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Faculty and Staff Recognized during Luncheon

May 9, 2014

Another academic year is in the books and in a final celebration the University recognized its faculty and staff during its annual Faculty, Staff and Retiree Appreciation Luncheon on Thursday, May 8. During the event, the university recognized its retirees, those who have achieved milestones for years of service and the Outstanding Faculty and Outstanding Staff members of the year.

Those faculty and staff members who retired this spring are Dr. Anna Hatten, professor of psychology from 1977-2014; Dr. Jean Hatten, professor of psychology from 1981-2014; and Dr. Janet Laughlin, vice president of academic affairs from 2011-2014.

During her tenure at Averett, Anna taught courses ranging from psychology as a social science, natural science, physiological psychology, research design and animal behavior. Throughout her professional career she has been a member of the Southeastern Association for Behavior Analysis, where she served as secretary, and an active member of the Society for Computers in Psychology. Anna's passion for research embedded in instruction has been evident in her professional development and the effects it has had on her students. She has also served on numerous committees while at Averett, including teacher education, academic policies, curriculum and strategic planning.

During his 35-year tenure, Jean has served as a valued instructor and as the coordinator of internet services. He held the lead role in proposing, designing, and implementing the human-computer interaction program, which was one of the first interdisciplinary approaches to combining majors in art and computer science/mathematics. Jean also implemented the digital media lab and teaching classroom, and served as the coordinator of field education in psychology. He has served on numerous Averett committees including the student development committee, the faculty advisory committee on intercollegiate athletics, and the committee on honorary degrees.

During her relatively short time at Averett, Laughlin touched the lives of many students, mentored new faculty members, served faculty with the utmost professionalism and collegiality, and developed an understanding with her staff that they will continue to be student advocates first and always strive to be experts in their fields. She served the University with integrity, eloquence, and more knowledge of SACS requirements than anyone on campus. Her colleagues described her as "analytical and very detail oriented," "warm and caring leader," "big supporter of faculty and the jobs that they do every day" and "quick witted."

The 2013-14 Outstanding Faculty Member of the Year is Barbara "Kush" Kushubar, associate professor in the physical education, wellness and sport science department. A 1975 graduate of Averett, Kushubar's nominations described her as a very caring individual who always puts the education of her students foremost in her planning. "She is a person who consistently displays a high level of character, high morals and high ethical conduct," one nomination said. The nominations also discussed her attendance at athletic events and theatre productions. According to one nomination form "there is rarely a student life function that she does not participate in."
Kushubar carries one of the largest student advisee loads on campus and every single nomination form touted her ability to advise and lead students as they are planning their academic course loads. In addition to her teaching and advising load, Kushubar is the faculty mentor for the men's basketball team. She also serves on several University committees including the curriculum committee, the strategic planning committee and the advising committee. During her tenure at Averett, she previously coached the volleyball and women's tennis teams.

Sandy Bash, administrative assistant in the residence life department, was named the 2013-14 Outstanding Staff Member of the Year. Bash is known around campus for her gregarious manner and love for the students. She displays a helpful manner and huge smile in all that she does. She also has a knack for making people laugh and making students feel at home. A student's nomination form said that Bash had been like another grandmother to her and her fellow staff members. "She spoils us with her kindness and loves us with her big heart. I think she is by far one of the most outstanding people working at Averett," a student nomination said. The nomination went on to describe her as "the cornerstone of the residence life office. We all depend on her for encouragement, support and love." Bash is also known for her baking skills, which she shares during birthdays or on "just because" days.

Those recognized for their years of service include:

• Robert Marsh for 45 years

• Dr. Jack "Jay" Hayes for 40 years

• Kathie Tune for 35 years

• Liz Richardson for 30 years

• Pat Bowman and Dr. Rebecca Clark for 25 years

• Jackie Finney and Dr. Pamela Riedel for 20 years

• Dr. Fred Bolton, Dr. Lee Burton and Nancy Clark for 15 years

• Mavis Brantley-Lloyd, Marquita Graves, Charles Harris, Rod Henderson, Christy Pack (Synergis), Gene Pounds (Bon Appétit), Emily Tomlinson, Brian Turner, Jamie Walker (Aramark) and Clarence Wilson (Bon Appétit) for 10 years

• Petrina Carter, Ashley Gayles, Jillian Gourley, Dr. Simona Kragh, Dana Mehalko, Feleta Morton, Lee Sandstead, Stephanie Walker, John Willard (Bon Appétit) and Dr. William "Bill" Woodward for five years