Two SLU associate professors receive Sweatt Medal awards

Photo provided by TONYA LOWENTRITT -- Southeastern Louisiana University College of Business faculty members Dawn Wallace, left, and Minh Huynh, right, are pictured with dean and faculty member emeritus B. Owen Sweatt. Wallace and Huynh received the 2013 Sweatt Medal from the college for their service to the community and the university
Photo provided by TONYA LOWENTRITT -- Southeastern Louisiana University College of Business faculty members Dawn Wallace, left, and Minh Huynh, right, are pictured with dean and faculty member emeritus B. Owen Sweatt. Wallace and Huynh received the 2013 Sweatt Medal from the college for their service to the community and the university

Associate professors Minh Huynh in the Department of Marketing and Supply Chain Management and Dawn Wallace in the Department of Management and Business Administration received the B. Owen Sweatt Medal award, named in honor of Dr. Sweatt, a former dean at Southeastern Louisiana University

Sweatt, who attended the recognition ceremony, joined the university in 1955 and lives in Fayette, Ala. While at Southeastern, he also served as dean of the Division of Applied Sciences.

This is the second time the Sweatt Medal has been presented. The first was awarded in 2011 to Joseph Miller of Hammond, former dean of the college and vice president for University Advancement.

College of Business Dean Randy Settoon said the Sweatt Medal recognizes “ordinary people doing extraordinary things.”

Huynh was recognized for 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 that included the development and support of computer applications for the agency. The students developed a client database, implemented a computerized program for annual client re-certification, helped with monthly data input and are hosting the agency’s website.

“This is a tremendous win-win,” said Toni Phillips, interim assistant dean. “Our students are gaining hands-on experience and helping a valuable 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.”

“I am very proud to have Minh and Dawn as members of the College of Business faculty,” Settoon said. “I am grateful for their dedication to the college and its students and for their selfless commitment of time in service to others.”