential anticancer properties. She is the recipient of the prestigious Research Corporation Cottrell College Award, and her work has been published in national and international journals.

“Her nominators praise her as an exceptional example to the community of what it means to be both a scholar-teacher and member of a larger academic community,” said University Provost Linda McMillin in presenting the award to Henry.

Doug Powers, associate professor of theatre, was honored with the Susquehanna University Teaching Award. Powers earned masters degrees from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and Ohio University, and a doctorate from the University of Missouri-Columbia. He joined the Susquehanna faculty in 2000 where, in addition to his teaching responsibilities, he directs three major stage productions each year. Last year, he directed Romulus Linney’s Tennessee with a cast of six Susquehanna students at the invitation of the South Atlantic Modern Language Association annual conference in Louisville, Ky. Powers is the author of An Eliadean Interpretation of Frank G. Speck's Account of the Cherokee Booger Dance, and has been published in national journals and reference books. A professional actor and director, Powers is a member of Actors' Equity Association.

“Students in his classes are successful on the stage, in their courses, and in their post-baccalaureate experiences as actors and directors – all testaments to the excellence of his teaching,” McMillin said.

Founded in 1858, Susquehanna University is a national liberal arts college that prepares students for achievement, leadership and service in a diverse, interconnected world. Academic excellence, study away and service learning, student-faculty collaboration, and rich opportunities for creative and personal growth are hallmarks of a Susquehanna University education. Susquehanna students come from 30 states and 12 countries, and more than 90 percent of them find jobs or pursue graduate study within six months of graduation. The university is located in central Pennsylvania, in the town of Selinsgrove, along the banks of the scenic Susquehanna River and about three hours from major East Coast cultural, financial and recreational centers. For more information, visit www.susqu.edu.

Contact: Karen Jones

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