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Four Receive the 2012 Joe S. Mundy Award

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    President Jake B. Schrum presents one of the 2012 Joe S. Mundy Awards to former Dean of Students Mike Leese. (Photo by Lucas Adams)
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    John Chapman
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    Dana Hendrix
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    Scott Sandoval

Award honors employees for exemplary service

Two current and two former employees were honored Aug. 23 for exemplary service to Southwestern.

The four received the Joe S. Mundy Exemplary Service Award, which was created in 2002 as a memorial to the leadership of former alumnus and Trustee Joe Mundy. The award honors faculty and staff members who have demonstrated exemplary service to Southwestern.

This year’s award winners were John Chapman, professor emeritus of mathematics; Dana Hendrix, head of collection development and acquisitions at the A. Frank Smith Jr. Library Center; Mike Leese, former dean of students; and Scott Sandoval, senior associate director of admissions.

Chapman retired last spring after teaching at Southwestern for 45 years – longer than any other faculty member. Throughout his time at Southwestern, Chapman was a model teacher/scholar, mentor and department chair. He also supervised the peer tutoring program for the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science for many years. Chapman also has been active in the Georgetown community and has served on several local boards and commissions.

Hendrix has worked at Southwestern since 1991. She provides extensive support to students and faculty that helps enhance their academic experience and scholarly research. She also has been actively involved with several committees on campus, including the Feminist Studies Committee and the Staff Affairs Council, and helps plan the annual Writer’s Voice series. Hendrix also helps care for the feral cats on campus and has volunteered at the Georgetown Animal Shelter, taking pictures of cats that need homes.

Leese joined Southwestern’s Student Life staff in 1993 and served as dean of students from 2003 until he left in June 2012 to return to his alma mater, Tarleton State University. Throughout his 19 years at Southwestern, Leese worked around the clock to nurture and mentor students. In several cases, he has been credited with actually saving lives.

Sandoval has worked at Southwestern since 1993. He discovered his passion for admission work as an undergraduate at Southwestern, when he worked as a student employee in the Admission Office. In the nearly 20 years that he has been working at Southwestern, Sandoval has worked tirelessly to recruit and retain some of the school’s best students. Many young Latino men in particular have said what a valuable role model Sandoval has been for them. Students and colleagues alike say Sandoval is a perfect example of what it means to “Be Southwestern.”