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Dr. Golemon Wins Bolton Award for Teaching Excellence

Released: 03/27/2009

Dr. Clarence E. Golemon, Director of Student Teaching and Professor in the Department of Education at LSU at Alexandria, has been selected 2008-2009 winner of the Bolton Award for Teaching Excellence. The award, which began 20 years ago, is given annually to the full-time faculty member who “best exemplifies the university’s commitment to teaching, service, and professional development.”

Dr. Golemon has been part of the LSUA family since 1984, first as Coordinator of the Student Teaching Program for the LSU Teacher Education Program and now as Director of Student Teaching and Professor of Education. He is a veteran of the US Army, completing his military service at the rank of Major. After attending Northwestern State University, he earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees from LSU. He spent 22 years at Southeastern Louisiana University serving in various capacities including Dean of the Graduate School. He was granted the honor of Professor and Dean Emeritus at Southeastern Louisiana University. He retired in 1984 – only for a short while – before being asked to direct the four-year student teaching program for LSU on the LSU Alexandria campus.

Dr. Golemon received a $1,000 stipend as part of the Bolton Award for Teaching Excellence, which was presented at the university’s Faculty/Staff Awards Banquet.

Staff Outstanding Service Awards were earned by Troy Armand, an engineer in the LSUA utility plant, and Nikki Tam, executive assistant in the Office of Human Resources Management. Each winner received $500.

Dr. Tommy Awtry, chairman of the Department of Mathematics and Physical Sciences, was named Boss of the Year. Awtry, who joined the LSUA faculty in 1991, has been department chairman since 2003. Earlier this school year Awtry was named Outstanding College Math Teacher of the Year by the Louisiana Association of Teachers of Mathematics.

LSUA also presented the following service awards: 20 years: Joyce Abshire (staff). 15 years: Cecil “Pete” Aymond and Sandra Dufour (staff). 10 years: Julie Gill (faculty) and Randal Williamson (staff). 5 years: Elaine Beck, Julien Doucet, Elisabeth “Betty” Elder, Owen Elmore, Clarence Golemon, Haywood Joiner, Freddie Litton, Doran O’Donnell, Kerry Ordes, James Rogers, Judy Rundell, James Stacy and Michael Wright (faculty), and Robin Esterak, Ferdie “Joe” Fontenot, Dan Purvis, Junetha Silas, Jennifer Smith, David Wesse and James West (staff).

Three retirees were honored. Sandra Haynes, associate professor of nursing, retired in January after 33 consecutive years on the LSUA faculty. Retirees after 30 or more years receive $1,000 and a commemorative watch. Patricia Franks, associate professor of nursing, and Betty Saunders, assistant director of student aid and scholarships, received a commemorative clock. Both were long-time employees – Franks began in 1976 and Saunders started in 1967 -- although their work at LSUA was not continuous.