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UMBC Presidential Faculty & Staff Awards Ceremony

Wednesday, April 1, 2009
University Center Ballroom
12-1 p.m.
(A light lunch served at 11:30 a.m.)

Each year, the UMBC community comes together to celebrate the accomplishments of our outstanding faculty and staff.
This year we honor:

Presidential Faculty and Staff Awards

Ramachandra Hosmane
Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry
Presidential Teaching Professor 2009-2012

Ramachandra “Ram” Hosmane, professor of chemistry and biochemistry, has distinguished himself as a gifted teacher and mentor to students.

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Thomas Cronin
Professor, Biological Sciences
Presidential Research Professor 2009-2012

Thomas Cronin, professor of biological sciences, is internationally recognized for his contributions to the field of visual ecology.

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Sandra L. Campbell
Director, Advancement Operations, Office of Institutional Advancement
Presidential Distinguished Staff Award 2009-2010, Professional Staff

As director of advancement operations, Sandra L. “Sandy” Campbell leads planning and execution of events that are central to creating community among students, faculty, staff and alumni.

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Suzanne McMillian
Executive Administrative Assistant, Office of the Provost
Presidential Distinguished Staff Award 2009-2010, Non-Exempt Staff

Suzanne “Sue” McMillian has served UMBC with dedication and foresight for 26 years. In her position as executive assistant to the provost, McMillian fulfills the responsibilities of an assistant and goes beyond – serving as a mentor, collaborator and colleague.

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University System of Maryland Board of Regents’ Faculty and Staff Awards

Taryn Bayles
Professor of the Practice, Chemical Engineering
Undergraduate Program Director
Affiliate Professor, Principles of Engineering - Project Lead the Way
University System of Maryland Board of Regents’ Faculty Award for Excellence in Mentoring, 2009-2010

Serving as professor of the practice in the Department of Chemical Engineering since 2004, Taryn Bayles is an extraordinary counselor and teacher on whom the academic community depends.

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Jason Loviglio
Director, Media and Communication Studies
Associate Professor, American Studies
University System of Maryland Board of Regents’ Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2009-2010

Jason Loviglio has a reputation as a gifted teacher who instills excellence in students at UMBC. As a teacher and scholar, he exercises both rigor and sensitivity in his classroom and has an uncanny ability to open students’ minds and hearts.

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Catherine M. Bielawski
Director of Undergraduate Student Services, College of Engineering and Information Technology

2008-2009 University System of Maryland Board of Regents’ Award for Outstanding Service to Students

Catherine “Cathy” Bielawski has served as a model staff member, enthusiastically providing outstanding service to students in her roles as a coach, advisor, mentor and more – for the past 29 years. Now serving as director of undergraduate students for the College of Engineering and Information Technology, Bielawski’s unique interpersonal skills give her the ability to challenge and support students.

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Earnestine Baker
Executive Director, Meyerhoff Program
Assistant to Vice President, Office of Institutional Advancement

2008-2009 University System of Maryland Board of Regents’ Award for Extraordinary Public Service to the University or the Greater Community


For over 15 years, Earnestine “Ernie” Baker has provided leadership and support for the Meyerhoff Scholars program, a nationally recognized program for high achieving students, including many underrepresented minority students in science and engineering.

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Karen Sweeney-Jett
Executive Administrative Assistant, Office of Institutional Advancement
2008-2009 University System of Maryland Board of Regents’ Award for Extraordinary Public Service to the University or the Greater Community

Throughout her 29 years of service at UMBC, Karen Sweeney-Jett has been widely recognized for her dedication, enthusiasm and commitment to creating a positive community at UMBC.

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Dennis P. Cuddy
Manager, Administration and Facilities, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
2008-2009 University System of Maryland Board of Regents’ Award for Exceptional Contribution to the Institution

Since he was hired nine years ago, Dennis Cuddy Cuddy’s contributions to the teaching and research mission of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry have been invaluable. He works tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure that laboratories, classrooms, offices and business process of the Meyerhoff Chemistry Building are operating well.

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Patricia J. Martin
Program Management Specialist, Student Support Services
2008-2009 University System of Maryland Board of Regents’ Award for Exceptional Contribution to the Institution

Patricia J. Martin has worked in UMBC’s Student Support Services (SSS) office for 23 years, and her experience, talent and work ethic have had a major impact on UMBC students and the campus as a whole.

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2009-2010 UMBC President's Commission for Women Achievement Award

Cheryl Miller
Associate Dean, College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Associate Professor, Political Science
Associate Professor, Public Policy
President’s Commission for Women Achievement Award, 2009-2010

Cheryl Miller exhibits a passionate and tireless commitment to her students, the university and issues related to diversity and leadership for women.

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2009-2010 Jakubik Family Endowment Staff Award

Lorie Logan-Bennett
Associate Director for Recruiting and Marketing, Career Services Center
2009-2010 Jakubik Family Endowment Staff Award

Lorie Logan-Bennett has worked at UMBC for 12 years with an eye toward continuous improvement and innovation in delivering exceptional service. Serving as a mentor and leader to students in the Department of Career Services and Division of Student Affairs, she is dedicated, committed and professional. Some say her high energy and creativity are “contagious.” Her contributions to student learning are numerous.

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View Previous Presidential Faculty and Staff Award Recipients
2003 | 2004 | 2005 | 2006
| 2007 | 2008

The Human Resources department has granted release time for employees to take part in these events, and everyone is encouraged to attend. All campus offices will remain open and services should continue to be offered. Supervisors and staff are asked to work together to coordinate staffing.