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Union University President David S. Dockery congratulates Gavin Richardson (right), who was announced as the winner of the Faculty of the Year Award during the Awards Day ceremony May 4. (Photo by Morris Abernathy)
Union University President David S. Dockery congratulates Gavin Richardson (right), who was announced as the winner of the Faculty of the Year Award during the Awards Day ceremony May 4. (Photo by Morris Abernathy)

JACKSON, Tenn.May 4, 2012 – Union University presented more than 70 awards to students, faculty and staff May 4 at the annual Awards Day chapel service.

The Faculty of the Year Award went to English professor Gavin Richardson. Christy Young, Union’s administrative assistant to the dean of the School of Theology and Missions and coordinator of special programs, was awarded with the Staff Member of the Year Award.

Others award recipients:

The Barnabas Leadership Award promotes the ideals of servant leadership in the Union community. Recipients are awarded $500 each and asked to designate $100 to the charitable agency of their choice. This year’s recipients were Ryan Linkous and Melanie Taylor.

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 Shawn Randolph.

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 Phillip Kurtzwell.

The Bill Truex Award in Computer Science was presented to Grayson Hardaway.

The Broadman and Holman Award, given annually to a graduating senior who is deemed to have the greatest potential for significant contribution to the field of ministry, was presented to Weston Wax.

The Dr. Bill Bouchillon Psychology Excellence Award, given to an outstanding graduating senior with a grade point average of 3.5 or greater in psychology and selected by the psychology faculty, was presented to Emily Watkins.

The Kyle L. Hathcox Memorial Physics Award, given to a junior or senior either majoring or minoring in physics, was presented to Elizabeth N. Olson.

The Curtiss E. Scott Business Excellence Award, which is presented to the outstanding senior business major as chosen by the faculty of the McAfee School of Business Administration and the members of the Business Club based on both academic and leadership achievement, was presented to Benjamin Alain Fulton.

The Fred DeLay Memorial Award, for a senior who is an outstanding athlete, a person of high academic standing, unquestionable loyalty and good character, was presented to Hannah Elizabeth Clardy.

The John C. Moore Award for excellence in academics and athletics was presented to Hannah Elizabeth Clardy and Daniel Robert Grimm.

The Kina S. Mallard Communication Arts Student of the Year Award was presented to Margaret Brinson.

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 Shelbi Turner.

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 (for the 65th consecutive year).

The Helen Blythe Creative Writing Award, which is presented by an endowment of 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 Tiffany Wade.

The Professor James Alex Baggett History Research Award, which recognizes the best original research papers presented in regularly scheduled history courses for the current academic year, was presented to Caitlin Roach.

The Intramural Male Athlete of the Year was Mark Brown. The Intramural Female Athlete of the Year was Erin Spencer.

The Nora Smith Barker Student Teachers of the Year Award is presented to the student teacher chosen 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 Caitlin Arnold. The Secondary Student Teacher of the Year Award was presented to Madison Shepard.

The Wolfram Award in Computational Science is sponsored by Wolfram Research Inc. and chosen by the department of mathematics and computer science. It is presented each year to a freshman calculus student who has demonstrated outstanding achievement, enthusiasm, ingenuity and creativity in mathematics. This year’s award was presented to Megan Mouser.

The Howard Newell Innovative Teaching Award recognizes faculty members who have demonstrated creativity and innovation in classroom teaching. Selections are made by a faculty committee. The following teams and/or individual faculty received honorable mention: Joshua Veltman; Sandra Brown; Chris Blair, Ashley Blair and Cam Tracy; and Laurie Bagwell, Patsy Crihfield, Kelly Harden, Brad Harrell, C. Ben Mitchell, Jessica Suiter, Joy Thomason, Sherrie Turner, Robert A. Wamble, Cullen Williams and Molly Wright. The award’s winner was Patricia Hamilton, associate professor of English.

Academic Excellence Medals were presented by Union 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 – Rachel Anita Moore
Major in Biology – David Yung-Ern Koh
Major in Cell and Molecular Biology – Allison Gooch
Major in Conservation Biology – Erin Elizabeth Wyatt
Major in Chemistry – Jonathan Bradford Boyd
Major in Broadcast Journalism – Alyssa Nicole Karr
Major in Digital Media Studies – Christina Nicole Gooch
Major in Journalism – Alexander David Brown
Major in Media Communications – Nigel Jamaal Manuel
Major in Computer Science – Grayson Reid Hardaway
Major in Engineering – Jeffrey Alan Maharrey
Major in English – Hannah Elizabeth Wakefield
Major in History – Caitlin Paige Roach
Major in Sociology – Alyssa Nicole Karr
Major in Family Studies – Andrea Leigh Schreiber
Major in Applied Linguistics – Jordan Sharp
Major in French – Spencer Craig Connatser
Major in Spanish – Natalie Delise Wittman
Major in Teaching English as a Second Language – Victoria Jeanene Stargel
Major in Intercultural Studies – Katherine Taylor Pullen
Major in Mathematics – Kimberley Joy Lukens
Major in Music – Phillip Matthew Mahoney
Major in Music Performance – Samuel Joseph Ritter
Major in Physics – Emilie Shirlene Huffman
Major in Political Science – Caraline E. Rickard
Major in Psychology – Emilie Cecilia Moroski
Major in Accounting – Benjamin Alain Fulton
Major in Business Administration – Thomas Atlee Willis
Major in Organizational Leadership – Chad Michael Conger
Major in Learning Foundations – Randi Marie Jacobs
Major in Elementary Education – Sarah Christine Chitwood
Major in Special Education – Ashlin Rae Woodard
Major in Athletic Training – Meghan Alyss Bozza
Major in Physical Education and Health – Jacob Fields
Major in Sports Management – Heather Nicole Holland
Major in Sports Medicine – James Robert Landham
Major in Social Work – Briahna Kirsten Hansen
Major in Nursing – Michelle Christine Kossick
Major in Biblical Studies-Languages – Hannah Elizabeth Clardy
Major in Christian Ethics – Hannah Elizabeth Wakefield
Major in Philosophy – Zachary Thomas Settle
Major in Christian Studies – Zachary Thomas Settle.


Media contact: Mark Kahler, news@uu.edu, 731-661-5215

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