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8:38:13 AM CDT - Thursday, May 13, 2004

By Sharon Robinson, Amy Geiszler-Jones and Shannon Littlejohn

A diligent accountant, two student advisers, the man behind WSU's secure Web site, a researcher who's helping solve problems of jet cabin noise, a librarian who finds ways to make the library function better, and two faculty members who embody service to the university were among the nine employees honored with President's Distinguished Service Awards in an annual campus celebration last week.

The candidates are nominated by their peers, then the Classified, Faculty and Unclassified Professional senates select three honorees from each of the employee groups. Of the three unclassified honorees, one is selected for the exclusive honor of the Wayne Carlisle Distinguished Service Award. Jean Elliott is this year's recipient of that award.


Armin Gerhard, associate director of international
education, has been practicing his brand of interna-
tional diplomacy for more than 30 years by being an
advocate for international students and participating
in community activites that foster internationalism.

Armin Gerhard

Keeping up with immigration regulations is no small feat, but Armin Gerhard, associate director of international education, remains knowledgeable in the new laws and regulations so he can continue as "a true advocate for international students," according to one colleague.

Gerhard has been involved with services for international students for more than three decades at WSU. In the late 1970s, he helped set up the Intensive English Language Center, which channels students not only into academic work at WSU but also to schools in the surrounding area.

Al Vargo, retired director of the IELC, credits Gerhard with helping WSU's international student enrollment grow from less than 200 in 1977 to 1,400 by 1997.

Since becoming associate director of the Office of International Programs in 1997, Gerhard not only supervises two advisers and an immigration specialist, he processes paperwork for international professors and researchers at WSU, advises students and presents town-hall type meetings for international students to keep them informed.

Gerhard extends his brand of international diplomacy by volunteering for activities that promote international education and understanding.

"His participation in the activities of the Global Learning Center, the Asian Festival and the World Trade Council contributes positively to the community and to the Wichita State University image," says retired international programs director Clara Haskall, who calls Gerhard's award "long overdue."

He has been the Kansas representative for the National Association of Foreign Student Advisors and has chaired the state chapter of NAFSA.

Many of his co-workers laud Gerhard's positive outlook. "He is a good morale booster when things get hectic, always helping people to see the positive aspects of a situation that may be far less than optimal," says international admissions officer Donna Martinson.

Jean Elliott
Adviser Jean Elliott visits with Elisa Salas, a senior in
ethnic studies.  Eliott, who received the Wayne
Carlisle Distringuished Service Award, is one of the
most sought-after advisers in the Liberal Arts and
Sciences Advising Center.

Shortly after getting a master's in education degree from WSU in 1981, Jean Elliott started advising and counseling students, first in the Emory Lindquist Honors Program and then in the Fairmount College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Nearly 23 years later, Elliott is considered a role model for other academic advisers, according to fellow adviser and assistant Fairmount College dean Gerry Lichti.

"She is one of our most frequently sought-after advisers, and the heartfelt expressions of appreciation for the way she's positively impacted student lives come through clearly and often," Lichti says.
Elliott has spent untold hours working with students to help them map their education career and has helped them in problem solving "for those many unique circumstances faced by the student body of our university," says Lichti.

Elliott works in particular with student athletes; Lichti says her ability to work with these students has helped many complete their degrees. Recently she helped a former football player return to WSU to complete his degree.

In addition to advising students, she chairs the LAS college's admissions and exceptions committee, hearing petitions from students. As chair she takes their cases to the university committee and advocates on their behalf.

Elliott also developed a course, Dealing with Diversity, that is now a requirement for many undergraduate LAS programs.


John Ellis was honored with an award for
his major role in the planning, development
and implementation of various Web appli-
cations available to the university, including
Shocker One Stop.  SOS is a secure site used
by faculty, staff and students for a number of
activities, including checking grades and up-
dating personnel information.

John Ellis

When WSU faculty, staff and students log onto Shocker One Stop, WSU's secure Web site, they're witnessing some of John Ellis' handiwork. Ellis has been with Wichita State for 24 years and is the manager of Internet applications.

He is the major force in the planning, development and implementation of various Web applications available to the university. For example, SOS would not exist if it were not for Ellis, who put together a development team that keeps adding to the functions of SOS.

