(May 1, 2012) Ten members of the Armstrong community received awards at the 2012 Leadership Awards Ceremony on April 17, 2012, in the Student Union Ballroom.
The Alumni Award for Distinguished Faculty Service to the Academic Discipline was bestowed on Professor of Rehabilitation Sciences George Davies for his significant contributions to the discipline and the physical therapy department.
Wayne Johnson, associate professor of engineering sciences, received the Award for Distinguished Faculty Service to the Community for his work with the Collegiate 100 and the African Caribbean Student Organization.
The late Joan Epstein Schwartz was honored with the Award for Distinguished Faculty Service to the University and the Student Government Association’s H. Dean Propst Award. Schwartz joined Armstrong in 1981, and served in many leadership roles on campus. Her sons Lawrence and Robert accepted both awards on her behalf.
Brian Nixon, biology instructor at Armstrong and teacher at Liberty County High School, was recognized with the Award for Distinguished Service by a Part-Time Faculty Member.
Allison Belzer received the Brockmeier Award for her contributions to undergraduate research in the College of Liberal Arts. She was described as “the real thing, a genuine master teacher.”
The SGA bestowed a second H. Dean Propst Award to Assistant Professor of History Ella Howard. Howard has been instrumental in advising and growing outreach to Armstrong’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender population, as well as promoting undergraduate research.
Melody Rodriguez won the SGA Professional Staff Service Award for outstanding service to students through Armstrong’s HOLA program.
The Volunteer Service to the Community Staff Award was given to Anne Hanne for her instrumental participation with Friends of Cats and Savannah’s chapter of Save a Life. She has also participated in every Treasure Savannah day of service since the volunteer program began in 2010.
Chief of Police Wayne Willcox won the Spirit of Armstrong Award for his implementation of the Cops and … Series, which has led to more knowledge on safety issues and created a better relationship between the campus police and the student population.
The Staff Member of the Year Award went to Linda Aimone, senior secretary of the Department of Physical Therapy. She has helped students through the program’s application process with confidence and friendliness. The far reach of her impact was evident when she received cheers from physical therapy students in the audience.