Faculty, staff successes recognized at awards event

Staff of the Office of Undergraduate Admission were winners of the Support Program of Excellence Award.

Staff of the Office of Undergraduate Admission were winners of the Support Program of Excellence Award.

Western Carolina University celebrated employee excellence and achievements for the 2014-15 academic year at the annual spring Faculty and Staff Excellence Awards ceremony Friday, April 24.

Teaching awards presented by Chancellor David O. Belcher at the event highlighted achievements of Alexander Macaulay, associate professor of history, recipient of the University of North Carolina Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching; and Risto Atanasov, associate professor in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, recipient of the Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award. Macaulay is among 17 recipients of the UNC honor, announced March 23 and scheduled to be presented at WCU’s morning commencement Saturday, May 9.

Staff awards honored Brian Boyer, residential case manager for Residential Living, recipient of the Star Staff Award; Fred J. Bauknecht, university program manager, University Police and Traffic Services, recipient of the Bright Idea Staff Award; Sheila Frizzell, administrative support associate for the School of Music, recipient of the Judy H. Dowell Outstanding Support Staff Award; and Keith Corzine, assistant vice chancellor for campus services, recipient of the Paul A. Reid Distinguished Service Award for Administrative Staff.

Teaching, scholarship and service honors presented by Provost Alison Morrison-Shetlar included the University Scholar Award to Laura Wright, associate professor and head of the Department of English; the Excellence in Teaching Liberal Studies Award to Michelle L. Scifers, assistant professor, School of Health Sciences; the Innovation Scholarship Award to L. Alvin Malesky, associate professor and head of the Department of Psychology; and the Excellence in Community Service Award to Patricia Bricker, associate professor and associate director, School of Teaching and Learning.

In other achievements, the Support Program of Excellence Award was bestowed on the Office of Undergraduate Admission. Students selected Vicki Szabo, associate professor of history, to deliver the 2015 Last Lecture. Betty Farmer, professor of communication, received the Paul A. Reid Distinguished Service Award for Faculty. Chosen to participate in the Scholarly Development Assignment Program are Lisa Bloom, Indrani Bose, Kadence Otto, James McLachlan and Benjamin Tanner.

For the full awards story, visit The Reporter faculty/staff newsletter.