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USM recognizes faculty and staff

Several University of Southern Mississippi faculty and staff were honored during the recent Founders’ Day Ceremony.

Honorees included: Dr. Kathy Yadrick, chair of the Department of Nutrition and Food Systems, Distinguished Professor Award; Dr. Kyle Zelner, associate professor of history, Faculty Excellence Award; Dr. David Beckett, professor of biological sciences, Faculty Excellence Award; Rusty Keyes, captain and investigator with University Police, Staff Excellence Award; Rene Trigg, administrative assistant for the Alumni Association, Staff Excellence Award; Jewel Adams, senior secretary for the School of Human Performance and Recreation, Staff Excellence Award; Margaret Buttross-Brinegar, director of the Children’s Center for Communication and Development, Staff Excellence Award; Polly Odom, executive secretary to Southern Miss president Martha Saunders, Jessie H. Morrison Award; Dr. Steve Yuen, professor, Department of Technology Education, College of Education and Psychology, High Education Appreciation Day – Working for Academic Excellence (HEADWAE); Dr. Andrea Lott Wesley, professor of psychology, IHL Black History Month Educator of the Year; Jian Chen, assistant professor, School of Computing, Aubrey K. Lucas and Ella Ginn Lucas Endowment for Faculty Excellence Award; Christopher Goertzen, professor, School of Music, Aubrey K. Lucas and Ella Ginn Lucas Endowment for Faculty Excellence Award; Max Grivno, assistant professor, Department of History, Aubrey K. Lucas and Ella Ginn Lucas Endowment for Faculty Excellence Award; Yanlin Guo, associate professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Aubrey K. Lucas and Ella Ginn Lucas Endowment for Faculty Excellence Award; Bridget Hayden, associate professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Aubrey K. Lucas and Ella Ginn Lucas Endowment for Faculty Excellence Award; Bandana Karr, assistant professor, Department of Geography and Geology, Aubrey K. Lucas and Ella Ginn Lucas Endowment for Faculty Excellence Award; Hsiaopei Lee, assistant professor, School of Music, Aubrey K. Lucas and Ella Ginn Lucas Endowment for Faculty Excellence Award; M.D. Sarder, assistant professor School of Construction, Aubrey K. Lucas and Ella Ginn Lucas Endowment for Faculty Excellence Award; Asim Yousafzai, assistant professor, Department of Geography and Geology, Aubrey K. Lucas and Ella Ginn Lucas Endowment for Faculty Excellence Award; and, Zhaoxian Zhou, assistant professor, School of Computing, Aubrey K. Lucas and Ella Ginn Lucas Endowment for Faculty Excellence Award. Aubrey K. Lucas and Ella Ginn Lucas Endowment for Faculty Excellence Awards.

More than 100 employees were also honored for 10, 20 and 30 years of service to the university at the ceremony.

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