Awards Around Campus

Faculty, staff, and alumni were honored recently during several awards ceremonies around campus. Here is a recap of some of the ceremonies:

Night of Distinction

The University of Central Arkansas hosted its annual awards gala, Night of Distinction, on Saturday, April 27, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. at the Farris Center and the only black-tie event of its kind in Conway.

The University of Central Arkansas will presented the Distinguished Alumni Award to Terry Pillow, Chief Executive Officer of Tommy Bahama, ’76, and Dr. Joe Allison, Research Fellow at Phillips 66, ’79. The Alumni Service Award also will be presented to Patsy Minton Newton, lifetime member of the UCA Alumni Association and dedicated volunteer, ’52.

In addition to recognizing these individuals for their achievements, Night of Distinction also served as the public announcement of the Norbert O. Schedler Honors College Campaign that will raise $3 million for the Travel Abroad Grant (TAG) and Undergraduate Research Grants for Education (URGE) programs.

FACS awards luncheon

The Department of Family and Consumer Sciences hosted its 26th annual Alumni/Student Recognition Luncheon on Friday, April 26, 2013.

UCA President Tom Courtway received the Distinguished Service Award for “his dedication and support” for Family and Consumer Sciences. Courtway was credited as having hosted more than 3,000 high school Family, Career and Community Leaders of America members on the UCA campus for their annual state conference.

The awards program also recognized three distinguished alumni for 2013. Rebecca Rasnick, UCA interim registrar and Lisa Coker, assistant vice president for property and facilities management with Stephens Inc. Investment Bankers were named distinguished alumni. Rachel Schichtl, program coordinator for the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and Arkansas Children’s Hospital Research Institute was named Distinguished Alum—Young Achiever.

The department also presented 11 different scholarships to 20 students, 11 graduate and nine undergraduate.

60th Annual Service Awards

Employees were honored during the 60th Annual Service Awards on Thursday, April 25, 2013.

The Employee of the Year Award for classified and non-classified employees were Donna Johnson, administrative specialist, Department of Leadership Studies and Jane Andis, DegreeWorks coordinator/curriculum specialist, respectively.

Dr. Lynn Burley, associate professor, Department of Writing, received the Public Service Award. The Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity Award was received by Dr. Nancy Gallavan, professor of teacher education, College of Education. Doug Corbitt, Honors College, received the Teaching Excellence Award.

UCA Instructional Development Center Awards

The UCA Instructional Development Center and Provost’s Office recognized four faculty members for distinctive growth in teaching methods as part of development activities they completed. A reception was held in their honor on Wednesday, April 24. The program was instituted this year, and the four faculty honored were Nina Roofe, Mitchum Parker, Susan Gatto and Julie Meaux.

To see photographs of all of these events and many others, visit the UCA Flickr page at