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Longtime Kent State Professor David C. Riccio to be Honored by Former Students and Colleagues, May 19-21

Posted May. 16, 2011

Psychology professor completes 46th year as Kent State faculty member – with no plans to retire

Kent State University Professor David C. Riccio just wrapped up his 46th year as a faculty member in the university’s psychology department, and he has no plans of calling it quits anytime soon. From May 19 to May 21, Kent State’s Department of Psychology is hosting a Festschrift to recognize Riccio’s life’s work and service to the university with a scientific meeting and a reception.

Photo of David C. RiccioOn May 19 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., former students and colleagues will gather at a reception at the 11th Frame at Kent Lanes, located at 1524 S. Water Street in Kent.

The scientific program on May 20 and 21 will consist entirely of presentations by Riccio’s former Ph.D. students, including keynote speeches by three of his most distinguished former students. Program sessions, which will take place in room 102 of Kent Hall Annex on the Kent campus, are May 20 from
10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and May 21 from 9:30 a.m. to noon.

“David Riccio is quite remarkable, both as a faculty member and as a person,” said Maria Zaragoza, professor and chair of Kent State’s Department of Psychology. “Riccio is an eminent scholar, an outstanding teacher and mentor, and an exceptionally generous colleague. His influence and example have helped to shape a departmental culture of community and collegiality that is rather unique.”

At least 30 of Riccio’s former Ph.D. students will attend the events, including folks from 15 states and one who is coming in from Australia. Both the reception and the programs are free and open to the public.

Steven Harrod, assistant professor at the University of South Carolina and former Ph.D. student of Riccio’s, will be one of the speakers. He says that Riccio was the main influence in his decision to become a research scientist.

“Professor Riccio positively influenced my life as my mentor,” Harrod said. “One unique attribute of his is that he spends a lot of time with students who need it. He has accomplished just about everything that you can as a scientist, but I don’t think that what drives him. I think he is driven by being able to work with students and teach people.”

Riccio has had a long and distinguished research career at Kent State. He has published more than 170 journal articles, had 40 years of uninterrupted research funding from the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation, and received Kent State’s Distinguished Scholar Award. In addition, he is the recipient of the university’s Distinguished Teaching Award and has mentored 42 Ph.D. graduates.

“Professor Riccio has provided extensive service to the psychology department, the university community and his profession,” said Zaragoza.

For more information on the events, contact Zaragoza at mzaragoz@kent.edu or 330-672-2167.

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Photo Caption:
Kent State University Psychology Professor David C. Riccio will be honored by former students and colleagues at a scientific meeting and a reception May 19 to May 21.

Media Contacts:
Maria Zaragoza, mzaragoz@kent.edu, 330-672-2167
Emily Vincent, evincen2@kent.edu, 330-672-8595