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2012 Shocker Pride Celebration Honorees

JPEG ImageLloyd Harp, detective, University Police Department,
President’s Distinguished Service Award

Lloyd Harp has been a valuable asset to Wichita State University since 1974.

For 37 years, Harp’s devotion to Wichita State has impacted many within the campus community. He has worked in the University Police Department as a dispatcher, patrol officer, a sergeant and as a lieutenant and detective.

He is responsible for the safety and security of students and staff, and for the training of the department’s weapons qualifications. Also, Harp is recognized by his peers as an inspiration, both professionally and personally.

“He is always friendly, professional and, most of all, patient,” said Richelle Stoner, police officer. “He is adaptable and dedicated to providing the WSU community with the best law enforcement service he can.”

Other members of the Wichita State community recognize him for his kind, caring and passionate character.

According to Debbie Chalmers, director of student conduct and community standards, “Without fail, Detective Harp has met every need, request, expectation or favor that I asked. More importantly, in every situation he treated everyone involved with respect and dignity. He loves Wichita State University, and helping students and staff be successful. His passion shows in everything he does.”

Harp has also contributed to the Classified Senate for six terms, two of which he served as the president (2004-2006), a number of search committees, and other campus-related activities.

Although Harp retired earlier in March, he will always be remembered by his peers for his grace and enthusiasm.

“It will be difficult for someone to match Detective Harp in character, reliability, dedication and knowledge,” said Chalmers.


JPEG ImageJ. Logan Stork, senior administrative assistant,
TRIO Talent Search Project Discovery,
President’s Distinguished Service Award

J. Logan Stork has been a key component of the TRIO Talent Search program for more than four years. Her contributions have helped the program become more effective and efficient.

Stork is characterized by going above and beyond her responsibilities to make the TRIO Talent Search program succeed.

“She has successfully developed the program’s brochures, annual reports and many public materials to market the program with excellence,” said Mani Souriya, assistant director for TRIO Talent Search.

Stork has participated in the production of the National TRIO Day Magazine and other TRIO activities.
According to Alan D’souza, policy analyst director for TRIO Programs Support, “Logan is committed to her work and the mission of the TRIO programs. She is meticulous, reliable and extremely accessible when needed.”

Stork is a critical component of the program because of her patience and her willingness to help the TRIO Talent Search program staff and students succeed.

“Logan can be counted on to venture outside her stated job description with all matters related to our program,” said Tia Owens, educational development assistant for TRIO Talent Search. “One example of Logan’s willingness to help can be noted as she steps in as a Spanish translator whenever needed.”

Stork can also be found volunteering her time at the Lord’s Diner with Wu Crew or playing flag football for Campus Life and University Relations or participating in other campus-related activities.
“Logan is usually the first to sign up and then she’s going to give the maximum,” said Larry Ramos, director of TRIO Talent Search.

According to Ramos, “She is bright, intelligent, articulate, skilled and dedicated. Logan is a great selection for the 2012 President’s Awards for Distinguished Classified Service.”


JPEG ImageCarrie Wyatt, senior administrative specialist,
communication sciences and disorders, College of Health Professions, President’s Distinguished Service Award

In the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorder (CSD), Carrie Wyatt has become the “go to” person for all students and staff members.

When she joined the CSD she established herself as a leader and an essential member of the department.

“In the relatively short time since joining the CSD department team she has distinguished herself as central to our operations and an exemplary staff member,” said Kathy Coufal, professor and chair of communication sciences and disorders.

Wyatt is known by her peers for doing her job efficiently, in a timely manner and with a smile on her face.
According to Coufal, “Her positive demeanor never fails. She is adept at working with a large and diverse department that can be challenging.”

Wyatt willingly helps others and takes other responsibilities that benefit the department and the College of Health Professions, including the alumni newsletter, award invitations and other work.

“I have observed that no matter what she is working on or how busy she is, she immediately stops her work to help others,” said Rosalind Scudder, professor of communication sciences and disorders. “She will often suggest new ideas and work to our committees, attending all meetings, and offering help.”

Also, Wyatt was a member of the 2010 class of the College of Health Professions Leadership Academy, an ambassador of the College of Health Professions in events outside campus, and president for the Council of University Women.

According to Patty McLinden, senior administrative assistant for the College of Health Professions, “She is a living example of the mission and vision statements as well as the core values of the College of Health Professions.”


