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Gallagher takes LSUA top teaching award, Bowie and Turner earn staff honors

Released: 04/01/2013

Dr. Bernard Gallagher received the Bolton Award for Teaching Excellence at LSU Alexandria during the Employee Recognition Dinner on March 22. The Bolton Award is the highest honor bestowed upon a faculty member at the university.

Gallagher has been teaching at LSU Alexandria for 21 years. He holds both a B.A. and M.A. from the University of Montana and a Ph.D. from SUNY Binghamton. He serves as organizer of the Cavanaugh Lecture Series, is a member of LSU Alexandria Faculty Senate, and is the university representative on the A+ Alexandria Quiz Bowl Committee. He says his job is to show students “the power of social narrative and to let them make their own choices.”

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’s highest faculty honor. The recipient receives a plaque and a cash award.

Barbara Bowie and Kyra Turner earned the Staff Outstanding Service Awards, the top honor for staff members. Bowie won in the Skilled Crafts, Service, Maintenance division. She has worked at LSU Alexandria for 8.5 years. According to her nomination, she “is consistently cheerful and pleasant. She has created a pleasant and welcoming environment in the library for students and others.” Turner won in the Clerical/Professional division. She is the Coordinator of Student Life. Her nominator wrote that she “seeks and motivates faculty, staff, and students to participate in projects in order to link everyone together. She always has the best interest of LSUA at heart.”

Also during the evening, Dr. David Huey was named professor emeritus of biology for his many years of outstanding service to LSU Alexandria. In his 30+ years as a faculty member in biological sciences, Huey taught thousands of undergraduate students at LSU Alexandria. He also served as director of the Children’s Academic Program in the Summer at LSU Alexandria for five years.

Three faculty members received endowed professorships, which are competitive awards. The Huie Dellmon Trust Endowed Professorship in Science was awarded to Dr. Zeleke Negatu. The Robert Rife Saunders Endowed Professorship was awarded to Dr. Shonu Nangia, and the Roy O. Martin Lumber Company Endowed Professorship in Nursing went to Victoria Young.

Service Learning Certificates were awarded to Cathy Cormier, Arlene Duos, Dolores Harris, Kim Herrington, Linda Hickman, Tammy LaCombe, and Melissa Parks. Dr. Nathan Ponder, Chair of the Department of Mathematics and Physical Sciences, was presented the Staff Senate Boss of the Year Award, and the Teaching Innovation Award was presented to Dr. Shonu Nangia.

Faculty and staff recognized for years of service were: Brenda Ellington, Kim Herrington, and Jerry Sanson – 25 years; Seth Bovey, Bernard Gallagher, and Missy Laborde – 20 years; William Calbeck, Simmie Ray Edwards, Heather Gauthier, and Kathy Wimmert – 15 years; Gwen Andress, Heather Bandy, Danette Cormier, Rusty Gaspard, Sandra Gremillion, Gloria Hill, Ginger Jones, Robert Karam, Patricia Marien, Syrous Marivani, Sandra Purifoy, Phyllis Ramares, Arthur Rankin, Beverly Reed, Susan Richerson, Warren Stuart Spurlin, Mona James Wallace, Renee West, and Donald Yates – 10 years; and Raymond Anderson, Alicia Book, Sherry Bovey, Robert Bush, Debra Bynog, Shannon Dauzat, Betsy Hayes, Darilyn King, Judy Lacombe, Paul Monteleone, Susan Myrick, Diann Norris, Michelle Riggs, Christof Stumpf, Mary Sunderhaus, Peter Tinsley, and Robert Wright – 5 years.

Four people who retired during 2012 were also recognized. They included: Douglas Allen – professor; Natalie Byrd, administrative assistant; Larry Herrington, professor; and Karen Norman, auxiliary services manager.