Barnhill, Cavallini, Prevost Capture Awards At Limestone College Ceremony
Limestone College recognizes each year faculty and staff members who go above and beyond to provide exceptional customer service and quality impressions in the classroom.
Dr. Darrell Parker and his wife, Kathy, announced last year that they were endowing the new “Presidential Excellence Awards Program” at Limestone College.
This year’s Classroom High Impact Practices Award for a faculty member was presented to Dr. Felicia Cavallini during the Academic Awards Ceremony held at Fullerton Auditorium on April 15.
Cavallini is a Professor of Physical Education at Limestone. She was awarded the prestigious, internationally distinguished Fulbright U.S. Scholar Grant for 2014-2015 as a Visiting Research Chair in the Human Health and Nutritional Sciences Department at the University of Guelph. Cavallini taught and conducted research in collaboration with the faculty and serves as an ambassador to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and Canada.
The Customer Service Award for a staff member was presented to K.C. Barnhill, who is the College's Associate Vice President for Communications & Marketing/Director of Creative Services. He is responsibile for the creative direction for all projects flowing through the department, while overseeing graphic design and production materials for the College.
Through a $25,000 contribution by the Parkers to an endowed fund, the Presidential Excellence Awards Program will provide two annual $500 cash prizes to faculty and staff members who exhibit exceptional customer service and superb high impact practices in the classroom. Until the endowed fund grows to support the yearly gifts, the Parkers are providing the cash prizes through a restricted annual fund.
“We want Limestone College to be well-known for its excellent customer service and high impact practices in the classroom,” Parker said. “Because of that, we need to regularly recognize and celebrate the best examples.”
A selection committee was appointed to accept applications and nominations in each of the two categories.
The Customer Service Award is granted to a staff member who has contributed to the enhancement of quality customer service and satisfaction at the College.
The Classroom High Impact Practices Award is given to the faculty member who has implemented teaching and learning process improvements or initiatives over the past year that significantly increased effectiveness and efficiency in the classroom.
Also at the ceremony, Dr. James (Jim) Prevost was presented with the Student Success Advocate Award.
Prevost is an Assistant Professor of Athletic Training at Limestone. As an alumnus from Limestone’s class of 1979, Prevost has an extensive history with the College. He was a part of Greek life and pledged Lambda Mu Sigma in 1975. In 1985, Prevost began teaching Athletic Training courses at Limestone, first as an adjunct teacher, and then as a volunteer. From there, he became a part of the President’s Advisory Council. He became a member of the Board of Trustees in July of 2017, but resigned that post a year later to accept a full-time teaching job at the College.
Joining Prevost on stage at the Awards Ceremony was his service dog, “Moose.” For people like Prevost with Parkinson's disease, service dogs can be trained to perform a variety of helpful tasks, ranging from daily assistance with routine activities to specialized support. Service dogs can help with enhancing balance while walking or using stairs and reducing the risk of falls. “Moose” is a registered service dog, and is specifically trained to assist Prevost with any balance and mobility needs he may have due to his health.
ACCOMPANYING PHOTO: Dr. Jim Prevost, right, is presented with his Student Success Advocate Award.by Stacey Mason, Limestone's Dean of Student Success. Prevost was joined on stage by his service dog, “Moose."