Monday, May 27, 2024

LSUS honors milestone faculty, staff at service awards

by BIZ Magazine

SHREVEPORT – LSUS recognized 27 faculty and staff members who’ve reached important service milestones Monday at the 2024 Service Awards.

Faculty and staff members were honored for reaching LSUS service milestones between 10-35 years, honored in five-year increments.

The 27 members totaled 575 years of service to LSUS.

LSUS Chancellor Dr. Robert Smith said the service and dedication of the people like the ones recognized Monday are the reason LSUS stood out during his interview one year ago.

Kristin Fister, associate director of human resources at LSUS, reads statements about each honoree Monday at the 2024 Service Awards in the LSUS Ballroom.

“I felt that LSUS was absolutely the right one because of all the people I met while I was here. To a person, every faculty and staff member focused on the success of our students and this campus.

“That’s a much more of a feeling here than anywhere else. It’s appropriate to recognize individuals, who in some cases, have committed a substantial portion of their working lives to this campus.”

Three faculty members were honored for reaching the 35-year mark. Business faculty members Chengho Hsieh and Tim Vines along with English faculty member Dorie LaRue were the longest-serving members recognized Monday.

Four joined the LSUS community 30 years ago: Beverly Burden, Yong Dai, Karen James, and Elizabeth Zippi.

Reaching the quarter-century mark included Cassandra Johnson, Jason Mackowiak, Angela Taylor, and Marvin Young.

Seven faculty and staff members have served LSUS for two decades: Lance Cole, Urska Cvek, Amanda Lewis, Laura McLemore, Stella McMillian, Steve Sittenauer, and Rene Pallay-McDonald.

Those reaching the 15-year milestone are Jonathan Cockrell, Henry Edwards, Jeffrey Morlock, and Felice Williams.

Five came to LSUS 10 years ago: Kacie Blalock, Auguste LeBlanc, Jerome Lewis, Cakeita Richmond, and Rachel Taylor.

The LSUS Foundation provided gifts for each level of service, ranging from pins, to watches, to clocks.

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