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Faculty/Staff Awards Announced

Released: 04/07/2008

Dr. Callum Johnston, associate professor of early childhood education, received the 2007-08 Bolton Award for Teaching Excellence at the annual LSU at Alexandria campus recognition banquet Friday. The university’s most prestigious award to a faculty member was presented by Dr. Tom Armstrong, interim chancellor and vice chancellor for academic and student affairs

Seven endowed professorships, departmental and individual Academic Advising Awards, Staff Senate Boss of the Year and Staff Outstanding Service Awards also were presented. Recognition was paid to employees for years of service and to retirees.

Johnston, a member of the LSUA faculty since 2001, was selected among five finalists. A passionate proponent of international education, Johnston is a published scholar with several book chapters, professional articles and newspaper contributions, and he frequently makes presentation to professional educators. Johnston also is two-term president of the Faculty Senate.

Endowed professorships were awarded to Dr. Genet Duke, Huie Dellmon Trust Endowed Professorship in Science; Dr. Brenda Ellington, Mark Eugene Howard Endowed Professorship in Liberal Arts; Tammy Lacombe, Roy O. Martin Lumber Co. Endowed Professorship in Nursing; and Dr. Fred Litton, Jack and Sue Ellen Jackson Endowed Professorship in Education.

Also, Dr. Sultan Parvez, Howard M. and Eloise Ferris Mulder Endowed Professorship; Dr. Jim Stacy, Jenkins-Mulder Endowed Professorship in Business; and Dr. Susan Sullivan, F. Hugh Coughlin Endowed Professorship.

Revenue produced from endowed professorships, which are generally awarded for a two-year term, is used to supplement professional development for deserving faculty members. The LSUA Foundation manages 21 endowed professorships (minimum $100,000 endowment) and one endowed chair (minimum $1 million endowment).

Dr. Julie Gill, assistant professor of kinesiology, and Cindy Green, professional counselor in the advising center, earned Faculty Excellence Academic Advising and Staff Excellence Advising awards respectively. The Department of Arts, English and Humanities, chaired by Dr. Richard Collins, captured the Academic Advising Award in the departmental category. This is the first year LSUA has presented advising awards.

The Staff Senate Boss of the Year honor went to Dr. Judy Rundell, chairwoman of the 29-member Department of Education. It was presented by Mary McCampbell, president of the Staff Senate and coordinator of grant development.

Staff Outstanding Service Awards were presented to Ruby Wilson, a custodian in the Office of Facility Services, and Jodie Milliner, administrative assistant in the Department of Math and Physical Science.

Forty-four employees were recognized for service in five-year increments, including 30-year faculty members Margaret Ortigo, associate professor of sociology, and Dr. Stephen Vanderslice, professor of English and Philosophy. Retirees are former chancellor Robert Cavanaugh, executive assistant to the chancellor Betty Burns, faculty members Darlene Deshotels and Geraldine Guillory, administrative coordinator Callie Harvey, and police sergeant Keith Poret.