Dr. Melissa Ames (English) has been awarded the 2018 Luis Clay Mendez Distinguished Service Award. Dr. Ames is recognized for her dedicated service to the English department, EIU, her profession, and the community. In addition to serving on numerous university, college, and English department committees, she has done exceptional work in organizing and leading the English Department summer camp over the last four years. She also regularly volunteers in the public school, having served as a literacy volunteer in the Champaign Public School System, as a PTA Secretary, and a Young Author’s Contest facilitator and judge. This involvement demonstrates another way in which Dr. Ames shares her expertise as a member of the university learning community with the wider public and clearly ties into the work she does in teaching and mentoring future teachers.
Dr. Heidi Larson (Counseling and Student Development) has been awarded the 2017 Luis Clay Mendez Distinguished Service Award. Dr. Larson's record of service is exemplary in regards to her work at EIU and in the surrounding community. She demonstrates professionalism and innovation when working with students, educating them on how to become better counselors, but leaders within their own communities. Dr. Larson has worked to assist students with internships and practicum experience, in addition to serving on multiple committees within her department. Most notably, her involvement in the Mattoon High School Mentoring Program (B.I.O.N.I.C. - Believe It Or Not I Care) clearly demonstrates her desire to help others, and to provide service to the community itself.
Dr. Grant Sterling (Philosophy) has been awarded the 2016 Luis Clay Mendez Distinguished Service Award. Dr. Sterling has served at EIU for 25 years in the Department of Philosophy, taking on leadership roles and dedicating his time to initiatives on campus and in the Charleston community. Dr. Sterling has not only served on the membership of nearly all of the most significant committees and organizations at Eastern Illinois University—Faculty Senate, EIU-UPI, CAA, and CUPB, to name a few—but also has held leadership roles in those groups and several others. While many of his service accomplishments are at the university, college, or departmental levels, he has actively participated in professional organizations and conferences at the state and regional level, served as a consulting editor at the national and international level, and contributed to local community organizations.
2015 - Dr. Linda Ghent (Economics)
2014 - Dr. Rebecca Throneburg (Communication Disorders and Sciences)
2013 - Dr. Andrew Methven (Biological Sciences)
2012 - Dr. William Addison (Psychology)
2011 - Dr. Kathlene Shank (Special Education)
2010 - Dr. Charles G. Eberly (Counseling and Student Development)
2009 - Dr. Les Hyder (Journalism)
2008 - Dr. Vincent Gutowski (Geology/Geography)
2007 - Dr. Charles Delman (Mathematics and Computer Science)
2006 - Dr. Debra Reid (History)
2005 - Dr. Patricia McCallister (Family and Consumer Sciences)
2004 - Dr. David Carpenter (English)
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