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Awards Day brings recognition to students, faculty and staff alike

JACKSON, Tenn.May 9, 2001 – More than sixty awards were recently presented at Awards Day to honor the hard work and perseverance of seniors and underclassmen, faculty and staff alike. Dr. Carla Sanderson, provost to the university, officiated. The following student awards were given:

Academic Excellence Medals – Presented by Union University to the graduating senior with the highest grade point average in each discipline, provided the student’s GPA in the major is not less than 3.50. A student minoring in a discipline in which there is no qualifying major or in which no major is offered is also eligible for a medal. The following students received medals for academic excellence:

Major in Art – Paul Farmer

Minor in Biology – Tristin Abair

Major in Accounting – Staci Moore

Minor in Business Administration – Neal Rager

Major in Economics/Finance – Hannah Vergossen (4.0)

Major in Management – Julie Bradfield

Minor in Management Information Systems – Carolyne Sagasi

Minor in Marketing – Naomi Morgan

Major in Organizational Leadership – David Herbage

Major in Chemistry – Stephanie Mabry (4.0) and Brent Morris (4.0)

Major in Christian Studies – Julie Boyer (4.0) and Carrie Puckett (4.0)

Major in Biblical Studies – Joshua Stegall

Major in Biblical Studies-Languages – Melody Maxwell (4.0)

Major in Christian Ministries – Audrey LeMasters

Major in Christian Ethics – Scott Johnson

Minor in Communication Arts – Paul Farmer and Carrie Puckett

Major in Learning Foundations – Michelle Malloy (4.0) and Elizabeth Williams (4.0)

Major in Liberal Studies – Mandy Bell

Major in Special Education – Melanie Scott

Major in English – Mindy Sellers

Major in History – Seth Bennett

Major in Political Science – Hannah Vergossen (4.0)

Major in Computer Science – Brian Glas

Major in Mathematics – Andrew Nichols

Major in Music Education – Karen Barker

Major in Music – Paul Tipton

Major in Nursing – Barry Handy

 Major in Physical Education and Health – Lauren Crowe

Major in Sports Medicine – Michelle Gardner

Major in Psychology – Robert Braese (4.0) and Ginger McElroy (4.0)

Minor in Human Studies – Ginger McElroy

Minor in Family Studies – Katina Gibson

Major in Social Work – Maggie Bible

Minor in Honors Studies – Melody Maxwell

Minor in International Studies – Julie Boyer

The American Bible Society Award, which is presented each year to the student who demonstrates achievement in both Greek and Biblical Studies, was presented to Adam McCallum.

The Barnabas Leadership Award promotes the ideals of servant leadership in the Union community. Recipients are awarded $750 each ad asked to designate 4250 to the charitable agency of their choice. This year’s recipients were Rebecca Carlson and Michelle Hardee.

The Betty Hillix Foellinger Memorial Award, which recognizes the editors of the student publications, was presented to Ellie Evans, editor of the college paper “The Cardinal and Cream.”

 The Bettye and Kermit Whiteaker Freshman Biology Award, which is presented to a freshman Biology major or minor with outstanding scholastic achievement and also includes a $500 scholarship for the following academic year, was presented to Carlyn Reeves.

The Bettye and Kermit Whiteaker Chemistry Award, which is presented to a freshman chemistry major or minor with outstanding scholastic achievement and also includes a $500 scholarship for the following academic year, was presented to James Layton.

 The Broadman and Holman award was presented to Taylor Worley.

 The Chemical Rubber Company Freshman Chemistry Award, which is given to encourage and sustain interest in the sciences and is presented in recognition of outstanding achievement to a freshman chemistry major or minor, was presented to Emily Bland.

The Chi Omega Award, which is awarded to the woman of the junior or senior class who has distinguished herself in the Behavioral Sciences through class contributions as by her scholastic achievement, was presented to Ginger McElroy.

The Class of 1962 Award, which recognizes the senior who has attended Union University for his or her entire college career with the highest grade point average, was presented to Tristin Abair, Michelle Malloy, Melody Maxwell, and Hannah Vergosen.

The Chemistry Research Award, which is given by the faculty of the Department of Chemistry and Physics to the student who presents the best research paper for the year, was awarded to Justin Kropf with honorable mention going to Sonya Mitchell and Brent Morris

The College Base Exam is a national, standardized test, prepared by The Riverside Publishing Company, designed to evaluate what college students have learned in the four subject areas of English, mathematics, science and social science. Students scoring the highest on the exam were Jennifer Williams (94%), Anthony Brooks, Joshua Drake, and Elizabeth Williams (95%), Stephanie Mabry (96%), Brian Glas, Scott Johnson and Brent Morrism (98%) and Joel Parker and Ruth Shaver (99%).

