Centre faculty and staff honored at annual awards dinner
May 16, 2013 By Elizabeth Trollinger and Amy Wise
Breeze, Special Assistant to the President for Endowment,
at this year’s faculty/staff appreciation dinner. The award
recognizes exceptional leadership and accomplishment.
Brian Cusato, Dowling Associate Professor of Psychology
and Behavioral Neurosciences; Barbara Hall, Stodghill
Professor of Music; and David Anderson, Blazer Professor
of Economics, each received Kirk Awards for excellence
Mary Gulley, assistant dean for advising and assistant
professor of psychology, and Ruben Mosley, Department
of Public Safety officer, were given the Recognition Award.
James Stringfield and Aljo Karapandzic received the
Horky Service Award, given to facilities workers for
Robyn Cutright, assistant professor of anthropology; Matt
Klooster, assistant professor of biology; Matthew Hallock,
associate professor of dramatic arts; KatieAnn Skogsberg,
assistant professor of psychology and behavioral
neurosciences; and Benjamin Knoll, assistant professor of
government received the Centre Scholar awards to honor
excellence in teaching, scholarly work, and involvement in
the College community.
Retiring faculty and staff Mary Beth Garriott, reference
librarian; Art Moore, Director of Information Technology
Services; Elaine Larson, Director of Student Financial
Planning; and Judy Bowell, cashier.
Centre College faculty and staff were honored on Tuesday, May 14, at the annual faculty and staff appreciation dinner and awards ceremony.
Aljo Karapandzic and James Stringfield, both from Facilities Management, received the Horky Service Award, given to facilities workers for outstanding achievements. Lorette and John Horky ’32 gave a bequest to create the award, which has been given annually since 1990. Karapandzic, who has primarily worked as a painter for the College since 2002, is noted among his peers for being an enjoyable and loyal co-worker, one who is committed to his role. Stringfield, a paint supervisor and a member of Centre’s Facilities Management staff since 2008, is known for his willingness to assist others in whatever capacity is needed, often going above and beyond the call of duty. During the presentation, both were commended for their commitment to the quality of their work.
Mary Gulley, assistant dean for advising and assistant professor of psychology, and Ruben Mosley, Department of Public Safety officer, were given the Recognition Award, honoring non-physical plant staff. Described by her colleagues as being “utterly dependable,” many at Centre attribute Gulley’s diligence and caring work with students as being instrumental in sustaining and improving retention and graduation rates. Mosley, who is known for his good nature, dependability, and ability to thrive in stressful situations, was commended for his dedication to the safety of Centre students.
The announcement of the 2013 Presidential Award for Excellence awarded to Bill Breeze, special assistant to the president for endowment, was met with a standing ovation. The Presidential Award, created in 1999, applauds outstanding leadership and accomplishment, and is given at the discretion of the Centre president.
Breeze, a living Centre legend, is a Centre alum of the Class of 1945. His studies at Centre were interrupted by the outbreak of World War II, where he was stationed in the South Pacific. Breeze went on to earn a degree of mathematics at Centre as well as a Master’s degree at the University of Kentucky.
After a long and distinguished career as an executive at Ohio National Life Insurance, Breeze returned to Centre in 1987 as vice president and general secretary. He served as interim president of the College from 1988 to 1989.
Breeze is a former active member of the Centre Board of Trustees and is now an emeritus member. He was named a Distinguished Alumnus in 1992. Formerly president of the College’s Alumni Association, Breeze has a long history of generous giving to the College. The Bill Breeze Society was established in his honor in 2010, recognizing alumni, parents, and friends of the College who have made two or more consecutive gifts to the Centre. Breeze himself has made more than 50 consecutive gifts to the College.
Breeze is married to Barbara Hall, Stodghill Professor of Music at Centre. His daughter is Nancy Breeze, Centre Class of 1976.
Five professors were named Centre Scholars at the awards dinner: Robyn Cutright, assistant professor of anthropology; Matthew Hallock, associate professor of dramatic arts; Matt Klooster, assistant professor of biology; Benjamin Knoll, assistant professor of government; and KatieAnn Skogsberg, assistant professor of psychology and behavioral neurosciences. Centre Scholar awards honor excellence in teaching, scholarly work, and involvement in the College community.
Kirk Awards for Teaching were awarded to three professors: David Anderson, Blazer Professor of Economics; Brian Cusato, Dowling Associate Professor of Psychology and Behavioral Neurosciences; and Barbara Hall, Stodghill Professor of Music. The Kirk Award was endowed by a 1995 gift from Mike and Joanne Kirk Duncan ’71 and has been awarded annually since 1996.
Retiring faculty and staff were also honored at the dinner, including: cashier Judy Bowell, who has worked at Centre for 28 years; Professor of Spanish Patricia Finch, who has taught at Centre for 22 years; reference librarian Mary Beth Garriott, who has worked at Centre for 31 years; Director of Student Financial Planning Elaine Larson, who is retiring after 20 years at Centre; Director of Information Technology Services Art Moore, who has worked at Centre for 31 years; and Melina Nedic, who has worked in Facilities Management for 12 years.
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