Centre College honored members of its campus community on May 15 at the annual faculty and staff appreciation dinner and awards ceremony.
Matthew Devensky, Cody Kitchen and Stephen Issac each received a Horky Service Award, which recognizes outstanding achievement by facilities management employees. The award was created from a bequest by Lorette and John Horky ’32 and has been given annually since 1990.
Marsha Edelen, administrative assistant at Parsons Student Health Center; Greg Chery, director of community service and the Bonner Program; and Ryan Lanigan, lead designer for creative services, each received the Recognition Award, for outstanding service to the College.
Five professors were named Centre Scholars: Allison Connolly, associate professor of French; Lenny Demoranville, associate professor of chemistry; John Harney, associate professor of history; Kelly O’Quin, associate professor of biology; and Iulia Sprinceana, associate professor of Spanish.
The Centre Scholar distinction is an award endowed by David Grissom, life trustee and past chairman of the Centre Board of Trustees, that recognizes excellence in teaching, scholarly work and contributions to the College community.
Dina Badie, assistant professor of international studies and politics; Melissa Burns-Cusato, associate professor of behavioral neuroscience and psychology; and Mark Lucas, Alfred P. and Katherine B. Jobson professor of English, received Kirk Awards for excellence in teaching.
The Kirk Award, endowed by a 1995 gift from Mike and Joanne Kirk Duncan ’71, has been awarded annually since 1996.
Presidential Awards for Excellence were awarded this year to Mona Wyatt, who recently retired as the director of parent programs and donor relations, and Kiana Fields, coordinator of diversity and inclusion programming.
Created in 1999, the award recognizes exceptional leadership and accomplishment and is given only on occasion at the discretion of Centre President John A. Roush.
Wyatt was described as “the epitome of the Centre spirit,” after serving more than 38 years at the College.
“She was seemingly ‘ever-present,’ and often found working–hard–in the background, to make sure every detail was attended to, every need addressed, every call returned,” President Roush said. “She has the amazing ability to make every person feel important, valued and heard.”
Fields was described as being steadfast in her commitment to student development and nurturing growth from challenging opportunities.
“In her time at Centre, [she] has showed up, stepped up and stood up for her students, for our community and for good,” Roush said.
by Centre College News
May 17, 2018