BOONE, NC – Four staff members from Appalachian State University received the 2021 Staff Excellence Awards in honor of their exemplary service, commitment, collegiality and leadership to the university community. Mallory Sadler ’21, Lindsay Pepper, Jason Marshburn and Angela Owen ’98 ’08 were recognized at the University’s Fall 2021 Faculty and Staff Meeting, held on October 8.
“Our staff members work tirelessly to elevate our institution and the App State experience for all. These four staff members, in particular, have shown unwavering leadership, energy, support and accountability to others during a most difficult year. “
State Chancellor of Enforcement Sheri Everts
“Our staff members work tirelessly to elevate our institution and the App State experience for all,” said App State Chancellor Sheri Everts. “These four staff members, in particular, have shown unwavering leadership, energy, support and empowerment during a most difficult year.”
Mark Bachmeier, Director of Human Resources for App State, presented the awards. He said members of the campus community submitted the highest number of nominations during his tenure – with 143 nominations recognizing 88 staff members for their excellence. The winners were selected by a committee of six volunteers.
Seven app state faculty members who received 2021 Teaching Excellence Awards through the University of North Carolina System Board of Governors in the spring of 2020 were also recognized at the the meeting.
About the winners
Mallory Sadler ’21
Sadler worked in the Office of International Education and Development at App State from 2014 to 21. She was an academic program specialist and logistics coordinator for the Fulbright Teaching Excellence and Achievement and Mandela Washington Fellowship programs at App State.
Bachmeier said: “She is described as embodying positivity and as a visionary, democratic and caring leader who cares about all staff and their professional endeavors, as well as our campus and the wider community.”
Sadler served as chairman of the university’s Staff Senate and represented App State for three years as an academic delegate to the UNC System Staff Assembly.
Her volunteer work included helping lead the efforts of Senate staff to support App Builds a Home and assisting the Nationally Competitive Scholarship Office with counseling students.
She holds a BA in Political Science from the University of Georgia and an MA in Higher Education from App State.
Pepper joined App State’s international education and development office in 2015 and is the Acting Director of Services and Outreach to International Students and Scholars.
Her proponents praised her “incredible support, both administrative and emotional,” and said her work had “contributed to the morale and well-being of international faculty on campus,” according to Bachmeier.
In her role, Pepper oversees immigration support for international students, academics and faculty. She has spent time studying and traveling in Senegal, Lesotho and Reunion.
She holds a BA in International Studies and French from the University of Wittenberg, and received an MA in International Studies and a Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management from the University of Oregon.
Since 2014, Marshburn has served as App State’s Director of Environmental Health, Safety and Emergency Management. Bachmeier said Marshburn spent most of his tenure preparing the university for the possibility of an emergency or crisis, such as COVID-19.
“Jason’s job to keep our community safe is beyond excellent – it’s heroic,” said Bachmeier.
Marshburn liaised with local public health and the University of North Carolina system and coordinated the university’s response to changing regulations and guidelines from national, state and local governments.
He also managed all COVID-19 surveillance testing events on campus and provided support and advice to MS Student Health Service and athletics testing operations. In addition, he helped App State become a vaccination site in the state of North Carolina.
One of Marshburn’s proponents said: “Throughout the pandemic, I have looked to Jason as an example of what it means to be in public service.”
Marshburn mentors student interns in his office and serves as an advisor to the Delta Sigma Phi fraternity. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Emergency Management from Western Carolina University and a Master of Science in Safety, Security and Emergency Management from Eastern Kentucky University. He also holds certifications including North Carolina Emergency Management Certification and Emergency Medical Technician Certification.
Angela Owen ’98 ’08
Owen retired in 2021 after spending 20 years as an office manager in App State’s Department of Physics and Astronomy.
Owen oversaw a complex departmental budget that included grants and contracts, assisted students, supported faculty, and managed the department’s office, according to Dr. Jennifer Burris, chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy.
“She did it all,” Burris said, “and she was someone the students and faculty felt they could ask for help.”
One person wrote that Owen has the “strength of character” that “ensures that fairness is a key element” in all of her decisions, Bachmeier explained, noting that other nominators have described her as “a shining example. to give everything to App State “.
Another nominee said, “Angela … has helped me in so many ways. She was there for me, helping me navigate the department, encouraging my intellectual growth and making sure I knew I belonged.
A former App State student, Owen received a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and Psychology in 1998 and a Master of Arts in Psychology-Experimental Psychology in 2008.
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Seven professors from the State of Application were recognized for their excellence in teaching and recognized at the meeting of professors and staff of the university in the fall of 2021:
Dr. Carolina Smith received the 2021 System Board of Governors Award for Teaching Excellence from the University of North Carolina.
Brian Zimmer received the 2021 Appalachian State University Teaching Excellence Award.
Each of the following five faculty members received a 2021 Appalachian State University School / College Award:
Dr Phillip Ardoin.
Dr Sushmita Chatterjee.
Dr Bonnie Guy.
Dr Christine Leist.
Dr Patrick O’Shea.
Learn more about the faculty laureates
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Four members of the State Enforcement staff – Alice Fisher, Dr Alex F. Howard, Amy Odom ’03 and Crystal Weisner ’14 – were recognized with the 2020 Staff Achievement Awards at the Meeting of faculty and university staff in spring 2021. The awards recognize the exemplary service, commitment, collegiality and leadership of staff members to the university community.
About Appalachian State University
As the first public undergraduate institution in the state of North Carolina, Appalachian State University prepares students to lead meaningful lives as global citizens who understand and are committed to their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The Appalachian Experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and to embrace diversity and difference. Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Appalachian is one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina system. Appalachian is home to over 20,000 students, has a low student-faculty ratio, and offers over 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.