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Faculty, staff recognized
ANGOLA, Ind. — Faculty and staff were treated to the annual commencement breakfast May 7, held before the school’s 127th commencement ceremony.
Professors Bill Lipman and Bill SanGiacomo were each given Professor Emeriti status in recognition of their many years of service to the university.
Associate professor Craig William Laker, chair of the Department of Criminal Justice, Psychology and Social Sciences, received the most prestigious award, the Gerald H. Moore Overall Excellence in Teaching Award. He received a cash stipend, development grant and plaque for the honor. He also received the Merle J. and Anna Mae McKetta Excellence in Teaching Award in Arts and Sciences.
Civil and environment engineering instructor Timothy James “TJ” Murphy was the recipient of the Frank and Julia Gelet McKetta Excellence in Teach Award in Engineering.
Business and finance instructor Linda Conley received the Charles William, Nelle Paris and Mary Ann McKetta Excellence in Teaching Award in Business.
Mechanical and aerospace engineering assistant professor Pavan Karra, Ph.D., received the Charles and Sue Ragan Gelet Excellence in Teaching in Engineering.
Criminal justice, psychology and social sciences assistant professor John H. Fiandt received the Robert Ewing and Gail Stewart Smith Excellence in Teaching in Arts and Sciences.
Mathematics and informatics assistant professor A.J. Alnaser, Ph.D., received the Robert Andrew and Anne Ewing Smith Excellence in Teaching Award in Arts and Sciences.
Brett Batson, Ph.D., chair of the Wade Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, received the Mary Yacynch McKetta Excellence in Teaching Award in Engineering.
Design engineering technology assistant professor Thomas H. DeAgostino received the John J. and Mary Gelet McKetta Excellence in Teaching Award in Engineering.
Gail Lugo, instructor and director of the English Language Center received the Helen Smith McKetta Excellence in Teaching Award.
Mike McNamara, chair of the Department of English and Communication, received the Barrenbrugge Faculty Excellence Award, for his excellence in teaching, achievement in research or other scholarly endeavors and service to the university.
Kelly Trusty, program director, for the School of Professional Studies Master of Science in Leadership program received the faculty scholarship award.
Sue Van Wagner, Ph.D., dean of the Franks School of Education, received the faculty service award.
Sandra Miles received the outstanding adjunct (School of Professional Studies) award.
Neil Shamberg, Ph.D., adjunct professor in the Jannen School of Arts and Sciences, received the outstanding adjunct (main campus) award.
Civil engineering professor Will Lindquist, Ph.D., received the Jannen Renaissance Scholar Award.
Kellie Lazusky, program manager for the School of Professional Studies, and Dean Orewiler, creative digital multimedia specialist, received the President’s Excellence Awards.
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