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Alumni Awards

Nominate an alumni for the 2017 EHE Hall of Fame and Alumni Awards

Hall of Fame

The College of Education and Human Ecology at The Ohio State University is proud to present the 2016 Hall of Fame Inductee and Alumni Award recipients.

Nancy Rudd
Nancy A. Rudd
Columbus, Ohio
'81 PhD Education

As a leader in body image research for more than 30 years, Nancy Ann Rudd has brought this area of study to the forefront of popular culture. The internationally recognized scholar addresses body image issues across the lifespan, within diverse populations and through both qualitative and quantitative research methods. Her research explores appearance and human behavior, with an emphasis on culture and personal aesthetics, and self-esteem. Rudd developed Ohio State's Body Image Task Force, which leads the well-attended annual Body Image Bazaar, and has inspired students across the nation. She continues to successfully mentor doctoral students at Ohio State and on other campuses. Evidenced by the research agendas of her former students, Rudd is shaping the future of the consumer sciences profession. She loves teaching both undergraduate and graduate students. The EHE professor of consumer sciences has maintained a consistent publication record, making her findings available to a broad range of audiences. She has a distinguished publication record in the top journals in the fashion and retail studies field. In the Clothing and Textiles Research Journal, three of her co-authored articles are recognized as the most cited. Rudd targets her work to ensure that it reaches the right audiences at the right time. She has presented more than 100 talks to Girl Scout leaders, sororities, psychiatry interns, women's studies educators, nutrition counselors, student services professionals and more. In 2012, the International Textile and Apparel Association recognized Rudd's contributions to the field by naming her a Fellow, the highest recognition possible within the organization.

Award of Distinction

Carol L. Stuessy Dickson
Carol L. Stuessy Dickson
College Station, Texas
'69, '84 PhD, Science Edcuation

Carol Stuessy Dickson leads the nation in the promotion of high-quality science education. The teacher educator has presented numerous workshops for teachers, preparing them for leadership positions in STEM education. Dickson has served as the president of the School Science and Mathematics Association, led the Texas Statewide Systemic Initiative to improve Science Education and has received more than $11 million in grants to support education research and outreach. She has advised 38 doctoral students.
Gwen H. Wolford
Gwen H. Wolford
Circleville, Ohio
'81 Home Economics
'82 MS Family Resource Management

Gwen Wolford contributes to the infrastructure that makes The Ohio State University one of the nation's leading land-grant institutions. By representing the university's interests, Wolford influences legislation that benefits agricultural research and outreach. She has impacted the development and implementation of numerous legislative agendas. She also trains unit leaders in each of Ohio's 88 counties, aiding them in increasing the local funding support for their organizations.

Career Achievement

David H. Devier
David H. Devier
Centreville, Michigan
'81 PhD Industrial Technology Education

While other colleges are eliminating technical training programs, David Devier develops them based on regional needs. His partnerships with manufacturing companies connect his students with jobs. The president and CEO of Glen Oaks Community College created the Fail Safe Pathway. It allows students to easily transfer into a four-year program. Devier also served on more than 30 committees for the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
Virginia N. Gordon
Virginia N. Gordon
Columbus, Ohio
'49, '72 MA, both Education
'77 PhD Counselor Education

Virginia Gordon is the primary force behind the nation's growth of academic advising. At Ohio State, she has ensured that uncertain students receive academic and career advising. Gordon was instrumental in developing the “undecided” program in the early 1970s as well as implementing it for almost 35 years. Later, her development of advising approaches for students who have changed their majors became and remains groundbreaking. She is the author of more than 70 books, monographs, book chapters and articles.
Rosemary E. Phelps
Rosemary E. Phelps
Athens, Georgia
'77 MA Education

Rosemary Phelps' passion for empowering others is at the core of her work. She received the University of Georgia's first and only externally funded Preparing Future Faculty grant, which allowed her to provide professional development to doctoral students. She was one of the first in the field to infuse technology into instruction, which guaranteed that her students had access to national scholars. Phelps has been honored by the American Psychological Association with numerous awards.

New Leader

Daniel W. Newhart
Daniel W. Newhart
Corvallis, Oregon
'06 MA Higher Education and Student Affairs
'11 PhD Social and Cultural Foundations of Education

Daniel Newhart has already distinguished himself as an innovator in his short time at Oregon State University. In his role, he guides division-wide assessments and develops mechanisms to monitor how those assessments are improving the university. To recruit and retain outstanding students of color, Newhart led the implementation of a university-wide diversity climate assessment. The results provided crucial data which served as the stimulus for shifts in university leadership. Newhart also served as the catalyst for the establishment of the Journal of Student Affairs Inquiry, where he now serves as the inaugural editor.

Meritorious Service

Terry O'Connell
Terry O'Connell
Columbus, Ohio
Executive Vice President (Retired)
Time Warner Cable

Star House would not have its much-needed, larger facility if not for Terry O'Connell. After visiting the nation's only research-based drop-in center for homeless youth, he was determined to help. The passion O'Connell has shown for supporting research to guide services for central Ohio's homeless youth made him the clear choice for chair of Star House's advisory board. His advocacy has helped the drop-in center secure more than $2 million in funding to purchase its new 14,000-square-foot space.
Nancy Swearengin
Nancy Swearengin
Columbus, Ohio
College of Education/College of Education and Human Ecology, 1984-2015

Nancy Swearengin always investigated new computer technology to keep up with changes. Over the years, she served the college as a member of the College Technology Committee, as well as the Alumni Society's Hall of Fame Committee and Excellence in Education Committee. She has also been an important member of the EHE Staff Advisory Council for several years.

Save the Date

2017 Hall of Fame and Alumni Awards
April 28, 2017