Date: March 5, 2007
Andrews University's faculty, staff, and Board of Trustees enjoyed their annual banquet on Sunday, March 4. The evening opened with a reception and student art exhibition in the lobby of the Howard Performing Arts Center, then continued with the entertainment/awards presentation in the concert hall. The program, "The Golden Cardinal Awards," was styled after the Oscars, with spoof categories like "Best in Shoes," "Best Golf Cart Driver," and "Best Milker" mixed-in with the more serious Excellence in Service, Excellence in Teaching, and Years of Service awards. Attendees closed off the evening with a dinner catered by the campus cafeteria.
Almost 90 faculty and staff members were honored for anywhere from five to thirty-five years of service at Andrews. Three were honored for 30 years of service: Gary Marsh, professor of aviation technology; Daniel Bidwell, senior systems administrator; and Tom Baker, teacher of English and German at Andrews Academy.
The two 35-year honorees were: Barbara Friesen, assistant to administration, and Patricia Mutch, professor of nutrition.
Three staff members were honored for Excellence in Service. Recipients of this award are hourly or salaried full- or part-time staff who have served for at least three consecutive years, and have not previously received the award. The award is given "in recognition of outstanding service to the university, the church, and the community, and for demonstrating, by precept and example, a Christ-centered life." This year's awardees included: Ildiko Gyeresi, asst. to financial records director; Sandra White, interlibrary loans associate for the James White Library; and Barbara Friesen, assistant in administration.
The Daniel A. Augsburger Excellence in Teaching award was given to seven faculty members. This award is intended to recognize faculty whose teaching reflects the high standards of excellence modeled by Dr. Augsburger in his 60 years of teaching at Andrews University. Dr. Augsburger's leadership, academic rigor, breadth of knowledge, teacher-scholar role, along with care and concern for students, exemplify the best of faculty endeavors. Faculty from each school nominate and choose their individual candidates. Formerly known as the Excellence in Teaching Award, the name changed in the 2002-2003 school year. Those recipients included: Jacques Doukhan, professor of Hebrew & Old Testament exegesis; Stan Beikmann, assistant professor of agriculture; Arlene Saliba, assistant professor of nursing; Janice Wrenn, associate professor of social work; Shirley Freed, professor of teacher education; Leonard Gashugi, associate professor of economics and finance; and Rhonda Root, professor of art.
Glenn Russell, assistant professor of religion, received this year's Spiritual Life Award, which is awarded to any employee, faculty or staff member, who has made a significant contribution to the spiritual life of campus. Names are considered and voted by the Spiritual Life Committee. This award was instituted in 2005.
Years of Service:
Meredith Jones Gray
V. Allen Wellborn
D. Ivan Davis
C. Brooks Payne
R. Lee Davidson
Lee E. Olson
Harold B. Smith