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ASU Employees Win Annual Rodgers Awards

September 12, 2012

Dr. Paul Swets, Dr. Bonnie Amos and Jody Casares have been named the winners of the 2011-12 Gary and Pat Rodgers Distinguished Awards honoring outstanding administrators, faculty and staff at Angelo State University. 

Swets, interim dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, won the Distinguished Administrator Award; Amos, professor of biology, won the Distinguished Faculty Award; and Casares, office coordinator for the Biology Department, won the Distinguished Staff Award.  Each received a $2,500 honorarium.

They, along with 27 other nominees, were honored during ASU President Joseph C. Rallo’s annual state of the university address and program on Wednesday, Sept. 12.

Now in his 14th year at ASU, Swets oversees the College of Arts and Sciences, which includes the departments of Agriculture; Art and Music; Biology; Chemistry and Biochemistry; Communication, Mass Media and Theatre; English and Modern Languages; History; Mathematics and Computer Science; Physics and Geosciences; and Political Science and Philosophy.  He was honored for his support of the faculty and staff, particularly the professional student advisors, within his college; for his partnership efforts with the Student Support Center; and for his counseling of students who are considering withdrawal from the university.

An ASU alumnus and 25-year member of the biology faculty, Amos is also curator of the Herbarium in the Angelo State Natural History Collections, chair of the Biology Assistantship Committee and the biology graduate advisor.  She was honored for her teaching abilities, support and mentorship of student research projects and promotion of school spirit in her classes.  She has also been honored previously by the ASU Alumni Association and the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.  In 2008 she was named a Piper Distinguished Professor by the Piper Foundation, and in 2009 won the ASU Teaching Excellence Award.

An ASU staff member since 2002, Casares was nominated in her previous capacity as business office coordinator for Information Technology, where she was also a member of the Student Mentorship Advisory Committee.  She was honored for her leadership, organization and professional skills, as well as her support of IT student workers.  She previously won an ASU Staff Excellence Award and has three times been named a Wonderful Woman of ASU.  She was also a member of the Staff Senate from 2007-11.

The Gary and Pat Rodgers Distinguished Awards were created by San Angelo native and former Angelo State student Gary Rodgers and his wife, Pat.  Because of their association with many ASU employees over the years, the couple recognized the roles that faculty, staff and administrators perform to help ASU fulfill its mission to prepare students to be responsible and productive citizens.  The Rodgers established the awards and provide the $2,500 honorarium for each recipient.

Other nominees for the Rodgers Distinguished Administrator Award were:  Michelle Bennett, Dr. Corbett F. Gaulden Jr, Jay Halbert, Tara Hart, Joe Muñoz, Maggie Pepper, Bradley Petty, John Russell and Angie Wright.

Other nominees for the Rodgers Distinguished Faculty Award were:  Christie Adkins, Dr. Erin Ashworth-King, Dr. David Carter, Dr. Shirley Eoff, Dr. Teresa Hack, Dr. Constance Kelley, Dr. John Klingemann, Dr. Rob LeGrand, Dr. Kimberly Livengood, Dr. Jason Pierce, Dr. David Sanders, Dr. Sangeeta Singg, Dr. Kenneth Stewart, Ben Sum and Dr. James Ward.

Other nominees for the Rodgers Distinguished Staff Award were:  Mary Escobar, E. Nathan Lopez and Michelle Steely.