Other notable accomplishments include fine-tuning the Blackboard classroom management system so that classes and class lists can be entered automatically instead of one at a time, and designing and installing local networks.

Ellis is always searching for new and more efficient techniques as well as new software that will improve both the entry and retrieval of important information, said Donna Hawley, professor and director of institutional research. "His skills and creativity are essential to the university."

Ellis was also instrumental in designing the Document Data Miner, an Internet search engine that makes it easier for librarians across the nation to find where U.S. government documents are being held and to manage their federal depository collections.

JoLynne Campbell
As an accosiate professor of medical tech-
nology, JoLynne Campbell's teaching load,
currently at 14-16 credit hours per semester,
has never deterred her from serving on
various committees and task forces.

When JoLynne Campbell hit campus in 1981, she wasted no time in getting involved beyond classroom expectations with her university, college and department.

As an associate professor of medical technology, her teaching load, currently at 14-16 credit hours per semester, has never deterred Campbell from serving on various committees and task forces, says Mary Conrad, chair of medical technology for the College of Health Professions.

"She always gives a positive response when asked to assume additional commitments," Conrad says.
In Campbell's first year at WSU, she served on a departmental search committee for hematology and on the University Senate rules committee. That was just the beginning, and she has since served on numerous other committees for her department and her college, which has tapped her for everything from searches, grants, research, budget, tenure, admissions and evaluations to program review, diversity and strategic planning.

Her university service has included work on the University Senate and Faculty Senate, where she has served as secretary, president-elect, president and past president. She has chaired the admissions and exceptions committee, and worked on distance education, general education, budget and planning, curriculum, scholarship, bookstore policy, faculty support, rules and search committees and task forces.

"Dr. Campbell is truly dedicated to serving Wichita State University," says Conrad.

A faculty member in communicative disorders and
sciences since 1972, Rosalind Scudder has served on
numerous committees.  Her passion for service was
exemplified in her work as founding director for WSU's
Center for Teaching and Research Excellence.
Rosalind Scudder

Her department chair pulls out a Damien Hess quote that he says aptly applies to Rosalind Scudder: "Service … Giving what you don't have to give. Giving when you don't need to give. Giving because you want to give."

In her more than 30 years on campus, says Kenn Apel, chair of communicative disorders and sciences, Scudder has distinguished herself in teaching, scholarship and service.

"She has gone above and beyond that which typically is provided by faculty," he says, not only in service to the university, college and department but to her discipline's national organization, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

"She is one of the most giving individuals I know," says Trisha Self, director of clinical programs and research for CDS. "She is a selfless person who delights in the joys and successes of those around her."

Her colleagues say they've grown to expect that she will successfully accomplish the tasks set before the committees on which she has served— and those have been myriad and diverse.

On university search committees, Scudder's knowledge of the WSU mission and environment, coupled with good decision-making abilities, has been a great asset, says Lori Miller, associate dean of the College of Education.

Her faculty committee service has included Faculty Senate and University Senate, and committees focused on support, advancement, development and rewards, orientation and planning. Her colleagues appoint or nominate Scudder to committees, Miller says, with confidence that she will represent them justly and admirably.

The university has also relied on Scudder to serve on governance committees because of her understanding of university-wide needs and objectives, and her ability to work among varied personalities. In addition, she has served on various student committees.

Her passion for service was also exemplified in her work as founding director for the Center for Teaching and Research Excellence where her leadership and vision made a lasting contribution.
"Dr. Scudder is a genuine leader among university administrators, faculty and students," says Miller.

With grants from Cessna and the National Science
Foundation, Tom DeLillo has been researching how
to make the ride in a business jet less noisy.
Tom DeLillo

About seven years ago, Tom DeLillo started working on how to make the ride in a business jet less noisy. Funded with grants from Cessna and the National Science Foundation, DeLillo, colleague Victor Isakov and doctoral students developed a computer code to solve the math equations that tell engineers how cabin pressure measurements are related to fuselage vibrations. The vibrations, which cause the noise, are hard to measure directly.

R. Howes at Cessna, who originally proposed this problem, said DeLillo and his team "changed the way we think about these problems."

