Greensboro College Recognizes Dozens of Faculty and Staff on Virtual Recognition Day

June 15, 2020 9:59 am
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GREENSBORO, N.C. – Greensboro College recognized award-winning and long-tenured faculty and staff at its recent Virtual Recognition Day.

Anna Peluso Simonson, associate professor of health science, received the Virginia Clarke Gray Award for outstanding teaching by a junior faculty member.

Only faculty who have taught full-time at a college or university for five years or less are eligible for the Gray Award. The winner is selected from among nominees from each of the five schools by the Academic Deans Council.

The Gray Award was established in 1994 by Virginia Clarke Gray-Backus ’42 to honor someone who demonstrated qualities that she valued in her professors when she was a student here: excellence in teaching; civility and concern for students and colleagues; commitment to value-centered education; and service to students, the institution, the community, or church.

John Saari, professor of theatre, received the Exemplary Teaching Award of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church.

The Exemplary Teaching Award of the GBHEM is presented annually to a full-time faculty member who demonstrates excellence in teaching, civility and concern for students and colleagues; commitment to value-centered education; and service to students, the institution, the community or church.

The recipient is chosen from among nominees from each of the five schools by the most recent three award recipients who are still on campus.

Jane Girardi, adjunct assistant professor of German emerita, received the inaugural Richard A. Mayes Exemplary Adjunct Teaching Award, given annually to the outstanding adjunct faculty member. The award is named for Dean of the Faculty and Jefferson Pilot Professor of Biology Richard Mayes, who is retiring this summer.

Three staff members received the Ann P. Lojko Distinguished Staff Award, established in 2010 by Jean Lojko, professor of kinesiology, to honor her mother, a longtime college staff member. Winners are voted on by their peers.

In the category of staff with fewer than five years of service, the winner was Shana Plasters, dean of students.

In the category of staff with five or more years of service, there was a tie. The winners were Travis Mickey, registrar, and Randy Tuggle, head women’s basketball coach.

Justin Liszka, head of the college’s housekeeping and maintenance partner, SSC Serv, received the Student Advocate Award.

This award is given annually to a faculty or staff member outside of the Student Development staff who has displayed earnest and intentional development of Greensboro College students through his or her mentoring, dedication, and support of the mission of Student Development and Greensboro College.

Nominations are solicited from the Student Government Association and Student Development staff and voted on by the Student Development staff.

Those honored for years of service, including both college employees and employees of the college’s dining and maintenance partners, were:

Five years:

  • James Cannon
  • Jeanine Dawson
  • Tony Falvino
  • Mu Hser
  • Elena King
  • Justin Liszka
  • Kpaw Moo
  • Jason Myers
  • Michelle Plaisance
  • Anna Marie Rogers
  • Kristin Sheridan
  • Daniese Smith
  • Natasha Veale
  • Paula Wilder
  • Ellie Yearns

10 Years:

  • Meredith Calhoun
  • Lawrence Czarda
  • Chris Elmore
  • Cathy Jansen
  • Marilyn Woods

15 Years:

  • Tatia Beal
  • Sheila Nayar
  • Michael Tatum

20 Years:

  • Charles Wolfe

25 Years:

  • Calhoun Bond
  • William Crawford
  • Rodney Jones
  • Jim Langer

30 Years:

  • Neill Clegg
  • Eve Hubbard
  • Greg Hyslop
  • Paul Leslie
  • David Schram

The college also recognized those who are retiring this summer:

  • Darlene Bristow, secretary, Office of Student Development
  • Robin Daniel, executive vice president and chief operating officer
  • Paul Leslie, senior vice president and chief academic officer
  • Richard Mayes, Dean of the Faculty and Jefferson Pilot Professor of Biology

Greensboro College provides a liberal arts education grounded in the traditions of the United Methodist Church and fosters the intellectual, social, and, spiritual development of all students while supporting their individual needs.

Founded in 1838 and located in downtown Greensboro, the college enrolls about 1,000 students from 29 states and territories, the District of Columbia, and seven foreign countries in its undergraduate liberal-arts program and six master’s degree programs. In addition to rigorous academics and a well-supported Honors program, the school features a 17-sport NCAA Division III athletic program and dozens of service and recreational opportunities. Learn more at greensboro.edu.

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