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Thank You, Faculty and Staff

Fifty-six members of the VWU community honored for service milestones on August 4

University News | August 4, 2021

Photo Gallery: Employee Milestone Appreciation Breakfast

Fifty-six members of the Virginia Wesleyan community were recognized on August 4 at an Employee Milestone Appreciation Breakfast held on campus in the Goode Fine and Performing Arts Center. 

Faculty and staff were honored for achieving significant milestones in their careers at VWU—from a decade of service to working at the University for 35 years. The event celebrated those who reached milestones in 2021, as well as those who celebrated an anniversary in 2020 during the heart of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We are so pleased to have each of you here with us today to honor the special milestones you have reached in your Virginia Wesleyan careers," said Dr. Scott D. Miller, President of the University. "While we are celebrating some of you later than we would have preferred, I am delighted to be able to host an event like this once again on our beautiful campus.”

The honorees enjoyed breakfast and were presented with special certificates and tokens of appreciation. Congratulations and thank you to these VWU employees: 

35 Years
Carol Johnson, Associate Professor of English
30 Years
Elaine Dessouki, Assistant Professor of Management, Business, and Economics
Lois Ford, Harbor Grill Supervisor, Sodexo Dining Services
Joyce Walden, Lead Housekeeper, Aramark Facilities Management
Deborah Ware, Housekeeper, Aramark Facilities Management
25 Years
Anthony Daniels, Housekeeper, Aramark Facilities Management
Benjamin Dobrin, Dean of the D. Henry Watts School of Professional Studies and Professor of Social Work
Michael Rigby, Assistant Director of Facilties Management, Grounds, Aramark Facilities Management
Robin Takacs, Director of Instructional Technology
20 Years
Charline Bess, Office Manager, Center for Enrollment Services
Jeffrey Bowers, Associate Director of Intercollegiate Athletics and Head Women's Soccer Coach
Kimberly Brown, Manager, Scribner University Store
Joyce Easter, Professor of Chemistry
Willie Harrell ’98, Director of Recreation and Wellness
B. Malcolm Lively, Associate Professor of Education
Tim Lockett, General Manager, Sodexo Dining Services
Daniel Margolies, Professor of History
Stu Minnis, Professor of Communication
Wayne Pollock, Associate Professor of Sport and Recreation Professions
Diana Risk, Professor of Hispanic Studies
Philip Rock, Professor of Biology
Lindsay Sands ’16, Student Accounts Supervisor
Jennifer Schirmer, Adjunct Faculty, Biology
Jason Seward ’05, Associate Vice President for Campus Life and Operational Management
Sharon Swift, Professor of Art
Victor Townsend, Kenneth R. Perry Dean of the Joan P. Brock School of Mathematics and Natural Sciences and Professor of Biology
John Wang, Professor of Computer Science
15 Years
Soraya Bartol, Professor of Marine Biology
Richard Bond, Associate Professor of History and Chief Assessment Officer (Academics)
Kent Brown, Grounds Supervisor, Aramark Facilities Management
Victor Dorsey, Director of Security
Christine Hall, Branding and Design Manager
Deirdre Gonsalves-Jackson, Dean of VWU Global Campus and Associate Professor of Biology
Andrea Hoover-Erbig, Executive Director for Intercollegiate Athletics
Craig Jackson, Associate Professor of Psychology
Lydia Kennedy, Associate Professor of Mathematics
Travis Malone, Dean of the Batten Honors College and Professor of Theatre
Lisa Lyon Payne, Professor of Communication
John Rudel, Professor of Art and Curator of Exhibitions for the Neil Britton Art Gallery
C.J. Sholler, Assistant to the Director of Security
Kathy Stolley, Professor of Sociology
10 Years
Barbara Artis, Security Officer
Kala Baskerville ‘11, Financial Aid Counselor
Nathan Boudreaux, Groundskeeper, Aramark Facilities Management
Thomas Brown, Associate Professor of Criminal Justice-Sociology
Kristin Burney, Lecturer in Mathematics
Natalie Clark, Server, Sodexo Dining Services
Delicia Johnson, Accountant
Audrey Malagon, Professor of Mathematics
Gabriela Martorell, Professor of Psychology
Taryn Myers, Associate Professor of Psychology and Director of Academic Effectiveness
Karla Rasmussen, Director of Human Resources and Title IX Coordinator
Amy Rush, Executive Director of Experiential Learning
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