CMU Faculty, Staff Honored

All-college meeting yields awards

A new academic year at Central Methodist University is reason enough to celebrate, but CMU faculty and staff who gathered last Friday (Aug. 16) for its annual All-College back-to-school assembly had special cause for fanfare.

One of the first tasks for new CMU President Roger Drake was to introduce other new faculty and staff members. Dr. Drake and others also presented awards and shared important information about the year ahead.

The CMU chapter of Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK), a national honorary leadership organization, awarded its 2012-13 Chester A. Hanson Award for Outstanding Teacher of the Year to Dr. Dori Waggoner. Dr. Waggoner is assistant professor of music and chair of the CMU Fine Arts division.

She has her Bachelor of Music Education degree from CMU, and her master's and doctoral degrees are from the University of Missouri. She has been with CMU full-time since 2010.

Other faculty honored with ODK Harold A. Momberg Gold Chalk Awards were Profs. Ron Atteberry, assistant professor of music; Elizabeth Gold, assistant professor of psychology; and Skip Vandelicht, assistant professor of music.

Nor were faculty members the only ones to receive an ODK award. Ruth Spayde, faculty assistant in the CMU music department, was honored with the ODK Outstanding Staff of the Year award for 2012-13.

Another major award presented each year at this time is the United Methodist Church Exemplary Teacher Award. Prof. Sally Hackman, who has been with CMU since 1999 and is now the director of professional education, was presented the citation.

Criteria for the Exemplary Teacher Award includes teaching excellence, civility and concern for students and colleagues, commitment to a value-centered education, and service to students, CMU, the community or the church. The recipient is chosen by the faculty at the University.

Three employees were honored for 35 years of service to Central, including Nettie Cherrington, Mark Robb, and O.A. "Bere" Robinson. Octavia McQuitty and Moz Rahmatpanah were recognized for 30 years of service.

Twenty-year employees honored were James "Tiger" Gordon, Linda Harfst, Mary Hrdina, and Debbie M. Nation, while Sam Mason was honored for 15 years with CMU. Honored for 10 years of service were Teri Haack, Daryl Jefferies, Debbie Lackland, Brent Myer, and Lealure Tindall.

Honored for five years of service were Nate Breland, Don Brucks, Duane Casady, Kristin Cherry, Jody Ford, Vickie Gerken, Elizabeth Gold, Pam Gordy, Karen Lovette, Shelley Monnig, Kim Oeth, Brandy Parker, Jeremy Reed, Peggy Robb, Dan Schmidlin, Barbara Thurmon, Michael Tilley, Sandra Wald, Claude Westfall, and Charlie Wilson.


Posted August 19, 2013