Chadick joined the faculty at Northwestern State in 1969 and retired as a professor of mathematics in 2005. He was the first director of the Louisiana Scholars’ College from 1986-87 and was the first curriculum coordinator for the Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts from 1983-85.
Chadick was involved with Louisiana System Initiatives Program (LaSIP), a program to promote statewide student learning and achievement in math, science and language arts. Chadick was director of LaSIP grants for several academic years, authored materials for high school and college courses and was chair of the curriculum committee that created the framework for grades 5-8. Chadick received several professional honors and was selected to receive the President’s Distinguished Service Award in 2005.
After his retirement, Dr. Chadick and his wife Kathleen, with whom he worked as a team throughout his career, directed a math-science partnership program for fourth through eighth math teachers in Sabine and Vernon parishes. Dr. and Mrs. Chadick also served as consultants with McGraw-Hill, making tests for several states in the U.S. In addition, Dr. Chadick worked with Louisiana State University to bring advanced placement courses to rural schools.
Graham joined the Northwestern State faculty as chairman of the Department of Chemistry and Physics and throughout his tenure at Northwestern State served as dean of the College of Science and Technology, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, dean of Graduate Studies and Research, dean of instruction, vice president for Academic Affairs and faculty senate president. Graham received a number of distinguished teaching awards and was a engaged with several academic honor societies including Blue Key, Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi, Phi Lambda Upsilon, Sigma Xi, Pi Mu Epsilon and Omicron Delta Kappa.
Graham was president of the Louisiana Academy of Sciences, and served on the executive committee of the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium and on the board of trustees for Gulf South Research Institute. He was involved in the Louisiana Heart Association research committee, the American Chemical Society evaluation team, was a program evaluator for the National Science Foundation and lent expertise to Board of Regents’ task forces addressing allied health education, general education, quality assurance, policy and procedure revision and a Northwestern State/LSU merger study.
Graham was also an active supporter of research in several scientific disciplines, including radiation effects in solids, chemical kinetics, photo-ionization mass spectrometry, computer application in science, lignite combustion, physical organic chemistry and education projects.
“These are two faculty members who through their outstanding service to the University have made a significant impact on their students and their department,” said Dr. Austin Temple, dean of the College of Science, Technology and Business. “Their leadership still resonates through the University long after their retirement.”