August 30, 2021

Our first recap of the fall semester includes honors, appointments and accolades that occurred over the summer. If you missed the news then, this roundup captures several highlights:

  • In June, online platform included Stan State’s sociology, social science and anthropology undergraduate programs on three of their Top 25 Best Bachelor’s Degree lists.
  • College of Business Administration Associate Professor Yili Lian was named the inaugural Ernie T. Gemperle endowed chair in finance fellow. Lian’s three-year appointment continues through 2024. Lian’s work will focus on two areas: the connection between trade credits and customer-supplier relationships and monitoring the effect of institutional investors on inside trading profits in different settings. 
  • The WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) appointed President Ellen Junn as one of the organization’s new commissioners. Junn’s appointment continues through June 30, 2024, with the possibility of her serving an additional term. 
  • Fifty-two Stan State faculty — across colleges and disciplines, including tenured, tenure-track, non-tenure track and part-time lecturers — earned certificates from the Association for College and University Educators (ACUE) for Effective Online Teaching Practices. 
  • The CCAA selected Warrior alumna Cynthia Mejia as one of its nominees for the NCAA Woman of the Year award. As a senior cross country and track and field student-athlete, Mejia was one of the top distance runners in the country in 2020. Established in 1991, the NCAA Woman of the Year recognizes graduating female college athletes who have distinguished themselves in academics, athletics, service and leadership throughout their collegiate careers.
  • In July, Director of Athletics Terry Donovan announced Stan State student-athletes broke records in the classroom for posting a cumulative 3.318 grade point average for a fourth consecutive semester — the highest GPA in the University’s 60-year history.