Lefton, Frank honor published faculty

Nicole Stempak

Reception first of its kind; 100 recognized

More than 100 faculty members were honored by President Lester Lefton and Provost Robert Frank for recent book publications yesterday afternoon.

The first Faculty Book Publishing reception recognized those who have published a book in the past two years.

In his opening remarks, Frank said this group of authors “is a reflection of the excellence at Kent State University.”

“There’s simply no other way to appreciate the contribution of Kent State than to view the books in this room and the wealth of knowledge they cover,” he said.

George Stevens, dean of the College of Business Administration, did not publish a book recently but said he attended to recognize those who did.

“I certainly do appreciate having individuals who will take the time and make the effort to write a book,” he said.

Nursing professor Donna Martsolf was celebrating the third edition of her book “Counseling Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse” that she wrote with colleague Claire Draucker.

Martsolf said they wrote the book because of their experiences as psychiatric nurses.

“Many mental health problems have their root (in) sexual violence experiences,” she said. “We decided to write a book on how to counsel people who have gone through sexual abuse.”

Geography professor James Tyner was celebrating the publication of his latest book, entitled “The Killing of Cambodia: Geography, Genocide and the Unmaking of Space.”

He said Cambodia is one of the most impoverished countries in the world and is directly connected with Kent State.

“Most students don’t know the history of United States relations with Cambodia,” he said. “It was the U.S. incarceration into Cambodia that precipitated the May 4 protests.”

Pat Nash, assistant to the vice president for university relations, said she hopes this reception becomes an annual event.

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