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Tom Dasher and Mary Niedrach

Tom Dasher and Mary Niedrach, the 2018 winners of Berry’s Martindale Awards.

Mary Finley Niedrach (75A, 97G) and Dr. Tom Dasher are renowned by students and respected by colleagues, so it was fitting to see them recognized with Berry’s 2018 Martindale Awards of Distinction. These honors are presented annually to those who promote continuous improvement, implement innovative approaches to problem-solving and inspire others to extraordinary achievement. Both 2018 recipients are retiring this year, Niedrach after 25 years as a kindergarten teacher at Berry Elementary and Middle School, Dasher after 18 years as college provost and later department chair of English, rhetoric and writing. Read more.

Other faculty and staff members honored for excellence this spring include:

  • Dr. Ron Taylor, professor of mathematics, Vulcan Teaching Excellence Award
  • Dr. Casey Dexter, assistant professor of psychology, Dave and Lu Garrett Award for Meritorious Teaching
  • Dr. Lauren Heller, associate professor of economics, Mary S. and Samuel Poe Carden Award for outstanding teaching, scholarship and service to students and the college community
  • Dr. Tamie Jovanelly, associate professor of geology, Eleana M. Garrett Award for Meritorious Advising and Caring
  • Dr. Belinda Lady, lecturer in chemistry, SGA Faculty Member of the Year
  • Anna Sharpe, director of academic services, SGA Staff Member of the Year
  • Tom Harris, superintendent of beef operations, Rollins Center, John R. Bertrand Superior Student-Work Supervisor Award
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Kirsten Taylor, left, and Ginger Swann

Kirsten Taylor, left, and Ginger Swann

A respected leader among the faculty and a comforting presence for Berry’s student-athletes earned well-deserved recognition as the 2016 recipients of the Martindale Awards of Distinction. Associate Professor and Department Chair of Government and International Studies Kirsten Taylor won praise as the faculty Martindale recipient for her efforts to help foster consensus among colleagues on such controversial topics as general education reform. Assistant Director of Athletics for Sports Medicine Ginger Swann (93C) was lauded as the staff winner for her impressive ability to maximize resources and maintain high standards while providing innovative and personal care to more than 400 student-athletes each year.

Other faculty/staff award recipients included:

  • Dr. Martin Goldberg, retiring senior lecturer of animal science and college veterinarian, Vulcan Teaching Excellence Award
  • Dr. Nancy Edwards, assistant professor of teacher education, Eleana M. Garrett Award for Meritorious Advising
  • Dr. Kevin Hoke, associate professor of chemistry, Mary S. and Samuel Poe Carden Award
  • Dr. Michael Bailey, associate professor of government and international studies, Dave and Lu Garrett Award in Teaching
  • Alan Storey, retiring director of photographic services and community relations, SGA Staff Member of the Year
  • Dr. Randy Richardson, communication lecturer and forensics director, SGA Faculty Member of the Year
  • Kevin Ellis, barn manager for Gunby Equine Center, John R. Bertrand Superior Student Work Supervisor Award
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Spring CommencementThe largest class in Berry history – 425 strong – celebrated the past and looked to the future during spring commencement exercises in the Cage Center. Roxanne Spillett, former president of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and newly appointed member of the Berry College Board of Trustees, addressed the graduates and their families, who gathered indoors due to inclement weather in the area. The student speaker was Josh Hughes, a chemistry major and aspiring professional soccer player who graduated with a 4.0 GPA. The ceremony featured the presentation of two faculty honors, the Mary S. and Samuel Poe Carden Award for Outstanding Teaching, Scholarship and Service to Associate Professor of History Matthew Stanard and the Dave and Lu Garrett Award for Meritorious Teaching to Associate Professor of Bioanalytical Chemistry Alice Suroviec. Commencement video.

Among the many notable graduates was Madison Chandler, a biochemistry major who gained acceptance into five different biomedical engineering programs before choosing Auburn University, where she will have the opportunity to conduct genetics research related to breast cancer. Read story.

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Paula Englis with StudentsA management professor who ranks among the very best at her craft and an accounting specialist known for her commitment to students are the 2013 recipients of Berry’s Martindale Awards of Distinction. Professor of Management and Department Chair Paula Englis (seen here with a past group of entrepreneurship students) claimed the faculty honor, while Susan Floyd won the award for staff.

Praised for her exemplary teaching, research and service, Paula consistently ranks among the top instructors in the Campbell School of Business, often earning perfect scores on her evaluations. Student satisfaction in her strategy course is especially impressive, helping Berry to rank among the top colleges and universities nationwide in a recent survey. Her expertise is recognized on both sides of the Atlantic – she holds a joint appointment with the University of Twente in the Netherlands – and her prolific research has been cited more than 1,300 times.

Susan, a 14-year veteran of the Berry staff, was lauded for being an “exemplary model for customer service” as she performs duties critical to the operation of the college. Her attitude and influence were summed up by a former student worker who is now a proud colleague: “You could ask Susan the same question a hundred times and she would work you through it as if it was the first time you had asked. She is the reason I decided to come to work at Berry.”

Two other notable awards presented in May were the Mary S. and Samuel Poe Carden Award and the Dave and Lou Garrett Award for Meritorious Teaching. The Carden Award went to Dr. Mary C. Clement, professor of teacher education and director of Berry’s Center for Teaching Excellence. The Garrett Award was presented to Associate Professor of Art Jere Lykins.

Also this spring, the Berry College Board of Trustees approved emeritus status for Dr. Bob Pearson and Dr. Lynnwood Belvin, both of whom are retiring.

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Dr. Ron TaylorStudents who have passed through the mathematics department in recent years can tell you many things about Dr. Ron Taylor. Some will no doubt reference his “paper-throwing” ability in the physics lounge; others might laud his ability to build towering structures out of what look like Tinker Toys. All will describe a man who is both a national leader in the area of interactive learning and a committed classroom instructor. These qualities made Ron a natural choice for two of Berry’s most prestigious honors this spring, the Martindale Award of Distinction for Faculty and the Dave and Lu Garrett Award for Meritorious Teaching.

Numerous other members of the Berry community also received notable distinctions this spring (some of which were covered in the April issue of the Alumni Accent). It’s impossible to share all the names here, but we do want to hit some of the highlights:

• Becky McLarty, Martindale Award of Distinction for Staff
• Dr. Frank Stephenson, Mary S. and Samuel Poe Carden Award for Outstanding Teaching, Scholarship and Service
Cecily Crow (94C), John R. Bertrand Superior (Student) Work Supervisor Award
• Dan T. Cathy and Terry A. Graham, Honorary Alumni

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