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Fontbonne Honors President of St. Louis-Based Anthropedia Foundation

SAINT LOUIS – Fontbonne University will honor Kevin Cloninger, Ph.D., president and COO of the St. Louis-based Anthropedia Foundation, as recipient of the Jason Sommer Dedicated Semester Award. The award will be presented Wednesday, August 31, during Fontbonne’s 2011 Academic Convocation Ceremony.

The award recognizes leadership in relation to the university’s annual dedicated semester experience – an initiative encouraging the entire university to explore a single theme each fall semester. It is named after Jason Sommer, an influential Fontbonne professor and poet-in-residence, who was instrumental in developing Fontbonne’s first dedicated semester in 2007.

Cloninger contributed to the 2010 dedicated semester focused on “Happiness: Traditions and Tensions.” A committee of faculty members selected him as the award recipient, recognizing him for his work in human well-being and positive psychology.

“Dr. Cloninger and his organization reflect a ‘care for the dear neighbor,’ a mantra emphasized by our founders, the Sisters of St. Joseph,” said Corinne Taff, chair and assistant professor of interdisciplinary studies at Fontbonne, and chair of the 2010 dedicated semester “Dr. Cloninger generously volunteered his time to make multiple dedicated semester presentations, including a lecture at Fontbonne. His work exemplifies the integration of multiple disciplines to help people and communities learn more and be more.”

Anthropedia is a non-profit foundation that promotes well-being through health and education initiatives. It is led by an institute of experts from the fields of medicine, psychology, art, education and public health. Members of the Anthropedia Institute examine the most effective, scientifically proven practices from their fields and design comprehensive strategies to improve physical, mental and social well-being. Most recently, Anthropedia developed a Well-Being Coach Certification Program.

The 2011 Dedicated Semester topic is "The Disability Experience: Quest for Empowerment." Learn more about the Fontbonne University Dedicated Semester.