Excellence in Teaching: Northwestern State University recognized faculty from each college with Excellence in Teaching Awards during Fall Faculty Institute. The Excellence in Teaching Award recognizes outstanding commitment to student success, research and academic endeavors both in and out of the classroom. From left are Dr. Greg Handel, interim dean of the College of Arts and Sciences; Rebecca Weston, assistant professor in the College of Nursing and School of Allied Health; Dr. Ruth Weinzettle, professor in the Department of Social Work, College of Education and Human Development; Mark Melder, associate professor in the Department of Criminal Justice, History and Social Science, College of Arts and Sciences; Curtis Penrod, assistant professor and coordinator of Computer Information Systems, College of Business and Technology; Dr. Richard Jensen, professor of history in the Louisiana Scholars’ College, and Dr. Vickie Gentry, chair of the Council of Academic Officers.
Advising Awards: Northwestern State University faculty Brittany Blackwell and Anna Morris were awarded Excellence in Academic Advising awards during the university’s Fall Faculty Institute. Northwestern State initiated the advisor recognition program to honor faculty who are outstandingly knowledgeable, helpful and accessible to students, according to Steve Hicks, chair of the NSU Advisor Recognition Program. Blackwell is an instructor in the Department of Psychology. Morris is an assistant professor in the College of Nursing. From left are NSU President Dr. Jim Henderson, Dr. Vickie Gentry, chair of the Council of Academic Officers; Blackwell, Morris and Hicks.
30 Years: Northwestern State University recognized faculty and staff with 30 years of service to the university during the the university’s annual faculty/staff lunch. From left are Gil Gilson, Facility Services; Michael Yankowski, professor of art; Roxanne Freeman, Athletics business manager; Sandy Aymond, Information Systems administrative assistant, and Diane Blake Jones, School of Creative and Performing Arts library associate, with NSU President Dr. Jim Henderson.
35 Years: Faculty and staff with 35 years of service to Northwestern State University were recognized during the university’s annual faculty/staff lunch. From left are Director of Libraries Abbie Landry, Dean of Students Frances Conine and Linda Walker, University Recruiting administrative assistant, with NSU President Dr. Jim Henderson. Not shown is Connie Lewis, Student Support Services administrative coordinator.
45 Years: Mary Margaret Shivers, coordinator of Academic Affairs, was recognized for 45 years of service to Northwestern State University during the university’s Fall 2016 faculty/staff lunch. She was congratulated by NSU President Dr. Jim Henderson. NSU annually recognizes long-time employees with milestone awards for their years of dedication.
Above and Beyond: Northwestern State University presented several Above and Beyond Awards to faculty and staff to recognize those whose extra efforts support the university and its mission of serving students. From left are Associate Registrar Yvette Ceasar-Williams, Director of Publications Beth Mann, Dr. Jonathan Akin, professor in the Department of Biological and Physical Sciences; College of Arts and Sciences; Masahito Kuroda, assistant professor of music in the school of Creative and Performing Arts; Ramona Wynder, coordinator of Alternate Certification in the Department of Teaching, Leadership and Counseling, Gallaspy College of Education and Human Development; Tammy Curtis, associate professor of Allied Health; College of Nursing and School of Allied Health, and Dr. Jafar Al Sharab, professor in the Department of Engineering Technology, College of Business and Technology, with Dr. Vickie Gentry, chair of the Academic Council.