Southeastern welcomes students back for the start of classes this week while we continue to keep all faculty, staff and students who are not yet able to make it to campus in our thoughts as the region works to recover from devastating flooding.
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President's Awards for Excellence

Each year, Southeastern President John L. Crain bestows the university's most prestigious honor, the President's Award for Excellence, to faculty and staff excelling in the areas of research, teaching, artistic activity, faculty service and staff service. Meet this year's recipients.



Camille Moniotte

Director, Environmental Health and Safety
President's Award for Excellence in Service: Unclassified Staff

“Due to a pursuit of excellence, she has lead Southeastern to the highest scores on the ORM audits. The audits clearly show the rest of the state how an excellent safety program can be managed.” -- Byron Patterson, Director of Physical Plant




Kyle Piller

Professor, Department of Biological Sciences
President's Award for Excellence in Research

“His work is indeed at the cutting edge of many complex problems in ichthyology and evolutionary biology, particularly work on long term change in fish communities and effects of the environment on body shape in fishes.” -- William J. Matthews, The University of Oklahoma




Philip Schuessler

Professor, Department of Fine and Performing Arts
President's Award for Excellence in Artistic Activity

"What’s more, his gifted ability to describe and teach his craft has created genuine excitement for experimental composition among a number of students in our program.” -- Kenneth Boulton, Department Head, Department of Fine and Performing Arts





Paula Varnado-Sullivan

Professor, Department of Psychology
President's Award for Excellence in Teaching

"What makes Dr. Varnado truly exceptional is her teaching and mentoring outside the classroom.” -- Susan Coats, Interim Head, Department of Psychology




Kristin Whitty

Associate Professor, School of Nursing
President's Award for Excellence in Faculty Service

“Kristin has provided exemplary service to the state through her work to improve disaster relief and emergency services.” -- Ann Carruth, Dean of College of Nursing and Health Sciences