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ULM faculty members honored for service and excellence

Published August 13, 2014

Today, University of Louisiana at Monroe officials honored faculty members for their service to ULM at the 11th annual Employee Recognition Ceremony and luncheon. The ceremony was created in order to acknowledge those employed by the university for five years or more as of December 31, 2013.


The program began in 2003 under then Vice President for Business Affairs, Dr. Nick J. Bruno. Now, as President of ULM, Bruno has continued this tradition of honoring employees for their dedication to ULM.

Faculty members earning five, 10, or 15 years of service received a service pin and a service certificate.

Faculty members earning 20 years of service received a 20 year service pin service plaque.

For 25 years, faculty members received a service pin and custom watch.

Faculty members with 30 years of service received a service pin and rosewood engraved desk clock, and faculty members with 40 years of service received a service pin and a ULM framed print.

Bruno also presented Foundation Awards to four faculty members who exemplify excellence in their field. These faculty members were awarded for excellence in teaching, excellence in research, excellence in service, and excellence in creative/artistic activity.

The Foundation Award winners received a plaque and a cash prize.

Service Award winners:

40 years:

Beverly Jarrell, founder of ULM’s Dental Hygiene Program, was awarded for 40 years of service. Jarrell retired in 2014. 

30 years:

Deborah McClung-Guillory, associate professor of music; Patricia Roshto, instructor and Program Coordinator for accounting; Kim Marie Tolson, professor of biology and School of Sciences graduate coordinator; and Robert Williamson, instructor of kinesiology.

25 years:

Larry Anderson, professor of music; Hollis Bray, professor of construction management; and Linda Bryan, (retired in 2014) associate professor of speech-language pathology.

20 years:

Henry Cole, professor and head of the School of Management; Pamela Martin, instructor of mathematics; Barbara Michaelides, director of retention; Jon Nickelson, clinical assistant professor-pharmacy; and Donald R. Smith, professor and dean of the library.

15 years:

Gina Biglane, clinical associate professor and associate dean for assessment-pharmacy; Mary Gauthier-Lewis, clinical associate professor and assistant dean-pharmacy Baton Rouge; Paul Karolwitz, associate professor of aviation; Joni Noble, associate professor of art; Heather Pilcher, assistant professor and general reference librarian; Linda Reid, assistant professor of nursing; Paul Sylvester, professor and director of graduate studies-pharmacy; and Carl Thameling, associate professor and coordinator of communication.

10 years:

Mary Adams, associate professor of English; Bryan Butler, instructor of Latin; Sean Chenoweth, associate professor of geosciences; Lisa Colvin, professor of kinesiology; Robert Hanser, associate professor and director of criminal justice; John Herrock, instructor and EHS officer-toxicology; Charles Hughes, assistant professor and coordinator of technical services-library; Amy Kincannon, assistant professor of nursing; Megan Lowe, associate professor and general reference librarian coordinator; Megan Martin, part-time English instructor; Mel Mobley, associate professor of music; Girish Shah, professor of pharmacology; Kathie Smart, instructor of mathematics, and Emily Williamson, instructor and director of the Child Development Center.

5 years:

Tina Allen assistant professor of education; Lauri Anderson, part-time geology instructor; Karen Arrant, assistant professor of nursing; Jessica Brady, clinical assistant professor-pharmacy; Susan Burchfield, instructor of mathematics; Anne Case Hanks, assistant professor and associate director of atmospheric science; Melanie Chapman, assistant professor of medical laboratory sciences; Leonard Clark, associate professor and director of the graduate school; Thomas DeNardin, instructor of management; Deborah Golemon, assistant professor of accounting; Matthew James, professor of music; Sushma Krishnamurthy, professor and director of the School of Sciences; David McGraw, instructor of physics; Tina Mullone, assistant professor of dance; Cyndy L. Robertson, assistant professor, assistant dean of the library, and coordinator of special collections; Shalanda Stanley, assistant professor of education; Joshua Stockley, associate professor of political science and director of the Honors Program; Jamie Terrell, clinical assistant professor-pharmacy Shreveport; and Janis Weber, instructor of accounting.

Foundation Award winners:

El Sayed

The award for Excellence in Research went to Dr. Khalid El Sayed, professor of medicinal and natural products chemistry in the School of Pharmacy. In his 13 years at ULM he has acquired research grants totaling over $1.6 million, and has participated in joint collaborations and studies that have resulted in more than 100 publications, seven patents, five book chapters, and 150 research abstracts. 


Dr. Deborah Chandler, associate professor and director of Choral Activities, won the award for Excellence in Creative/Artistic Activity. Noted as the backbone of the vocal music program at ULM, Chandler is in constant demand as a guest conductor and clinician, and is known for her ability to attract the most talented students to the ULM Choral Program.


The award for Excellence in Service was given to Dr. Kim Marie Tolson, professor of biology, and coordinator of graduate services for the College of Arts, Education, and Sciences. Tolson is known as a community educator who is heavily involved in not only professional biology organizations, but in community organizations which enlighten and enhance the region’s foothold in the biology community.


The Excellence in Teaching award winner, Dr. Joshua Stockley, associate professor of political science and director of the ULM Honors Program, has been called a marvel in the classroom who utilizes teaching techniques that require critical thinking and push for student engagement. Stockley is willing to take chances and incorporate new media into lectures to improve the experience of his students, as technology continually becomes a major player in how our society operates.