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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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Frank Stephenson Portrait

Dr. Frank Stephenson

Gund Professor of Economics Dr. Frank Stephenson was a featured voice in a recent New York Times article on the economics of the Super Bowl. Stephenson’s insights were born out of a long-running research agenda rooted in his analysis of hotel occupancy data for cities hosting major events. He has worked with several co-authors during that time, including Associate Professor of Economics Dr. Lauren Heller. She wrote a 2016 op-ed for the Cleveland Plain Dealer questioning the economic impact of political conventions based on that same body of research. Berry students, including Richards Scholar Clay Collins (16C), also have been involved in the work.


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Assistant Professor of Economics Lauren Heller (far right in photo) and Associate Professor and Department Chair of Foreign Languages Julee Tate were among those sharing the spotlight at Berry’s 2013 Honors Convocation. Heller, a member of the Campbell School of Business faculty since 2010, claimed two prizes, the Eleana M. Garrett Award for Meritorious Advising and Caring and the Outstanding Faculty Award presented by the Student Government Association. Tate (left) added her name to the distinguished list of past recipients of the Vulcan Teaching Excellence Award. Also recognized was Assistant Director of Student Activities Lydia Gordon, who took home SGA’s Outstanding Staff Award.

Other notable distinctions presented this spring include the John R. Bertrand Superior Work Supervisor Award, won by Anita Errickson, director of Berry’s health and wellness center.

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