FHSU welcomes additional new faculty
10/22/2009

Fort Hays State University has added several more new full-time faculty for the 2009-2010 academic year.

Wesley R. Armstrong accepted a position as the McMindes Hall director and first-year- experience coordinator. He received a Bachelor of Science in computer engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Terre Haute, Ind., in 2006 and a Master of Arts in student affairs and higher education from Indiana State University, Terre Haute, in 2008. Armstrong began his position Aug. 2.

Patricia Blanton accepted a position as an instructor of leadership studies for the Virtual College International. She received a Bachelor of Art in education from the University of Illinois, Chicago, in 1977 and a master's degree in educational administration and supervision from North Carolina A.&T. State University, Greensboro, in 1993. She is a doctoral candidate in organizational management and leadership from The University of Phoenix, Phoenix, Ariz., Blanton began her position Aug. 17.

Dr. Claudio Carpano accepted a position in the College of Business and Leadership as a visiting professor of management and marketing. He received a master's degree in business administration from Southeastern Louisiana University, Hammond, in 1983. He received a doctorate of pedagogy from the University of Rome, Italy, in 1979 and a Ph.D. in philosophy in business administration from the University of South Carolina, Columbia, in 1991. Carpano began his position Aug. 17.

Karen Du Bois accepted a position as the management and marketing course coordinator for the Virtual College International. She received a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and a minor in education from Eastern Nazarene College, Wollaston, Mass., in 1974 and a master's degree in business administration from Suffolk University Boston, Mass., in 1985. Du Bois began her position Aug. 17.

Brian G. Faust accepted a position as the director of student residential life. He received a Bachelor of Arts in geography and a minor in political science in 1991, from the University of Wisconsin, Platterville, and a Master of Science in counselor education in 1996, from the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire. Faust began his position July 26.

Matthew Habiger accepted a position in the College of Business and Leadership as a instructor of economics, finance and accounting. He received a bachelor's degree in mathematical economics from the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minn., in 2006 and a master's degree in economics from the University of Kansas in 2009. Habiger began his position Aug. 17.

Stephen Chandler Herrington accepted a position as a management and marketing course coordinator for the Virtual College International. He received a bachelor's degree in business administration from Georgia State University, Atlanta, a Master of Arts from Webster University, St. Louis, Mo., a master's degree in international management from Thunderbird School of Global Management, Glendale, Ariz., and he is a doctoral candidate in business administration from Northcentral University, Prescott, Arizona. Herrigton began his position Aug. 17.

Conner Jostes accepted a position as an assistant football coach. He received a Bachelor of Science in education from Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa, in 2006 and a master's degree in administration of sports from FHSU in 2009. Jostes began his position June 25.

Jesse W. Kapellusch accepted a position as an assistant compliance and student services coordinator for the Athletics Department. He received a Bachelor of Science in human services, from Lynn University, Boca Raton, Fla., in 2001. Kappellusch began his position Aug. 3.

Dona J. Koenigsman accepted a position as the director of student health. She received a Bachelor of Science in nursing from FHSU in 1994. Koenigsman began her position Aug. 31.

Jon Lavieri accepted a position as an instructor of English for the Virtual College International. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in creative writing from Roger Williams University, Bristol, R.I., and a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo. Lavieri will begin his position Feb. 15, 2010.

Joseph Lennon accepted a position as an instructor of English for the Virtual College International. He received a Bachelor of Arts in English and philosophy from the University of Georgia, Athens, in 2002 and a Master of Fine Arts in writing from Washington University, St. Louis, in 2006. Lennon began his position Aug. 17.

Jorge H. Mata accepted a ull-time position as an instructor of English for the Virtual College International. He received a Bachelor of Science in advertising from the University of Texas, Austin, in 1980, a master's degree in business administration in international trade from Texas A&M International University, College Station, in 1989 and an honorary doctorate from the London College for Higher Education, England, in 2009. Mata began his position Aug. 17.

Joseph Matar accepted a position as an instructor of English for the Virtual College International. He received a Bachelor of Arts in film studies and production from
Hofstra University, Hempstead, N.Y., in 2005 and a Master of Arts in English literature from the University of Leeds, England, in 2008. Matar will begin his position Feb. 15.

