• Judit Puskas, a professor of chemical and biomolecular engineer at the University of Akron, was named the Austin Chemical Co. chair in the engineering college. The chair is funded by the Austin Chemical Co. of Buffalo Grove, Ill.
• Three Akron Public Schools teachers were named National Board-Certified Teachers by the American Board of Professional Teaching Standards. Judith Maver is certified in early childhood through young adult school counseling and works at Ellet High; Anna Panning, in early to middle age literacy, at Rankin Elementary; and Rosemary Floccari, in early and middle childhood literacy, at Hatton and Barrett elementary schools. Sonya Infantino was certified in early adolescence science at Black River Local's Middle School.
• David Baker, executive director of the Center for the History of Psychology at the University of Akron, was appointed to the 10-member Smithsonian Affiliations Advisory Council, which represents 170 affiliated museums and related organizations.
• Ten Kent State University employees were honored with the third annual President's Excellence Awards and $1,000 checks each. The awards honor nonteaching staffers who help advance the goals of the university. Honored were Brice Biggin, head gymnastics coach; Donna Carlton, assistant director, Center for Student Involvement; Barb Casher, human resources records manager; Cheryl Cunnagin, clerical specialist, global education; Vanessa Decker, secretary, sociology; Ben Hollis, senior instructional designer, College of Communication and Information; Andy Huston, lead IT user support analyst; Constance Longmire, special assistant, Student Services Geauga campus; Mollie Miller, adaptive technology coordinator, Student Accessibility Services; and Kathy Schumann, custodial worker.
• Three college students from Canton received scholarships from the Greater Canton Martin Luther King Jr. Commission: University of Chicago student Omari K. Moore, University of Akron student Raquel L. Robinson-Poulson and University of North Carolina student Ashley D. Stevens.
• University of Mount Union employees Janice Williams, a secretary, and Tom Wise, lab manager, received the Elizabeth W. and Joseph K. Davidson Staff Award for their commitment to the campus.
• Debra Adams Simmons, editor of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, was named the 2012 winner of the Robert G. McGruder Award for Diversity by Kent State's School of Journalism and Mass Communication. The award recognizes media professionals who encourage diversity in journalism. She is the former editor of the Akron Beacon Journal.
• Coast Guardsman Kevin P. Cline, son of Cheri Cline of Akron and Mark Cline of Tallmadge, graduated from basic training at the Coast Guard Training Center at Cape May, N.J. He is a 2011 graduate of Tallmadge High.
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