May 3, 2014

Four Cornell Faculty Members Receive Carpenter Advising Awards

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By ANUSHKA MEHROTRA and ANNIE BUI

Four members of Cornell’s faculty were recently named recipients of the 2014 Kendall S. Carpenter Memorial Advising Awards — which highlight the significance of faculty advising — the University announced Thursday.

Prof. Jack Little, applied economics and management, Prof. Anita Racine, fiber science and apparel design, Prof. Wolfgang Sachse, mechanical and aerospace engineering, and Prof. Julia Thom-Levy, physics, will be honored at a trustee-faculty dinner May 24, the University said.

Little teaches core undergraduate finance classes, including Applied Economics and Management 2210: Financial Accounting. Cornell has added eight additional accounting classes for students since Little has joined Cornell’s faculty as a result of Little’s guidance, according to the University.

“The best part of my job is helping my students not only learn accounting but also about career opportunities available to them in the accounting profession,” Little said.

Racine currently serves as a senior lecturer for the University and has helped develop the curriculum for the fiber science and apparel design major in the College of Human Ecology. She has also helped place numerous undergraduate students in careers and internships in the fashion industry, the University said.

Additionally, Racine oversees a team of students organize fashion designs for the yearly Cornell Fashion Collective undergraduate fashion show. The show typically draws audiences that exceed 2,000, according to the University.

Sachse joined Cornell’s faculty in 1970 and was awarded The Golden Whistle — the highest award bestowed by the International Congress on Ultrasonics — in 2013, the University said. He currently coordinates project team students and advisers in the Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.

Thom-Levy — who joined Cornell faculty six years ago — serves as a physics major adviser, according to the University. Among her accomplishments include the launching of a science education program for “high-need rural elementary students” in the upstate area.

“I feel honored to receive this award,” Thom-Levy said. “It is a priority for me to involve undergraduate students in my research work, and to mentor and advise them. My mentors did this for me and I know how important it is, [and] I hope that my work contributes to a culture of support and open communication at Cornell.”

Each faculty member will receive $5000 from Cornell, according to the University.

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