Southeastern presents prestigious 'President's Awards' to faculty, staff
Contact: Christina Chapple
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SOUTHEASTERN PRESIDENT’S EXCELLENCE AWARDS – At Southeastern Louisiana University’s faculty/staff convocation Aug. 15, Interim President John L. Crain, far left, congratulates the 2008 Recipients of the President's Awards for Excellence, the university’s most prestigious faculty and staff honor. From left, are, Kenneth Boulton, associate professor of music and director of the Community Music School, artistic activity; Jeff Wiemelt, associate professor of English, teaching; Sanichiro Yoshida, associate professor of physics, research; Bonnie Lewis, professor of sociology and director of the Southeastern Social Sciences Research Center; and Angelique McIntyre, computer support specialist with the Computer Help Desk, unclassified staff service.
The recipients, recognized at the university’s Aug. 15 faculty/staff convocation, are Jeff Wiemelt, associate professor of English, teaching; Sanichiro Yoshida, associate professor of physics, research; Kenneth Boulton, associate professor of music and director of the Community Music School, artistic activity; Bonnie Lewis, professor of sociology and director of the Southeastern Social Sciences Research Center, faculty service; and Angelique McIntyre, computer support specialist with the Computer Help Desk, unclassified staff service.
“These individuals are role models, not only for our other faculty and staff, but for our students as well," said Interim President John Crain. "Southeastern is proud to have them among our ranks, exemplifying the very best in teaching, research, the arts, and service."
Wiemelt helped enhance Southeastern’s Writing Center when he joined the faculty in 1995. As director of freshman English writing, he works with more than 50 faculty members in delivering more than 150 course sections of freshman English. Wiemelt is recognized for his “student-focused approach to teaching, emphasizing stringent effort and discipline that brings out the best in his student’s abilities.”
Yoshida enjoys a worldwide scientific reputation for his work in the area of laser interferometry, which he is using to help detect weaknesses in various materials. Last year, his research resulted in the first patent awarded to a current Southeastern member, with a second, related patent pending. He is also a research scientist at LIGO in Livingston Parish, where he works with scientists around the world to probe the mysteries of space and time.
Boulton last year completed a two-volume CD album entitled “Louisiana – A Pianist’s Journey,” which rescued from obscurity some major classical piano works by composers inspired by Louisiana and New Orleans. The work, which was funded by a Board of Regents ATLAS grant, earned him a Grammy Award nomination.
Lewis has worked on projects ranging from urban forestry and neighborhood revitalization in Hammond to the rate of homelessness and DWI arrests in Louisiana. As a faculty member and director of the SSSRC, she has helped a variety of nonprofit organizations with research, analyses and reporting activities designed to improve their services to the community.
McIntyre, a Southeastern graduate, is a community volunteer for Special Olympics, Habitat for Humanity, and the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. She is most proud of her work to raise funds for an endowed scholarship in memory of her late colleague, Mark McNutt.