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Rodgers Awards Honor ASU Trio

September 13, 2013

Suzanne Campbell, Dr. Shirley Eoff and Dr. Andy Wallace have been named the winners of the 2012-13 Gary and Pat Rodgers Distinguished Awards honoring outstanding staff, faculty and administrators at Angelo State University. 

(L-R: Dr. Brian May, Dr. Andy Wallace, Dr. Shirley Eoff, Suzanne Campbell, Pat Rodgers, Gary Rodgers)(L-R: Dr. Brian May, Dr. Andy Wallace, Dr. Shirley Eoff, Suzanne Campbell, Pat Rodgers, Gary Rodgers)Campbell, head, West Texas Collection, received the Distinguished Staff Award.  Eoff, Honors Program director and professor of history, earned the Distinguished Faculty Award.  Wallace, dean of the Freshman College and a professor of physics, received the Distinguished Administrator Award.  Each received a $2,500 honorarium.

They, along with 19 other 2012-13 nominees, were honored by ASU President Brian J. May during a ceremony Thursday, Sept. 12.

Campbell, who joined the ASU staff in 1996, was recognized for her knowledge of West Texas history, her willingness to “help students better understand their research topics” and her overall commitment to preserving the region’s history and making it available to students and the public.  Her nominator stated, “Her total confidence in the abilities of the students with whom she comes in contact works to raise them to achieve goals they would have never thought of making.”

Eoff was recognized for her passion to students through both her love of history and her dedication to the Honors Program.  Her letter of nomination highlighted her relationship with students, saying “She challenges them and pushes them to be the best they can be because she believes in them before they can believe in themselves.”  Through her guidance Honors students have received multiple national awards, bringing further academic prestige to ASU.  Eoff joined the ASU faculty in 1981.

As founding dean of ASU’s Freshman College, Wallace was recognized for his leadership and vision in overseeing the new administrative unit.  His letter of nomination stated that he “relates to students of all classifications, from advising during orientation to meeting with graduate assistants in the Freshman College on special projects.”  An ASU employee since 1989, Wallace is known for his energetic leadership, his amiable style, his support of his staff and his persistent optimism. 

The Gary and Pat Rodgers Distinguished Awards were created by San Angelo native and former Angelo State student Gary Rodgers and his wife, Pat.  Because of their association with many ASU employees over the years, the couple recognized the roles that faculty, staff and administrators perform to help ASU fulfill its mission to prepare students to be responsible and productive citizens.  The Rodgers established the awards and provide the $2,500 honorarium for each recipient.

Other nominees for the Rodgers Distinguished Administrator Award were:  Denise Brodnax, Brandy Hawkins, Jeane Irby and Wendy Storms.

Other nominees for the Rodgers Distinguished Faculty Award were:  Dr. Robert Ehlers, Dr. Teresa Hack, Dr. Carolyn Mason, Dr. Janet Maxwell, Dr. Mary McGlamery, Corey Owens, Dr. Daniel Simmons, Dr. John “Trey” Smith, Dr. Kenneth Stewart and Dr. Deanna Watts.

Other nominees for the Rodgers Distinguished Staff Award were:  Nancy Budewig, Suzie Dusek, Tom Nurre, Annette Roberts and Eldra Sanford.

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