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Released: 05/01/2000

<p> Louisiana State University at Alexandria presented its highest staff honor, the Staff Outstanding Service Award, to two staff members at a luncheon held today on the campus. Steven Belgard of Alexandria received the award for the skilled craft/service/maintenance category. April Whittington of St. Landry, received the award for all other categories. The winners received a plaque and a cash award from the LSUA Foundation. </p><p> Belgard is a maintenance repairman 1 in LSUA&acute;s Operations and Maintenance department. He has been employed at LSUA for almost 2 years. </p><p> According to his nomination, Belgard is the first to volunteer his skills and time to complete projects. "His enthusiasm and interest is contagious," said Barney Brady, facilities maintenance manager 2. "He always displays a cheerful attitude and has made numerous contributions to the efficiency of the department." Belgard has manufactured new tools to remove and replace bulbs in the Student Center 18 foot ceilings. He also designed and fabricated a new drain system for the catwalk between the LSUA Bookstore and the Student Center. </p><p> "I&acute;m very happy to receive this award," Belgard said. "And very surprised, especially considering the outstanding people who were nominated. I love my job and the people I work with here at LSUA." </p><p> Mrs. Whittington is the administrative secretary in the Division of Business Administration and has worked at LSUA for nine years. </p><p> According to her nomination, Mrs. Whittington is an outstanding employee. "Her helpful and interested demeanor, in addition to her kindness and cheerful personality, leads to an inviting office atmosphere for students and faculty alike," said Dr. Michael Collins, professor of computer science. "She is capable, quick and efficient and readily volunteers to help even in matters that are clearly outside of her job description." </p><p> "I am so honored and excited to receive the Staff Outstanding Service Award," Mrs. Whittington said. "The people that I work with at LSUA are wonderful, and they have been like a family to me." </p><p> Several other awards were presented to staff members including Boss of the Year, Staff Senate Scholarships, and awards for years of service. </p><p> Boss of the Year honors went to Dr. Fred Beckerdite of Woodworth, head of the Division of Sciences. Staff Senate Scholarships were presented to Carol Dauzat, of Mansura, clerk chief 1 in Purchasing, and Lisa Smith, of Pineville, accountant technician in the Accounting Office. </p><p> The following employees were honored for years of service: Darlene Deshotels of Pineville, Brenda Green of Lecompte, Teresa Seymour of Pineville, and Gregory Stanford of Alexandria - five years of service; Jackie Clark of Cheneyville - 10 years of service; Carol Mayeux of Alexandria and Clenard Simmons of Alexandria - 15 years of service; and Alfred "Paul" Mason of Woodworth - 20 years of service. </p>