Faculty and Staff Awards

About G.A. Sywassink

G.A. SywassinkThe annual Day of Excellence Faculty and Staff Recognition Dinner and Awards are made possible through funding provided by Mr. G.A. Sywassink, Chairman and CEO of Standard Holding Corporation. A long-time supporter of Appalachian State University, Mr. Sywassink is a former member and chair of the Business Advisory Council for the Walker College. He is past chair of Appalachian's Board of Trustees and a member of the UNC System Board of Governors. Mr. Sywassink is an Honorary Alumnus of Appalachian and a 1994 Honoree of the Walker College chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma. He and his wife, Shirley, have two sons and one daughter. Malissa received degrees from Appalachian in 1997 and 2002, and Chris is a 1996 Walker College graduate.

Sywassink Faculty and Staff Award Winners

The Sywassink Awards are presented annually. Winners receive a monetary prize and a bronze medallion of the university seal. The awards are made possible by a contribution from Mr. G.A. Sywassink, chairperson of Standard Holding Company of Charlotte and a former member of the college’s Business Advisory Council, Appalachian’s Board of Trustees and the University of North Carolina Board of Governors. The awards are presented during the annual Day of Excellence faculty and staff recognition dinner, scheduled in 2020 for Thursday, April 30. Read more and view previous award winners.

Awards Guidelines

Faculty Award Nominations

Teaching excellence is high on the list of priorities in the John A. Walker College of Business, and research and scholarly excellence are integral components of the College's mission. Additionally, faculty are regularly called upon to support the College, the University, and other organizations in important service capacities. The purpose of the College of Business Faculty Awards Program is to provide recognition of outstanding accomplishments in any of the three areas. Submit a nomination for Faculty Award.

Staff Award Nominations

Staff members play a vital role in supporting the Walker College's mission and in ensuring that the College's strategic plan is achieved. Staff are regularly called upon to support the College, the University, and other organizations in important service capacities. Submit a nomination for Outstanding Staff Award.

Previous Winners

2019

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Teaching: Rachel Shinnar, Management
Research: Peter Groothuis, Economics
Service: Pennie Bagley, Accounting
Non-Tenure Track: Mary Stolberg, Accounting
Outstanding Staff: Michelle Boisclair, Business Career Services
Sprit of Walker Faculty: Dana Clark, Management
Spirit of Walker Staff:  Amy Odom, Business Career Services

2018

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Teaching: Onur Ince, Economics
Research: Pia Albinsson, Marketing
Service: Jamie Parson, Finance, Banking & Insurance
Non-Tenure Track: Jesse Pipes, Management
Outstanding Staff: Jane Fitchlee, Dean's Office
Sprit of Walker Faculty: Dawn Medlin, Computer Information Systems & Supply Chain Management
Spirit of Walker Staff: Greg Langdon, Brantley Risk & Insurance Center

2017

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Teaching: Ron Marden, Accounting
Research: Carol Kline, Management
Service: Betty Coffey, Management
Non-Tenure Track: Rachel Keller, Accounting
Outstanding Staff: Haley Childers, Dean's Office

2016

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Teaching: Jeff Hobbs, Finance, Banking & Insurance
Research: Ash Morgan, Economics
Service: Dave Marlett, Finance, Banking & Insurance
Non-Tenure Track: Richard Mattar, Finance, Banking & Insurance
Outstanding Staff: Christy Cook, Marketing

2015

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Teaching: Rich Pouder, Management
Research: Brian Whitaker, Management
Service: Dinesh Davé, Operations Research and Management Science
Service: Scott Hunsinger, Computer Information Systems
Non-Tenure: Barbara Michel, Marketing
Outstanding Staff: Chelsie Eldreth, Computer Information Systems

2014

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Teaching: Dr. Sandra Vannoy, Computer Information Systems
Research: Dr. Dawn Medlin, Computer Information Systems
Service: Dr. Mark Strazicich, Economics
Non-Tenure : Mr. Jonathan Allen, Finance and Banking
Outstanding staff: Mr. Tung Ong, Computer Consultant