Maxim Maximov accepted a position in the College of Arts and Sciences as an instructor of modern languages. He received a Bachelor of Arts in German and Spanish from FHSU in 1999 and a Master of Arts in German language and literature from the University of Kansas in 2001. Maximov began his position Aug. 17.

Charlene Nichols accepted a position as the interim assistant alumni director for the FHSU Alumni Association. She received her Bachelor of Science in journalism and mass communications from Kansas State University, Manhattan. Nichols began her position Aug. 17.

Allyson Karene Plattner accepted a position as director of Wiest and Agnew halls, conference coordinator and Residence Hall Association Advisor. She received a Bachelor of Science in organizational leadership and a Bachelor of Science in communication studies from FHSU, both in 2008. Plattner began her position Aug. 9.

Jennifer Rajewski accepted a position as an instructor of communication studies. She received a Bachelor of Arts in dance choreography in 1997, a Bachelor of Science in technical theatre in 1997, and a Master of Arts in stage management in 1999, all from KSU. She received a Master of Fine Arts in stage management and theatre history from the University of Missouri in Kansas City in 2002 and she is a doctoral candidate in dramaturgy at the University of California, Berkley. Rajewski began her position Aug. 17.

Sergio J. Ramirez accepted a position in the Department of Admissions as an admissions counselor. He received a Bachelor of Arts in art education from FHSU in 2009 and he is working toward a Bachelor of Arts in secondary education from FHSU. Ramirez began his position Aug. 23.

Kimberly L. Rhoton accepted a position as a management and marketing course coordinator for the Virtual College International. She received a Bachelor of Business Administration in management from Davenport University, Dearborn, Mich., in 2003 and a Master of International Business from the University of Saint Thomas, Houston, Texas, in 2007. Rhoton will begin her position Jan. 13.

Barbara Ricketts accepted a position as a management and marketing course coordinator for the Virtual College International. She received a Bachelor of Science in psychology in 2001 and a master's degree in international business administration in 2005, both from Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Ricketts began her position Aug. 17.

Deborah K. Rodda accepted a position in the Department of Health and Human Performance as an instructor of health and human performance and an assistant athletic trainer. She received a Bachelor of Science in sport and exercise science and physical education from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, in 1990 and a Master of Science in exercise and wellness from Arizona State University, Tempe, in 1993. Rodda will begin her position Aug. 17.

Dr. Eric J. Romero accepted a position as a visiting professor of management and marketing for the Virtual College International. He received a Bachelor of Science in management in 1991 and a Master of Science in accounting in 1994, both from Binghamton State University of New York. He received a Ph.D. in management from New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, in 2001. Romero began his position Aug. 17.

Marilyn Diane Schultz accepted a position as a management and marketing course coordinator for the Virtual College International. She received a Bachelor of Arts in criminal justice and psychology from Michigan State University, East Lansing, and a Juris Doctorate from St. Louis, Mo., University School of Law. Schultz began her position Aug. 17.

Matthew G. Thomas accepted a position in the Kansas Academy of Math and Science as a residence counselor. He received a Bachelor of Arts in English and textual studies from Syracuse University, Syracuse, N.Y., in 2004. Thomas began his position Aug. 1.

Kathryn J. Wallert accepted a position in the Department of Arts and Sciences as an instructor of psychology. She received a Bachelor of Science in psychology from FHSU in 2005 and a Master of Science in clinical psychology from FHSU in 2009. Wallert began her position Aug. 17.

Abbie K. Wedel accepted a position as a full-time teacher in the Tiger Tots Nursery Center. She received a Bachelor of Science in elementary education from FHSU in 2009. Wedel began her position Aug. 17.

Amanda William accepted a position as an instructor of psychology. She received a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from FHSU in 2002 and a Master of Science from FHSU in 2004. William began her position Aug. 17.

Hope Wilson accepted a position as a management and marketing course coordinator for the Virtual College International. She received a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, and a master's degree in communications from the University of Denver. Wilson began her position Aug. 17.

Siyaun "Grace" Zhou accepted a position in the Center for Teaching Excellence and Learning Technologies as an integrated learning technologies specialist. She received her Bachelor of General Studies in business management from FHSU in 2005 and a Master of Science in instructional technology from FHSU in 2009. Zhou began her position Aug. 10.


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