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ACU honors retirees, presents faculty/staff awards

For immediate release
May 3, 2004

Abilene Christian University honored its employees Friday night at the annual Appreciation Dinner where retiring faculty and staff members were recognized and awards were presented to staff and faculty.

Outstanding Staff Awards were presented to Tevyan Condra, who works in the Presidentís Office, and Alana Logue, who works in the Attorney's Office.† Lea Watkins, in the Center for Building Community, received the Unsung Servant Award, chosen by the Students' Association.

The Faculty Senate Award was presented to Dr. Jon Ashby, professor of communication and director of the Communication Disorders Division. The University 100 Teacher of the Year Award was given to Dr. Neal Coates, assistant professor of political science. University 100 is a class designed for freshman and transfer students as an introduction to college and ACU. Francine Vesel, academic advisor for the Department of Education, received the degree specialist of the year award.† Faculty Advisor of the Year was Liz Rotenberry, assistant professor of exercise science and health.

Retiring faculty and staff members who were honored and their years of service:

  • Dr. Jon Ashby, professor of communication director of the Communication†Disorders Divison, 32 years
  • Jim Bartee, assistant professor management sciences, 13 years
  • Dr. Gay Barton, assistant professor of English and James W. Culp Professor of English, 15 years
  • Dr. Larry Bradshaw, professor of journalism and mass communication, director of the electronic media program, and general manger of KACU-FM, 20 years
  • Linda Bragg, senior central files clerk, 29 years
  • Richard Chastain, archival/preservation specialist, 23 years
  • Dr. Joyce Curtis, professor of exercise science and health, 45 years
  • Peggy Degge, Brown Library circulation supervisor, 15 years
  • Dr. Curt Dickson, professor of exercise science and health, 41 years
  • Diana Flanagan, senior administrative coordinator for Academic Advance, 19 years
  • David Fry, director of student advancement in the College of Business Administration,13 years
  • Bob Gomez, coordinator of student multicultural enrichment and spiritual life, 22 years
  • Dr. Kelly Hamby, professor of education, director of University Studies, and coordinator of TRIO Programs, 23 years
  • Betty Hammond, Perkins Loan officer, 30 years
  • Lucy Hatch, assistant professor of education, 19 years
  • Dr. Ed Headrick, professor of psychology, 33 years
  • Ann Herron, senior administrative coordinator for campus life, 18 years
  • Dr. Bob Marcho, recruiter for the College of Biblical Studies,15 years
  • Marsha Masters, Abilene Educational Supply sales clerk, 14 years
  • Marylou McKissick, administrative coordinator for Pruett Gerontology Center,15 years
  • Marisue Meyer, admissions records specialist, 30 years
  • Dr. Al Ogren, assistant professor of education and history, 11 years
  • Ellen Presley, international student coordinator, 18 years
  • Ted Presley, assistant professor of anthropology and executive director of the Center for International and Intercultural Education, 19 years
  • Martha Renfro, assistant to the dean in the College of Arts and Sciences, 25 years
  • Dr. Charles Rudolph, associate professor of psychology, 29 years
  • Dr. Paul Schulze, professor of physics, 34 years
  • Marijin See, senior prospect clerk, 26 years
  • Dr. Charles Small, associate professor of management sciences, 35 years
  • Sara Spencer, Brown Library cataloger, 13 years
  • Jack Stewart, director of career services, 12 years
  • Dr. Dale Tacker, professor of education, 27 years
  • Willard Tate, associate professor of communication, 31 years
  • Phyllis Trevathan, administrative coordinator for career services, 16 years
  • Dr. Gailyn Van Rheenen, professor of missions, 17 years
  • JoAn Wilks, senior administrative coordinator for Alpha Academic Services,17 years

Other retiring faculty members who were not at the dinner include:

  • Vicki Deveny, senior administrative coordinator in the Department of Sociology and Social Work, 11 years
  • Valdy Eichmann, professor of foreign languages, 20 years
  • Jacinto Gonzalez, turf manager, 14 years
  • Onita Hill, Learning Enhancement Center coordinator, 15 years
  • Ann Hulett, prospect research officer, 19 years
  • JoDee Pate, senior administrative coordinator in the Department of Industrial Technology, 11 years
  • Lois Marie Reed, administrative coordinator in the Department of Physics, 24 years
  • Garner Roberts, assistant director of marketing and public relations, 34 years
  • Lynda Thornton, part-time faculty in University Studies, 15 years

Employees were also honored for their years of service, including Dr. Gary McCaleb, vice president of the university, and Dr. Bill Walton, professor of English, for 40 years of service.

Others were honored for 30 years of service:† Hazel Fillmon, administrative assistant for the graduate school; Dr. Mel Hailey, professor and chair of the Department of Political Science; Dr. Billy Van Jones, professor of psychology; Tommy Morris, trustee; and Bill Shaw, director of telecommunications.

Dr. Cheryl Bacon, professor and chair of the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication; Jozell Brister, associate professor of economics; Dr. Thomas Milholland, assistant provost for institutional effectiveness; Dr. Michael Sadler, professor of physics; and Sylvia Stevens, salad supervisor for ARAMARK, were recognized for 25 years of service.


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