Distinguished Staff Award Nomination

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The Lamar University Distinguished Staff Award is an annual award given to exemplary staff members who demonstrate a high level of job performance and leadership within the university.


  • All Lamar University full-time staff who are below the rank of executive reporting directly to the President, and have been employed continuously for five years by Lamar University are eligible for nomination.
  • Previous Distinguished Staff Award recipients may be nominated after a lapse of years.


Distinguished Staff Award recipients will have made a significant impact on the university through outstanding dedication, extraordinary competence, superior performance, positive relationships, exceptional contributions and accomplishments, as demonstrated by the following:

  • Performance and Initiative – Employee consistently produces quality work and exhibits a high level of commitment to the department and university as a whole. This personal investment is demonstrated through individual resourcefulness, as well as collaboration, cooperation and teamwork. Often, the employee makes personal sacrifice, or goes above and beyond what is required for a particular job. 
  • Positive Attitude and Relationships – Employee must have a positive and dedicated attitude that enhances morale, and is consistently respectful, compassionate and dignified. He or she unfailingly demonstrates a spirit of fairness in a culturally diverse environment, and is able to interact sensitively and effectively with all races and cultures.
  • Outstanding Contributions/Accomplishments – List three of the most outstanding accomplishments/contributions this nominee has accomplished or contributed to the university, department and/or community.

How to Nominate

Complete and submit the nomination form providing specific examples of the nominee’s outstanding service in the areas listed.  

  • Provide two examples of Performance and Initiative.
  • Provide two examples of Positive Attitude and Relationships
  • Provide three examples of Outstanding Contributions and Accomplishments.

 Submission deadline: Monday, April 1, 2024

For any questions or concerns, please contact Staff Council via email at


Staff Service Awards List for 2023

Staff members who have served 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35 or more years at LU prior to December 31, 2023, will receive an award during the upcoming reception. This reception will be held between 2 - 4 p.m. on April 22, 2024, on the 8th floor of the Mary and John Gray Library. 

Please take a moment to review the staff service list below, checking that your name is listed and the spelling is correct. For corrections to spellings or if you prefer a different name on your award, please email Staff Council at

If you believe that your information has been left off or is missing from the list below, please contact Human Resources at extension 8375 and/or email Staff Council directly no later than April 12, 2024. 

Five-Year Staff Service Recipients

Name Title Department
Julie Alpough Payroll Specialist Payroll
Gail Battiest Administrative Specialist Setzer Student Center
Blaire Benoit Contract Specialist Procurement Services
Laura Bowman Administrative Coordinator Accounting
Joanne Brown Major Gifts Officer University Advancement
Xiao Chen Web Support Analyst Library Services
Akilah Cooper-Edmond EHS Spec Risk MGMT/Occ Safety Risk Management
Kyle Fayan Assoc. Dir. Student Involvement Student Service Fee Administration
A'Quonesia Franklin Head Women's Basketball Coach Women's Basketball
Larry Gaskin Custodian Custodial Services
Angelica Guerrero Assistant Director, Admissions-Recruitment Area Recruiting
Amy Hooks Head Women's Softball Coach Women's Softball
Jerod Hughes Alarm & Electronic Controls Specialist Building Maintenance
My Mustapha Jourdini Executive Director OIES International Student Services
Janice Kelly Custodian Custodial Services
Shirley Kelly Custodian Custodial Services
Cassidy Kennedy Customer Service Specialist Associate VP Facilities Management
Corey Kirkland Director, Landscape & Campus Svcs Building Maintenance
Michelle Lancaster Graphic Designer Marketing & Communications
John Lee Director Small Bus Dev Center Small Business Development Center
Nathan Macy EHS Spec Bldg/Lab Safety Risk Management
Melissa Maples Asst. Director, Recruitment Area Recruiting
Lynn Maurer Dean/Professor Dean of Arts & Sciences
Tod McDowell Asst. Baseball Coach Men's Baseball
Michael McKnight Security Guard Cardinal Village Security
Leslie Nelson Administrative Specialist Accessibility Resource Center
Tammy Robertson Sr. Administrative Coordinator Financial Services
Alicia Stewart Director Veterans Affairs Veterans Affairs
Laura Thompson Sr. Advisor Athletic Academics Affairs
Kristan Traxler Sr. Administrative Coordinator Graduate Studies
Amy Troha Director of Operations Office of President
Kacie Wallace Senior Financial Analyst Budget and Analysis
Rodna Willett Counselor I Student Health Center
Christopher Willis Custodian Custodial Services
Elizabeth Wilson Security Guard Cardinal Village Security

