McKinney, Barnes recognized as November Peer Award recipients

November 2013 Nancy Barnes thumb
Recipient Nancy Barnes, left, with Steve Pozezanac
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Recipient Shoshannah McKinney, left, with Dr. Evelyn Priddy

HUNTINGTON, Ind.— The Huntington University Peer Award recipients for November are Shoshannah McKinney, associate director of TESOL and the international admissions counselor, and Nancy Barnes, music department secretary.

Dr. Evelyn Priddy, professor of education, passed the Peer Award to McKinney.

“Her enthusiasm for meeting language needs is infectious. I feel it each time that I talk with her about working with the EL (English Learners) students,” Priddy said. “I hear the same response in our students’ conversations. One student told me that she ‘fell in love with the TESOL studies.’ She said that she couldn’t see herself doing anything else, and she quickly added that it was because Shoshannah McKinney made it seem so real.”

Steve Pozezanac, director of Merillat Centre for the Arts and conference events, passed the award to Barnes.

“Like so many who work here, Nancy always views her employment as more than just a job,” Pozezanac said. “She is an ambassador for the university to all who walk through the music department doors. She is an inspiration to me the way she is always there for the students and their parents. It is humbling to watch her work.”

The Peer Award, which began in 2003, promotes acknowledgment and recognition of the outstanding efforts of Huntington University faculty and staff members. Award winners are chosen and recognized each month by fellow peers.

Huntington University is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 70 academic concentrations. U.S. News & World Report ranks Huntington among the best colleges in the Midwest, and has listed the university as one of America’s Best Colleges. Additionally, Princeton Review has named the institution to its “Best in the Midwest” list. Founded in 1897 by the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, Huntington University is located on a contemporary, lakeside campus in northeast Indiana. The university is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU).


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