Dean Herman Schneider Award
Dianne Markley was instrumental in the development of the cooperative education program at the University of North Texas. Since 1979, she has held many different positions, and became the director of the program in 1997. The program serves the entire campus, reports to the Provost, and is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Cooperative Education (ACCE).
From her earliest days in the field, Dianne has devoted much of her time and energy to professional development organizations at the state, regional, and national levels. She served on the CEIA Board in many capacities, including President in 1998-99, has been involved in several major association projects, and served on numerous committees. Dianne has served as an instructor for various training centers and programs, and has presented numerous workshops for new co-op professionals as well as for her experienced colleagues. Currently, she is serving on the Board of Directors for the Cooperative Education Division (CED) of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE).
In her life outside Co-op, Dianne studies linguistics and conducted research to study the effect of regional accents in the hiring process which received a great deal of national press. Last year she was selected for the Leadership Texas program, which recognizes 100 women per year for their community and state-wide influence and leadership skills. She is the President of the UNT Feral Cat Rescue Group, and she works to rescue and rehabilitate dogs, cats, and wildlife.
Charles F. Kettering Award
James Wilson Award
Pat has spent much of her career actively involved as a faculty member and Dean with Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio beginning in 1986. Student participation in experiential education is an integral component of Antioch's academic mission.
Pat has published numerous articles about cooperative education including longitudinal studies that demonstrate the positive effects of cooperative education and work-integrated learning over the lifespan.
Pat has also made presentations about cooperative education and research to both academic audiences and professional associations at the state, regional, national and international level.
She has received numerous grants and awards in her work from foundations, Antioch College and professional associations including the CEIA Ralph W. Tyler Research Award.
Pat has taught Research Methods at Antioch for 20 years. She has mentored numerous students pursuing research in the field of cooperative education, has served as VP for Research with CEIA, and coordinated grants helping others pursue research in the field. In addition, she has served as a consultant to college and university cooperative education and internship programs assisting with the evaluation and recommendation process in an effort to help strengthen their programs.
Ralph W. Tyler Award
The recipients of the 2006 Ralph W. Tyler Award for the outstanding research article published in The Journal of Cooperative Education and Internships is Karen R. Wilkinson and Laura L. Sullivan from Kettering University. Karen Wilkinson is the Academic Department Head in Liberal Studies and Laura Sullivan is an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering.
Research Article Title: Workplace Ethical Climate, Cooperative Education Satisfaction, and Retention of Women in Engineering.
Abstract: This study focused on engineering students' early encounters with the ethical dimension of workplace culture. In doing so, it explored the contention that women's satisfaction with engineering is higher when they perceive their workplace to be ethical. Freshmen were surveyed after one work term in a cooperative education program and again soon after graduation. Workplace ethical climate was measured by items indicating student perceptions of employer social responsibility, fairness in treatment of the student by the employer, the consistency of student and employer ethical standards, and supervisor and co-worker helpfulness of the student. The authors found that women's co-op job satisfaction was higher when they thought their employers were socially responsible and when their treatment at work was ethical, but this was true of men as well. The relationship was stronger for freshmen than for graduates. The authors examined two additional dependent variables, choice of major satisfaction and retention, they found empirical support for the contention that ethical factors matter more to women than to men.
Cooperative Education Achievement Award
Owen Schelenz is a senior in electrical engineering. Owen has a unique background. Owen was born in Germany and grew up commuting between Germany and Mallorca, Spain. He speaks four languages, three fluently. In his early teens, his family moved to Cincinnati, OH, and after a short stint in the "cold" weather, relocated to Costa Rica. Owen then came back on his own to attend the University of Cincinnati (UC) to obtain his degree in Electrical Engineering.
Owen completed six co-op work experiences with General Electric. His interest in trying new things and his strong networking skills allowed Owen to co-op with GE Aviation in Cincinnati, OH, GE Global Research in Schenectady, NY, and GE Global Research in Munich, Germany.
Owen is actively involved on campus. Owen is IEEE President, and Treasurer of both Eta Kappa Nu, the Electrical and Computer Engineering Honor Society and Kappa Theta Epsilon, the Cooperative Education Honor Society. Owen is a three-year member of SOAR, Students Organized Against Rape. He is actively involved in giving presentations to raise awareness about sexual assault.
Owen has accepted a full-time position with the GE Edison Engineering Program at GE Global Research in Schenectady, NY. He will be working full-time and attending graduate school through Georgia Institute of Technology.
Internship Student Achievement Award
Mindy Smothermon was an intern Fall semester 2004 at the Department of State, Office of the Science & Technology Advisor to the Secretary of State (STAS). She made an impact , and was considered one of their best interns. Her supervisor, William R. Gaines, states, "Compared with her intern peers, Mindy ranks among the most productive I have seen."
Some of her accomplishments include:
* Organizing the STAS Science & Technology Network. The network is a group of 70 residence scientific experts who serve as resources and advisors on Science & Technology issues. Mindy updated their very basic web site and constructed a database cataloging members by area of expertise. This database was distributed to department heads giving them a list of relevant experts to draw upon when needed
* Establishing the Bureau Dialogues on Contemporary Science & Technology Issues. These presentations attracted large crowds and featured resident experts lecturing on relevant Science & Technology issues
* Key organizer and coordinator of a monthly luncheon series with the Secretary's Science & Technology Advisor, Dr. George Atkinson. These networking events improved communication within the department and enhanced the Science & Technology Fellows and Internship programs.
Mindy is a strong campus and community leader. During the recent hurricane crisis in Texas, she coordinated staffing of information tables as the university hosted almost 500 evacuees the weekend after the hurricane. Her efforts relieved university police of this task and allowed them to focus on their many other responsibilities.
Mindy's internship coordinator, Maria Kruger, feels she is a great choice for Intern of the Year. "I fully expect that Mindy will be recognized as one of Southwestern's Distinguished Alumni within the next 10 years. I cannot think of a more deserving student to be recognized as the Centennial CEIA Intern of the Year."
Two-Year Student Achievement Award
Marilyn cooped during the summer semester of 2005 as a Horticultural Therapist Assistant with the King-Beuwaert House, a residential community and with clients from the Ray Graham Association for People with Disabilities-Hanson Center.
This was a second career for Marilyn - she previously has a long career with AT & T and had retired in 2002. Her Co-op/Internship Project was titled "Therapeutic Horticulture Project for Older Adults With and Without Disabilities. The project's mission was to bring these two distinct groups together for the purpose of creating understanding, socialization, and life enrichment. Over the course of the program, both groups came together through a love of plants and related activities that aided in the physical, social, and cognitive abilities of all participants. Marilyn assisted with the daily programs, co-lead horticulture therapy sessions and assisted in greenhouse operations. She not only has a better understanding of horticulture therapy but for how it can enhance lives, remove social barriers and forge friendships.
Marilyn now has a new career and has been hired as a Horticulture Specialist with the Hanson Center (while continuing to volunteer at King-Bruwaert House). She is continuing at DuPage and will receive an A.A.S. Degree in Ornamental Horticulture. Marilyn plans to "make the second stage of her life a good one"!