About G.A. Sywassink
The 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 past 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 which is postponed until August 21. While we will be unable to gather in person a virtual ceremony will be held. More information will be provided as it becomes available. Read more and view previous award winners.
- Tenure Track and Non-Tenure Track Faculty Awards Policy (PDF, 470 KB)
- Staff Awards Policy (PDF, 369 KB)
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.