Centre College honored faculty and staff last week at the annual faculty and staff appreciation dinner and awards ceremony.
Debbie Livasy, custodial leader, and Mike Followell, grounds crew team member, 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. Followell, known to members of the campus community as “Mr. Fix It,” has worked for the College since 2006. Livasy, who has worked for the College since 2006, is respected among her peers for her commitment to teamwork. During the awards presentation, both Livasy and Followell were commended for their dedication and flexibility.
Sallie Bright, academic affairs coordinator, and Jackie Conley, financial aid counselor, received the Recognition Award, which honors non-physical plant staff. Bright, described by her colleagues as “impeccably well-organized and always cool-headed,” is not just diligent in her duties at Centre; she is also an active volunteer in the Danville community. Conley, who has worked for the College’s Office of Student Financial Planning for eleven years, helps guide students and families as they secure financial aid. Conley’s coworkers describe her as cheerful and willing to take on new tasks and responsibilities—even when they involve helping students navigate complicated federal government processes.
Five professors were named Centre Scholars: Larry Bitensky, associate professor of music; January Haile, assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry and molecular biology; Chris Paskewich, assistant professor of government; Andrew Roche, assistant professor of philosophy; and Leslie Wiglesworth, assistant professor of mathematics. The Centre Scholar distinction is an endowed award that recognizes excellence in teaching, scholarly work and contributions to the College community.
John Kinkade, assistant professor of English; Mike Fabritius, professor of economics; and Ed Montgomery, professor of chemistry, 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.
Two Presidential Awards for Excellence were awarded this year, to Amos Tubb, associate professor of history, and Jeff Brewster, superintendent of Arco Construction. Created in 1999, the award recognizes exceptional leadership and accomplishment, and is given only on occasion at the discretion of the Centre president.
Tubb is credited with re-envisioning Centre’s history department, managing four national searches for faculty members and mentoring visiting faculty, all while teaching and continuing to serve as chair of the department.
Brewster is the first person who works outside the College ever to receive the Presidential Award. He has supervised the completion of Pearl Hall, the Campus Center and Young Hall, and is supervising the A. Eugene Brockman Residential Commons project, which will be completed in August. Brewster was commended for his ability to maintain deadlines while working with many different personality types and with earning the trust of the Centre community by serving the best interest of the College.
The College also honored retiring faculty and staff at the dinner, including: Rick Bradshaw, professor of history; John Cuny, vice president of finance and treasurer; Vincent DiMartino, Matton Professor of Music; Bozidar Dulovic, custodian; Roy Edmiston, paint supervisor; Delsie Frederick, custodian; Jane Joyce, Luellen Professor of Literature and Classics; Dotti Rinehart, director of purchasing and campus interiors; Vicki Walker, director of corporate and foundation relations; and Ricky Wesley, general services.