JPEG ImageMaria Martino, biology technical specialist, biology,
Fairmount College of Liberal Arts and Science,
President’s Distinguished Service Award

Outstanding professionalism, broad knowledge of the university, considerate toward all people, generous with her time and true dedication to Wichita State learning environment are only some of the lines to describe Maria Martino.

Martino has been an asset to Wichita State and the biology department for 27 years. After the department lost several faculty and staff members, Martino stepped up and with her knowledge and abilities took over the different responsibilities that were unattended to keep the department running.

“Within the department, Ms. Martino’s broad and varied responsibilities include academic advising coordinator, administrative assistant, animal care manager, computer consultant, events coordinator, research technician, and the list goes on and on,” said Mary Liz Jameson, associate professor of biology.

Martino’s dedication and passion for what she does is remarkable and admired by many.

“She works long hours (leaving well after 5 p.m. and taking work home many evenings) usually without compensation. Why? Because she loves what she does and she is devoted to the department,” said Jameson. “She loves everything that Wichita State University stands for.”

With the work load that she has taken upon herself she still finds time to volunteer in different campus-wide activities and programs such as the traffic appeals committee, JASON project, State Science Olympiad competition, Math and Science Upward Bound, and commencement.

Martino’s enthusiasm and caring personality have been described as infectious and appreciated by many inside and out the Wichita State community.

“Students and parents love Maria. And as they leave, I hear students say over and over again, ‘you’ve helped me more in an hour than anyone else on campus,’” said Debby Werth, biology research assistant.

In recognizing Martino for the President’s Distinguished Service Award, Werth said, “She’s cherished; we love her. She provides exemplary, dedicated and caring service to anyone who walks in the doors. The service she provides is definitely beyond expectations.”


JPEG ImagePatricia Hayes, membership services coordinator,
KMUW, Media Resource Center,
President’s Distinguished Service Award

Pat Hayes is a people-person deserving of the President’s Distinguished Service Award, say the station members who work and volunteer with her. They have praised Hayes for years for her enthusiasm, energy and commitment to KMUW Wichita public radio 89.1 FM.

“She connects with many people through her position and always presents a positive face for the station and the university as a whole,” said Kathryn Buck, volunteer for KMUW. “Her contributions are immeasurable and her integrity and loyalty to Wichita State and the station are unfailing.”

“Hayes has made it her mission through the years to reach out to all who share her passion for public radio, as members or volunteers,” said Natalie Olmsted, director of development for KMUW.

Carla Eckels, KMUW news reporter, said Hayes is a tremendous asset to the station’s biannual pledge drives.

“She gives special attention to every detail as she prepares for events that raise thousands of dollars. She’s a planner and starts in advance to get things done,” she said.

Hayes is a 33-year veteran of the broadcast station. Although her title and responsibilities have changed over the years, one thing that has not is her dedication.

According to Olmsted, Hayes work ethic is exceptional, she is the type of employee who arrives early at KMUW and has to be encouraged to go home.

“No task is left unfinished and when you assign a project to her, you know it will be completed with the utmost attention to detail,” said Olmsted.

“I am always impressed with her willingness to help in any capacity that’s needed and wanted,” said Buck.


JPEG ImageJohn Jacobs, manager of student records systems,
University Computing & Telecommunications,
Wayne Carlisle Distinguished Service Award

Employed at Wichita State University for 32 years, John Jacobs has been responsible for the student information systems since 1997.

Several people who work with Jacobs say his dedication to student information embodies every project he connects with at Wichita State.

“His skill set and ability to successfully manage the technical components of the Banner Student Information System is unquestioned across campus,” said Jim Rogers, associate director, University Computing and Telecommunications.

Jacobs led the way with the designing of Customer Information Control Service (CICS) student applications during the CICS/Legacy days, when administrative systems were primarily run on an IBM Mainframe.

Jacobs was also the motivation for the highly successful migration effort as a small team of analysts moved all the student academic history from Legacy-based operations to the current Banner system, a process that lasted more than a year.

Since the completion of the Banner implementation process, Jacobs’ hard work continues enhancing the current system.

Jacobs has been at the center of many such programs over the years at WSU. Sheril Logan, assistant dean of the College of Education, says Jacobs was the major programmer for the project to connect the databases to the Banner system. She adds the design took a year and a half to finish but will benefit the university for a long time.

“The commitment to effort, skill and quality of work performed by John Jacobs is a perfect example of the type of quality these awards obtain to develop and recognize,” said Rogers.

