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Minnesota Faculty Advisor Receives 2012 Mosal Scholarship

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Jackson, MS – Dr. Peggy Lee LePage, a biology professor at North Hennepin Community College in Minnesota, has been selected to receive a 2012 Mosal Award, which carries a stipend of $5,000 for personal professional development. The award was presented during Phi Theta Kappa's Annual Convention in Nashville April 12-14. 

Dr. Peggy Lee LePage

Dr. Peggy Lee LePage

Mosal Awards, which are open to application by community college faculty members who serve as Phi Theta Kappa advisors, are named for the Society's late Executive Director Emeritus, Dr. Margaret Mosal. While up to 10 Mosal Award recipients may be selected in a given year, only outstanding, well-reasoned and intellectually substantive proposals are selected by a panel of scholars for funding.

"Mosal Award recipients are selected following a rigorous application and judging process," said Phi Theta Kappa Executive Director Dr. Rod Risley, "We are very proud of Dr. LePage and wish her well in her independent studies."

The title of Dr. LePage’s proposal is “Anatomica Italia: An Anatomic and Cultural Tour of Italy.”  Dr. LePage plans to study anatomical history and cultural settings in Rome, Florence, Bologna and Venice with Dr. Kevin Petti, a professor in the Department of Natural Sciences at San Diego Miramar College in California.  From her experiences, she will create an interactive blog and incorporate visual images, information and a new understanding of anatomical history to her biology courses.

“I was born curious. I’ve been told by my family members that my first words were ‘why, who and how.’ I was always fascinated by how ‘things’ fit together and compelled to learn about everything under the sun by asking hundreds of how and why questions,” Dr. LePage wrote in her application. “Over time, I found several academic areas that appealed to my curious nature; art, biology, human anatomy and physiology and history. It is no coincidence that my passion for these subjects became the focus of my education and my teaching career.”

Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, headquartered in Jackson, Mississippi, is the largest honor society in American higher education with 1,280 chapters on college campuses in all 50 of the United States, Canada, Germany, the Republic of Palau, Peru, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, the British Virgin Islands, the United Arab Emirates and U.S. territorial possessions. More than 2.5 million students have been inducted since its founding in 1918, with approximately 135,000 students inducted annually.