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Criminal Justice Professor Earns Bolton Award for Teaching Excellence

Released: 03/25/2007

Beth Lord Whittington, assistant professor of criminal justice, received the Bolton Award for Teaching Excellence at LSU Alexandria during the Campus Recognition Dinner on March 24. The Bolton Award is the highest honor bestowed upon a faculty member at the university.

Whittington has been teaching at LSU Alexandria since 1994. She received her bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from Northeast Louisiana University, now ULM. Whittington received the Best Practice Award in Teaching, Learning and Technology from the Teaching in Higher Education Forum and currently holds the J.H. Johnson Endowed Professorship.

As described in her nomination packet, she “has continually demonstrated model teaching as her students receive relevant knowledge pertaining to the field of criminal justice...she is well known across the state... her extensive knowledge is evident as she conducts local, state and federal training seminars.”

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.

Heather Bandy and Claudette Green earned the Staff Outstanding Service Awards, the top honor for staff members. Green won in the Skilled Crafts/Service Maintenance division and is a Custodian 2. Bandy won in the remaining staff categories. She is an administrative coordinator in Admissions and Records.

Haywood Joiner, Jr., department chair of Allied Health and associate professor of Allied Health, was presented the Staff Senate Boss of the Year Award.

Joiner is described in his nomination packet as making a “tremendous impact on the department of Allied Health” and as earning the “respect of everyone on campus.” Moreover, “He always represents the department in a professional and dignified manner and has written letters of intent for six new bachelor degree programs.

The Roy and Vinita Martin Endowed Professorship in Math and Science was awarded to Dr. Wayne McGraw. The Huie Dellmon Trust Endowed Professorship in Liberal Arts and Sciences was awarded to Dr. Mary B. Treuting. The J.H. Johnson Endowed Professorship in Business Administration was awarded to Adena Lejeune. The Cliffe E. Laborde, Sr. Endowed Professorship in Education was awarded to Dr. Clarence Golemon. The Rapides Regional Medical Center Endowed Professorship in Radiologic Technology was awarded to Melissa Whitley. The Barbara M. Martin Endowed Professorship in Nursing was awarded to Linda Hickman. The Frances Holt Freedman Endowed Professorship in History and Ethics of Nursing was awarded to Dr. Jim Rogers.