“In several different situations during this process, Mr. Jacobs showed he can help shape and build the future of WSU in a collegial and integrative way, and I am supporting his nomination for these reasons,” said education dean Sharon Hartin Iorio.


JPEG ImageBarbara Chaparro, associate professor, psychology,
Fairmount College of Liberal Arts and Science,
President’s Distinguished Service Award

Before she came to Wichita State University, Barbara Chaparro earned degrees in psychology and business administration at the University of Richmond and a Ph.D. in experimental psychology at Texas Tech. She later gained her experience in human factors engineering working at IBM in New York and two consulting firms in Boston.

When she arrived at WSU in 1998, Barbara Chaparro founded the Software Usability Research Lab, or SURL. Aimed at improving human-computer interaction, Chaparro directed the SURL toward research in usability testing, user interface design, heuristic evaluation, eye tracking, and end user requirements gathering.

The SURL’s goals are to make website layout, software and computing devices, especially mobile devices such as cell phones, e-readers and tablets, more user-friendly. Two aspects that SURL is conducting specific research into are layout of keyboards on mobile devices and text-to-speech technology.

Microsoft, Dell, Motorola, Textron and Nuance have all used SURL findings in their commercial products. Additionally, Chaparro has worked with Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City to help improve usability of electronic medical records, conducted research that helped improve the information layout of Wichita State’s own myWSU Portal and evaluated WSU’s Public Health Sciences website for usability.

"Dr. Chaparro has prepared her students for future employment in various industry settings by providing them first-hand experience conducting usability studies for the companies who contract through SURL,” said Mandy Phelps, SURL assistant.

In addition to her work with the SURL and supervising graduate students involved in research conducted there, Chaparro serves on many other university committees, including the LAS and University Tenure and Promotion Committees, the Institutional Review Board, the myWSU Portal team and the Presidential Search Committee.


JPEG ImageHelen Hundley, assistant professor, history,
Fairmount College of Liberal Arts and Science,
President’s Distinguished Service Award

Helen Hundley has been a professor of history at Wichita State University since 1990. She is an expert on Russian history, the Soviet Union, Eastern Europe and Great Britain. Hundley is also a fellow at the University of Kansas Russian Center.

In addition to her classes, Hundley edits two journals at Wichita State and just finished her final year as the Russian and East European book review editor for The Historian.

Since 1996 Hundley has been the faculty editor for the Fairmount Folio, a journal taking its articles from WSU student submissions from across a range of disciplines; it goes to press annually in April. She has overseen the Folio in large and small details, including the transition from original typeset production into the digital age. 

“Working with Dr. Hundley has been a treat. Her wide base of knowledge about history is shown in her passionate lectures, and her care for the student body and individual student success is clear through her work with the Folio,” said Jillian Overstake, student editor of the Fairmount Folio. “Her professional demeanor has made working with her a wonderful opportunity. Dr. Hundley is a true asset to both the history department and the university as a whole.”

Hundley is also the co-director, with Robert Feleppa, professor of philosophy, for the Certificate in Asian Studies program which is offered to students at WSU to complement their existing coursework. It encourages students to gain a better understanding of Asian history, society, culture and languages.
Hundley is preparing for her next trip to Russia and will finish two books this fall while on sabbatical from teaching.


JPEG ImageJohnnie Thompson, associate professor,
curriculum and instruction, College of Education,
President’s Distinguished Service Award

Johnnie Thompson has been part of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction for 20 years.

During her time as a Shocker, Thompson has provided exemplary service for Wichita State University and the College of Education.
She is a senator for the College of Education Committee and has previously served on the Faculty Senate Executive Board.

Besides being a professor, Thompson has worked on many research projects.

According to Linda Bakken, professor emeritus of curriculum and instruction, “Johnnie Thompson and I have worked on many research projects together. [One of them] was highly successful. We were able to diagnose why children were having trouble with school-work.”

Thompson not only represents the College of Education in the university setting, she has represented Wichita State nationally.

“She has served on the National Board Examiner for the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education,” said Rhonda Lewis, professor for the Department of Psychology.

Thompson also is recognized for being highly involved in numerous university committees and programs such as the College of Education Personnel, the University Libraries, Provost Search and the College of Education Assessment Committee. She has also been the faculty adviser for Women’s Multicultural Leadership Alliance group.

“Dr. Thompson has done outstanding service for her college, for the university and her field,” Said Lewis. “I recommend Dr. Thompson for the President’s Award for Distinguished Service without reservation. She truly deserves it.”