Ten-Year Staff Service Recipients

Name Title Department
Danielle Aylor Director, Budget & Financial Planning Budget and Analysis
Matthew Chandler Network Engineer IT Operations
Larry Cobb Pest Management Specialist Grounds Maintenance
James Dixon Asst. Ath Dir Sports Info University Advancement
Dhonte Ferguson Sr. Advisor Higher Education Partnership
Christina Gengo Transcript Evaluator II Admissions
Courtney Jackson Asst. Director, Health Ed Svcs Student Health Center
Shane Jenkins Supervisor, Building Trades Building Maintenance
Sharon Kimberlain Licensed Vocational Nurse Student Health Center
Sheila Lansdale Coordinator for Strategic Initiatives Dean Arts & Sciences
Erin Lemoine Director of Pre-Award & Sponsored Project Development Sponsored Program Administration
Carol Lindsey Sr. Administrative Coordinator Dean Fine Arts & Communication
Yatara Martin Sergeant Police Department
George Moore Electrical Specialist Building Maintenance
Meliva Parkerson Custodian Custodial Services Housing
Becky  Saleme Administrative Specialist Nursing
Paula Scrougham Administrative Specialist Chemistry
Dawn Short Associate Director, University Distance Education
Jessica White Associate Registrar Registrar

Fifteen-Year Staff Service Recipients

Name Title Department
Shelly Barrios Research Analyst Data Analytics Reporting & Analysis
Audra Bendy Sr. Administrative Coordinator University Advancement
Tracy Boudreaux Administrative Specialist Biology
Michael Clanahan Coord Laboratory Biology
Pamela Comer Director McNair Scholars McNair Scholars
Theresa Edgerton Academic Coordinator Distance Education
Kimberly Elizondo Coord-Practicum & Assessment Educational Leadership
Matthew Hall Laboratory Technician Chemical Engineering
Wanda Harper Document Imaging Specialist Library Services
Deidra Mayer Assistant Vice President, Admissions and Aid Scholarships
Matthew Moore Procurement Specialist Sr. Procurement Services
Pam Morris Custodian Crew Leader Custodial Services
Christy Swanson Coordinator, Digital Communications Web Communications
Denis Waller Facilities Maintenance Tech Sr. Building Maintenance
Katherine Wood Curriculum and Assessment Support Analyst Accreditation and Assessment

Twenty-Year Staff Service Recipients

Name Title Department
Megan Cochran Academic Advisor Senior Dean of Business
Carl Hollier Lieutenant Police Department
Robert King Facilities Maintenance Tech Sr. Building Maintenance
Robin Latimer Associate Dean of Student Success in College of Graduate Studies Dean of Education & Human Development
Rhonda Marcontell Coord-Assessment & Field Exp TExES & Certification Office
Stacy Picou Student Records Manager Registrar
Daniel Powers Data Center Operator IT Operations
Douglas Sampson Supervisor, Plumbing Building Maintenance
Srinivas Varadaraj Dir-IT Enterprise Services Information Technology

Twenty-Five-Year Staff Service Recipients

Name Title Department
Geoffrey Latil HVAC/R Specialist Building Maintenance
Gordon Williams LUTV Studio Operations Manager Communications
David Wong Head Women's Tennis Coach Women's Tennis

Thirty-Year Staff Service Recipients

Name Title Department
Andrew Coughlan Director of University Press Communication
Elizabeth Simmons SAP Coordinator College of Business

Thirty-Five-Year Staff Service Recipients

Name Title Department
Karen Woods Coordinator Laboratory Earth & Space Sciences