The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

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June 8, 2013

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JOHNSTOWN — St. Francis announces new promotions

St. Francis University has announced the new faculty promotions and tenure:

• Edward Mihelcic has been promoted to professor of occupational therapy. He earned a doctorate degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, a master’s degree from Duquesne University, a bachelor’s degree from Dominican College, and an associate degree from Mount Aloysius College. Mihelcic has been teaching at St. Francis for 13 years.

• Joel Bandstra has been promoted to associate professor of environmental engineering. He earned a doctorate in environmental engineering from Oregon Health and Science University and a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Clarkson University. Bandstra has been teaching at St. Francis for five years.

• Lauri Chose has been promoted to associate professor of English. She earned a doctorate and a master’s degree in English literature and criticism from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a bachelor’s degree in English from Pitt-Johnstown. Chose has worked at St. Francis for almost six years.

• Justin Merry has been promoted to associate professor of biology. He earned a doctorate from Arizona State University, and a master’s degree and bachelor’s degree from Ohio University. Merry has been teaching at St. Francis for five years.

• Arthur Remillard has been promoted to associate professor of religious studies. He earned a doctorate and a master’s degree in religion from Florida State University, and a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from St. Francis University.

• Lori Woods has been promoted to associate professor of history. She earned a doctorate in history from the University of Toronto, a master’s degree in medieval history from the University of Calgary, and a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of British Columbia. Woods has been teaching at St. Francis for five years.

• Kimberly Forst has been promoted to assistant professor of nursing. She earned a master’s degree in nursing education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Pitt-Johnstown and an associate’s degree in nursing from Mount Aloysius College. Forst has been teaching at St. Francis for four years. She holds registered nurse licenses in Pennsylvania and Ohio.

• Camille Wendekier has been promoted to assistant professor of nursing. She earned a master’s degree in nursing with a community health clinical nurse specialist track from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, a school nurse certification from St. Francis University, and a bachelor’s degree in nursing from St. Francis University. Wendekier also is certified as a registered rehabilitation nurse. She has worked at St. Francis for 10 years.

• Michelle Beck has been promoted to assistant clinical professor of physician assistant science. She earned a master’s degree in health science and a bachelor’s degree in physician assistant science from St. Francis University. She has been teaching at St. Francis for five years.

• Edward Timmons has been awarded tenure at St. Francis. He is an associate professor of economics, a member of the Institutional Review Board, a member of the office of undergraduate student research and a member of the American Economic Association. Timmons earned a doctorate and a master’s degree in economics and business from Lehigh University and a bachelor’s degree in economics and actuarial science from Lebanon Valley College. He has worked at St. Francis for five years.

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