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Dr. Bates Receives Faculty of the Year Award at Annual Awards Convocation

May 6, 2011

Dr. Keith Bates, Associate Professor of History, received the 2011 Faculty of the Year Award at Union University’s Annual Awards Convocation on May 6, 2011. Dr. Gene Fant, Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, made the announcement and referred to Dr. Bates as a “master teacher-scholar.” Dr. Bates is the latest in a long line of distinguished faculty members at Union who have received this prestigious honor going back to the 1970s. Dr. Bates was a guest of honor at a luncheon provided by Union University President David Dockery following the awards convocation. Several members of Dr. Bates’s family, including his wife Lisa and daughter Rachel, were also among the guests at the luncheon.


Dr. Carla Sanderson presents an envelope to Dr. Keith Bates as a part of the 2011 Faculty of the Year Award at Union’s awards convocation on May 6, 2011.


Dr. Keith Bates (right), the 2011 Faculty of the Year Award winner, stands with Dr. Ray Van Neste, last year’s recipient, during the awards convocation on May 6, 2011.


Dr. Keith Bates, just named the recipient of the 2011 Faculty of the Year Award, listens to concluding remarks at the awards convocation on May 6. The mace of Union University is in the foreground.


Dr. Keith Bates, as Union’s new Faculty Member of the Year, carries the Union University mace during the recessional at the awards convocation on May 6, 2011.


Dr. Carla Sanderson welcomes attendees to the special May 6 luncheon in honor of Dr., Keith Bates, the Faculty Member of the Year, and Mr. Robbie Graves, the Staff Member of the Year.


Dr. Keith Bates introduces members of his family during the special luncheon to honor him and Robbie Graves on May 6, 2011.


Academic colleagues of Dr. Keith Bates join together at the May 6 luncheon held to honor him as the winner of the Faculty of the Year Award. They are: (left to right) Dr. Carla Sanderson, Dr. Stephen Carls, Dr. Keith Bates, and Dr. Gene Fant.


Dr. Keith Bates (left) stands with his wife Lisa, his daughter Rachel, and his parents at the special luncheon on May 6 to honor him as Faculty Member of the Year.