Dr. Laci Rogers, assistant professor of management, was presented the Dr. Jane Davis-Brezette Faculty Excellence Award during the 10th annual USI All-Sports Banquet. The award, given by the Athletic Department at the University of Southern Indiana, annually recognizes a faculty member who best exemplifies the work of Davis-Brezette, retired associate professor of physical education, who demonstrated a competitive desire for excellence in the classroom and on the field.
“I was extremely surprised and honored to be nominated,” said Rogers. “I’ve been lucky to work with some excellent student-athletes at USI, and it feels great to be recognized as an influential faculty member.”
This was Roger’s first year as assistant professor at USI. She was previously a doctoral candidate and instructor at Florida State University. She holds a PhD in business administration from Florida State University, a master’s degree in business administration from Florida State University, and a bachelor’s degree from University of Central Arkansas. She and her husband Derrick Lyons reside in Evansville.
“Teaching and advising students is the most important part of my job and is work that I truly enjoy,” said Rogers. “At USI, I have many opportunities to work with students outside class and to learn about their unique talents and career plans.”
“I’m excited she won,” said Jackie Henderson, a 2012 USI graduate in mathematics, who nominated Roger’s for the honor. “She’s gone out of her way to help student athletes. It’s been amazing to see how someone I’ve only known 12 weeks can have such a big influence on my school and my life.” Henderson, who plans to pursue a masters and PhD in statistics at Colorado School of Mines, said Rogers was always there to give advice about school, athletics or just life.
Nominations for the annual award are made by student athletes, coaches, and staff members, and voted on by the department. Previous winners of the award are Patty Marcum, Dr. Jane Davis-Brezette, and Tim Mahoney.