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April 2012 News Releases

Washburn faculty members receive emeritus status

Three Washburn University employees who have retired or who will be retiring at the end of the spring semester were honored with emeritus status during the staff and faculty awards event on April 17. Receiving the designation were: Raylene Hinz-Penner, lecturer, English; Ursula Jander, associate professor, biology; and Richard Moellenberdt, assistant professor, accounting, School of Business

Hinz-Penner began her teaching career at Washburn in 2003 as a three-quarter time lecturer in English and was hired as full time in 2004. She has gone well beyond the typical lecturer role, serving as composition director and standing in for faculty in the teaching of American literature, poetry writing, and a reading as writers course for writing emphasis majors. In addition to teaching at Washburn, she taught English at Bethel College for 18 years, beginning as instructor, ending as tenured associate professor. Hinz-Penner was an exchange professor of English one year at Sichuan Normal University in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China, and taught volunteer courses for Arts in Prison at Lansing Correctional Facility and Prison Arts Project at the Hutchinson Correctional Facility. She is a well-loved and highly-respected professor, with fine teaching evaluations and genuine student loyalty.

Jander began her teaching career at Washburn in 1984 as an adjunct assistant professor of biology, became a full time assistant professor in 1985, received tenure and promotion to associate professor in 1994, and served as interim chair in 2008. During her 28 years at Washburn, she taught at least 14 different courses covering a variety of biology sub-disciplines in both majors and service courses and has always been a popular professor due to her enthusiasm for whatever subject matter being taught. Long before the inception of the Washburn Transformational Experience program, biology majors have been required to complete research with a faculty member prior to graduation. Jander has mentored her fair share of biology students and they have all benefited tremendously from their experience with her expertise with some presenting at Apeiron and other regional meetings. In 2002, she received the A. Roy Meyers Excellence in Research Award, remains very active in research, and plans to continue in retirement with her study of the praying mantis. She also was the Biology Club mentor, served on many committees over the years, was involved in many program reviews and revisions of laboratory manuals, and has given presentations to a variety of groups within the community, including elementary school aged children. In addition, she will was the keynote speaker at the 10th Annual Induction Ceremony of the Pi Gamma Chapter of Tri-Beta, the National Biology Honor Society, on March 8, 2012.

Moellenberndt began his teaching career at Washburn in 1976 as assistant professor of accounting in the School of Business. He received tenure and promotion to associate professor in 1978, with promotion to professor in 1983. In addition to teaching at Washburn, he was assistant professor at Wichita State University and an instructor at the University of Nebraska. He has given 35 years of dedicated service to Washburn serving on a variety of school and university committees and authoring numerous scholarly and professional articles. He also led the initiative to establish the Beta Alpha Psi chapter in the School of Business.

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Amanda Hughes, (785) 670-2153