Webb welcomed new and returning employees and recognized the faculty and staff for their continued dedication to students. The luncheon also included updates on athletics and upcoming campus events.
“I want you to know most sincerely how deeply Brenda [Webb] and I appreciate you and all you do for our students. As we hit the road, we do so with you in mind,” Webb said.
Webb announced this year’s recipients of Excellence in Teaching Awards, presented annually to a faculty member from each college, Cindy Davis, College of Education and Human Development; Patricia Pierson, College of Science, Technology and Business; Deborah Hickman, College of Nursing and Allied Health; Bill Brent, College of Arts, Letters, Graduate Studies and Research, and Dr. Betsy Cochran, Louisiana Scholars’ College.
Millard Mangrum, Department of Biological Sciences; Dr. Eileen Kendrick, Department of Teaching and Learning; Stephanie Masson, Department of Language and Communication, and Vicki Wissing, College of Nursing, were recognized with faculty Above and Beyond Awards, which honors those who went out of their way to help students. Dale Wohletz, Facility Services; Gil Gilson, College of Nursing and Allied Health, and Kristi Waters, assistant director of Financial Aid, were named staff Above and Beyond Award recipients for dedication to the university.
Instructor of English Michelle Pichon was selected as recipient of the Fleming A. Thomas Faculty Information Literacy Award, presented by Director of Libraries Abbie Landry.
The award recognizes a faculty member’s work with librarians to ensure positive research experience for students.
Steve Hicks, coordinator of academic advising, presented the Academic Advising Award to Dr. Bill Dickens, professor in the Department of Health and Human Performance.
The annual award recognizes a faculty member who shows outstanding knowledge, helpfulness and accessibility towards students.
Janine Waters, who recently retired from the Graduate School after 31 years of service, was presented with an Nth Degree, an honor that acknowledges meritorious service to others. Also recognized for more than 30 years of service were Linda Walker, Office of Recruiting; Dr. Burt Allen, Division of Music, and Lucky Sprowl, electrician specialist. Dr. Norann Planchock, who will retire this semester as dean of the College of Nursing and Allied Health, was recognized for 35 years of service to Northwestern State.
Classes began at Northwestern State Monday, Aug. 26.