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Appalachian business faculty and staff honored for excellence

BOONE—Four faculty members and one staff member in Appalachian State University’s Walker College of Business have received the 2014 Sywassink Award for Excellence. The award recognizes excellence in teaching, service, research and contributions by a non-tenure track faculty member and a staff member.

View larger imageDr. Sandra Vannoy, left, Jonathan Allen, Dr. Mark Strazicich, Dr. Dawn Medlin and Tung Ong have received the Walker College of Business’s 2014 Sywassink Award Award for Excellence. (Photo by Sabrina Cheves)

The awards are presented annually and include a monetary prize, bronze medallion and glass award. The awards are made possible by a contribution from G.A. Sywassink, Chairman and CEO of Standard Holding Corporation of Charlotte.

Assistant Professor Sandra Vannoy received the award for excellence in teaching. Professor Dawn Medlin was honored for her research contributions. The award for excellence in service was presented to Professor Mark Strazicich. Lecturer Jonathan Allen was honored as the outstanding non-tenure track faculty member, and Tung Ong was honored as the outstanding staff member.

Sandra Vannoy

Vannoy is a member of the Department of Computer Information Systems faculty. She teaches courses on organizational information systems, software development and social computing.

Regarding her teaching style, Vannoy said, “It is important to me that my students feel valued and that my classroom creates an environment conducive to learning and intellectual development.”

Vannoy began her career at Appalachian as a lecturer in 1998 and earned the Sywassink Award for non-tenure track faculty excellence in 2002.

Vannoy was promoted to assistant professor in 2010 after earning her doctorate in information systems from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

She earned her bachelor’s and MBA degrees from Appalachian.

Dawn Medlin

Research award recipient Dawn Medlin also is a member of the Department of Computer Information Systems. She served as department chairperson from 2007-13.

Medlin’s research focuses on security, web design, global information systems and health care informatics. Her work has been published in prominent journals such as the International Journal of Advanced Computer Science and Applications, Computers in Human Behavior and the Journal of Information Technology Management, among others.

Medlin is also a contributing author for books about cyber security.

Medlin earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Appalachian and a doctorate of education from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

Mark Strazicich

Mark Strazicich is a member of the Department of Economics faculty. He came to Appalachian in 2004 and previously taught at the University of North Texas, the University of Central Florida and the Ohio State University.

Strazicich is a member of the American Economics Association, the Canadian Economics Association and the Southern Economic Association.

He currently serves as faculty advisor for the Appalachian chapter of Omicron Delta Epsilon, an economics honor society and previously served as advisor to the Appalachian’s College Fed Challenge student group.

Strazicich serves on various department, college and university committees, including the Department of Economics Promotion and Tenure Committee, the Walker College of Business Seniors Honors Thesis Committee and Appalachian’s Faculty Senate Budget Committee, which he chairs.

Strazicich earned his bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, a master’s degree in economics from Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, Canada, and his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Washington in Seattle.

Jonathan Allen

Jonathan Allen is a lecturer in the Department of Finance, Insurance and Banking where he teaches courses in financial planning, risk management and insurance, income tax planning and estate planning.

He is also a financial advisor at Allen Wealth Management in Boone. Allen is a Certified Public Accountant, Certified Financial Planner and a Chartered Life Underwriter. He holds the Series 7, 9, 10, 31 and 66 licenses as well as North Carolina Life & Health and Long-Term Care Insurance licenses.

He earned a Bachelor of Accountancy degree with a minor in business administration from the University of Mississippi, a Master of Science Degree in Accountancy from Wake Forest University and a Certificate in Financial Planning from New York University.

Tung Ong

Tung Ong received the outstanding staff award, which honors staff members who exhibit dedication in service, innovation, workplace morale and service to Appalachian and the community.

Ong is the technology support specialist for Appalachian, and has served the Walker College since 2007.

Previously, Ong was a technology consultant in Electronic Student Services and an electronic technician for the Instructional Technology Center at Appalachian.

A nominator said of Ong, “He is innovative, available, responsive and a pleasure to work with. He goes above and beyond in his work on a daily basis to help ensure the goals of the college are met.”

Ong earned two degrees from Appalachian: a bachelor’s degree in industrial technology with a concentration in electronics and a minor in physics, and a master’s degree in industrial technology.