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November 9, 2009                                                                                                                       

SIU School of Medicine Employees Honored for Service

Southern Illinois University School of Medicine has honored 136 employees in Carbondale, Quincy and Springfield, for a total of 2,270 years of service. 

A thirty-five year award went to Diana Smith, office administrator in pharmacology.

Thirty-year awards went to Glen Aylward, Ph.D., professor in pediatrics; Paula Eddington, account technician in patient business services; Melaney Hughes, medical education program coordinator in family and community medicine; Janice Kuhn, programmer in information resources; Kimberly Puccetti, purchasing officer; Dr. Don Ramsey, associate professor of surgery; Susan Swance, cashier in comptroller’s office; and Steven Verhulst, Ph.D., research professor in statistics and research consulting.

Twenty-five year awards went to Dr. Amber Barnhart, associate professor of family and community medicine; Andrzej Bartke, Ph.D., professor and SIUC distinguished scholar in internal medicine; Stacey Dill, administrative aide in neurology; Lonnie Edward Dye, collection specialist in patient business services; Rhona Kelley, research assistant professor in information and communication sciences; Stephen Markwell, research assistant professor in statistics and research consulting; Pamela Ray, clinic nurse in surgery; Julie Smith, accountant in psychiatry; Donald Szymski; senior applications analyst in SIU HealthCare information services; and Ronald Zec, Ph.D., associate professor of psychiatry in the Center for Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders.

Thirty-nine twenty-year awards, 25 fifteen-year awards and 50 ten-year awards also were awarded.

Eight employees in Carbondale have been honored – a thirty-year award went to Jacqueline Scolari, Ph.D., curriculum development specialist in the medical library, and a twenty-five-year award went to Ramesh Gupta, Ph.D., professor in biochemistry and molecular biology.  Twenty-year awards went to Donna Dial, administrative nurse in family and community medicine; Claudia McIntyre, computer information specialist in information resources; Sarah Meredith, curriculum development specialist in education and curriculum; Crystal Null, medical education program coordinator in family and community medicine, and Max Baier, assistant professor in family and community medicine.  Dr. Quincy Scott, professor of family and community medicine, received a 15-year award. 

Six employees in Quincy have been honored – a twenty-five-year award went to Dr. Jerry Kruse, professor and chair of family and community medicine, and a twenty-year award went to Lois Schlueter, reimbursement coding specialist in family and community medicine.  Fifteen-year awards went to four other in family and community medicine -- Dr. James Daniels, professor; Annette Ehrhardt, medical laboratory technician; Mary Ann Epley, office administrator; and Dr. Thomas Miller, associate professor. 

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