Business Faculty Receive 2013 Sweatt Medal for Service to Community, University
March 21, 2013
The College of Business presented the 2013 B. Owen Sweatt Medal to faculty members Minh Huynh and Dawn Wallace. Named after professor emeritus of Business Administration and dean emeritus of the College of Business B. Owen Sweatt, the medal recognizes "ordinary people doing extraordinary things."
Huynh was recognized for his community and university service activities, chief among them his involvement with the Tangi Food Pantry. In addition to serving on the organization's Board of Directors, he has involved his students in a number of service learning projects developing and supporting computer applications for the agency. They have developed a client database, implemented a computerized program for annual client re-certification, helped with monthly data input and are currently hosting the agency's website.
"This is a tremendous win-win," said Toni Phillips, interim assistant dean, in introducing Huynh, "giving students hands-on experience and helping an important community service agency at the same time."
Wallace was recognized for a project that may help the College improve record-keeping processes through the use of technology. Academic departments have the responsibility to maintain detailed records of each student's academic progress—classes taken, grades earned and classes remaining—and accuracy is essential. Currently, departments manually transfer data from official university records to each student's individual curriculum sheet, a process that is time-consuming and subject to normal human error. Using her knowledge of technology, Wallace developed an automated process to transfer university data to departmental records, saving time and reducing errors.
"Dawn spent countless hours gathering information and designing a complex, customized program," said Phillips. "Pilot tests began in 2012, with very promising results. Once fully implemented, the program will help increase accuracy and save much time and effort."
Dean Randy Settoon congratulated the two faculty members on their achievements. "I am very proud to have Minh and Dawn as members of the College faculty," he said. "I am grateful for their dedication to the College and its students, and for their selfless commitment of their time in service to others. We were also all fortunate to have Dr. Sweatt with us to help recognize these outstanding individuals."