Faculty honors, Presidential Medallion presented at fall convocation

Eleven faculty members were recognized for their excellence in teaching and research and their service to the university during the 2017 fall convocation ceremony.

Kenny Stevens, Department of Engineering Technology and Surveying Engineering, received the Westhafer Award for Excellence in Teaching. 

The Westhafer is presented in memory of Robert L. Westhafer, professor in the Department of Mathematics from 1946 to 1957. It is given in alternating years for excellence in teaching and for excellence in research and creative activity. 

Andreas Gross, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, and Zachary Toups, Department of Computer Science, received the Patricia Christmore Faculty Teaching Award. 

Named for Patricia Christmore, former accounting department head, this annual award recognizes and rewards superb junior tenure-track faculty members for excellence in teaching. 

The University Research Council presents its Award for Excellence to faculty and staff in recognition of exceptional research and/or other creative scholarly efforts at NMSU. 

The recipients are Salim Bawazir, Nirmala Khandan and Pei Xu of the National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center; Catherine E. Brewer, Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering; Kenneth C. Carroll, Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences; and Tim Wright, Department of Biology. 

Emma Orta, College of Health and Social Services, and Esther Steiner, College of Arts and Sciences, received the Excellence in Academic Advising Award. 

This award recognizes faculty and professional academic advisers for their outstanding achievements and service to NMSU students. The candidates are nominated by students. 

In addition, Chancellor Garrey Carruthers presented the Presidential Medallion to Don Kidd, Western Community Bank chairman and chief executive officer, and his wife, Sarrah, in recognition of their generosity.

Jane Moorman

New Mexico State University Chancellor Garrey Carruthers, fifth from right, Provost Dan Howard, second from left, Presidential Medallion recipient Don Kidd and his wife, Sarrah, both at center, join faculty members for a group photo following the 2017 Fall Convocation ceremony at the Atkinson Recital Hall. Awardees include, left to right, Ken-neth Carroll, Catherine Brewer, Zachary Toups, Tim Wright, Andreas Gross, Esther Steiner, Salim Bawazir, Emma Orta and Pei Xu.