April 19, 2017 | Jim Townsend
More than 100 faculty and staff were honored for their years of service at University of Houston-Clear Lake’s annual Faculty and Staff Awards ceremony and luncheon on April 5. Those honored represented more than 1,255 years of service.
Ten faculty and staff received the university’s commendations for meritorious service. In addition, 40 recent and soon-to-be retirees were acknowledged – among them UHCL President William A. Staples, who is stepping down in August after more than 22 years in office.
Five faculty members received awards:
“It is particularly significant to note that faculty can only be nominated by their faculty colleagues – a procedure that itself proclaims that the individuals honored are the most highly regarded in their profession and among their peers,” Staples said.
Awards for meritorious service went to four staff members:
Susanne Clark, senior business coordinator in the College of Human Sciences and Humanities, received the President’s Distinguished Staff Service Award – the Hugh P. Avery Prize. The Avery Prize is the highest honor UHCL bestows on staff personnel, named for a longtime employee who was instrumental in establishing the staff-recognition awards in 1982.
Recipients for staff awards are nominated by staff and faculty and reviewed by a subcommittee of the University Life Committee, which makes its recommendation to the UHCL president.
Of the service awards, 27 faculty and staff received five-year awards, 24 received 10-year awards, 36 received 15 year awards, seven received 20-year awards and three received 25-year awards. Thirty-year awards were presented to three employees; six received 35-year awards.
Two faculty members were honored for 40 years of service: College of Education’s Suzanne “Sue” Brown, department chair and associate professor of Curriculum and Instruction, and College of Business’ James C. “Jim” Benson, associate professor of Legal Studies.
A monetary gift in their names will be presented to the university’s Alfred R. Neumann Library, and their names will join the four previous recipients of the recognition on a permanent plaque at the entrance to the library’s Special Collections Room. They also received a crystal book, etched with their name and the university seal.