VCU to hold 21st Convocation
Four faculty members to be honored for outstanding accomplishments
Friday, Aug. 29, 2003
RICHMOND, Va. – Virginia
Commonwealth University will honor four outstanding faculty members during the
21st Convocation ceremony. The annual event is the formal opening of
the academic year and acknowledges the quality and excellence of VCU faculty by
honoring professors who will receive awards for distinguished teaching,
scholarship, service and overall excellence.
Dr. Eugene P. Trani, VCU
president, will deliver the keynote address at the Convocation, to be held
Wednesday, Sept. 10 at the W.E. Singleton Center for the Performing Arts, 922
Park Ave. University faculty and
staff are invited to attend the Convocation reception at 4:30 p.m., and the
ceremony that follows at 5:30 p.m.
The 2003 Distinguished
Faculty Award recipients are:
Van Winkle, School of the Arts
A professor in VCU’s
Department of Sculpture for 34 years, Van Winkle played a major role in the
development of the graduate sculpture program that is ranked first in the
nation by U.S. News & World Report. In
addition, Van Winkle has served as mentor and guide to students in all
levels of the program from freshman foundation courses, through beginning
and advanced sculpture, to graduate level seminars and studios.
P. Farrell, Ph.D., College of Humanities and Sciences
Distinguished Scholarship Award
Farrell, professor of inorganic chemistry, is an
internationally recognized leader in the field of platinum chemistry. He
came to VCU in 1993 with an established reputation in the field of
bioinorganic chemistry. In
a brief time, he succeeded in assembling a research group. His most notable
achievement to date is the design, synthesis and development of the first
genuinely novel platinum-based drug to enter clinical trials since the
chemotherapy treatment, cisplatin, thirty
K. Henry, Ed.D., R.N., School of Nursing
Henry, director of the University
Office of Health Policy and Research, has been a VCU faculty member for more
than 25 years. She has worked to advance health care of the traditionally
un-served and underserved. As director of the Community Nursing
Organization, the service unit of the school charged with
responsibility for developing new models of nursing practice and
community partnerships, she has received about $700,000 in foundation grants
to support community and outreach activities.
F. Ellis, Ph.D., School of Medicine
University Award of Excellence
Ellis, professor of pharmacology
and toxicology, is director of VCU’s M.D./Ph.D. program, where his
responsibilities include recruitment, admissions, orientation, counseling,
faculty mentor recruitment, scheduling program events, student evaluations
and budgetary issues. Ellis has been a major contributor to VCU’s
multidisciplinary research team studying traumatic brain injury. He recently
invented a novel approach to study the effect of traumatic injury on
individual brain cells in tissue culture, where physicians can perform
biochemical and functional studies on the processes of brain injury.
For more information on the honorees, visit http://www.vcu.edu/uns/news/vcuview/archives/aug2003/convocation.html.
About VCU and VCU Medical Center
Virginia Commonwealth University is a major, urban public research university with national and international rankings in sponsored research. Located in downtown Richmond, VCU enrolls more than 31,000 students in 223 degree and certificate programs in the arts, sciences and humanities. Sixty-eight of the programs are unique in Virginia, many of them crossing the disciplines of VCU’s 13 schools and one college. MCV Hospitals and the health sciences schools of Virginia Commonwealth University comprise VCU Medical Center, one of the nation’s leading academic medical centers. For more, see www.vcu.edu.