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Laudations is an online collection spotlighting the professional contributions Muskingum University faculty and staff make to their respective disciplines.


Professor of Art Yan Sun was selected by the America 250-Ohio commission to participate in its Columbus art exhibition celebrating the 250th anniversary of the founding of the United States. Four of his paintings showcasing the wonder of Ohio are in the exhibition, which will be on display through 2026.


Professor Karen Dunak, the Arthur G. and Eloise Barnes Cole Chair of American History, authored a guest column in the Columbus Dispatch on Jacqueline Kennedy and the 60th Anniversary of John Kennedy’s assassination “Too Young, Stylish, Smart? First Lady Jackie Kennedy Was What We Needed When JFK Was Killed.”

Occupational Therapy

Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy Becky Finni presented at the November 2023 American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) Education Summit on “Promoting Understanding of Intraprofessional Roles and Responsibilities Through a Virtual Collaborative OT/OTA Student Workshop Experience,” highlighting the positive outcomes of the initial two years of virtual workshops between Muskingum MOT and Zane State OTA students.

Muskingum’s MOT Program Founding Faculty –  Mary Arnold (retired), Kim Lawler, and Becky Finni – received the 2023 Model Practice Award from the Ohio Occupational Therapy Association (OOTA), in recognition of outstanding achievement in the practice of Occupational Therapy in Ohio.

Becky Finni also received the Ohio Occupational Therapy Association (OOTA)’s 2023 Award of Merit in recognition of her outstanding contributions towards the growth of the occupational therapy profession and OOTA.

Political Science

Associate Professor of Political Science Richard Arnold recently published two articles in the Jamestown Foundation’s Eurasia Daily Monitor: “Cossack Warriors from Russia and Abroad Meet in Moscow” and “Cossack Education Becoming Further Institutionalized Across Russia’s Regions” and one in PONARS Eurasia, “Cossacks as a Case Study of Russia’s Paramilitarization.”

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