Wayland honors outstanding employees, years of service

PLAINVIEW -- Wayland Baptist University honored several employees for outstanding service and scholarship during its annual awards luncheon held Wednesday.

Members of the faculty chose their peers to receive several honors based on commitment to their profession, academic scholarship and service to community and the university. Dr. Estelle Owens, professor of history and chairperson of the Division of Social Sciences, received the Faculty University Service Award, marking a professor who has served the university with distinction on a special project or activity. Mark Hilliard, assistant professor of art, received the Faculty Community Service Award for his work in the community.

Tim Kelley, associate professor of music and director of instrumental studies, earned the Faculty Contribution to Profession Award for his work in the music field. Dr. Joel Boyd, assistant professor of chemistry, received the Faculty Scholarship Award for research and presentations in his academic field. The Maloney Faculty Award, honoring a professor who has excelled in leadership, Christian commitment and assistance to students, was presented to Dr. June Hogue, associate professor of education at the Lubbock Campus. Dr. Adam Reinhart, associate professor of biological and physical sciences, was Wayland’s nominee for the national Minnie Stevens Piper Award.

Staff awards are likewise chosen by their peers in areas that honor exemplary service, community service and dedication to the university. Freda Provence, a longtime employee of the president’s office, received the Staff University Service Award.  Hope English, director of student leadership, received the Staff Community Service Award, and Marilyn Koelder, administrative assistant in student services, received the Campus/Student Involvement Award. Lisa Kerbo, assistant coordinator for cashiering, earned the Excellence Award for her outstanding service.

The Association of Former Students presented awards to three individuals who have served the university with distinction and are also alumni. Tommy Thompson, manager of information services for the San Antonio campus, received the Distinguished Service Staff Award for the external campuses. Sherrie King, director of the Academic Achievement program, received the Distinguished Service Staff Award for Plainview. Dr. Claude Lusk, vice president of enrollment management, received the Distinguished Service Faculty Award.

Dr. Bobby Hall, provost and vice president for academic services, recognized three professors awarded emeritus status at the March meeting of the Board of Trustees. Dr. Harold Temple, who is retiring in June after 31 years, will become Emeritus Professor of Chemistry, while Dr. Fred Meeks, who retired last May after 20 years of service, will become Emeritus Professor of Religion. Dr. Georgia Flanagan, a retired professor from Wichita Falls and the former dean of that campus, will become Emeritus Professor of Vocational Education.

Dr. Paul Armes honored retiring employees Harold Temple, a faculty member in chemistry, and Freda Provence, executive assistant in the President’s Office, retiring after 25 years of service to Wayland’s CEOs.

Armes also recognized employees for milestone service awards. Dr. Gerald Thompson, professor of science, was honored for 40 years of service, while Dr. Candace Keller, professor of art, received a plaque for marking 30 years at WBU. Twenty-five year service awards were presented to Dr. Bobby Hall, provost; Jennie Lynn Hodges, associate professor of music; Dr. Gary Manning, professor of religion; and Freda Provence. Dr. Geoff Wells, professor of political science, marked 20 years at Wayland, while the following received pins for 15 years: Dr. Glyndle Feagin, professor of religion; Dr. Scott Herrington, professor of music; Virginia Myers, associate professor of speech; and Dr. Niler Pyeatt, professor of history.

Ten-year awards were presented to the following: Stan DeMerritt, Patty Landeros, and Micheal Summers of Plainview; Mary Lou Finney of San Antonio; Lori McConnell and Dr. Glenn Saul of Phoenix; Dr. Tony Strange of Fairbanks, Alaska; and Michael Zimmerman of Anchorage, Alaska.

The following employees marked five years of service at WBU: Jennifer Beal, Debbie Burgess, Dr. Barbara Carr, Dr. Leah Cole, Carol Gamboa, Debbie Lane, Chris Moore, Elida Rangel, Dr. Charles Seymour, Sam Van Hoose, Dr. Tim Walsh and Pam Williams, all of Plainview; Dr. Jim Antenen, Lisa Rae Herdman, Dr. Alan McNear, Col. Robert Morris III, Dr. Jerry Price, all of San Antonio; Dr. Bill Ballard, Dr. June Hogue and Dr. David Unfred, all of Lubbock; Wendi Harrison of Wichita Falls; Connie Luque and Dr. James Waller of Anchorage; Henrique Regina of Hawaii; and Wally Smith of Fairbanks, Alaska.