University honors top staff and faculty with awards, promotions

May 26, 2016
CAFE award winners

Sandra Handel, Gus Deutsch, Bethany Tumbleson, Felix Kalinski Jr., Kelli Bostwick and Stacey Tune are show with Chancellor Gary Brahm (center) after winning this year’s CAFE awards.

Chancellor Gary Brahm likes to say it’s the people who make Brandman University special. On May 24, Brahm congratulated six staff members and five full-time faculty members for being the kind of people who help the university achieve its reputation for excellence.

The annual Chancellor’s Awards For Excellence (CAFE) awards and the Faculty of the Year honors given to a member of each academic school highlighted the five Brandman values: teamwork, service, integrity, innovation and respect.

The top, overall award for 2016 went to Stacey Tune, web portal manager for the IT department. Her “vision and flexibility to meet the current and future needs” of the academic advising team while revising their team website was “a truly remarkable accomplishment,” according to that team.

Brahm said Tune is truly exemplary with “a positive attitude, strong work ethic … and passionate commitment to the university.”

The five value awards were:

Innovation, given to Gus Deutsch, production manager for University Communications. Deutsch’s innovative approach to communications technology “meets the needs of the diverse Brandman community that spans the entire country – sometimes even the globe.” Deutsch’s willingness to adjust priorities with enthusiasm and dedication as well as visit every campus and attend every commencement ceremony make him “a true road warrior.”

Service, awarded to Kelli Bostwick, One Stop specialist at the Monterey campus. Bostwick “plays a key role in the success of our students through passionate service. She is an advocate for students ensuring they not only understand every element of financial aid, but educates them about the importance of borrowing only what’s needed, and moreover, the expectations upon them for repayment… she sets the standard when it comes to service at Brandman.”

Respect, awarded to Sandra Handel, site director for Travis Air Force Base. Brahm quoted her nomination saying she “is always respectful, truly genuine and a pleasure to work with, which is why students love her.”  Handel’s ability to connect with students, prospective students, faculty and members of the community set her apart.

Integrity, awarded to Felix Kalinski Jr., Corporate and Community Outreach manager for the Ontario campus. Brahm said Kalinski’s colleagues said he “has a love for Brandman that is demonstrated through dedication, passion and work ethic. No other will go out into the field with the honesty and integrity that he displays. He has built new relationships and rekindled old ones.”

Teamwork, awarded to Bethany Tumbleson, director of admissions. Tumbleson, “can always be counted on to lend assistance and always willing to dig a little deeper to solve problems.” She was praised for her can-do attitude and service to everyone at any campus with the same level of professionalism. “She truly made a difference.”

Faculty awards

Faculty of the year

Tami Capellino, Marnie Elam, Annie Hough-Everage and Lynda Stoodley join Chancelor Gary Brahm after receiving Faculty of the Year awards.

Sheila Steinberg, chair of the Faculty Personnel Committee, presented the faculty awards. During the 205-16 academic year, Steinberg said, “faculty members from the four schools were custodians of approximately 1,000-course shells, including online and blended. They mentored between 500 and 530 adjunct every term. Approximately 560 blended or online classes and an average of 230 non-lecture courses were offered each term.” They attended conferences, wrote papers, in some cases wrote books, volunteered in their communities and mentored students and other faculty members, she said.

“They have made a difference in the lives of their students, their communities and their professions,” she said.

The university-wide Faculty of the Year award went to Annie Hough-Everage. Said Steinberg, “This faculty member has a long history of service to the university and this year is no exception. She is a shining example of a true professor, who takes on many different responsibilities and provides an example of excellence.”

Hough-Everage, who is retiring, also received the professor emeritus designation in a ceremony earlier in the day. Among her accomplishments are: chairing the state’s Clinical Services Committee, developing the Student Opinion Survey, teaching in the multiple-subject credential program, serving on curriculum teams, reaching out to the community in Victorville and created a legacy that inspires students and faculty alike.

Honorees from each academic division were:

Marybelle and S. Paul Musco School of Nursing and Health Professions Faculty of the Year, Lynda Stoodley. “She has welcomed new faculty in the school and has reached out as a mentor to not only faculty but to students as well,” said one of her colleagues in nominating Stoodley. She served on the Curriculum and Academic Committee and built immersion schedules.

School of Education, Tami Capellino. Her work guiding the M.A. in educational leadership and administration (MA-ELA) program was inspirational to her fellow faculty members. She “has worked to create an innovative, student-centered program that engages students in state-of-the-art technology that expands their knowledge through application of concepts.” She also “motivated and inspired other faculty to expand their knowledge and understanding of the possibilities of the latest innovations in technology to improve” blended and online teaching. She also earned a promotion to associate professor, announced at the faculty luncheon earlier in the day.

Faculty of the year Business

School of Business and Professional Studies Dean Glen Worthington presents Tim Perez with the Faculty of the Year award for the school.

School of Business and Professional Studies, Tim Perez. In nominating Perez, his colleagues said he epitomized Brandman’s values through his contributions to the new CBE-IT program, through his “warm heart, ready ear” and as a “defender of faculty issues.” His colleagues describe him as “engaging, fun and exemplifies great humanity and knowledge.”

School of Arts and Sciences, Marnie Elam. The 20-year member of the faculty is all about quality, said Steinberg. “She has worked hard for her program, stepping in to help with signature assignments, leading the work of the program review team and mentoring adjuncts.” Elam earned praise for constantly thinking about different ways to improve student learning.

Faculty promotions

Others officially promoted to associate professor at the faculty luncheon in addition to Capellino were Kath Bates from the School of Business and Professional Studies, William Gibson from the School of Arts and Sciences and David Long from the School of Arts and Sciences.

Each was recognized for their contributions to the university by serving on a variety of committees, developing courses and inspiring students.

faculty promotions

Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Charles Bullock (left) and Chancellor Gary Brahm (right) stand with faculty members honored with promotions: David Long, associate professor; Tami Capellino, associate professor; Annie Hough-Everage, professor emeritus; Kath Bates, associate professor; and William Gibson, associate professor.

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