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13 faculty retirees earn recognition at LU ceremony

Thirteen retirees – representing more than 400 years of teaching excellence at Lamar University – received recognition April 20 during the university’s annual faculty awards ceremony.

These faculty members have retired or will retire during the 2010-2011 academic year, listed according to length of service:

  • Michael Warren, Beaumont, professor and former chair, Department of Biology, 45 years. Warren was the longest-serving department chair in the history of the university, said Kevin Smith, senior associate provost.
  • Keith Hansen, Beaumont, professor and former chair, Department of Chemistry, 44 years.
  • Dale Ortego, Beaumont, regents’ professor of chemistry and former chair, Department of Chemistry, 43 years.
  • John Storey, Port Neches, regents’ professor of history and former chair, Department of History, 43 years.
  • Malcolm Veuleman, Beaumont, professor and former chair, Department of Accounting, 41 years.
  • Sarah Matheny, Beaumont, assistant professor of professional pedagogy, 40 years.
  • Glenn Utter, professor and former chair, Department of Political Science, 39 years.
  • Lynne Lokensgard, Beaumont, university professor of art history and former director, Dishman Art Museum, 38 years.
  • Joel Barton, Beaumont, professor of health, 24 years.
  • Stephenie Yearwood, Beaumont, executive director, Office of Planning and Assessment; liaison, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools; professor of English, 23 years.
  • Carolyn Crawford, Beaumont, associate professor of counseling and development and former chair, Department of Educational Leadership, 17 years.
  • John Yearwood, Beaumont, assistant professor of communication, nine years.
  • Jane Irons, Beaumont, professor of educational leadership; seven years.

Also at the ceremony, Lamar honored Peggy Doerschuk, professor of computer science, as the 2011 University Professor and presented University Merit Awards to assistant professors Chiung-Fang Chang, sociology, and James Curry and Xinyu Liu, industrial engineering.