DeLillo's most recent acoustics-related NSF grant is a joint one with a Wayne State University engineer who's doing similar work for the auto industry.

DeLillo's other research interest is in conformal mapping, which is the transformation of a surface that preserves angles or directions, but may distort distances. The best example of this kind of mapping is transforming a globe into a flat map, which causes Greenland to appear larger than it actually is. DeLillo is developing computation methods to simplify calculation solutions in the area of electrostatics, fluid flow and elasticity.

Now on sabbatical in the New Jersey area, DeLillo is learning more about certain mathematical problems in the physics of elementary particles. He's attending seminars at Princeton, New York University and Rutgers. This will lead to his teaching a new cross-listed course in math and physics next fall.

In addition to his research and teaching of 20 different courses at WSU since 1988, DeLillo has served three terms on Faculty Senate and on various high-profile senate committees, including budget, review and grievance committees. He also chaired a department committee that led to a new math degree option with an emphasis in computing.

John Williams


As head of library acquisitions, John Ellis
has streamlined the acquisitions process
and has an invaluable understanding of
library operations, according to his

During 21 years of employment at University Libraries, John Williams has looked for ways to help the library run more efficiently.

As head of acquisitions, he continues to streamline the acquisitions process and has an invaluable understanding of library operations, according to his colleagues.

After participating in the university's Kaizen training event last fall, Williams helped develop a way to decrease the processing time for new library materials from five weeks to three weeks. A Kaizen event, taken from a Japanese word meaning to take apart and make better, combines training and hands-on process improvement.

Williams' willingness to share his expertise with others is evidenced through his publication record, an unusual accomplishment for a classified staff member, and his assistance to the Kansas State University's library acquisitions team.

Williams helped the KSU team fine-tune its methods and also worked with two other colleagues in publishing a book titled "An Annotated Bibliography of Shorter Monographs: Current Essays and Reports in Information Retrieval and Data Mining."

He was also involved in the development of the Document Data Miner along with colleague Nan Myers and fellow award-winner John Ellis.

In addition to his dedication to the library's success, Williams maintains excellent relationships with other departments on campus and employs numerous students to which he provides training and mentoring. In the words of Myers, associate professor for WSU Libraries: "His hard work and leadership are like gold. Very precious to us."

Lori Griswold, an administrative specialist for the
School of Nursing, is the first contact with prospective
students and she continues to interact with them
during their WSU careers and beyond.  Her      
"marvelous memory," says one alum, is a "gift. ... Being
remembered is always a nice thought that makes a
person feel good."
Lori Griswold

Lori Griswold serves as the administrative specialist for the School of Nursing. Her dedication to Wichita State University, the School of Nursing and the College of Health Professions spans many years. In addition to being the first contact with prospective students, she interacts with students throughout their WSU careers and is a resource for them after graduation.

Griswold genuinely cares about each of the students and knows almost all graduate students and alumni by name, say her co-workers.

One alumnus wrote to Griswold, "You have a marvelous memory to remember the many graduate students who cross your threshold. Being remembered is always a nice thought that makes a person feel good. It is a marvelous gift you have and one that no doubt benefits the School of Nursing, and the campus community as a whole."

Colleagues say that Griswold always gives 100 percent to her work and is highly respected for her expertise. She has served on the university scholarship committee, the College of Health Professions' strategic plan oversight committee and wrote the bylaws for the college's Classified Staff Organization.

Brenda Achey

{Brenda Achey's attention to detail and accuracy
serves her well as the accountant for the fine arts
dean's office, where she handles budget demands
and administers scholarships.

Accuracy, detail, professionalism and a willingness to work overtime are how colleagues describe Brenda Achey.

Achey is the accountant for the fine arts dean's office where she handles budget demands and administers scholarships. She took over as accountant after working for the WSU controller's office for 20 years.

Carrie Wyatt, dean's assistant in the Fairmount College of Liberal Arts and Sciences dean's office, describes Achey as doing two or three people's duties in one position.

In addition to taking over a demanding position, Achey is also an excellent ambassador for WSU and epresents the university in a positive way, says Robbie Norton, business manager for The Sunflower.

She thinks of Achey as a great mentor and friend. She is knowledgeable about university policies and is very professional when interacting with students, Norton says.

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