Faculty recognized at Legends and Legacy Banquet

Dakota State University is honoring four of its faculty at the 6th annual Legends and Legacy Banquet, Friday, February 25 at the Dakota Prairie Playhouse.

The faculty awards recognize excellence in teaching, research, service and advising. Nominations for the faculty awards are solicited from peer faculty members, staff, former and current students at DSU.

The Dr. Ernest Teagarden Award for Excellence in Teaching is being awarded to Dr. Vicki Sterling. Sterling is a Professor in the College of Education.  She has been teaching in the areas of reading and language arts methods since 1977.  Sterling has developed a working relationship with area teachers so her students can practice their reading and language arts teaching skills in elementary classrooms.  This serves to help students make a stronger connection between college instruction and developing of the teaching skills.  Sterling has also made presentations on reading in area schools and conferences at the state, national and international level.  She has been active in the International Reading Association and has served as President at the state and local level.  Her academic commitments include serving on the professional development committee for DSU and the College of Education and the Scholarship Committee.  Sterling was one of the founding members for the Women's Day Conference, which has been in existence for 27 years.  Sterling received her undergraduate degree at Dakota State and master's and doctorate of education degrees from University of South Dakota.

The Merrill D. Hunter Award for Excellence in Research is being awarded to Dr. Josh Pauli.  Pauli is an Associate Professor of Information Security at Dakota State University where he teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses in software security and intrusion detection. Since January 2010, Dr. Pauli has been awarded grants totaling over $1.3M from the National Science Foundation, Department of Defense, and the Department of Homeland Security. He received his Ph.D. in Software Engineering from North Dakota State University (NDSU) and has published over 20 international journal and conference papers related to software and network security. His recent work includes invited presentations from the Department of Homeland Security and Black Hat Briefings. In addition to his teaching and research, Dr. Pauli also serves as the Faculty Athletic Representative at DSU, chairs the Athletic Committee, serves on the Retention Committee, and advises nearly 150 Information Assurance students at DSU.

The DeWayne Mork Award for Excellence in Service is being awarded to Dr. Glenn Berman. Berman is an associate professor in the College of Arts and Sciences.  He is very active in the General Faculty, where he served for two years as Vice President and currently serves as President.  He is one of the core contributors to the Game Design Major, which pulls expertise from across campus in the arts, math, computer science, and information systems.  Dr. Berman started the Nanocon conference, which brings internationally known game designers and games to the DSU campus.   The next conference will be the tenth that he has organized, bringing hundreds of participants and presenters to DSU. In addition, Dr. Berman is very active with both the KDSU radio station and the DSU Gaming Club.  Dr. Berman organized and still advises these two active student organizations. The Gaming Club is one of the largest and most active organizations on campus. Dr. Berman is instrumental in the Humans vs. Zombies games on campus, which attracted a large participation rate of students from across campus.  He also kept the DSU Math and Science Club active on campus for many years, hosting contests for high school students while he was the academic advisor, and creating an online middle school competition.  Dr. Berman received his undergraduate degree from the University of California-Santa Cruz, and his masters and Ph.D. from Louisiana State University. 

The Alexander "Sandy" Davidson Award for Excellence in Advising is being awarded to Kathy Engbrecht. Engbrecht is an instructor of Computer Information Systems and a Retention Specialist for the College of Business and Information Systems.  She earned both her undergraduate and master's degrees from DSU.  Along with teaching duties, Engbrecht meets with all new transfer students to BIS, and each BIS student prior to graduation to verify all requirements have been met.  She provides training to the incoming freshman classes on using web advisor and program evaluation, and does the same for faculty members.  Engbrecht also assists in planning student orientation activities and helps students with registration.  She is a member of the Parent Committee and provides a workshop during Family Weekend on technology issues such as Skype or ooVoo. She also serves on the Retention Committee and assists with Discover DSU Days. Engbrecht regularly meets with prospective students and participates in student recruitment sessions. Engbrecht has been at DSU since 1988, expect for two years she worked at ICAP. She began as an admission counselor and served briefly as acting director of admission.  She moved on to assistant registrar, and stayed in that position for 10 years. She began her duties with the College of BIS in 2009.

Last Updated: 1/10/12