CENTRAL – Southern Wesleyan University recognized Daryl Jachens as Faculty Member of the Year and Emily Bloxdorf was named Staff Member of the Year during Honors Convocation April 23 on the campus in Central.
Jachens, professor of music and coordinator of studies in music for the Fine Arts division, has served SWU for 27 years, teaching courses in music education and aesthetics in the traditional and adult evening programs. Since 1995, Jachens has been conductor and music director of the Greenville Concert Band.
He also received the Ken Dickens Award for Excellence in Teaching. Dickens, a 1953 graduate and a retired educator, established this award to recognize an outstanding faculty member each year. Nominations for Jachens’ honor are submitted by students, faculty and staff, then selected by a committee.
Bloxdorf, an admissions counselor, was recognized for going “above and beyond” in her service to the university students, faculty and the SWU community and for her commitment to students long after the admissions process is done. She was also recognized for opening up her home to lead a discipleship group for students.
“Emily is a great representation of what Southern Wesleyan is, a community of people sold out for Jesus and reaching out to the community to shine His light through knowledge, service and positivity,” said a SWU colleague in their nomination of Bloxdorf.
Each year, the executive committee of SWU’s Staff Council accepts nominations from employees and selects the Staff Member of the Year.