More than 200 staff and faculty members at Tusculum College attended the Staff-Faculty Honors Convocation luncheon on Thursday, May 7, on the Tusculum College campus. The annual event recognizes outstanding staff and faculty members for the current academic years for both residential and Graduate and Professional Studies programs.
The event was emceed by Brian Stayton, Voice of the Pioneers for Radio Greeneville.
Dr. Melinda Dukes, associate vice president of academic affairs and professor of psychology, presented the Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership awards for both the residential college and the Graduate and Professional Studies program.
Awards for 2009 were presented to Dr. Angela Keaton, assistant professor of commons and history at the residential college and to Dr. Cheri Jones, associate professor of management and the chair of the organizational management program for GPS.
The Staff Excellence and Campus Leadership Award was presented by Steve Gehret, vice president and chief financial officer for Tusculum College. Receiving the award this year was Bobbie Greenway, coordinator for academic resources, who was described as “the heart of the Academic Resources Center.”
The Civic Advancement awards were presented by Joyce Doughty, director of the Center for Civic Advancement. Michael Curry, assistant professor of management, received recognition for his work in the GPS program. Curry’s classes have assisted more than 40 not-for-profit organizations by providing marketing plans as real-world opportunities for his students to implement what they have learned in the classroom.
Also receiving an award was Tiffany Leach, a counseling specialist with the TRIO Programs. She was recognized for the countless volunteer hours she provides to local community groups as well as time spent with students above and beyond the call of duty.
Tom McKay, an adjunct faculty member in the GPS Program, who also works with Student Support Services at the Knoxville campus, received the Organizational Management Adjunct Faculty Member of the Year Ward. The award was presented by Dr. Jones.
Receiving longevity awards were: 30 years: Nancy Kilday, administrative assistant for the Academic Resource Center;
25 years: Ron Conley, associate professor of mathematics, and Carolyn Parker, coordinator of library technical services;
15 years: Jane Allen, coordinator of academic advising; Dr. Antonio Bos, professor of business administration; Dr. Greg Church, associate professor of biology; and Cindy Lucas, associate director of museum program and studies;
10 years: Allen Archer, director of information systems; Heather Easterly, director of faculty services; Todd Ireland, assistant baseball coach; Carolyn Longwater, executive assistant to the President; Frank Mengel, technical director and stage manager for the Arts Outreach program; Dr. Melanie Narkawicz, associate professor of research; Anna Jane Taylor, museum interpreter; Dr. Ian Van Lare, associate professor of biology; and Mike Verna, computer systems analyst;
five years: Jonita Ashley-Pauley, associate dean of students; Karen Cox, administrative assistant for the TRIO programs; Travis Crabtree, webmaster; Bernie Elkins, housekeeper supervisor; Chance Gillespie, enrollment representative; Bobbie Greenway, coordinator of Academic Resources; Cliff Hoy, bookstore manager; Leslie Kelley, administrative assistant for Graduate and Professional Studies; Carrie Maggert, business office supervisor; Dr. Tom McFarland, associate professor of business administration; Billie Pace, coordinator of Academic Resources; Dr. Brian Pope, associate professor of psychology; Jannie Smith, housekeeper; Robin Tipton, assistant professor of chemistry; Kenneth Toney, grounds supervisor; Thomas Turney, maintenance supervisor; and Susan Vance, interim vice president for Institutional Advancement.