of Health at The University of Southern Mississippi honored faculty
and staff members' service efforts the past year at the 2004 Faculty
and Staff Awards banquet.
wonderful to honor the members of our college for all the good they
do," said Dr. Joan Exline, interim dean of the College of Health.
"We are proud of all of them."
assistant for student and program development in the School of Social
Work, received the Distinguished Office Professional Award after
being nominated by three individuals. "(Coker) has consistently
demonstrated exceptional service and commitment to the students
and the faculty of the School of Social Work," said nominator
Tim Rehner. "
Even when there is a 'system overload,'
she has always presented herself and engaged others in the most
She is a pleasure to work with."
Michael Forster agreed: "Melissa is perhaps the most reliable
and dedicated office worker that I have ever known," he said.
"She is an exceptionally hard worker who takes great pride
in carrying work through to completion and generating products of
excellence." Delories Williams, a co-worker of Coker's, nominated
her because Coker "is always willing to go beyond the call
of duty to help us meet deadlines or manage daily activities.
We all adore Melissa and are blessed to have her as part of our
she is honored by the award. "I am sincerely appreciative of
the award that I have received," she said. "I believe
that you are only as good as the team you work with. The team of
faculty that I have the pleasure of working with are very deserving
of their distinguished reputations. If the faculty feels that I
am worth the time it took to place me in this catagory, then I feel
justly served. They are truly an inspiration to work for."
Coker is working on a business technology education degree and earned
associate's degrees in business administration and banking and finance.
professor in therapeutic recreation and coordinator of recreation
at the School of Human Performance and Recreation, was nominated
by Gregor Kay and Mike Webster for the Outstanding Faculty Service
Award. Kay said Green had performed service at the national, state,
college, school and community levels, as well as mentoring new faculty.
Webster noted Green's exceptional service by obtaining funding for
service-related projects. "The entire Hattiesburg area is the
better as a result of Rick's service," Webster said.
the recognition given to me by the College of Health," Green
said. "This has been a very trying year, and (it) seems that
faculty is getting much more criticism than recognition from both
within the university and outside. My service was primarily service
to the community, and I know that there are many faculty members
throughout the College of Health who are providing a tremendous
amount of community service, making South Mississippi a better place
to live for everyone."
a bachelor's in recreation and a master's in rehabilitation administration
from Southern Illinois University, and a doctorate in therapeutic
recreation from the University of Minnesota.
assistant to the dean, received the Spirit Award after nominator
Dianne Coleman recalled Malone's "voiced inspiration to others.
Laura's unwavering enthusiasm is fueled by the successes
of those around her, whether that success is an individual one,
or a group effort.
She is one of the most selfless people
I know." Malone, who earned a bachelor's degree in speech communication
from Southern Miss, said this of her award: "I'm awarded everyday
by the students, staff and faculty. It's just icing on the cake
to receive public recognition. I truly enjoy my role in the College
of Health and to receive public acknowledgment for a job well done
was exciting. I didn't know about the nomination, so after my name
was announced as a nominee, I was smiling from ear to ear. To actually
win the award was thrilling."
program coordinator for the Center for Sustainable Health Outreach
(CSHO) received the Outstanding Professional Staff Award. She was
nominated by Dr. Agnes Hinton, who said, "(Mayfield-Johnson)
is known far and wide as someone who goes the extra mile with a
smile on her face." Hinton noted Mayfield-Johnson's service
to the CSHO and to the Department of Community Health Service, saying
the CSHO quarterly "Connections'" database has grown from
250 to more than 5,000 because of Mayfield-Johnson's efforts. Hinton
also noted the nominee's service to conferences, planning meetings
and committees. Mayfield-Johnson earned a bachelor's in American
studies and a master's in public health education from Southern
Miss. She is working on a doctorate in adult education.
the director of Social Services at the South Mississippi Regional
Center in Long Beach, earned the Distinguished Alumni Award. McEwen,
who earned a master of social work from Southern Miss, was described
by Michael Forster in his nomination: "She is a reliable and
dedicated supporter of the School of Social Work and projects within
her home community consonant with social work values and priorities,"
he said. "Dorothy's movement into positions of influence within
state and national arenas is very good news for the school, university
and profession. She is, without doubt, a 'model' alumna and is deserving
of the college's recognition."
received the Distinguished Researcher Award after being nominated
by Wanda Dubuisson. "The new knowledge that she has promulgated
through research and publications has contributed significantly
to the improved health care of not only Mississippi's citizens,
but those of the nation," Dubuisson said. "The Center
for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta has consulted with
her and invited her for presentations." Reinert, who is also
a professor at the school, has served as director of research at
the College of Health, assisting faculty with obtaining research
projects, consulting, editing, providing faculty development seminars
and coordinating research resources. She earned a bachelor's in
nursing from Lamar University, a master's in nursing from the University
of Texas Medical Branch and a doctorate in nursing from the University
of Texas at Austin. She has worked on a postdoctoral fellowship
at the University of Washington's School of Nursing.
assistant professor in the School of Human Performance and Recreation,
received the Emerging Scholar Faculty Award after three of his colleagues
independently nominated him. Nominator Terry Kinney said that during
the past two years of Scheett's employment at Southern Miss, "Tim
has not only exemplified the attributes sought in a young faculty
member, but he has gone above and beyond the call of duty to succeed
in a very demanding position." Another nominator, instructor
Von Rey, said Scheett is "an excellent role model
is very involved with his students." Nominator Mike Webster
pointed out Scheett's dedication to committee membership and student
very honored to be recognized by the College of Health family,"
said Scheett, assistant professor and director of the Laboratory
of Exercise Biochemistry. "This award shows me that my efforts
over the past two years have been recognized and that I am seen
as a person who wants to contribute professionally as I collaborate
and work with faculty, staff and students at Southern Miss."
Scheett received a bachelor's in physical education from North Dakota
State University, a master's in exercise science from Western Illinois
University, and a doctorate in kinesiology at the University of
A fun twist
to the night's awards came when the college surprised a husband-wife
team with individual awards. Von Rey, an instructor in the School
of Human Performance and Recreation, received the Distinguished
Teaching Award. Nominated by Susan Hubble, interim director of the
school, Rey was noted to demonstrate "the competency, commitment
and creativity that result in successful instruction." Scheett,
a colleague in the school, also nominated Rey for her work as assistant
to the director and teaching nine to 12 credit hours each semester.
Von has demonstrated a unique ability to balance the
administrative duties while never once compromising her teaching,"
Scheett said. "I have learned more from Von's past experience
over this past year than during all of my education theory classes
combined." Von Rey earned a bachelor's and a master's degree
in recreation and park administration from Western Kentucky University
in Bowling Green.
Von Rey's husband,
Steve Rey, said he was shocked when he was named the Outstanding
Adjunct Faculty Award recipient.
very surprised and honored to be recognized as the Outstanding Adjunct
Faculty Award winner for the College of Health," said Steve
Rey. "I had made plans to attend the ceremony because my wife,
Von, was going to receive the Distinguished Teaching Award for the
College of Health. I had no idea that the two of us were going to
be recipients of these two prestigious awards, but it made for another
great day in our life together."
Steve Rey was
nominated by Susan Hubble for his "unique ability to create
a rigorous course while establishing a positive rapport with the
student," Hubble said. "The school has truly benefited
from his service as an adjunct faculty member." Steve Ray earned
a bachelor's in health and physical education and a master's in
intramural administration from Southern Miss.
faculty members of the College of Health - Ann Beardshall, Wayne
Billon, Carolyn Brooks, Wanda Dubuisson and Richard Saniga - were
also honored for their years of service.