The Southern Conference named its All-Southern Conference Faculty and Staff Team last week, with two representatives each from all 10 member schools being recognized by the league.
Western Carolina’s honorees are Mark Haskett and Yue Cai Hillon.
While the selections were left up to each institution’s discretion, all of the recipients have demonstrated service to the institution and contributions to campus life and the local community. Faculty members selected have demonstrated strong contributions to teaching, research and/or service, while staff members are being recognized for bringing out the best in others and creating conditions for success.
Each member of the All-SoCon Faculty and Staff Team will be presented a plaque and honored at a home basketball game.
Haskett graduated from Western on a Friday afternoon in 1987, then started work at WCU on the following Monday morning, leading to a 31-plus-year career as university photographer. In that time, he has chronicled WCU student-athletes in competition and the classroom and campus life, capturing achievements and milestones and casual moments alike.
It was a role he knew even before he started the job, having been a photographer for the WCU Public Information Office and Athletics Department as a student worker. Haskett has been director of WCU Photography and Videography Services since 2014.
Hillon, of WCU’s College of Business, holds a doctorate in strategy from New Mexico State University and has advanced training in management consulting and critical management studies, theoretical and practical experience that helps her students learn strategic decision-making as a skill-based process.
All of her courses are built around projects with regional businesses and non-profit organizations that could not have otherwise afforded professional consulting services. This shared learning experience contributes to economic and community development in Western North Carolina and offers students highly relevant and effective career preparation. Hillon also coaches student entrepreneurs to develop new business ventures and mentors students in a WCU doctoral prep program.
She has previously been recognized with the WCU Paul A. Reid Distinguished Service Award, the WCU Center for Service Learning Outstanding Service in Teaching Award, the WCU College of Business Engagement Award and an Emerald Publishing Literati Award.
Beyond teaching, Hillon is actively engaged in the community, serving on a nonprofit board and assisting organizations with strategic planning and management consulting.