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Psychology Professor Earns LSU Alexandria´s Bolton Award

Released: 03/20/2003

<p> A psychology professor at LSU Alexandria has earned the Bolton Award for Teaching Excellence for her commitment to the university and outstanding classroom teaching. Dr. Mary Boone VonBrock Treuting received the university&acute;s highest faculty honor at the presentation dinner at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 18, at Tunk&acute;s Cypress Inn Restaurant. <p></p> "Dr. Treuting&acute;s commitment to students is extraordinary because she always finds time for her students," said Dr. Greg Gormanous, head of the Division of Liberal Arts. "Students are in her office either checking their progress or seeking guidance on their papers." <p></p> "From my perspective, the caliber of Dr. Treuting&acute;s teaching and professional activities is judged as exceptional with respect to her student evaluations," Gormanous continued. "Dr. Treuting has been rated consistently throughout her years here at LSUA as one of the best instructors in Liberal Arts." <p></p> "Her greatest strength is that her outstanding teaching is supported by scholarly endeavors that few, if any, faculty on our campus ever achieve," he said. "...the quality of her instruction is fueled by her scholarship." <p></p> Faculty member Richard Gwartney commented, "Dr. Treuting offers something extraordinary to our students: a commitment to excellence that she holds above all other considerations. She is passionate about classroom teaching. She is a student of her discipline." "Amid chaos, she finds delight in every aspect of higher education," Gwartney said. <p></p> Treuting earned her bachelor of arts, master of arts and doctor of philosophy degrees from Louisiana State Univeristy (LSU). She served as a behavior consultant, counselor and school psychologist before joining the faculty at LSU Alexandria as an assistant professor in 1994. She was promoted to associate professor in 1997 and then to full professor in 2002. <p></p> She held the Huie-Dellmon Trust Endowed Professorship in Liberal Arts and Sciences for two years. <p></p> "It is both a privilege and an incredible responsibility to be able to impact students&acute; understanding of their world," Treuting said. "I cannot think of another career which would give me as much personal satisfaction as teaching does." <p></p> "I am humbled by the award, but am grateful for the appreciation and recognition of the teaching profession that the award represents," she said. "Thank you to my colleagues, students and family." <p></p> While at LSU Alexandria, Trueting has served on numerous committees including serving as president of the Faculty Senate for two terms. In addition to maintaining a full teaching load, her committee service has included Faculty Personnel Policies Committee (Chair); Liberal Studies Degree Development Committee; Enrollment Management Committee; the Faculty and Staff Development Committee and many, many others. She also served on the Child Care Committee which advised the LSU Alexandria Children&acute;s Center project. <p></p> Treuting has an exemplary record of community service in both Rapides and Avoyelles Parishes. She has conducted numerous workshops such as "Teaching the Child Who Learns Differently" and "Learning Differences-Maximizing Student Success." She serves as an instructor for the Children&acute;s Academic Program for Summer (CAPS) and works with the Arna Bontemps African American Museum and Cultural Arts Center. She is a member of St. Joseph&acute;s Catholic Church in Marksville as well as the Marksville Chamber of Commerce and she has served in numerous volunteer positions for St. Frances Cabrini School. <p></p> The Bolton Award for Teaching Excellence was made possible by a gift from the estate of Mrs. James C. Bolton. Mrs. Frances Bolton Davis, a long-time supporter of LSU Alexandria and former president of the LSUA Foundation, established the award in 1988. Presented annually to an outstanding faculty member, the Bolton Award is the university&acute;s highest faculty honor. The recipient receives a plaque and a cash award. <p></p> A resident of Marksville, Treuting and her husband, J.B., have three sons. </p>