Angela Roddy, a consulting teacher for Cincinnati Public Schools, won the 2009 Dr. Lawrence C. Hawkins Educator of the Year Award, presented by Western & Southern Financial Group. Roddy, who was chosen from a group of 11 finalists, was recognized with a plaque and a personal check for $10,000. Western & Southern established the award in 2007 to honor CPS educators.

The University of Cincinnati named Steve Hater the membership director of the Goering Center for Family and Private Business at UC’s College of Business. The Goering Center prepares the next generation of family business owners to manage the family firm. It also advances research in the area of best practices for family firms.

Grant Hesser and Brian Kelly were elected to the governing board of the Cincinnati State Foundation of Cincinnati State Technical and Community College. The foundation raises funds and supports the college’s programs, services and capital improvement projects.

Xavier University named Hema Krishnan, Ph.D., associate dean of the Williams College of Business. Krishnan replaces Dr. Raghu Tadepalli, who left to become the Murata Dean of the F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business at Babson College in Massachusetts.

Cecilia Berg received the Miami University Sigma Xi Award for Outstanding Educator in Science, Math and Engineering. Berg is assistant director of the Center for Environmental Education, Natural History and Conservation, and senior project director for the Hefner Zoology Museum. Sigma Xi is an international scientific and research honor society supporting original work in science and technology.

Raymond Walters College earned a preliminary recommendation for a 10-year accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission’s site evaluation team. The accreditation verifies that an institution meets specific criteria and offers quality education.

Chef Jean-Robert de Cavel accepted the appointment as “Chef in Residence” at the Midwest Culinary Institute at Cincinnati State Technical and Community College. His responsibilities will include serving as a culinary ambassador for MCI and the region, interacting with MCI students in the kitchen and classroom, participating in special events and dining programs, and hosting and participating in community and philanthropic events.

Northern Kentucky University hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for its new Center for Informatics, which will house the college’s three academic departments, as well as its outreach unit, the Infrastructure Management Institute. The center is scheduled to open in the fall of 2011.