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Two Will Receive Allen J. Hammond Award for Service
For release: April 14, 2006
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Two individuals will receive one of the University's most prestigious service awards this year. Dr. Daniel Poje and Dr. Donald Franceschetti will receive the Allen J. Hammond Presidential Service Award during Faculty Convocation at 2 p.m. April 21 in the Michael D. Rose Theatre.

They are being recognized especially for their leadership and commitment during the University's recent accreditation process by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). SACS administers the accreditation process for colleges and universities in 11 states. The U of M's accreditation was reaffirmed for 10 years in December after a three-step process that began in 2002 and involved more than 250 faculty, staff and students.

Poje is assistant vice provost for academic programs and effectiveness. For more than 20 years he has led the University's evaluation of academic programs. Poje has published articles and presented papers at national and international meetings on assessment, particularly the administration of assessment programs, the ethical considerations of conducting assessments and surveys, and the use of peer reviews as an effective evaluation process.

Franceschetti, a professor of physics, has taught at the U of M for 27 years. He is a gifted teacher who is known for making time for his students. Franceschetti also is a prolific scholar with a wide range of interests that include ion kinetics in solids, dynamics of cognition, DNA computing, modeling of electrochemical systems, artificial intelligence, and physics education.

The Hammond Award is not given each year, but is reserved for special recognition of people who have rendered significant service to the University. Once called the Presidential Award for Exceptional Service, the name of the award was changed to honor Allen J. Hammond, the University's late director of student financial aid.

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