The Curtiss E. Scott Business Excellence Award, which is presented to the outstanding business major as chosen by the faculty of the School of Business Administration and the membership of the Business Club based on both academic and leadership achievement, was presented to Hannah Vergossen.

The Fred Delay Memorial Award, which is presented to the honor athlete of the Senior class that is an outstanding athlete, a person of high academic standing, unquestionable loyalty, and of good character, was presented to Anthony Brooks.

The Georgia Wilson Memorial Award for Clinical Nursing, which is presented to the member of the graduating class who is deemed by the Nursing Faculty to have been the most outstanding in clinical nursing, was presented to Lisa Williams.

The Greek Scholarship Cups, which are awarded annually to the two social fraternities with the highest average, were presented to the men of Lambda Chi Alpha and the women of Chi Omega (54th year).

The Helen Blythe Creative Writing Award, which is presented by an endowment of the Union University’s Women’s Club to the graduating English major who has demonstrated outstanding originality in writing during his or her Union University career, was presented to Rebekah Coleman.

The Professor James Alex Baggett History Research Award, which is an award which recognizes the best original research papers presented in regularly scheduled history courses for the current academic year, was presented to Neal Rager (1st place), Seth Bennett (2nd place), and Jocelyn Vaughn (3rd place).

Alpha Chi Honorary Scholastic Fraternity recently initiated their newest members. They are: Tristin Abair, Autumn Alcott, Laural Barkley, Julie Ann Bradfield, Ty Bullington, Rebecca Carlson, Ann Clendenen, Amy Collier, Daniel Davis, Elizabeth Davis, Jonathan Dockery, Jennifer Escue, Jessica Fielder, Jill Goodman, John T. Guthrie II, Mary Beth Haltom, Jonathan McDonald Hitt, Angela Hodges, Terry Hopper, Jason L. Hurt, Brian Johnson, Jayme Leke, Rebekah Patterson Lollar, Adam McCallum, Ginger Leigh McElroy, Sonya Mitchell, Davie Moore, Naomi E. Morgan, Andrew T. Nichols, Dustin Okerson, Ellen Elizabeth Penny, Paige Ellen Pierce, Carrie Puckett, Sarah Smith, Julie Ann Stephan, Mary Sue Taylor, Jocelyn Vaughn, Cassandra Watts, Sunnie Williams, Rachel K. Wilson, Kiley Brooke Wood, Emily Yarbro, Leia Irene Henrie ad Mathew A. Pigg.

Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society recently initiated their newest members: Robbie Arnold, Sherrie Austin, Sadie Bledsoe, Susan Burrow, Rita Chester, Alecia Clement, Brenda Deeter, Leonard Dungan, Victoria Eads, Ronda Follis, Tammie Harvill, David Herbage, Paul Hicks, Mary Howell, Renee Jordan, Sondra Kiser, Lee Lowe, Elizabeth Lynn, Staci Moore, Gina Parchman, Mike Pitts, Debra Reid, Wanda Rhodes, Windy Richards, Tammie Robinson, Theresa Rochelle, Angela Rodgers, Pam Smith, Shannon Smith, Sharon Theobald, Kathy Usleton, Bev Vos, Cynthia Webb, Stephanie Whitby, Melba Wilbanks, Bryan Wilkie, Tonya Wilkie, Jacquene Winfield.

The Nora Smith Barker Student Teachers of the Year Award is presented to the student teacher chosen from the Fall and Spring classes who has demonstrated the highest degree of skills and attributes considered characteristic of outstanding teachers and shows the greatest potential for professional achievement. The Elementary Student Teacher of the Year Award was presented to Mandy Bell. The Secondary Student Teacher of the Year Award was presented to Mindy Sellers. The winner of The Special Education Student Teacher of the Year Award was Angie Denton.

Wolfram Award in Computational Science is sponsored by Wolfram Research Incorporated and chosen by the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science and is presented each year to a freshman calculus student who has demonstrated outstanding achievement, enthusiasm, ingenuity and creativity in mathematics. This year’s award, a lifetime copy of Mathematica was presented to Nikki Vassar.

The Zeta Tau Alpha Award, given to the senior of the May class graduating Summ Cum Laude with the highest rank on the Jackson Campus, was presented to Kristin Abair, Michelle Malloy, Melody Maxwell and Hannah Vergossen.


Media contact: Sara B. Horn, news@uu.edu, 731-661-5215

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