Faculty member and student honored for scholarly achievement

College of Professional Studies faculty member Tova Olson Sanders and Foundation Year alumnas Stanilas Phanord honored at University’s Academic Honors Convocation

Photo by Brooks Canaday

Northeastern recognized Tova Olson Sanders with the Excellence in Teaching Award at the recent Academic Honors Convocation; Sanders was one of two recipients for the 2013-2014 academic year and is a member of the Graduate Education faculty and leader of the Organizational Leadership Studies concentration.

“We, as a College of Professional Studies community, are making extra-ordinary contributions that extend beyond the classroom,” said Sanders. “To me, this award is a recognition of our collaborative success in initiating transformational change in innovative and intentional ways.”

Sanders is pictured with Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Stephen Director (left) and President Joseph E. Aoun (right) at the Convocation.

Photo by Brooks Canaday

It was in Northeastern’s Foun­da­tion Year pro­gram in 2009 where Stanislas Phanord said he dis­cov­ered the con­fi­dence and direc­tion to put him on the path for success.

Phanord, who is set to grad­uate in May from Northeastern with a bachelor’s degree in political science, was recently named a Rangel Grad­uate Fellow and the recip­ient of a Ful­bright Eng­lish Teaching Assist­ant­ship in France. He was rec­og­nized for these achieve­ments at the university’s Aca­d­emic Honors Con­vo­ca­tion.

“Just as the name of the program suggests, Foundation Year gave me the proper foundation in order to realize academic and professional success,” Phanord said. “In Foundation Year, I got the writing, quantitative, and analytical skills necessary to not only survive, but excel at Northeastern University. Most of all, with the guidance of my Foundation Year professors, I learned how to be resourceful and how to take control of my own destiny. Thanks to my experience in Foundation Year I was motivated to take full advantage of Northeastern’s co-op program, and I will fulfill my dream of serving as a U.S. diplomat.”