Frost Brown Todd's Douglas R. Dennis was honored as the inaugural honoree to receive the Distinguished Service Award from the University of Cincinnati Law Review for his contributions to the legal profession. Dennis is a member in the litigation department and focuses on products liability, ERISA litigation and appellate advocacy.

Stephen Schweller, a partner in Dinsmore's Cincinnati office was elected to serve a year term as president of the University Club of Cincinnati's Board of Governors. Schweller has been a member of the club for 22 years, serving on the Board of Governors for five consecutive years and the Executive Committee for four years.

Of Counsel to Frost Brown Todd, Edmund J. Adams presented an 18-hour seminar as a visiting professor of bankruptcy law at the Turiba School of Business in Riga, Latvia. Adams is a fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy and has taught bankruptcy law in Russia, the Czech Republic and Hungary.

The Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber named Denyse Ferguson as senior vice president and executive director of the Cincinnati USA Partnership. Ferguson succeeds Dave Dougherty, who took the position on an interim basis last year.

Dale McClintock has joined creative media firm Mills James as vice president of creative engineering. His expertise lies in the design, fabrication and installation of digital signage and displays.

BHDP Architecture appointed Pamela McDonel as shareholder and owner. McDonel has more than 25 years of experience as an interior designer and has been involved in projects, including corporate interiors, department and retail stores, law offices and financial institutions.

Dr. Steve Kleeman of Good Samaritan Hospital TriHealth was named one of the nation's Top 10 busiest surgeons performing robotic surgery for vaginal prolapse, according to Intuitive Surgical Inc. of Sunnyville, Calif., which monitors use of its robotic surgical systems. Kleeman has an office in West Chester.

Xavier University has named Dennis D. Long, PhD, as associate dean of the College of Social Sciences, Health and Education. Long has been with XU more than 25 years, working as assistant professor, chair of the department of social work and chair of the Faculty Committee & Assembly.

University of Cincinnati faculty member Dr. Thomas Dalziel was one of 15 educators from schools throughout the U.S. presented with the Annual Leavey Awards for Excellence in Private Enterprise Education from the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge. Dalziel is an assistant professor of entrepreneurship and strategy.

Cincinnati State has named Cindy Sefton as the new director of the Johnnie Mae Berry Library. Sefton has been employed at the library since 2001, most recently as a circulation services coordinator, with duties ranging from maintaining the collection to managing student assistants.

Cincinnati Public Schools Food Services Director Jessica Shelly received the Silver Rising Star Award at the National Foodservice Achievement Management (FAME) award ceremony for her work overcoming funding issues to solve problems for the child nutrition program in her district.