Brenau faculty and staff gathered for a service recognition and appreciation ceremony sponsored by the Staff Development Committee Thursday, May 11, in Pearce Auditorium. The annual ceremony honors those of the Brenau family who have reached five, ten, 15, 20, 25, 30 and 40 years of service to the university. It also honors members who are retiring at the end of this academic year.
President Ed Schrader presented the awards, while retiring Provost Nancy Krippel and Senior Vice President of Administration David Barnett handed out the certificates. Barnett shared his appreciation for everyone’s support in keeping up with constantly changing regulations. “Thank you, all of you, who have stepped up and helped us be compliant. I know it can be challenging for us sometimes, but thank you for such a hard year of work and those of you who have spent a lifetime here.”
Pam Barrett, associate vice president and director of financial aid, was commended for 40 years of service, chemistry professor and coordinator Carolyn Giberson for 30 years, and Theater Department Chair Anne Demling for 25 years.
Those who have contributed 20 years of service were George Demuyakor, assistant professor of Spanish; Kenneth Frank, department chair of humanities and professor of political science and legal studies; Gay Hammond, assistant professor of theater and Wonderquest director; and Mary Shotwell, department chair and professor of occupational therapy.
Fifteen-year employees honored were Ellie Flanagin, records coordinator; Kathryn Locey, professor of English and English placement coordinator; Athletics Director and Head Soccer Coach Mike Lochstampfor, Director of Military and Veteran Services Rosanne Short, and Dean of the School of Health & Science Gale Starich.
Ten-year employees were David Cook, mathematics coordinator; Jamie Cushway, admissions specialist; Melissa Drury, assistant registrar for AGS; Tami English, assistant vice president for Student Services; Dr. Suzanne Erickson, dean of the College of Business & Mass Communication; Lori Gann-Smith, department chair of fashion design; Amanda Lammers, vice president of Student Services; Kevin Mace, associate professor of mass communication; David Morrison, vice president of communications & publications; Gnimbin Ouattara, associate professor of history; James Sennett, coordinator of business programs; James Taylor, assistant professor of management; Maureen Vidrine, assistant professor of nursing; and Barbara Wilson, registrar and director of student records.
Fifth-year honorees were Jay Andrews, director of broadcasting; Nicole Browning, assistant professor of biology; Joanie Burch, Child Development Center staff; Kyle Cantrell, nursing department data manager; Jeannie Carpenter, events assistant; John Christopher, assistant professor of psychology; Melanie Covert, assistant professor of psychology; Brenda Crow, special events receptionist; Pam Fountain, assistant director of development; Lauren Gibson, teacher in the Child Development Center; Alynne Grace, office manager of the College of Education;
Troy Heidesch, Richards Endowed chair of Graduate Nursing & Health Science; Toby Hinton, vice president of financial services; Annie Johnston, director of freshman admissions; Allison Lauricella, gallery manager; Amelia Malcom, assistant professor of nursing; Nelli Martirosyan, admissions graphic design specialist; Melissa Ann McDowell, assistant professor of nursing; Michael McPeek, director of multimedia publishing; David Miller, professor of healthcare management; Humnath Panta, assistant professor of finance; Myra Patterson, student accounts clerk; Abigail Paul, online writing tutor; Nichole Rawlings, gallery director; Gail Rice, associate director of scholarships and financial assistance; Darlene Skinner, manager on duty for special events; Kelly Spain, director of the Augusta campus; Emily Stockton, alumni relations coordinator; John Streit, affiliate faculty of dance; Amy Wages, administrative assistant in the Trustee Library; Linda Wilson, president of KeyAdvisors and consultant to Brenau; and Vicki Wineland, director of event marketing.
Also, Schrader reiterated post office manager Vern Smedley’s win of the Hagerman-Thompson Staff Excellence Award last December, as the award will from now on be given in the spring instead of the winter.
Six retiring members of the Brenau family were also acknowledged: Associate Professor of French and Grants Writer Beth Nott (46 years), director of the Learning Center Vince Yamilkoski (38 years), director of the Office of Academic Assessment Patty Webster (34 years), director for the Center for Greek Life & Campus Traditions Debbie Thompson (27 years), administrative assistant in External Relations Salli Hutton (17 years) and Nancy Krippel (6 years).
Following the ceremony, a picnic and games were held on the front lawn of the Gainesville historic campus, including a raffle for Jimmy Johns and Jaemor Farms gift cards, T-shirts and Brenau goodies.