ROCK HILL, S.C. – Winthrop University honored 36 employees during the April 24 Faculty, Staff and Retirees Ceremony with presidential citations for service to the university as well as presidential citations for service to the community.
In addition, Pat Graham, who recently retired and served the university in various capacities during her 27 years of service, received the Mary Spann Richardson Award which was created by siblings Rowland P. Alston Jr., William E. Lenoir, Jr and Victoria Lenoir Saunders `79 in memory of their mother. The award honors a faculty or staff member for exceptional service, professional excellence and the ability to provide Winthrop with positive visibility throughout the region. Also, David Vawter, assistant professor of counseling, leadership and educational studies, received the Faculty Student Life Award for his work with the D.R.E.A.M. Weavers academic success community.
Presidential citation for service to the community award winners are recognized for their contributions in agencies external to Winthrop. Their work could be for a social agency, church, community organization, K-12 school, etc. Those employees who received a presidential citation for service to the community were:
• Tom Stanley, fine arts, for developing the department’s mission statement that places a high value on collaboration with community organizations
• Kelly Costner, counseling, leadership and educational studies; Susan Green, curriculum and pedagogy; Lisa Harris, counseling, leadership and educational studies; Diana Murdock, curriculum and pedagogy; Linda Pickett, curriculum and pedagogy; Carol Shields, curriculum and pedagogy; and Sue Spencer, counseling, leadership and educational studies, for their founding roles as a Winthrop Faculty-in-Residence member in new Professional Development Schools.
• Karen Trunk, development, for work with the Northwestern High School Athletic Club, the Winthrop Eagle Club and other organizations.
• Rebecca Berberich, campus police, for planning and organizing a poignant service to honor and remember York County law enforcement officers.
• Laura Foster, Office of Career and Civic Engagement, for serving as a committee member and Winthrop representative for the Rock Hill Community Garden.
• Angie Conner, printing services, for her leadership as president of the Lewisville Lions booster club.
• Rob Dellibovi, admissions, for coaching two children’s sports teams and for his previous work with the homeless.
Presidential citation for service to the university award winners are recognized for their extraordinary contributions to the university beyond normal job expectations. Winners have demonstrated a history of engagement with the campus community and a career that has significantly advanced the vision and values of the university. Those employees who received a presidential citation for service to the university were:
• Beth Costner, mathematics, for her role as chair of the Faculty Roles and Rewards task force.
• Caroline Everington, Richard W. Riley College of Education, for coordinating Winthrop’s successful 2011 National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education review.
• Steve Frankforter, College of Business Administration, for his knowledge and professionalism in the field of assessment.
• Curt Laird, physical education, sport and human performance, for developing an assessment system for the Sport Management program that was commended by the national Commission on Sport Management Accreditation.
• Academic affairs employees Karen Jones, Patricia Graham and Jean Silagyi-Rebovich for their leadership throughout Winthrop’s successful Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) reaffirmation process.
• Ryan Sheehan, alumni relations, and Franca Copeland, computing and information technology, for their creation and implementation of the Winthrop Alumni Association scorecard and metrics system.
• Gail O’Steen, human resources, for her role as Employee Relations Manager and service to the university in numerous roles.
• Allison Stucker, computing and information technology, for developing an efficient surveying mechanism for adding or upgrading technology in classrooms.
• Mary Jo Barreto, health and counseling services, for educating students about personal health and personal responsibility issues and for serving as interim director of health and counseling services.
• BryAnne Jones, campus police, for her role as a victim’s advocate and for conducting student programming on various topics that help ensure students’ physical safety and emotional well being.
• Miranda Knight, residence life, for assisting with a variety of student and staff endeavors.
• Kay Stewart, health and counseling services, for her patient-friendly demeanor and for researching local price points for labs in order to keep health services competitive and invaluable.
• Howard Seidler, residence life; Kurt Moderson, residence life; Kinyata Adams, student affairs; Sean Blackburn, student affairs; Karen Jones, academic affairs; Dinah Southard, academic affairs; and Naomi Simpson, academic affairs, for instituting an additional innovative initiative that leveraged data to impact student retention.
• Judy Longshaw, university relations, for her work during the S.C. presidential primary season.
For more information on these awards, please contact Judy Longshaw, news and media services manager, at 803/323-2236 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.