I always tell folks when they say good things about me as president that I really am part of a great team of people, many who are recognized in their fields by the peers. 2019 was another year when our faculty and staff won accolades.
Here are some of the highlights.
Dr. Robert Collins, professor of urban studies, was named the HBCU Digest Male Faculty Member of the Year.
Dr. Gary Clark, professor of political science, was awarded the 2019 Drs. Jewel and James Prestage Mentorship Award. The award honors the lifetime achievements of academic professionals who mentor students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).
Dr. Kiki Baker Barnes, athletic director, was named an Under Armour AD of the Year award winner by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA). She has also been serving as the interim commissioner for the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference this year.
Brittney Richardson, director of human resources, was selected to receive the 2019 Southern Region Distinguished Service Award from the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources. The Distinguished Service Award is designed to recognize that member of the CUPA-HR Southern Region who most exemplifies distinguished service to the human resources profession and to CUPA-HR.
John Barnes, professor of visual arts, was named by the Joan Mitchell Foundation as one of 32 artists who have been awarded residencies at the Joan Mitchell Center in New Orleans.
Jose Campuzano, DUPD lieutenant, through the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary, received the USCG Auxiliary Division Youth Leadership Achievement award for outstanding performance as a Commanding Officer for the US Naval Sea Cadet Corps. Campuzano has over 18 years of volunteer services with the National Young Marines program, U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps program and the Louisiana National Guard Youth Challenge Program (YCP) which is mentoring Louisiana’s at risk youth and for providing guidance and leadership to over 500 area kids between the ages of 10–18.
Adria Kimbrough, pre law advisor, was the inaugural recipient the Dr. Norman C. Francis Award from the Louis A Martinet Society, which recognizes exemplary educators for outstanding contributions to the legal community, scholarly disclosure, and civic education. She was also was selected by City Business for its 2019 Leadership In Law honorees.
Carolyn Nur, professor of humanities, play, MAGDALENA’S CROSSING (A modern tale of life on the Southwest border set between El Paso, Texas and Juárez, Mexico) is one of the four Honorable Mentions for the 2019 Jane Chambers Feminist National Playwriting Award by the The Association for Theatre in Higher Education.
Another great year by a great team.