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Texas State faculty, staff honored during annual Fall Convocation

By Kristina Kenney
University News Service
September 13, 2012

Texas State University-San Marcos President Denise Trauth presented several faculty and staff awards during the Fall Convocation.

The Alumni Association recognized Jiyun Kang, assistant professor in the School of Family and Consumer Sciences, as the recipient of the Teaching Award of Honor.

This year’s recipients of the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Teaching are Debra Monroe, professor of English, and Susan Beebe, senior lecturer of English.

The two individuals who received this year’s Presidential Awards for Excellence in Scholarly and Creative Activities are Dittmar Hahn, professor of biology, and Russell Lang, assistant professor of curriculum and instruction.

The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Service went to Michel Conroy, professor in the School of Art and Design, and Marion Bennett, associate professor in the College of Education.

This year’s recipient of the 2012-13 Presidential Seminar Award was Randall Reid, professor in the School of Art and Design.

The faculty senate chose two recipients of the Everette Swinney Award. They were Mary Ellen Cavitt, professor in the School of Music, and Steve Furney, university distinguished professor in the Department of Health and Human Performance.

This year’s new University Distinguished Professors include Robert McLean, professor of biology, and Paula Williamson, also professor of biology.

The six retired faculty members who were named Distinguished Professors Emeriti were: Judith Karen Brown, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Social Work; Ann Marie Ellis, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Sociology; Donald Hazlewood, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Mathematics; Edgar Laird, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of English; James Pohl, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of History; and Joseph Koke, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Biology.

This year’s recipients of the Excellence in Diversity Award were Joseph Piazza, training specialist in Facilities Management, and Laurie Fluker, associate professor of journalism and mass communication

The award for 2012 Employee of the Year went to Robert Hendry, facility coordinator in the Department of Health and Human Performance.

Winners of this year’s Mariel Muir Mentoring Awards were Curtis Schafer, Director of Career Services, and Linette Watkins, associate professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.