2013

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Teaching: Dr. Ben Powell, Management
Research: Dr. Rachel S. Shinnar, Management
Service: Dr. Dana Clark, Management
Non-Tenure: Mr. Chris Taylor, Computer Information Systems
Outstanding staff: Donna Lindabury, MBA program

2012

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Teaching: Dr. Jim Westerman, Management
Research: Dr. Mike Dotson, Marketing
Service: Dr. Karen Epermanis, Finance, Insurance and Banking
Non-Tenure: Dr. Tom Will, Management
Outstanding staff: Kathy Smith, Advising Center

2011

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Teaching: Dr. Scott Hunsinger, Computer Information Systems
Research: Dr. Mike McKee, Economics
Service: Dr. Stella Anderson, Management
Non-Tenure: Kevin Eller, Accounting

2010

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Teaching: Dr. David McEvoy, Economics
Research: Dr. Joseph Cazier, Computer Information Systems
Service: Dr. Lyle Schoenfeldt, Management
Non-Tenure: Rachel Keller, Accounting

2009

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Teaching: Dr. Ken Brackney, Accounting
Research: Dr. Jim Westerman, Management
Service: Dr. Dinesh Davé, Computer Information Systems
Non-Tenure: Dr. Leigh Dunston, Finance

2008

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Teaching: Dr. Claudia Kelley, Accounting
Research: Dr. David Dickinson, Economics
Service: Dr. Todd Cherry, Economics
Non-Tenure: Jan Woods, Accounting

2007

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Teaching: Dr. Ivan Roten, Finance, Banking and Insurance
Research: Dr. John Whitehead, Economics
Service: Dr. Ron Marden, Accounting
Non-Tenure: Bryan Toney, Management

2006

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Teaching: Dr. Steven Milsaps, Economics
Research: Dr. Charlie Chen, Computer Information Systems
Service: Dr. Albert Harris, Computer Information Systems
Non-Tenure: Roderic Baker, Finance, Banking and Insurance

2005

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Teaching: Dr. Harry Davis, Finance, Banking and Insurance
Research: Dr. Richard Pouder, Management
Service: Dr. Ivan Roten, Finance, Banking and Insurance
Non-Tenure: Dr. Leigh Dunston, Finance, Banking and Insurance

2004

Teaching: Dr. John W. Dawson, Economics
Research: Dr. Todd L. Cherry, Economics
Service: Dr. B. Dawn Medlin, Computer Information Systems
Non-Tenure: Mr. Robert E. McMahon, Marketing

2003

Teaching: Dr. Jeremy B. Fox, Management
Research: Dr. Lawrence L. Garber, Marketing
Service: Dr. Richard E. Crandall, Computer Information Systems
Non-Tenure: Mr. Bryan C. Toney, Management

2002

Teaching: Dr. William M. Baker, Accounting
Research: Dr. Terrill R. Keasler, Finance, Banking and Insurance
Service: Dr. Steven W. Millsaps, Economics
Non-Tenure: Ms. Sandra A. Vannoy, Computer Information Systems

2001

Teaching: Dr. Larry V. Ellis, Economics
Research: Dr. Eva M. Hyatt, Marketing
Service: Dr. Jean-Pierre Courbois, Economics

2000

Teaching: Dr. Don R. Cox, Finance, Banking and Insurance
Research: Dr. Ronald E. Marden, Accounting
Service: Dr. Robert D. Goddard III, Management

1999

Teaching: Dr. Betty S. Coffey, Management
Research: Dr. Garey C. Durden, Economics
Service: Dr. Timothy B. Forsyth, Accounting

1998

Teaching: Dr. Raymond L. Larson, Accounting
Research: Dr. Joseph P. Daly, Management
Service: Dr. Michael R. Evans, Management

1997

Teaching: Dr. Delbert C. Goff, Finance, Insurance and Real Estate
Research: Dr. Peter D. Villanova, Management
Service: Professor Charles C. Speer, Accounting

1996

Teaching: Dr. Patricia E. Gaynor, Economics
Research: Dr. Dinesh S. Davé, Computer Information Systems
Service: Dr. David D. Wood, Finance, Insurance and Real Estate

The awards are presented in May of each year. Recipients are listed with their department.