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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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Tamie JovanellyAssociate Professor of Geology Tamie J. Jovanelly (pictured) has earned a Fulbright Research Award and a National Geographic Society Conservation Trust grant to support her yearlong study on the African continent. The pioneering, field-based forest hydrology research is being conducted in association with Makerere University in Uganda. The purpose is to collect baseline water quality data in four forest reserves that are significant to the vitally important Lake Victoria watershed. Accompanying Jovanelly is rising senior Hanna Jackson, recipient of a Berry College International Programs Summer Research Grant. She is assisting with the collection of water quality data and will host several workshops focusing on water preservation strategies for the local community, stakeholders and university students. Read more.

Reporting by public relations student assistant Alyssa Smith

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Dr. Kathy Richardson

Dr. Kathy Richardson

Decades of alumni (especially those who passed through the communication department) will no doubt be pleased to learn that Dr. Kathy Richardson has been named college provost. Her appointment is effective immediately and continues through 2014-15. She succeeds Dr. Katherine Whatley, who recently accepted a position as senior vice president for annual programs with the Council of Independent Colleges in Washington, D.C.

A faculty member since 1986 and winner of Berry’s most distinguished awards for teaching and service, Dr. Richardson brings great experience to her new role. She served as associate provost and dean of academic services from 1999-2007 and as interim provost in 2007-08 before returning full-time to the classroom in 2009. Last fall, she assumed the duties of provost on an “acting” basis and received a three-year appointment as vice president for academic affairs.

In other recent faculty news, the following have been awarded tenure and promoted to the rank of associate professor by the Board of Trustees: Dr. Cathy Borer, Dr. Renee Carleton, Dr. Tamie Jovanelly, Dr. Timothy Knowlton and Dr. Alice Suroviec. In addition, Dr. Todd Timberlake (previously tenured) was promoted to full professor, while longtime faculty members Dr. Steven Bell and Dr. Mary Outlaw were awarded the honorary titles of professor emeritus and senior lecture emeritus, respectively.

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