The University of Missouri Board of Curators and UM System President Timothy M. Wolfe honored 10 faculty members and one student with awards June 26. These awards include the President’s Awards—the highest honor bestowed by the University of Missouri System for excellence in the university’s four mission areas of teaching, research, service and economic development; the Thomas Jefferson Award; the Student Entrepreneur of the Year Award; and the C. Brice Ratchford Memorial Fellowship Award.
“These recipients represent our finest faculty and students, and the University of Missouri System is what it is because of their hard work and dedication,” Wolfe said. “Every day, each one of them makes a difference in the lives of Missouri’s citizens and truly advances our state— and nation.”
C. Brice Ratchford Memorial Fellowship Award
Carl F. Calkins, Ph.D., UMKC
This award recognizes a faculty member who personifies the creativity, vision and leadership exhibited by the late Dr. C. Brice Ratchford, who served as president of the University of Missouri System and dean of Cooperative Extension.
Calkins is a psychology professor and serves as director of the UMKC Institute for Human Development, a research and training center he established more than 30 years ago. He is most known for his support and interest in working with underserved populations and promoting University of Missouri Extension and the land grant mission of the university. As director of the institute, Calkins actively builds partnerships that improve the lives of people and the communities in which they live.
Student Entrepreneur of the Year Award
Kristin A. Kenney, J.D., UMKC
This award honors students at one of the University of Missouri System’s four campuses who have shown entrepreneurial talent.
Kenney recently completed her law degree with an emphasis in business and entrepreneurial law and was admitted to the Bloch School’s inaugural Entrepreneurship Scholars Program, which is sponsored by UMKC’s Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and designed to help students create viable businesses. While in law school, Kenney was able to take her idea, RE:Cite, a software program that enables efficient legal research, to market with a potential of $500 million.
President’s Award for Leadership
Joy D. Swallow, M.Arch., UMKC
This award is presented to a faculty member with a commitment to excellence and integrity; an ability to motivate, build and sustain a high level of morale and productivity among faculty or staff; find practical solutions to complex problems; and effectively build teams, manage projects and produce positive results.
Swallow is a professor of architecture at UMKC where she founded the Architectural Studies program—a collaboration between UMKC and Kansas State University—that is praised as a model for cooperation between universities. Throughout her tenure, she has helped foster a belief in students, faculty and the community that much is expected and possible. Swallow created an undergraduate degree program in Urban Planning + Design that has played an important role in providing much-needed planning and design assistance to underserved communities.
President’s Award for Early Career Excellence
Anthony N. Caruso, Ph.D., UMKC
This award recognizes faculty who exhibit exceptional promise in scholarship, research or creativity as substantiated by significant accomplishments within their first seven years with the university.
Caruso is an associate professor of physics who started his tenure track appointment in the fall of 2007 and was promoted with tenure last year. He already has authored more than 50 internationally recognized peer-reviewed journal articles; been issued two patents and has four pending patents; completed three article reviews; written two book chapters and awarded nearly $7 million in grant funding as principle investigator. Caruso has distinguished himself in teaching, service and research and is an enthusiastic educator who infuses his curriculum with excitement and is active within the department.