Centre College honors faculty and staff at closing dinner

Posted by Centre News in News 21 May 2015

old centre sealCentre College honored faculty and staff on May 19 at the annual faculty and staff appreciation dinner and awards ceremony.

Dawn Sears, secretary; Sandy Brewer, custodian; and James Kilbourn, HVAC technician, received the Horky Service Award, which recognizes outstanding achievement by facilities services employees. The award was created from a bequest by Lorette and John Horky ’32 and has been given annually since 1990. Sears began at Centre in 2011 as a custodian and was promoted to secretary in 2014. She is known for her organization and communication skills, as well as her positive attitude. Brewer joined Centre in 2009 and stands out for her dependability and for providing the best service possible to the students in her care. Kilbourn has been with the College since 2011 and is admired among his colleagues for his broad range of knowledge and willingness to help.

David Abney, web developer and programmer in information technology services; Amanda Goodwin, physicians assistant at Parsons Student Health Center; and Virginia Robbins-Bugg, admission information systems coordinator, received the Recognition Award, which honors non-physical plant staff. Abney is described by his colleagues as, “quiet, laid-back, calm, level-headed, professional, helpful, proactive, unflappable, willing to go above, responsive to needs, and a craftsman.” Vice President and Dean of Student Life Randy Hays summarized Goodwin’s value to the College: “[She is] personally vested in the health of Centre students, as she serves with professionalism, comfortable casualness, sternness, kind compassion, seriousness, and with humor.” Robbins-Bugg was praised by Bob Nesmith, dean of admission and financial aid: “We honor Virginia Robbins Bugg tonight for her dedication and sacrifice and hard work on behalf of Centre College. But we love her for her big heart, her capacity for laughter, her joyful spirit and her steadfast devotion to her friends.”

Five professors were named Centre Scholars: Dina Badie, assistant professor of politics and international studies; Jay Bloom, assistant professor of art history; Sara Egge, assistant professor of history; Kerry Paumi, assistant professor of chemistry; and Ian Wilson, associate professor of German and humanities. The Centre Scholar distinction is an endowed award that recognizes excellence in teaching, scholarly work and contributions to the College community.

Kirk Awards were presented to Sheldon Tapley, H.W. Stodghill, Jr. and Adele H. Stodghill Professor of Art; Jan Wertz, associate professor of psychology; and Rick Axtell, Paul L. Cantrell Professor of Religion. The Kirk Award, endowed by a 1995 gift from Mike and Joanne Kirk Duncan ’71, has been awarded annually since 1996.

The Presidential Award for Excellence was presented to Kathy Miles, director of counseling services with Parsons Student Health Center. In his introduction, President John Roush said of Miles, “[She is] considered not only a local expert but is considered by other colleges to be an expert in the field. This individual has truly been a lifesaver for many.” Created in 1999, the award recognizes exceptional leadership and accomplishment and is given only on occasion at the discretion of the Centre president.

The College also honored retiring faculty and staff at the dinner, including: J.H. Atkins, assistant vice president and associate professor of education; Mike Barton, H.W. Stodghill, Jr. and Adele H. Stodghill Professor of Biology; Phyllis Bellver, Associate Professor of Spanish; Evon Cocanougher, custodian; Marvin Eaton, zone maintenance mechanic; Martha Graves, custodian; Barbara Hall, H.W. Stodghill, Jr. and Adele H. Stodghill Professor of Music; Paul Lewis, custodian; Kathy Miles, director of counseling services; and Conrad Shiba, associate professor of chemistry.

2015 Award Recipients

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by Cindy Long
May 21, 2015

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