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UCO Awards Faculty and Staff for Excellence at Fall Forum

Aug. 14, 2013

Media Contact: Adrienne Nobles, Assistant Vice President for University Relations, University of Central Oklahoma, 405-974-2103,


The University of Central Oklahoma recognized faculty and staff with awards for their significant contributions to the Central community at its annual Fall Forum on Aug. 13.

The Fall Forum serves as a both celebration of the achievements from the past year and an opportunity to set the vision for the upcoming academic year.

Addressing a packed ballroom, UCO President Don Betz, Ph.D., reminded Central’s faculty and staff of the important impact they make daily on the lives of students.

“I think our legacy has nothing to do with bricks and mortar — it's what we sow deep inside our students and our culture. It's passion and goals that will guide them, and these are instilled by you. If we do it right and good, they will live the mission and values that we talk about,” Betz said.

The Modeling the Way awards are given to faculty and staff members who consistently lead by example, and live every day the mission, values and goals established by the Central community. Each recipient is awarded a $1,000 check funded by Merrill Lynch and a Waterford crystal memento.

The recipients are Kaye Sears, Ed.D., professor of Family Life Education and chair of the Human Environmental Sciences department; Cole Stanley, assistant vice president for Student Affairs; and Catherine Webster, Ph.D., associate professor of French and chair of the Department of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultural Studies.

The Neely Excellence in Teaching Award is given by Central graduate Dr. J. Gail Neely in honor of his parents, El Roy C. Neely and Lucile Hawker Neely, for their hunger for knowledge and support of education. Recipients receive a $1,000 check. The 2013 Neely Award recipients are Mohamed Bingabr, Ph.D., associate professor of Engineering and Physics, and Christy Vincent, Ph.D., associate professor of Mass Communication.

The Herbert S. Dordick Award is given to a faculty or staff member for mentoring students. The recipient is nominated by a Central student, and receives a $500 check. The Dordick Award recipient is Karen Davis, certification coordinator for Teacher Education Services.

The 3 C’s Award is given for performance, interaction and leadership consistent with the definitions of character, civility and community. The recipient is awarded a $1,000 check, lapel pin, engraved brick to be placed at Old North on Central’s campus and a $1,000 scholarship to be awarded in the recipient’s name for four consecutive years. This year’s recipient is Darlene Maroney, supervisor of accounting operations for Housing and Dining.

The Citizen’s Bank Leadership and Civic Engagement Award is given to a faculty or staff member who leads by example and is involved in the community. This year’s recipient is Timothy Tillman, coordinator of sustainability and alternative transportation for the Physical Plant.

Central’s Faculty Merit Awards are presented in the categories of research/scholarly efforts, service to the Central community, and teaching.

Faculty Merit Award recipients are:

  • Eva Dadlez, Ph.D., professor of Humanities and Philosophy, $2,500 for research;
  • Amy Johnson, M.F.A., associate professor of Design, $2,500 for teaching;
  • Morshed Khandaker, Ph.D., associate professor of Engineering and Physics, $1,250 for teaching;
  • Marty Ludlum, J.D., associate processor of Finance, $1,250 for research;
  • Tess Remy-Schumaker, D.M.A., professor of Music, $1,250 for research; and,
  • Brett Sharp, Ph.D., professor of Political Science, $1,250 for teaching.

The Exceptional Performance Award is given to staff members for performance that reflects the innovative, passionate, and student- and customer-centered focus that Central embraces. Each recipient receives $1,000. This year’s recipients are Fred Fieth, director of the Physical Plant, and Michael Fenner, mailroom clerk. 

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